Don't judge Phobia - St. Dinfna Hotel just because it's an indie title. The game is very well crafted and with incredible detail. Despite some technical and story-tightening issues, it can be considered one of the best horror games I've ever played.
Fobia – St. Dinfna Hotel is a really good survival horror title if you like exploration and puzzles. There is combat but it isn't really the focus, with puzzles that require observation and some actual brain work. It's also filled with optional puzzles to really reward thorough players. Highly recommended.
Phobia: St. Dinfna Hotel is an indie horror game that draws its inspiration from previous, successful horror titles of the past while also having some good ideas. Definitely not for everyone, but fans of horror games (see Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Outlast etc.) will appreciate it.
Ultimately, how much enjoyment you get out of Fobia depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re just dying for gripping gunplay with myriad monsters to encounter, there’s no denying that you’ll probably be pretty disappointed with what this title has to offer. But if you can look beyond its rougher edges, Fobia – St. Dinfna Hotel offers tantalizingly terrifying accommodations for survival horror fans.
Fobia – St. Dinfna Hotel is worth playing for patient survival horror fans who want something lighter on combat, and can handle budget-constrained rough edges. Monsters wander around in an effort to raise the stakes, but the focus is on meticulous exploration, just-cryptic-enough puzzle-solving, and mentally mapping out the many, many hotel halls.
Fobia – St. Dinfna Hotel lifts liberally from the best of the horror genre but its unsatisfying core gameplay loops leave you out in the cold. A nifty camera mechanic allows for some entertaining time-bending exploration and the game has a solid grasp on 2000s grunge aesthetics, even if the story at its heart is a little old hat.
This game is about a 7.8 for me. On one hand It does have some good moments and some thoughtful puzzles with some aha moments. I did get scared by the monsters and it has good tension and atmosphere.
But on the other hand, it only has a couple of monster types excluding the bosses( of which there are three) and towards the end of the game the puzzles tended to become a little bit of a chore. Don't get me wrong there are several well done puzzles in the game. But there are so many of them that they grind down your stamina a bit on your way to the finish line. And sometimes you can become lost on what do for quite a while. My biggest complaint I guess is the story. Its got mystery and intrigue but by the end of the game its not really to clear on what is or has happened. It doesn't feel like a big enough pay off. And that's if you manage to pick the right ending. The other one explains nothing.
A minor note, there is a trophy that expects you to beat the game without taking any damage, which I don't really see as possible in this game. Especially with an enemy that if you manage to miss it crawling on the wall attaches itself to you and you take damage immediately with no way to prevent it once its happened.
All in all I love horror games and I have played a lot of them. I enjoyed my time in this one for the most part, but i doubt I'll replay it anytime soon. I would like to see another horror game from them, I just hope its a little more refined.
I would give it more, but the need to shot the enemies to the heart or reload because of lack of ammo turned annoying. Story wise, atmosphere wise and puzzle wise it was great. Still.. if the studio products something new, I will give it a try.
Fobia is one of the worst games I’ve ever played. Please avoid this game at all costs. I’ve seen games on PS2 with better graphics, not scary at all, literally a dollar tree Resident Evil. Voice acting is laughably bad. 0/10.
SummaryTreze Trilhas is home to the St. Dinfina Hotel, a decadent site that is the subject of numerous rumors including mysterious disappearances and paranormal activity. Hoping to break the story, amateur journalist Roberto Leite Lopes travels to Santa Catarina following a tip from his friend Stephanie.
His investigative skills will be needed...