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Shattered Haven might not look like the flashiest game in the world, but beneath its simple exterior beats a sterling heart of challenge and invention. It's a deceptively basic-looking 2D action/puzzle game which features plenty of innovation and which makes it well worth seeking out. The nicely detailed background describes how, nine years ago, the world effectively ended, with humanity now living in several shattered pockets, where everyone just tries to get by. The story follows two ordinary people as they live through this nightmare existence, with zombie-like grays and other horrors threatening their continued survival. What follows is a very clever and enthralling exploration game, where you must roam around the top down environments, solving various environmental puzzles and avoiding or fighting with the grays. There's a sort of mix of Zelda
and Deus Ex
in the gameplay, in that the puzzles are tiered, with different levels of completion and which require plenty of observation and similar skills in order to solve. Shattered Haven really is a cracking little experience. The storyline is well implemented, with some good voice acting to carry things along, but it's the way in which the world has been crafted which helps the game to really shine. The puzzles are well designed and rather cunning, and while objectives are fairly simple for the most part, there's a great sense of adventure and terror to be found here. If you can get past the simple graphics, which are actually quite charming, then you should be in for a good time here.