Phantasmat: Remains of Buried Memories Collector's Edition
February 24, 2019
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Hidden Objects Vs. Bubble Shooter
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Characters
Soundtracks & Cutscenes
Achievements & Collectibles
Morphing Objects & Souvenir Room
Replayable HOs & Puzzles
Bubble Shooter Game
Phantasmat: Remains of Buried Memories welcomes you to the Somber Hills Hotel, where your sister Tilly got her new job! On your way to visiting your sister, you are involved in a car crash and woke up in this very hotel. Soon you discover that this is no ordinary hotel and the peculiar staff know something sinister that you don’t! Can you survive this latest haunted house thriller from Eipix?
With one new Phantasmat sequel, I miss the original Phantasmat one degree more. Remember when the series was actually scary and had a unique plot? Well, this new sequel certainly does not achieve any of that. Phantasmat: Remains of Buried Memories is yet another haunted house-themed HOPA and I usually wouldn’t mind that, but we literally just got a near-perfect one from Mariaglorum just a week before.
Phantasmat: Remains of Buried Memories tries to incorporate the thriller and horror elements within its storyline. While I appreciate the effort, the result is not always successful. The jump scares are not scary and the monsters come off as campy rather than scary. Although the location designs are quite creative, they are just not convincing given the mishmash story elements in the game.
As for the quality of the production, there is nothing wrong with that. The visuals are stunning, the artwork its detailed, and the animations are impressive. Also, the voice-overs and the soundtracks are excellent. Again, the main issue with Phantasmat: Remains of Buried Memories is the confusing theme of the game. I am never sure whether the game wants to be a serious creepy adventure or a campy horror parody. Thus, while the sights and sounds are amazing when separated from the game, I am uncertain how they fit within the game.
Phantasmat: Remains of Buried Memories is more redeemable when it comes to its gameplay. Despite the adventure portion of the game being relatively formulaic, Eipix aims high with the hidden object scenes and the puzzles. There is plenty of hidden object scenes in this game, which might satisfy some players. I think some of the twists in these scenes are quite entertaining and help elevate them above the standards. The puzzles are more innovative and many of them are unexpectedly complex and challenging.
Phantasmat: Remains of Buried Memories has a runtime of around four hours, and the bonus chapter adds another 50 minutes to the total length. The Collector’s Edition includes all the expected features; a strategy guide, wallpapers, concept art, soundtracks, videos, repayable hidden object scenes, replayable puzzles, achievements, collectibles, morphing objects, bubble shooter game, and a souvenir room.
Phantasmat: Remains of Buried Memories is well-made, but has a serious identity crisis – something that needs to be addressed before the next installment.
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