Midnight Mysteries: Haunted Houdini Deluxe
MM: Haunted Houdini Makes Magic
As the third installment of this series "Haunted Houdini" is just as excellent as the previous offerings. If anything, the graphics are better, and the FX are tremendous fun.
This time around you get to do magic with the Master! That is worth the price of admission alone. There is a card trick in the opening chapters that will come in to play near the conclusion that is pretty nifty.
I liked the fact that hurry-scurry was kept to a minimum. There was no need to retrace steps, as the game itself propels you forward. There is a lot of history here and you get to visit it, from the trenches of WWI to Canada in the 1930's.
Houdini is rich with story that has to be read. If you skip the dialogue you will miss not only a lot of interesting facts about two men who continue to fascinate, you will miss out on the magic of "Haunted Houdini". There are no VOs, leaving the speaker's voice to one's imagination. This is a game that invites one in to a not quite imaginary world, it does not need VO's to be effective.
It is rather short but, I would prefer a good solid entertaining game, than a long ramble through another over-wrought "seek-find-save" from vampires, evil queens, or master evil magicians HOG.
One last note: "Haunted Houdini" is not gory. While it is spooky in a fun way, and contains surprises, it is not going to give anyone nightmares.
March 22, 2012
I was stuck in the middle and can't go on
I love it that it is deluxe in a price of one game, which means you get more for your money! Although I like previous MM series better, one thing that I'd like to complain about this game is that I was stuck in one scene and can;t go on. The strategy guide says I should be able to find something in the room but I explore, use hints, nothing. I had to uninstall the game and then play from the beginning. Not very happy.
July 14, 2012
Great Graphics but....
oh i was so excited to play this because i absolutely loved the first 2 which i played on my iPad, it wasn't as good in my opinion as the first 2 and a bit of a let down! Good game don't get me wrong and the graphics were outstanding...would of been great if the ghosts could of had a voiceover with more action and less story...overall not bad.
March 20, 2012
A Game with Panache
This is a sleek game with all the showmanship of Houndini. So why didnt I enjoy it more? I think I would have like it more if the characters were fictional and I found the WW1 scenes in bad taste. The puzzles were boring after a while. Still it is a game to get your teeth into.
February 18, 2012
This game didn't knock me off
Despite all the excellent reviews on this game, I cannot give it a 5 star. Yes, the graphics were great. But the previous editions of Midnight Mysteries were by far better. I just didn't get into the story, you literally "flipped" from one scene to the next one, without really knowing, what actually the goal was in the scene before.
What really annoyed me were the constant pop ups of achievements, what you have to do next, etc. No voice-overs. Easy HOS, puzzles were ok. It's an ok game, but I'm glad I bought it with a game credit.
There are meanwhile too many games like that. If you played one or two of the same edition, you know more or less, what will come next (well, in most cases).
March 4, 2012
My favourite aspect of this game was the originality of the puzzles. There were some that were really original and different.
The graphics were great. My biggest problem was the chopping and changing between the locations - and not that much to do in each one. Not the best game I've ever played, but entertaining enough.
March 30, 2012
Nice game, but too many cutscenes
I liked the game, the puzzles were good and the story is not that awful, but the ghosts are talking way too long and that makes it boring. Decided not to buy. Shame of such a nice game.
February 14, 2012
Not a real HOG!
Alot of minigames, and magic tricks you have to figure out how to achieve so you can move on. When you do you'll find the actual HOG scenes are quite dark. Ok for some, but am not a fan of the dark.
January 30, 2012
Good but not great
It was just o.k. for me. I almost did not want to go past the free hour but I had some free game coupons so I finished it. It was way too predictable and I did not care for the repetition in terms of the puzzles and HOS. I would wait to get it on discount.
April 15, 2012
I think everything about what I played in the demo was good...but I wont buy it cause I just dont like lots of dialogue..having to choose what I want to say ect...it just bores me...otherwise..great graphics ect..
January 31, 2012