for $ 13.99 only!Hi there. And once again Thursday come in and game with ghosts has just begin. Big Fish Games Studios released new Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game, created by Alawar/Five.BN Games - House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets Collector's Edition. And we will start this overview with the gameplay video (quite usual for my blog, yeah?).
House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets Collector's Edition Game is about ghosts. Lots of ghosts. Again. In my last post I already wrote about ghosts's siege of the HOG genre and new about-ghosts-games are still arrives. I'm really bored of this. But what can we done? Nothing.
I suppose, this is caused by the next: some time ago Hidden Object/Adventure games about ghosts suddenly becomes popular. Gamers all over the world actively started to download and play this kind of games. Game developers noticed this tendency and start to develop more games about ghosts.
For a time people liked it, they bought and played new and new casual games, just like House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets. And at last that was enough about-ghosts-games but new ones was releasing over and over again. Now when most casual gamers see new HOG about ghosts, they say: "What?! Ghosts again?"
All of the above didn't mean that House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets is a bad game, it's not true. This game could be priceless, if only it was released year ago. Or at least half of a year. Now House of 1000 Doors loosing huge part of it's audience because of the thematics. But I may understand the developers: when you did the biggest part of the game it has no sense to stop the development, even if the trend is over already.
But let's talk about House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets itself. Your avatar is Kate Reed, a young author, an articles writer. One day strange thing happens: Kate received the invitation to took part in the classes of the School of Spiritism. And the strangest thing was that typewriter typed the invitation itself without any human involved. There among the other psychics and mediums Kate were summoning the spirits of the dead, communicate with them and do her best to help them.
Suddenly for other teachers and students of School of Spiritism spirit of her long dead grandmother arrived and sent her a strange message. Message, that can change her life forever. Kate is going to visit a world she's never imagined!
Grandmother told Kate that there is a strange haunted building, that appears only at midnight on Badlow Island. And that is not a simple haunted house... This building is a portal, where dead and living can interact. If some spirits has an unfinished business and can't rest in peace - living can help this spirit by coming through this house with the spirit rescue mission.
And now this task is on you. Kate will solve mind-bending ancient mysteries to help the restless souls. She will discover darkest secrets of Lancaster family - owners of this haunted manor. Can you help the dead? Tasks in House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets will be tough, for example: once lady was coming to her beloved one by the train. But he wasn't on the station - he was already dead. Soon she died too but both become ghosts because of that unsuccessful meeting. You must restore the situation to let them meet on the station and rest in peace at last.
- Bonus gameplay. I ended it in about an hour. Not much, but not boring too.
- Wallpapers and concept art with ghosts. Nice but nothing really interesting.
- 1 (one) screensaver. Game music, game images. Nice and simple.
- Integrated strategy guide (tips, hints, screens with lightened answers - all necessary stuff).
Summing up, House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets Collector's Edition isn't a bad game. Why House of 1000 Doors wasn't released a year earlier? It may have much better rating.
Gameplay is interesting, puzzles are variate and good, story isn't completely boring. But I may recommend this game only to the players, who loves ghosts thematics. Others can find better things to do. Good luck!Rating: 4.3/5.