House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets
Could be better
I like the nonlinear storyline. You have to solve multiple crises, as each new door presents a new challenge. However, the implementation could use some improvement. Some puzzles have incredibly small acceptance area. The couple of log puzzles (stacking logs, splitting logs) are exercise in frustration.
July 24, 2013
First of the House of 1000 Doors
I bought this game quite some time ago and played it without reviewing it. I just finished it again, and there was much that I did not recall from the first playing. Could it be that different each time it's played?
This is the first of the series where we're introduced to the house and some of the characters. Beautiful artwork but repetitive music, and some of the voiceovers were annoying. I didn't think the continuity was all that great, and it did get tedious toward the end, otherwise I would've given it five stars.
June 10, 2013
Game was fun. The puzzles are fairly easy. The morphing objects are a nice addition. All in all a game I enjoyed.
February 2, 2013
Lots of mini-puzzles; hidden objects. Map is very helpful.
January 6, 2013
More like a House of 1000 Hidden objects!
This game was fun and had great visuals. The storyline was good but choopy. I didnt understand what the point was with the dissapearing doors? Morphing objects were hard to find and I didn't get all of them and if you miss some in particular areas, you won't have a chance to go back. If you like A LOT of hidden object games this one is for you. I got bored with them as there were soooo many. The mini games where fun and range from easy to hard. There is also a lot of back and forth with this game. You do get a map so that makes things easier when traveling. I found the elevator to be a waste of time, waiting for it to go up and down. Overall this was a fun game and if you really like HO then this one is for you.
September 12, 2012
The graphics were excellent. The game has a map and you can teleport and I loved that. It was a good game but about 3/4 way through I started getting a little bored. I thought it was pretty repetitious and really with the map telling you where you had an activity to do, it was not that challenging. If you got stuck you just had to look at the map. All in all though I thought it was an enjoyable game and I will be playing the sequeal.
August 1, 2012
More of 3.5 stars
Mainly because there were such an overwhelming number of HOS that I sighed every time I entered one as the game went on and I actually got bored enough I stopped playing. The story is the only thing that kept me going in this game. I loved that you could fast travel with the map I think more games should let you do that. The graphics weren't amazing but I didn't mind them overly much. All in all this was a good first game in the series and hopefully the second one will be better. I'm not recommending this game if you don't like a whole ton of HOS.
July 17, 2012
The other comments were right, this game is worth to try. I really liked the map option, I did not have to walk all the way, the story is interesting and sometimes it is hard to have a break. :)
July 7, 2012
Don't know if it was the fact I was pretty brain dead from bottle feeding kittens every two hours, but I found this one really challenging. I often got stuck about where to go next, and all the to and fro got me constantly lost (lack of sleep seems to mess up my virtual sense of direction). There is an interactive map, but I didn't discover it until the end! However I was saved from having to consult a walkthrough by that lovely little hint button which tells you which direction to go if you are finished in that room.
Since I am a big mystery novel fan, the traumatic deaths didn't bother me much, but if you dislike messy deaths, it's a good idea to trial test this. The death on a train one even made me cringe a bit. Not that there is excessive blood and gore, I just have a vivid imagination.
I really like the main storyline of a house full of people who zap around in a portable mansion, rescuing ghosts. There is a second one out already, and if it's as good as the first it will be a definite buy. Honestly with that basic plot line this could have as many serials as a TV show. I'm good with that, especially if they developed the house residents characters along the way.
May 6, 2012
Too much back and forth
I will be the contrarian here.
The game is gorgeous, the HO scenes are mostly well done, the music is fine and the voice acting is better than most. Nice variety of puzzles and mini-games.
But ... the constant back and forth had me seething. And it isn't as if you're only backtracking a room or two at a time.
If I hadn't had the strategy guide, I probably would have just given up the ghost (pun intended).
January 26, 2012