Haunted Hotel: Charles Dexter Ward Collector's Edition
Finally a game has been released that you really have to think about what to do next instead of the usual 'lets hold your hand and guide you' scenario. Not many eye spy games too, which is a good thing! The eerie graphics and sound effects are just right, but less said about the music the better!
My review is only based on the demo, but have no hesitation in buying this very soon as eager to know what happens next..
June 11, 2012
Haunted Hotel: Charles Dexter Ward
Love the game, good storyline. Off to buy right now!! Highly recommended, better than most..
June 10, 2012
Whew! What a challenge.....
I loved everything about this game. Somebody put a lot of work and imagination into this game. I highly recommend it but if you have a weak stomach you may want play the demo first. Hehehe
June 11, 2012
Overall this was a pretty good continuation of the haunted hotel series. I played the expert version of the demo which seemed fairly easy. The graphics were done with smaller details than some games but still well done. There were a few more HO scenes than I would like to see but at least there was some adventure included. It was interesting how when the time was up for the demo, it went right into previews for the rest of the game as a selling point. Not a bad idea and a good way to promote it. I don't care for the game enough to purchase the CE but maybe will buy the SE version when it comes out.
June 10, 2012
A Must Play Game
I found it pretty fun. The puzzles were challenging enough to be fun but not too frustrating. The story was pretty good too, it's a "kicker" as my boyfriend says.
June 11, 2012
Exciting Hidden Object Game
Me and my grandchilds like this game. It is exciting,interesting and funny and we like the mini-games also.
June 12, 2012
Fun , but too short
I enjoyed this game-but it was too short for a CE. I finished it in about four hours. I should have waited for the SE.
The visuals were good, sound ok, storyline-nothing new, but there could have been more HO scenes.
I'd buy the SE version, not the CE.
July 19, 2012
Not at all outstanding by any means...
Oh, dear !...another game based on the supernatural with an abundance of skulls, skeletons, coffins, all wrapped up in a gloomyish package of crypts, swamps, derelict hotel and other similar welcoming locales that are meant to convey horror, even terror, yet fail to convince every step of the way. I haven't yet found a game that will chill me to death... LOL
In spite of all this, I found the graphics, cutscenes and voice-over interesting. The movies have been given an old-fashioned aura, the visuals are on the whole in line with that wannabe creepy atmosphere already mentioned, the voice-over is good, the music is okay and non-obtrusive though not worthy of a horror motion picture, and the colors not at all unpleasant despite their lack in brightness. None of them, alas, are good enough to really immerse the player, least of all to deserve an Oscar.
That set aside, the whirling black smoke [ie: the evil spirit] that destroys everything and shuts off the light was laughable.
The very first thing that started to fuel my interest was the first minigame: a variant of the Hanoi Tower that is not that easy to complete. I expected the rest of the puzzles to be of like standard. Well, they are much easier and less challenging, at least those in the demo, since it lets you play only Day 1, ie: Chapter 1.
The second was how easy the HO Scenes were, so much so I didn't have to use one hint. I hate difficult HO Scenes !
The third and last one was the visit to the different locales. Plenty to see.
Unfortunately, my fun didn't last, my fuel tank depleted quickly.
I completed the demo is 40 mns exactly without rushing or skipping anything. So, how many hours of playtime does that give us ? Not sure.
Hopping from one location to another soon became tedious as you have a lot of backtracking to do, very often for very little, little picking up the paper notes... of which there are quite of few !... or the obvious "useful" items. I like complex adventures, but when I have to walk a lot I want a good reason as well as originality.
Finding and using these "useful" items is straightforward; some respond to some logic, others simply don't, like patching up a hole in a boat with... moss ! Yes. Other than that, the items are standard: crowbar, sledgehammer, etc... Same as in other games.
I am not sure the storyline made any sense. Apart from the fact that, once again, you have to "fight" the forces of darkness to save your brother ... how original !... I am at a loss to determine how well the plot unfolds or how exciting if finally is. Funny how these casual games always use the same theme and get you to "fight" without ever giving you a real sense of danger !
Conclusion ? The best is for you to try the demo, see how you like it, see if the preview of the rest of the game tickles your fancy.
As to my recommendation, I am hesitant. I awarded that game 3 stars (rounded up) as I believe it can be enjoyed by gamers who haven't played lots of similar games, by fans of gloomy stories, as well as by those who are prepared to overlook all the imperfections, but that's as far as it goes. And since it would seem, according to other reviewers, that the Bonus Chapter has nothing to do with the core game, the CE may not be worth it, considering also that:
- the SG is superfluous as you can draw your own map on a piece of paper
- the hint system is fine and the tasks are clear
- the overall quality of the game does not justify the extra expense.
Unless you love wallpapers...
As for me, Charles is not on my must-buy list.
July 13, 2012
A fun game
An interesting twist on Lovecraft though it could have been a bit creepier.
June 16, 2012
sorry about your luck
I had did the testing for this game last year and it was fun. I purchased this game before i saw the reviews. so here we go. The game was fun up to a point then I lost the fun part. I did enjoy the ho and the puzzles all through the game. The back ground noise of the swamp creature was nice and the music was not annoying. Yet the story is true up to a point then for some strange reason I just lost the fun and the story. It seem like nothing I was doing matter just do it and go to next scene. Wow the adventure came to a screeching halt! I mean a screeching halt. OH OH by the way the extra game play was a joke it had nothing to do with the story. The first ending before extra game play was sorry and I was let down so badly believe me: and the extra game play will lead you to believe there will be a part 2. Do not worry I do not plan to purchase it when it comes out. My question is to Big fish the hint was so well put together that you did not need the sg. I lost 13.99 on this game I was so let down this game is pittiful and the reg version would have been better.
June 12, 2012