When mine Begins, the player sets off in his journey through the truly horrific decisions of a bunch of hormone-ridden teenagers. Hackett’s Quarry is the site of a summer camp, and the young Hacketters have all packed up and gone home. Now, it’s night, and advisory gangsters are trapped in the mine with monsters, ominous hunters, and mysterious corpses. It’s a great formula for a chill and thrilling horror story. But the real draw isn’t the teen mentors—it’s the more interesting adult actors.
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mine begins with a series of very silly decisions. It’s like watching a hero in a horror movie slowly descend into a dark dungeon; you know it’s a bad call but you can’t pause Any of. One of the camp counselors, an insecure Hibo named Jacob, decides to sabotage his ride from there in hopes of using an extra night without any adult supervision to romance a girl. Things go bad very quickly.
The player controls the teenagers as they start their epic bonfire, survive some initial attacks, and then plan to escape the mine and find safety. But there’s more to it than foreshadowing monster attacks at first. As it turns out, the Hackett family is at the center of it all. And these characters — brothers Chris (David Arquette) and Travis (Ted Raimi) and family patriarch Constance (Lynn Shay) and patriarch Jedediah (Lance Henriksen) — are the best part of the game.
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Hackett’s mine, you see, is cursed. The family is hiding a major werewolf problem, and the Hacketts particularly don’t want anyone else to get hurt. Summer camp is no trick or trap; This was set up as a legitimate effort, and leader Chris Hackett is horrified when he learns that the children will stay for an extra night during the full moon. Teen mentors have no idea what’s going on – they’re more interested in their love interests and personal drama.
Further complicating it is that local Sheriff Travis Hackett is interfering with the camp and its operations. When two counselors, Laura and Max, arrive at the camp early one night and risk discovering the whole secret, Travis has them both illegally imprisoned for two months. As the teens begin to unravel the mysteries of the mine, it seems that the Hacketts are the antithesis of the game, and they are as such – they have certainly made a lot of bad choices!
But in their own way, they are victims of bad choices made by stupid kids years ago. Chris’s two children were previously infected werewolves, and it has since spread to the entire family, who, in turn, are determined to protect them from the outside world and from anyone who might hurt them.
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There are seven main counselors to control the players, and much of the game’s initial premise is devoted to grooming them. But as someone who is 31 and pays taxes, I was more invested in the adult cast. Despite his terrible curse, there are small scenes that make him human. There are complex family dynamics at play, the kind that can really only develop if you have more responsibilities and duties than just “updating Instagram” and “coming to college.”
Hacketts are ruined to varying degrees, depending on the choices made by the player. There is no clear end where they make it happy with no consequence; This is a family that has kept their skeletons well-hidden, and when they finally make their way out of the closet, there’s no obvious solution.
Ted Raimi also hits Travis Hackett’s role out of the park. He is the first Hackett to actually appear to play a major role in the story; While Chris Hackett is familiar to the teen, he is mysterious to the player. Travis, on the other hand, is in the game’s introduction and reappears just as the truly horror begins. He wears a little bit of a cop’s authority very Too much comfort, and he becomes recklessly cruel as the curse of his family falls upon him.
If the opening scenes of boisterous teens wanting to kiss and gossip got you off mine, it is worth returning to the adult cast of the game. They’re far less playful, and their compelling performance really drew me into Hackett’s mine secrets.