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Review roundup

As Penumbra: Overture has been out for soon a week the reviews keep coming in at a steady rate. So far it has been mainly positive reviews and our own internal goals have been met and even exceeded! Enjoy!

PC Zone "So you crouch, and you hide in the dark from the thing because you're no 'Hollywood action hero', and through some magical trick of character empathy, you're actually scared. Then a wolf howls and you promptly shit yourself." -PC Zone, issue 178. Review available online.


EuroGamer "It does some truly clever stuff, has an effectively creepy atmosphere and there's a few signposts in it that action and adventure games alike would do well to follow." -EuroGamer.net.


GameElite Freely translated- "...the game contains surprisingly small amounts of violence, but notably large amounts of physiological horrors that will make you sleep with the lights turned on for weeks ahead." -GameElite.se.


PC Games For German speaking readers Penumbra: Overture is reviewed in the May issue of PC Games.



AdventureIsland Quick translation- "The game is very creepy and exciting. The great graphics and music helps it very well. The enemies are lethal but trying to evade them and sneak past them is double as scary than just attacking them." -Adventure-island.nl.


PC Gameplay Last there is a review in issue 132 of the Belgian magazine PC Gameplay.




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Penumbra: Overture in stores now and trailer released!

Finally they day has come! Penumbra: Overture is out there on the store shelfs and in the digital archives. Ready to be bought, brought home and enjoyed! As you start playing the first episode, work here is already well away on the second episode. Make sure you tell us what you think of the episode so that we can make the second as good as possible!

Eager to get your hands on the game? You can purchase and download Penumbra: Overture instantly from Gamer's Gate online stores.

Are you one of those that has always wondered "who are those Frictional Games fellows anyway?", think no more about it! Take a quick look at our tour of the office.

A release day needs a release trailer, so here you have a short less than a minute video to watch while you wait for the download to finish.

It can quite safely be watched without really spoiling anything of the final game experience!


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Last gameplay video released!

With only one day to go before Penumbra: Overture is available in stores we give you this video. Showing one of the more talked about gameplay features and one that is more or less unknown. Enjoy and be slightly warned that the video will spoil the game experience slightly.

View it here or visit the media section for additional mirrors/download locations, it's called Innovative Gameplay.

Lets see if we can get some sleep tonight... These are exciting days!



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Dynamic environments video out

The third of four gameplay trailers is out, this time showing some dynamic environments in Penumbra: Overture. As last time, be slightly warned for spoilers in the video.

View it here or visit the media section for additional mirrors/download locations, it's called Dynamic environments.

The next video is out tomorrow and perhaps something more will come on Friday for some reason...



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Reviews & New gameplay video

It's Penumbra: Overture release week and we have some reviews to report about, a new video and some last minute previews for those eager to read even more.

PCG Zine "The game made my mind play tricks on itself and giving me the scares at the same time, and believe me..I do not scare easily." -VG Reloaded.


PC Format "It's a genuinely creepy and engaging adventure..." -Issue 199, April 2007.



GamesTM "It feels intuitive, especially as it ties into Penumbra's wonderful physics system, adding a new layer of immersion to everything. And in horror games such as this, immersion is key." -Issue 55.


Doupe A German review from Do not cross. 'Dante' was also kind enough to make us a quick translation of it into English.



Doupe Jeux Video PC has also done a review in French. Enjoy!




In the second release video you get a peak at one of the physics puzzles in Penumbra: Overture. The wonderful idea with physics puzzles is that they can be solved in different ways, this being one of them, perhaps the most cumbersome as well...

View it here or visit the media section for additional mirrors/download locations, it's called The Electric Fence. As last time, be slightly warned for spoilers in the video.

The next video is to be release on Wednesday, be sure to check it out as it's available. We'll let you know!


And last, the links to the previews:
GamerNode, PC Daily News, Hooked Gamers.


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