After the short 7 PM instalment (available separately) Third Eye Open is the full-length next chapter of the Paper Ghost Stories series. The games stand-alone but share characters and tone. Third Eye Open tells a ghostly coming-of-age story over five years of Ting's young life as she wrestles to understand the powers that make her different to everyone else.
Play involves moving around Southeast Asia locations, talking to the people you meet and finding objects that help you progress. Some of the interactions turn into mini-puzzles you need to solve to move on or gain the information you need.
The result is a game steeped in Malaysian tradition, culture and folklore. Through the markets, elderly monks and wandering spirits of the woods threads a simple story about a young girl trying to make sense of an adult world.
Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Paper Ghost Stories: Third Eye Open 16 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 months ago.
The developer describes the game as depicting "a story of a fractious home-life, and how a young child contends with living with an ailing parent. Younger and/or sensitive players may find certain scenes unsettling or scary."
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although younger players can cope with the interactions and puzzles, to enjoy and process the story you need some life experience, empathy and the ability to cope with unsettling ghost stories.
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: PC
Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made