Phantasmat: Déjà Vu Collector's Edition
July 8, 2018
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Concept Art
Soundtracks & Cutscenes
Achievements & Collectibles
Replayable HOs & Puzzles
In Phantasmat: Déjà Vu, you play as Matthew Rust, who is determined to help his sister Faith from post-traumatic nightmares that started occurring after a car crash that killed both your parents. After countless doctor visits to no avail, Faith’s last hope is Dr. Zachary Ryan in Louisiana. Can Dr. Ryan really cure Faith, is he just another hoax, or is he a pathway to something much more sinister?
Compared to some of the previous Phantasmat sequels, Déjà Vu takes on a moodier, more atmospheric tone. The storyline started out as a psychological thriller with some delightfully twisted elements and a captivating delivery. Unfortunately, as the game progresses pass the first two chapters, Phantasmat: Déjà Vu turns into just another typical horror-lite HOPA that relies on familiar storytelling techniques and a predictable storyline.
Still, there is enough substance in the game that holds our interest from start to finish. The merit of the game is also due to its incredibly engaging gameplay. The storyline is well-integrated into the adventure itself, so Déjà Vu features less of those mundane lock-and-key tasks and more meaningful, slightly unconventional ones. Moreover, we appreciate the smartly-designed hidden object scenes, that are not only story-driven, but can also be quite challenging. However, the challenging level regarding the puzzles can be a little disappointing, although there are some really neat ideas present.
As mentioned, Phantasmat: Déjà Vu takes on a moody and suspenseful theme. The game effectively depicts Louisiana’s swamp area as a creepy hideout straight out of a horror film through the use of a muted color palette and eerie special effects. The soundtracks are also successful in raising the sense of urgency as well as the suspense of the game.
Phantasmat: Déjà Vu has a satisfying length of roughly four hours, with a one-hour bonus chapter that plays through the lens of Faith. The Collector’s Edition includes all the bling; a strategy guide, wallpapers, character gallery, soundtracks, cutscenes, replayable hidden object scenes, replayable puzzles, achievements, collectibles, and morphing objects.
Phantasmat: Déjà Vu is far from perfect, but is still able to deliver a comprehensive and engaging casual adventure experience.
In this series:
- Phantasmat: Crucible Peak
- Phantasmat: The Endless Night
- Phantasmat: The Dread of Oakville
- Phantasmat: Behind the Mask
- Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope
- Phantasmat: Reign of Shadows
- Phantasmat: Mournful Loch
- Phantasmat: Insidious Dreams
- Phantasmat: Curse of the Mist
- Phantasmat: Déjà Vu
- Phantasmat: Death in Hardcover
- Phantasmat: Remains of Buried Memorie