Haunted Hotel: Charles Dexter Ward
Fun to play on a lazy day...
I just finished this game, and I felt it was worth 4 stars. I was actually going to give it 3, but it did have some redeeming qualities that pushed it to 4. It was a very creepy game. I actually started to play this the other night, and it creeped me out so much that I waited until morning. For those of you that like that level of creepiness you will really enjoy this.
In a nutshell, your character is searching for her twin brother at the hotel. The story was based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, and it was well done with an awesome ending. I could see a sequel in the future.
It's important to note that the HOS in this game are few and far between. It really is more of an adventure with some puzzles and scattered HOS. For those of you who are sick of HOS, you will probably like this game.
There are two levels, and I chose the hardest one. There was no map or journal, only a task list. The hint button did take longer to recharge, but that was fine. One thing I have developed after having played these games for awhile is a high threshold for patience.
Part of what I didn't like was the fact that there was no map. It would have simplified the running around, but the developers took that into account and would find a way to "ruin" certain pathways so your character wouldn't have to keep backtracking. So, in that respect, you were basically being told in a round-a-bout way that an area was cleared without having to see it crossed off on a map. That's actually pretty clever.
Another thing that was annoying was that at times you would have nothing in your inventory, and then it would shoot to a ton of stuff. If the item had an X underneath it, you would have to figure out what it was to be combined with. Sometimes that was easy, and sometimes it wasn't. I will say that the hint button was 100% reliable. I never had to consult the walkthrough.
Another thing that kind of got on my nerves was when I was in a place where I could drop something from my inventory off to help clear out my inventory list I was not allowed to do that until I had EVERYTHING needed for that task. You can imagine how cluttered your inventory gets.
There was only one puzzle that was challenging and required some thought. Everything else I've seen so much that I solved with no problem. I like my puzzles to be a bit more challenging.
The cut scenes were really well-done. I'm a huge fan of cut scenes that play like an old movie such as the ones did in this game.
All in all, I would recommend this game for adventure lovers who really don't like a lot of HOS. The story actually makes up for the less-than-spectacular puzzles.
July 28, 2012
Definitely worth to be bought
good and clear
clearly to see, easy to find, not so overcharged like in other games where I often tired at an early stage because I am forced to jumping from HOS to HOS
mostly suprising and challenging
Interesting, never boring
lovely, especially the changing of weather gives a feeling of reality in the space of surreality
First time I like it very much and exceptionally keep it on during the game
Very good, warm voice so did'nt put it off exceptionally
video sequences are very well done and do not disturb like in so many other games
Just played 2 hours and yet at the beginning... a lot to explore, seems to be a long game, not so short as many others
worth to be tried, worth to be bought
July 30, 2012
Worth a Try
I bought this game based on the excellent reviews that it received. I thought it was a good game as well. I like the fact that if you get lost or are just clueless, the hint button will tell you what to do. A walkthrough probably wouldn't even be necessary for most people. The main thing(most important to some) was the ending...I really didn't care for it. Other than that, good game & worth the try!!!
July 22, 2012
It's worth buying
Just for me. I'm an average player so I'm looking for some fun, good visuals, intriguing story in games. And Charles Dexter Ward has everything!
Nice graphics (like realistic style), not annoying music and interesting (yes, really interesting if you'll pay attention to it) story.
Haven't bought CE but now think about it...
July 18, 2012
My hat is off to the developers for a games with a truly engrossing atmosphere and feel. I wish more games were like this. I play a lot of Adventure games and this ranks near the top.
July 24, 2012
THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT
Storyline: Based on the novel and characters of the book written in 1927. Charles and his sister grew up in an orphanage and inherit a hotel in a desolate location from their Uncle Curwen. Charles went to check it out before telling his sister, but has been gone a week. The police aren?t interested, so she goes to find him. Only one taxi driver is willing to take her to the hotel, provided he can drop her off 1 mile from the hotel. The tale unfolds as pages and notes are found scattered throughout the game.
As the hotel is haunted and locals stay away, there?s an underlying sinister feel to CDW, especially when thick black smoke keeps appearing out of nowhere, then abruptly seems to be blown away. While the HOS has large objects, the edges can be murky. But given the spooky nature of the story, that may have been intentional.
Puzzles are tried and true, some with a nice twist. Difficulty ranges from easy to moderately difficult. Graphics are outstanding at creating a spooky, gloomy atmosphere without being overbearing. And the sound effects and animation add to the creepiness, what with the creaking doors, the black clouds, and blood red words of warning.
If there?s a CON to the game, it?s that you stare at a black screen between location changes.
Overall, this is a brilliant adaptation of the novel. Wikipedia has a nice summary of the Charles Dexter Ward novel, which the developers have integrated nicely into this game. You will see that they put a lot of thought and creativity into the game to maintain the story?s integrity. It was a pleasure playing it. Although it's about a haunted hotel and its owner, it isn't too scary. Length would be 4-5 hours in casual mode if you aren't a rusher.
September 7, 2012
Pretty fun to play. Interesting story line. The best part was that the detective you're playing had actual common sense. I would recommend this game.
July 27, 2012
Definitely worth buying!
I always read comments before buying. This time I'm glad that I've bought this game without reading reviews.
The game is great. It's just a full package of what I like in this genre - puzzles, mini-games, huge territory to explore.
Its even has live video cut-scenes. Graphics is very nice, sharp and realistic. I also liked weather changing through days a lot!
Definitely worth buying!
July 17, 2012
excellant, decent puzzle's
Excellant, decent puzzle's. One of the best games.
July 14, 2012
Great game, but short
Excellent storyline: you have to find your brother who is trapped in a haunted hotel. Great graphics and VOS. Clear, non-interactive HOS. Some seek and find. Good puzzles. Nice music. A little short, only 3.5 hours on casual play, but definitely worthwhile.
August 17, 2012