Excerpt: We’ve seen a glut of zombie games, and I’d argue that the runaway success of Telltale’s The Walking Dead is only going to further open the door for more. Arcen Games took some interesting concepts and used them to bring zombies to life in Shattered Haven .
Pros: Branching storylines and multiple endings, Innovative Gameplay, Challenging Puzzles
Excerpt: When the world hits the fan, certain things come first. Family, friends and my PC all need to be kept safe; although without power the rig would be useless...aside from that, Shattered Haven plays on the emotions of how family is important no matter what, and you set out to find your loved ones, and...
Shattered Haven's inert levels and unwillingness to let you naturally learn obscure its more brilliant moments.
1 April 2013
Summary: Shattered Haven is a well-meaning game with crippling communication issues. At times, it underestimates you, offering blatant written solutions to its environmental puzzles. These moments leave your brain tightly wound and ready to solve problems if only it were given the chance.
Pros: Good variety of tools and weapons to use, Some levels require strategic planning
Cons: Most levels are similar and bland, Game too often solves its own puzzles on your behalf, Can be tough to find your next challenge
Conclusion: Overall, Shattered Haven is a decent game for its low price. It features a standard narrative with a few twists and turns to keep things interesting. What it lacks in visual excellence, it makes up for with its fantastic soundtrack.
Conclusion: The Short Version: Shattered Haven is a refreshingly unique take on puzzles and zombie-themed survival horror, but never quite manages to make the most of either side of its split personality. An acquired taste, then, but one that rewards logical thinking and patience with a bevy of content.
Pros: Effective environmental puzzling, Plenty of levels, upgrades and surprisingly compelling storyline, Can be genuinely creepy, masterful soundtrack
Cons: Erratic challenge curve with some stupidly easy and obnoxiously obtuse solutions, Businesslike utilitarian structure makes the story, world and horror difficult to invest in, Frequently fails to sustain tension and atmosphere