Haunted Past: Realm of Ghosts
Short, but worth the trip
You inherit a house, but there are a lot of restless spirits hanging out who need some help to move on. Good VOS. Nice, eerie music. Seek and find and non-interactive HOS. Sepia colors are easy on the eyes. Area cleared notice. Not quite 4 hours, but very enjoyable.
July 26, 2012
What a great game!
Loved the twist that you hide things in the past to help in the present. I also thought it is great to be able to customize the difficulty and it tells you when an area is cleared.
January 22, 2012
One of the best games, lately, that I've played & bought on the site. Interesting, difficult enough, but not impossible. Loved, loved, loved it!
January 19, 2012
great haunted house game!!
Just finished the trial!! I loved it!!! I love old victorian mansions, and the detailing in this was exquisite. The story is very interesting. the HO scenes aren't muddy. And traveling through the mirrors is fun.
And lastly, the more doors, the better!!! This has lots of doors!!!
January 19, 2012
Truly Creative Use of an Old Gimmick
Having completed the trial version twice (did CE as well), I'm still not 100% clear as to how the game will play, but it has this to recommend it.
The story is based around a spooky deserted mansion, with that also-now-familiar twist of a shadow world behind the real one. What makes this one original and interesting is the uses that you can make travelling back and forth through the rooms, hiding objects in the 'then' and digging them up in the 'now'.
The music and sound are both great and the atmosphere is suitably gloomy. My biggest reservation about this game is the graphics -there are plenty of HO scenes, well drawn with very interesting use of brightness in the 'shadow' world, but all scenes are close to monochromatic, at least in the demo. That puts me off a bit. I like colourful games.
The gameplay itself seemed fairly standard, and I enjoyed being able to work the puzzles myself - no skips in this one so far, and I finished the trial in just under an hour, which I take as promising 4-5 hours. Oh, and hint is really really quick, so if you must use it, at least you won't be stalled for long.
In all, not a game on my 'must have or I'll die' list, but definitely on my 'punchcard weekend' list.
January 13, 2012
Interesting little game
Ghostly and mildly spooky this game has a few interesting features and some novelties -though nothing truly extraordinary- which I will not unveil here to let you discover them. The intro is rapid and simple, the music, very dramatic at first, becomes softer but tends to get irritating at times.
The artwork is well crafted, neat, skilfully colored. Equally good are the voice-overs and the cutscenes.
All the HO Scenes are neat, though sometimes a bit crowded, the items clear and not difficult to find except, maybe, a couple per scene. But the friendly Hint System recharges fast, random clicking is not penalized, thus making each search a pleasant task even for players like me who are not crazy about pure HOs.
Hunting the useful objects is also quite pleasant and easy. For most of them, their use is pretty logical and natural, but many actions are unusual due to the element of novelty mentioned above. You sometimes have to think out of the box in order to successfully perform a task.
The puzzles are very easy, and I know that some of you are going to growl because of that... as I did, even though I find it relaxing to have something easy to tackle every now and then. They can be skipped.
The locales are interesting, you don't have to backtrack an awful lot, the objectives are clearly stated, and the game lets you know when an area has been cleared. There isn't a map; however, the game being fairly linear; no one should lose his way to the point of despair.
You have 3 different modes; I played the demo on Casual; the other two modes will slightly increase the difficulty for the searches and should not affect the minigames. Even on Hardest, the game should remain very manageable.
All in all a decent release, quite enjoyable, but which, unfortunately does not offer a high challenge level.
Count about 6 hours of playtime, more or less..
January 13, 2012
I played ... I bought!
I really enjoyed!
The story is attractive and pretty well developed, great graphics, locations in accordance, immersive atmosphere, very good sound.
Not all locations are clear, but is ok for the mysterious theme.
Lot of HOS, most are easy and pleasant - no tiny or almost transparent objects, thankfully !!!!
Mini games are not challenging also, but enjoyable and there are some news.
What I liked most, and is different from some games, was that instead of getting back and forth all the time, you go through "portals" (mirrors, fountain...) and enter in the same scene, but in the past, to get things required to go ahead.
And the best,...is not just find! You have to take them to the future in "some way"!... They do not go into your inventory.
Although not a challenging game, is an excellent amusement !
February 10, 2012
I found this game to be fun in that it was somewhat different in what it had to offer. I bought the CE during the sale last month and really enjoyed it.
The HOs are good, clear and crisp, in the "past" world they are very bright with most items easily identifiable. The puzzles are good, maybe a little easy but all doable. There are 3 modes, casual, advanced and custom. The custom was kind of a neat option #I don't think I've seen that before#. The game play was able to hold my interest, and I think it took about 5 hours to play not counting the Bonus play which was probably another 45 to 60 minutes.
The graphics are very good #dark & gloomy# as befits a ghost story, the voice overs and cutscenes were very well done, and the music was okay.
I do agree with the others that it was not a "must have", but I found it enjoyable and relaxing. A fun little game that offered something different and some challenges as well.
January 13, 2012
good game not full screen
has voice over, good music. Does not have full screen on my mac and pretty dark which makes it hard to see everything.
Has a map
Hint button works good and fast
The HOS are pretty good. Hard to find them all.
Puzzles are not hard at all.
Pretty good flow to the game with out much running back and forth.
Has sparkles that till you where everything is so you do not have to hunt all over the place.
Little different game but fun.
June 2, 2013
Another I'd rate at 4.5, if I could. This game brings something new - in addition to finding various objects to use, they must be hidden as we travel back and forth through the spirit world, to be picked up again later.
The emphasis is on finding and using objects within the areas. HO scenes come at a reasonable pace and are clear and fairly easy to solve. There are very few puzzles, and the ones included are quite simple.
The story is good and reasonably engaging. Can't comment on the music, but the atmospheric sounds and voices were great - particularly the antagonist's voice. Movement is smooth.
Playing in Casual mode, this was very much on the easy side. Total play time (including demo# was a bit over two hours. There is a journal but no map - but a map was probably unnecessary, as the actions were very well laid-out, without a lot of backtracking. One thing I particularly LOVED about the game was that when an area was cleared, it was labeled so at the top of the screen. I'll take that over a map any day.
The only thing I'd change would be longer play #possibly the CE version would have been the better choice) - it's a little too short to get the full five stars, On the other hand, I'd rather the game be as cleanly put together as this one was without a ton of filler material to add unnecessary time.
Bottom line: the game left me wanting more. I will certainly play any sequels that come out.
January 14, 2012