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Game Giveaway of the day — The Lake House: Children of Silence

A story that will take you to a place darker than you can imagine!
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User rating: 37 (95%) 2 (5%) 17 comments

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Long-forgotten memories bubble to the surface when the past invades the present in The Lake House: Children of Silence! Located at the edge of a gloomy lake and shrouded in fog, the house at the center of this story has stood empty for 15 years. Beckoned by what appears to be a ghost, a woman who lived there as a child returns to the house to solve a mystery that begins with an old photograph and ends in a secret room. Find hidden objects, solve puzzles and prepare yourself for an ending that will take you to a place darker than you can imagine!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.8 GHz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 879 MB

Publisher:

ToomkyGames

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/6409/lake-house-children-of-silence/

File Size:

477 MB

Price:

$9.99

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The Lake House: Children of Silence:




In Brief:
The Lake House: Children of Silence is an excellent Hidden Object Game. It was originally given away on July 17th 2016 where it received a positive 77% from 99 votes with 55 comments which you can see HERE

You can read full reviews of the game via Casual Game guides HERE and Gadget Speak HERE and FAQ's about The Lake House: Children of Silence in the Big Fish forums HERE and HERE

You can see written Walkthrough/Strategy guides HERE and HERE; as well as video walkthroughs and examples of game play ..............(Spoiler Alert).............HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE.



Introduction:
Long-forgotten memories bubble to the surface when the past invades the present in The Lake House: Children of Silence! Located at the edge of a gloomy lake and shrouded in fog, the house at the center of this story has stood empty for 15 years. Beckoned by what appears to be a ghost, a woman who lived there as a child returns to the house to solve a mystery that begins with an old photograph and ends in a secret room. Find hidden objects, solve puzzles and prepare yourself for an ending that will take you to a place darker than you can imagine!

Reference accessed HERE 28th October 2021.




The Game:
Lake House: Children of Silence is moody, atmospheric, and one amazing hidden object adventure game.

Everyone has their demons. Just look at Henry’s new fiancée Ann, in Lake House: Children of Silence. Ann’s little brother, Tommy, disappeared many years ago when the two were just children. But now when Ann is captured by a mysterious assailant who wears Tommy’s favorite metal mask, this incredible hidden object adventure shows just how easy it is for a person’s past to come back and haunt them.

The gripping story of Lake House: Children of Silence is told through a combination of cut-scenes, journal entries, and old reels of film, all of which provide some chilling insights into Ann and Tommy’s unusual childhood. There is an incredible sense of movement to all of the 2D visuals, whether in a character’s face as they speak, or in the little set pieces around the game world itself. For instance, at one point I used a heart key to unlock a gate that was guarded by two Cupid statues. Instead of just having the door open and move me into the next area, I was rewarded with a tiny animation of the two Cupids firing their arrows at the locks and breaking through the chains.

There are many little nuances like this that work wonders towards shaping the game’s atmosphere, from the haunting piano tones in the moody soundtrack, to the misty sea air that lays fog over the streets. The abandoned town beyond the lake house gives way to some truly spectacular locations, like a docked whaling ship, a rundown mask kiosk, and a dilapidated movie theater with tree branches poking through a gaping hole in the wall. And it’s an absolute blast exploring each and every one. I felt an early Silent Hill vibe going on as I played, right down to Tommy’s strange obsession with collecting masks, and the (seriously creepy) child drawings you’ll come across in Tommy’s old room.

Of course, an HOG’s story means nothing if it doesn’t have that perfect blend of puzzles and hidden object game play to match. Luckily, the game play of Lake House: Children of Silence is nearly flawless in execution. The puzzles are by far some of the most interesting and intricate I’ve ever seen in a hidden object game. From strategically placing fences on a model race horse track so that each horse crosses the finish line at the very same time, to completing a connect-the-dots drawing on a weathered, old chalkboard, you never know what kind of challenge lies in wait around the corner. My personal favorite puzzle has players navigating a tiny figurine through a dimly lit dollhouse, picking up items as they go along, and using those items to get by obstacles like snakes and gorillas so they can reach the next room. It’s a tiny bonus adventure game all in itself, and incredibly imaginative.

However, some of these puzzles like the race horse track can be real head scratchers, and without an in-game hint system to help guide you through them, might be a bit too challenging for some.
Still though, there is an impeccable balance between the amount of point-and-click exploration you’ll do around the lake house and the number of puzzles and hidden object scenes you’ll encounter. The hidden object scenes are much more of a supplement to the adventure rather than a constant distraction, with a nice interactive element that has you opening up that suitcase or smashing that hourglass with a hammer to cross that last object off your list. They also progress in difficulty the further you go on, with more cluttered environments and less obvious interactive components.

All of the point-and-click solutions are grounded in logic, and will lead to many “A-ha!” moments when you find an object that you know exactly where to use. Backtracking never feels redundant, and the beautifully-drawn world map lets you know which areas still have some unfinished business to attend to. The game’s length is very generous with a nicely sized world, and that doesn’t even include the four chapters’ worth of bonus content you’ll find in the Collector’s Edition. As you’re nearing the thrilling conclusion, you’ll actually find yourself speeding through the game’s final moments, eagerly clicking on objects to see how it all ends.

Every once in a while, a hidden object game comes along that stays with you long after its final objects are found. Lake House: Children of Silence is one of those games. From its incredible presentation, to the amazing variety in locations and puzzle design, the unforgettable tale of Ann and Tommy reminds us of what a great hidden object adventure should be like, and offers exciting twists and turns for gamer's of all ages.

Reference accessed HERE; originally posted by Joe JaskoJoe Jasko on Dec 28th 2012, then reposted by Whiterabbit-uk 17th July 2016, then again 28th October 2021.




Conclusion:
My initial opinion of the game is a well made HOG with excellent graphics and some great puzzles..






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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)
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Why you can download the game FREE with no time limits here:
https://toomkygames.com/download-free-games/the-lake-house-children-of-silence ,
but here at GAOTD, the original price is announced with $9,99 ?

Reply   |   Comment by software-nutzer  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

software-nutzer,

The game is a commercial game that is given away via game sites like TooMky Games because there is advertising included. When you install the game ad when you close the game down after playing. The giveaway version has had some of the adware removed so is preferable to getting it directly from TooMky Games.

TooMky Games and other free game sites earn money, part of which is given to the developer of the game for allowing the game to be downloaded for free.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#13

I'm looking forward to playing this game! I have enjoyed playing other Alawar games through the years! I especially like that this is a HOG game. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by M. Aronson  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#12

I downloaded and was able to install this game on Ubuntu 21.10 64 bit with WINE (windows emulator). The game started up with no glitches or issues. I was able to play the entire game in about 4 or so hours. Other than the constant backtracking and scene revisits which is tiresome & which required using the hint feature, it was playable. I did not try the music, I prefer to play without all the distractions music and sound effects give you. Having said that, the story became a bit creepy once you figured out (early really) who was behind this whole thing. I will say the brother-sister relationship smacks a little incestuous since that kind of love between family members comes off unhealthy. This kind of jealousy is not natural between siblings, it's usually something you see between lovers when one falls out of love and starts dating others or when on ex is still in love with the other. I know the mask had something to do with that and the way the story was going I thoroughly expected the one kidnapping the woman to start declaring his undying unnatural love and the odd thing is, you find out THAT was his sister he kidnapped!! It's very odd, and the more the story unfolded the worse it got until the very end and the whole thing just doesn't come off right. I think the writers should have used another male rival in the story other than the cringe-worthy one they used. Who they used just didn't work for the story and the flimsy "didn't want to be alone" reason comes off as sick and twisted especially since it was coming from her brother; something that would sound half way believable had it been said by someone she was married to for ages and either she left him for someone new leaving him bitter and not taking it well. Thing is, he was her brother, not some jilted lover she left to marry her new love; brother got jealous over sister's love for someone else and wanted to kidnap her and destroy their love. Sure it happens but not between siblings. That isn't a sibling rivalry, that's what former spouses and lovers do to each other. I would have changed the love connection to say a high school sweetheart, not a male family member. As for the title, it doesn't fit especially as you discover the relationship is sick between a brother for his sister & you find out the story revolves around unrequited love between siblings and their love is forbidden and needs to remain silent, undiscovered. The title becomes even more creepy once you play the game. Would I play this again? NOPE.

Reply   |   Comment by Deborah1962  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#11

Wow. Loving this game. Best in a very long time. Having fun with it, but glad for the hints. Better to enjoy the trip than to get frustrated, right? Games are supposed to be fun.

Reply   |   Comment by Kelltic  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#10

Played this 5 yrs ago. Highly recommend it!

Reply   |   Comment by Sarge  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#9

Great game, easy download and quick install. Note: if you are having problems with the game, I suggest making sure your antivirus is turned off/paused for 10 mins. before installing.
Graphics are amazing, and great storyline so far.
It's a dreary, wet and cold Halloween day in Maine, so it's the perfect time to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and play spooky games!
Thank you devs and GAOTD!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Lady of the Forest  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#8

I will say this is one of the better HOG I have seen here. The hidden objects are part of the story so you feel that what you are looking for moves the story along, not just random stuff that make little sense to the story. I have found when Whiterabbit-uk recommends a game, it is well working looking into. This is one of those games. Good theme, graphics, and story. A good eerie game for Halloween.

I want to thank ToomkyGames for giving this to us.

Reply   |   Comment by Derek  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#7

This is a really good one. Been playing for a couple of hours. I like the story and the music is really good too. Thank you for this giveaway and always to White Rabbit for your hard work and great descriptions!!

Happy Halloween to those who celebrate!!

Reply   |   Comment by Pixieydust  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#6

when I try to download it says it cannot connect for some reason

Reply   |   Comment by Temberley Waters  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

i really like the game i often skip the narrative but not this one it had me hooked enjoyed till the end the puzzles were fun - wish i had a map got lost a few times hitting the hint to find out where i was supposed to be love the pieces of film collected it was like watching a movie only a very interactive one a number of twists and turns all round fun thank you

Reply   |   Comment by SANDRA CHRISTINE MORTAGNE-GUNDRY  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#4

This is an excellent HOA game. I played it several years ago and it is one of few that I actually kept. It is at the beginning of HOAs that are actually good with a story line and things to do and find that make sense.

I long ago got fed up with games listed as HOA that are actually just seek and find or with disjointed stories attached. I can recommend this game. Even if you long ago got fed up with these types of games try this one. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Would love if we got more of this type of HOA on this site.

Reply   |   Comment by LadyLei  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)
#3

Thank you this looks like an interesting HOG. Love them!

Reply   |   Comment by Lynne FitzGerald  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#2

Installed and when started just "Not responding" several times over, sounds like a fun game if you are even able to start it.

Reply   |   Comment by Richard  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Richard, Ditto here. Started it and routed me to the website.

Reply   |   Comment by Glen Hallstrom  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Richard, Hey, I had trouble getting it downloaded, then had trouble installing it too. Finally it did whatever these things do, and then started working. Hope it works for you, too.

Reply   |   Comment by Kelltic  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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