Midnight Mysteries: Haunted Houdini Deluxe
Very easy, but very pretty
This is a pretty, polished game for people who want very little challenge, either in the adventure or the HO scenes. The visual quality of this game ranks among the highest at BFG, with a really gorgeous backdrop, some amazing animation, and an excellent inventory/guide/hint system.
My low ranking, although I will recommend the game with a caveat, comes from the complete lack of challenge. Basic computer-generated card tricks are disguised as mini-games (with solutions easily found on the web) and the discovery of "clues" is just too simple for players with much experience. The puzzle boxes were a new twist for BFG, but still not anything new in the world of gaming.
At the 30-minute mark I had found 10 of the 40 "special items", which means the full game would have taken me 2 hours. I'm used to free games that last for a hundred hours--I'm not willing to pay for one with no replay value that I can finish in the time it takes to watch a movie.
For very casual gamers looking for extremely simple and relaxing play, this would be a good choice. For me, I will end where I began this review--30 minutes in to the demo and ready to find a real challenge.
March 4, 2012
I was thoroughly bored with this game, it failed to hold my attention.
February 9, 2012
Let the chains break free!
I have played others in this series and this one follows others in the series (ghosts, and story based on real authors and characters which the authors wrote about). This one for me though was slightly let down, as whilst the story was strong and the characters 'Houdini' and 'Doyle', and their respective families were accurate and the story did flow, at times it felt to me that there was too much dialogue and it got a bit confusing at times. Another slight negative was that the game seemed slightly far-fetched, as one the scenes early on was you were at the WWI Battle of the Somme and two doors later you were in a whole other continent (Canada), not exactly realistic.
The puzzles I found to be relatively easy, and I didn't need to skip any, though I have not completed the full game.
There a VO at the beginning and even though this was a 'premium' edition apart from collecting 'clover' leaves, and a strategy guide there was no VO as are normal for the 'CE' editions on BF, though saying that this was a 'one credit' game, so you did get value of money for the extras you did receive.
If you have liked others in the series then this is certainly worth a look at, but owing to the slightly confusing storyline, cause IMHO by lots of text, then I would definitely 'try before you buy'.
October 20, 2013
Sorry But Not All That Great - More Like Annoying
This review is based on about 30 minutes in advance mode.
3 play modes: Casual, Advanced, Hardcore.
There is a journal however no map.
Inventory items which is at the bottom of the screen along with the goals. The items some of them to be used you have to "drag" them over to the little boxes down at the bottom to combine them.
HOS (hidden object scenes) are interactive.
For hints you collect Ravens. You can also click on an object to see its silhouette. The hint is also useful outside of the HOS.
You collect clovers to unlock unlimited HO.
There are mini games.
Integrated strategy guide.
No voice overs. You click on the ghost dialogue to move forward in the game.
There are achievements you can earn.
My overall impression of the game:
Well for starters the story just didn't grab me and have my attention. I just couldn't get into it to save myself. It just didn't flow really well or make much sense to me.
What I played of this not too much wandering around and the journal did keep things up to date.
Now the graphics I found to be very well done as they are crisp and nice looking. There's a delightful, foggy "ambiance" in some places, including HOS. It looks like real fog,
The HOS: I didn't have much trouble finding the items as I only used a few hints however I did check out the silhouette just to see what it was like and those are tiny. The hint is very slow on charging back up.
Mini games: I found to be very easy and repetitive. The skip on this is painfully slow as I was getting bored with these mini games.
What REALLY annoyed me about this game was the constant click, click, click on the ghost dialogue to move forward in the game and the click on the object and zooming towards you and then you have to click again to put it in the inventory.
Just way too much click, click, click and dragging things for me which was starting to flare up my RA (rheumatoid arthritis) so I had to cut this game off at 30 minutes. Way more than enough for me already.
Oh and the SG (strategy guide): Well I didn't need it but just checked out: I do not think the SG is very helpful . It does not follow along with where you are but it also doesn't just go back to the beginning either.
Sorry Big Fish but the best I can do with this game is 2 stars
Definitely give it a try to decide for yourself though as it looks like most people enjoyed this game however and I sure hope you do too but definitely not for me.
January 30, 2012
I found this game fairly annoying, not really much fun. I find my patience waning when you click an object, it zooms it toward you, then you have to click it again to put it in your journal or inventory. Or when you click on the gears, it gives you the message that you need a tool (which of course you knew from the gears), then you have to click again, then again to pick up an item from your inventory. Annoying. Not enough HOS, too much dragging the mouse around to see what to pick up, then wandering around for the next thing. All in all - tiresome, won't be buying this one.
January 28, 2012
Missed a step...
At some point I missed a step in the storyline, and was then locked out from continuing. NOT HAPPY. The hints indicated we should re-enter the house, but the game would not allow us to do so. Because of this, we were unable to complete the game. Very Frustrating!!!
March 30, 2012
I just found this really dull and boring. Having clicked on the items in the hidden object scenes, you then had to click on them a second time for them to disappear. Interaction with the ghosts was slow too.
February 3, 2012
not the best of games
To much of the same did not enjoy this game tempted to not finish it will not play again
October 21, 2012
Too hard for me
I didn't know what I was suppose to be doing half the time and some objects were so well hidden, I couldn't find them even with hints. I don't want a game to be too easy, but I don't want to get upset trying to play it either.
February 6, 2012
The opening sequence is breathtaking, but there is no opportunity to skip it, and it is lengthy. The one minipuzzle I encountered did not function the way the instructions aid it would, and the skip button took forever to fill. When I got inside the house, I was supposed to be dazzled by card tricks.
This game should have been billed as a mildly interactive show.
After 6 minute's I'd had enough.
January 29, 2012