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  • Summary: The Park is a single-player horror experience developed by Funcom, set against the backdrop of an amusement park where a dark and sinister secret is just waiting to be uncovered.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 3, 2015
    80
    A haunted walk through the smelling amusement park can surprise, entertaining and frightening at the same time. The park is ideal leisure for one autumn evening. [Issue#258]
  2. Oct 27, 2015
    80
    Though a little unfocused, The Park manages to deliver a surprisingly personal and powerful story. Scary at times, the real horror comes not from monsters or figments of the imagination, but from that which strikes much closer to home.
  3. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Dec 9, 2015
    75
    The Park runs on standard-but-efficient horror fuel: whispering sounds and child’s cries, all-enveloping darkness and creaking of abandoned yet living park rides. Hansel and Gretel’s story, intermixed with deeply personal horrors of maternity. [Issue#204, p.85]
  4. Oct 28, 2015
    70
    The Park is more unnerving that outright scary, though there are a few attempts at jump scares scattered throughout the game.
  5. Nov 13, 2015
    65
    It’s a low cost horror game that gives you a decent enough storyline to justify the price tag. It’s also a short game though, and not a memorable one. Get it only if you truly love this kind of product.
  6. Nov 9, 2015
    60
    Even though it has some interesting ideas, you’ll be mostly a passive observer on this one time only ride.
  7. Dec 3, 2015
    40
    Although the Park offers a respectable level design, it is failing on all other aspects. It ignores the story and gameplay rules of the horror titles, and the result is an experience that you can easily miss.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 9 out of 26
  1. Oct 27, 2015
    10
    Amzing game. I really recommed playing it. Quite a unique experience. The atmosphere, sound, story, setting is top notch. Its a scary game inAmzing game. I really recommed playing it. Quite a unique experience. The atmosphere, sound, story, setting is top notch. Its a scary game in a diffrent way than many other horror games, and not diffrent in a bad way. Hope Funcom does more of these games. Expand
  2. Oct 28, 2015
    10
    The Park is a superb horror game. It's personal and psychological, sure there are jump scares but the deeper you get into the game the moreThe Park is a superb horror game. It's personal and psychological, sure there are jump scares but the deeper you get into the game the more you begin to dread the things you suspect rather than the external threats. If you consider the cost of a movie I think the cost of the game is reasonable for it's length, it certainly delivers a better horror experience than most horror movies.

    The game echoes Silent Hill 2 and PT at times, but that's a compliment as those may be the best two horror games ever.

    People who have played The Secret World will get more out of the stories than newcomers, but the game should be understandable for all, and hopefully some newcomers to the setting will be drawn into the deeper story of the MMO.
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  3. Oct 27, 2015
    9
    Some people say it was too short. I strongly disagree. The developers made it clear from the trailer just a few weeks ago it would be shortSome people say it was too short. I strongly disagree. The developers made it clear from the trailer just a few weeks ago it would be short and focus on the story, rather than the length of the game. Everyone should check the length of a game before buying it if they're unsure of it's quality. It took 1½ hours for me to complete it and it was a perfect length, I'd say. The price is acceptable and is similar to Gone Home and Dear Esther. Two games that are also pretty short and very good.

    The story was incredibly well written and it really got to me. I won't spoil it for you but it was told in a very beautiful, yet scary way. If you interact with all optional things and read as many papers as you can find, you are in for a treat. The Park has some really crazy history and you'll be able to witness this amazing new story.
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  4. Nov 1, 2015
    6
    It's alright..
    The Park takes place in an abandon amusement park, with the mascot coming after you as you look for your son. It's a neat
    It's alright..
    The Park takes place in an abandon amusement park, with the mascot coming after you as you look for your son. It's a neat concept, but it didn't work as well as you would think. The game focuses on the story, and does a good job at building suspense, but it just doesn't work. The jumpscares are predictable and cheap, so the game unfortunately falls under that trap. But easily, the weakest part about this game is the Shout mechanic.. it's completely useless. The entire game directs you in a single direction, and the hidden pages and hand-written ones are badly placed. However, there are some redeeming qualities to this game. The graphics are very nice, a great use of the Unreal Engine; poor optimization, but still a good-looking game. It's a short game, but sometimes that's not a bad thing; most horror games suffer from a long game-period, and The Park only lasts one hour, and while the ending does feel unrewarding, this game is still short and sweet.
    Overall, The Park is a solid horror experience, but the execution of what the developers wanted the game to be didn't work like they wanted. 12.99 does seem a bit too much for this, but if you're looking for a good scare, this game will work, for the most part.

    The Park gets a 6/10.
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  5. Aug 16, 2020
    5
    لا يوجد سبب يدفعك للعب هذه اللعبة، بالرغم من قصر فترة تختيمها إلا أنها لا تملك شيئا جيدا إلا المغزى من القصة الذي يركز على جانب الأم وتعاملهالا يوجد سبب يدفعك للعب هذه اللعبة، بالرغم من قصر فترة تختيمها إلا أنها لا تملك شيئا جيدا إلا المغزى من القصة الذي يركز على جانب الأم وتعاملها من طفلها غير هذا الأمر لن تجد أي شيء حيد فالقصة عادية ونظام اللعب سيء والرسومات عادية إلأى ضعيفة وهكذا هو الأمر لباقي الأمور Expand
  6. Jan 12, 2021
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I was very disapointed i bought the game for £2.99 on steam the plot doesnt make any sense at the end a monster gives you something and you stab your son the monster looks terrible as your looking for your son in a park you go around on amusment park rides not scary at all the only good bit was the hansel and gretel bit near the start if you are instersted its probably worth £1 because £10 for the most boring 70 minutes of your life is wayyy to much. Expand
  7. Nov 21, 2017
    0
    The Park is a first person horror walking simulator made by FunCom, the makers of The Secret World. The game is about Lorraine, who returns toThe Park is a first person horror walking simulator made by FunCom, the makers of The Secret World. The game is about Lorraine, who returns to the titular park to search for her son, Callum, who has run off into the park in search of his teddy bear.

    Well, maybe.

    This is one of those games that relies rather heavily on mind screw, and at the end, it isn’t really clear what is real and what is fake, or even what actually happened. The protagonist is clearly going crazy and being messed with by The Park, but in the end, the whole thing feels slightly pointless – you walk around the park in a disguised linear loop, but while you see stuff and get to know Lorraine a little bit, ultimately I was left feeling cold. Why should I care? What greater context is there? Some bad guy built an amusement park on bad land and something bad happens as a result. All of the horrible stuff doesn’t really touch me because I’m left wondering why I should care about any of it; there’s no greater connection to the world, and Lorraine isn’t a particularly sympathetic protagonist.

    As a walking simulator, the only gameplay is walking around and clicking on stuff; there’s a few dozen interactive objects within the game, including a few rides that you fade to black to get into rather than organically climbing into them for whatever reason. There’s a couple weird scenes that feel kind of inconsistent with everything else and make little sense until you get towards the end, and even then, you might not realize what it meant unless you think about it (I didn’t realize what a certain scene involving electricity meant until I was writing this review).

    As there isn’t really any gameplay, and the story is confusing and kind of hollow, I’m not really left with a whole lot here. The game looks nice enough – the parking lot at the start of the game looks nice, as does the park at times (especially when first entering), and there is a nice “blood running down the walls” effect, but the game is a rather generic haunted park, and while some moments are nice visually, on the whole there’s nothing particularly memorable about the game.

    As a fan of The Secret World, I did enjoy the nod towards that game in the ending, and indeed, the whole game takes place in a location in that game (or at least an analogue thereof), but, really… I just couldn’t bring myself to care about this game.

    My recommendation? Avoid this.
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