Hood: Episode 2
Revisit a small town in the middle of nowhere teeming with mystery and secrets to uncover in Hood: Episode 2, the second installment in the point-and-click adventure series by Alice is Dead co-creator, Hyptosis.
Hood: Episode 2 is story-driven and atmospheric, continuing where Hood: Episode 1 left off. While searching the woods for a lost girl (auburn hair, 17-ish, red cloak), you come across a peculiar metal ship. Like something the cat dragged in from a murky swamp. And that's not the only strange encounter in store for you. In this chapter of the series, your main focus is unlocking the secrets of the large tin machine—interrogate the local inhabitants and face unfriendly spirits who cast disparaging labels ("murderer!") upon you in your quest for answers.
Although answers in the case can be obtuse or riddled with implication, moving around in Episode 2 is straight-forward and easy: just click on the red arrows to navigate your way around the town. You might catch yourself hammering some distraught imp's head repeatedly only to come up with empty hands for the dozenth time, there's no need (unless you think his tortured "Arww!" amusing); requisite items are rather obvious when they're located. If you can't pick it up or it's not presented to you, it's probable that you aren't supposed to have it yet. The inventory menu is also conveniently located at the bottom of the screen making using an object a simple matter of highlighting it.
While the puzzle solving aspect of the game is certainly gratifying, the greatest appeal of Hood: Episode 2 is in discovery and narrative scaffolding. Poking a tree with a pumpkin, for no other reason than to reveal some ironic or irreverent comment, can be addicting. As you continue to explore, the tainted allegory unfolds before you. Then, at the moment of revelation, a new twist. What happens next? Look forward to Episode 3 when that answer might soon be revealed.