The game was innovative in that there was a series of rock music videos by the fictional band Trip Cyclone, which provided the player with hints to solving the game's multitude of puzzles. The game itself is played from a First Person perspective, very much like its predecessor, and games like The 7th Guest, or Myst.
The game starts with the player checking into a hotel. Upon entering the hotel, the player is greeted by a rather unfriendly clerk who hands them message that reads: 'I have your friends, only a warrior can free them.' Then the player walks into a room, sets down their bags and goes to bed. Once the player drifts to sleep, they have a strange dream involving a car wreck and a dead body. Once awake, the player is free to explore the town. At this point the player should go to the hotel office where they will find a jack in the box. If the player rings the bell the jack in the box will open. It will be holding a stick with a ribbon tied around it. the jack in the box tells them that it is a Bahos and they will need to collect 12 of them if they want to save their friends. After this point the game becomes nonlinear and the player is free to explore the town. As the player goes about the town, they will find it is deserted. Everyone is gone, and you are alone.
Notes & Trivia
- The game was shipped with two CDs, and included on the second disc were six tracks that could be played in any CD player. Five of the tracks were the songs featured as music videos in the game itself which contained clues for its puzzles, while the sixth was a compilation of songs from the first game (Shivers).
- This game is among the few titles that work with the Sierra Internet Gaming System or SIS. The system allows players to chat in real-time online for clues while still inside the game. By default, SIGS requires a working Internet PPP connection that supports WinSock32. It only works in Windows 95.
- Jason Lindsey, lead guitarist and vocalist for Posted Oval (a real-life Seattle band) played guitar in the music videos for Trip Cyclone in the game. He also worked in the Technical Support department at Sierra Online during the making of the game.
- One of the bandmates in the game is shown in a photograph (in the game) wearing a t-shirt featuring the first Shivers game- actual t-shirts have been confirmed to be made, the owner of the Sierra site Sierra Music Central () has one (contact for photos).
- One can also find a book in the town library with Sir Windlenot's (the creator of the museum in the first game) name on it.
- The newspaper heading at the end of the first game ("Those darn cyclones..." exclaims mayor) hints at Shivers 2.
Shivers 2 official strategy guide
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