I think it was the name ahead of the cheap price on Steam that attracted me to Shtriga: Summer Camp. Of course, this was one of my 2018 Steam Summer Sale purchases. But, it was the creepy summer camp theme that sealed the deal and made me want to play. A name like Shtriga must have a story, right?
You are sent to the property of an abandoned summer camp to investigate the disappearance of a young boy, Peter, by his mother who suspects he has been kidnapped. A month since the incident, and police are giving up their search. The mother, understandably frantic, says the boy was acting strangely a couple of weeks before he disappeared; she found evidence in his room that showed a strange attraction to the abandoned camp, and his eventual intentions to go there.
Through further investigation, you discover the reason for the camp’s closure: several summers ago, three campers went missing amid a terrible epidemic at the summer camp. Many died. Authorities quarantined the property, and swiftly shut it down. Those three campers were presumed dead as they were never found. Now, you must investigate the old campground to search for clues into Peter’s disappearance. While there, you discover there is an evil spirit, or Shtriga (an Albanian term for witch) that has taken hold of the camp, and is channeling these boys to come to her so she can do her bidding.
The story told in Shtriga: Summer Camp is pretty interesting. The game? Well, it was probably one of the easiest hidden object games I’ve ever played. The HOG scenes could be completed in 30 seconds or less, and no hints were needed. The other mini-games found were typical casual fare and just as easy. The whole thing could be completed in under 2 hours.
As for graphics, again, in typical form, the animated video scenes weren’t great, but the in-game graphics were pretty good. There were a couple of scenes, however, where it looked like there was poor rendering; no big deal, but I could see them…In another mini-game, something happened to the on-screen instructions…Not to critique too much about it, but it was there, and it did have me ask about the QC on this game. But, because the rest of the game was pretty well done, I can excuse this hiccup. Moving on…
Overall, Shtriga: Summer Camp is a fair game. I managed to get it for $1.57, and got my money’s worth. If you see it and want an easy go on some casual gaming, feel comfortable throwing a twonie on the table.
Shtriga: Summer Camp