“I don’t want to scare you, but we’re going to do a lobotomy.”
Imagine being involved in a bus accident, and waking up in a sanitarium, strapped to a bed, and the first thing you see is some ugly doctor who wants to perform a lobotomy on you. Oh, and he is some sort of lizard/ alien in disguise. That is just the type of game the sequel to the Twisted Lands franchise brings us in Twisted Lands: Insomniac, a game I played the free portion of on my Android tablet.
Insomniac is a sequel to Twisted Lands: Shadow Town. To recap from the last game, Angel and Mark are on vacation. The two rent a boat which capsizes. Mark and Angel go into the drink, and by the time Mark gets to shore, an evil spirit thing takes Angel away, and Mark spends the game looking for her. The ending of the first game does not exactly carry forward to this game; How she ended up in a bus accident is beyond me. What is clear is that whatever whisked her away in the previous game is now making everyone she meets turn into some lizard thing, including this crazy ass doctor who is keeping her captive and threatening to perform a lobotomy on her. You know she eventually escapes the asylum, cutting herself loose using whatever is at hand. She must now find her way outta Shadow Town, back to her husband.
Insomniac gives you a lot to do in the game, and the plot moved along. The scenes look great, and bring you right into the creepiness of the game. The game is predominantly hidden object as well as collecting tools to be able to help you move from one scene to the next.
The one thing I have to complain about (and you know I would…) is that right to the end of the fourth chapter, just when I was really getting into Insomniac, the game prompted me to start paying for the rest of the game. I was a little surprised by this since when I found it on Google Play originally, there was no paid version that I was aware of. But, looking at it now, the paid version is only $3.16 CAD and I may consider paying to complete the game. At any rate, it was this that prevented me from finding out how the story ends.
If we are to compare both Twisted Lands games, I would say Insomniac is the strongest in terms of storyline, gameplay and above all, production level. Shadow Town was good, but its production level could have been better, and it certainly is recognized in this sequel. I recommend it!
Twisted Lands: Insomniac
Publisher: Alawar Entertainment
Released: July 2013