Back in the olden days of 2012, when the lights were dim and the weather murky, was released a game called Anna. Anna was a poor child of mere common descent, but she certainly tried her hardest to scare all of her friends. Not reaching the highs she would have liked, she is back again, better than ever before to give us all another dose of fear.
If my bonkers intro didn’t give it away, the indie horror game Anna is making a return to our systems, hoping to fall into better grace than before. While not a bad game by any means, Anna had it’s flaws. There’s the ever-present adventure game logic of using a Horse’s left testicle to make a burger which then opens the door to ye olde shoppe mart. Of course Anna had it’s pixel-hunting moments where finding the required item took longer than cooking a steak. It also had a few teething issues early in the keybinding, actions and sound not always working. With the technical issues worked out in a patch the guys over at Dreamcatchers have decided to go all out and make Anna better.
‘How?’, I hear you ask. Well, voice in my head, they have started by improving the general graphics and UI. There is also more in-game content, including a new character, locations and puzzles to increase the game length. Indeed, there’s a few general improvements all listed in the very helpful press release:
Anna – Extended Edition has been given an overhaul based on the feedback of the thousands of players of the original Anna. It features more environments, more hours of game play, more puzzles, additional game play features, enhanced graphics and an improved interface. Anna – Extended Edition is sure to please fans of psychological horror games such as Amnesia or Silent Hill and impress with the upgraded graphics and sound. Fans who have already purchased the standard version of Anna will be able to download the Extended Edition content for free when released.
Features of Anna – Extended Edition:
· A haunting tale of psychological terror
· Physics-based environmental puzzles
· Three possible endings, each determined by the player’s action
· New environments, puzzles, interface and music
· Improved Graphics
· New in game character: “The Wife Doll” with own AI
· New Game Over state
· Photos of the real-world sawmill location
· Complete soundtrack
· Main character’s notebook in English and Italian
To top it all off, they have made a short movie to celebrate the launch of the Extended edition
The extended edition is free for all current owners of Anna, always a nice bonus. If you don’t already own it, now is the time to check it out.