OverBlood is a well-made sci-fi mystery that's long on problem solving and short on thrills. Think Resident Evil with the puzzles but none of the monsters.
OverBlood's plot has the potential for suspense. You play as a character who wakes up in a research lab with no memory and no other people around. Long, detailed searches through the multi-story lab turn up a few moldy bodies, a helpful robot, a screaming woman, occasional monsters, and vital items to snag. Eventually you come down with a disease, find a gun, and learn about bizarre cloning experiments, but by then you may have lost interest or been overwhelmed by the cerebral challenge of figuring out where to go next and what to do once you get there.
There's little to stir your blood in OverBlood--the antiseptic action needs more monstrous clashes before it can be considered first-rate fun. OverBlood? UnderBlood is more like it.
- When you tight the monster in the chemical storage area, keep him in front of you and continually advance as you swing at him.
- Just before you reach the wrecked subway car, place the explosives on top of your broken thermostat, then run back down the tracks.
- After you cross the bridge over the computer room, you come to this intersection. Go straight ahead to find the elevators--and a dead body.
- When you come to this humming grate, use your laser knife to cut through it, then send in the robot.
- When you find the floating statue, push it over and grab the antigravity device. Jump over the big hole outside.
Although you can switch between three views, the game's graphics aren't exciting, just lots of hallways and spacious, undetailed rooms. At least the characters are big and they move smoothly.
The few voices are clear, and the sound effects create a suspenseful atmosphere. Memorable music would have upped the intensity.
You can switch among three characters, each with different abilities, to solve specific puzzles. Too bad the rare fighting is a one-button affair, and there's not much to do besides walking around, inspecting items, and solving puzzles.
This sci-fi thriller has potential with its well-crafted tale of gruesome cloning, but it lacks the gore to score on the thrill-o-meter. It has the brains-it just needs more brawn.
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP