Haunted Hotel: Eclipse Collector's Edition
War of the Ghouls
As Haunted Hotel Eclipse opens, the stage is set with a cutscene that shows a battle between forces striving to take control of Earth. Shortly thereafter, you are called upon by your detective friend James to consult with him on a new case at the Final Journey hotel. When you arrive at the scene you find a terrified witness, a young hotel maid, who is too frightened to speak. After your witness is revived, she tells you that a war between monsters has taken place inside the hotel. As incredible as it sounds you soon discover that she was telling the truth ? the hotel is now swarming with ghosts and other assorted ghoulish characters. Something quite mysterious is indeed taking place behind hotel doors. Will you and James be able to stop the forces that are battling to take control of your world?
Of course, with the game being developed by the Elephant team the graphics are top-notch, colorful and crisp. The game has very good voiceovers but, once again, we have a game with no lip-syncing. I just don?t get why this developer doesn?t take the next step and up its game. Obviously, the team at Elephant is quite skilled with creating wonderful games but maybe they just don?t care enough to add the final polish of realism to their characters. Aside from the voiceovers the other sound effects and music are excellent and add to the overall spookiness of the game.
The HOS are the standard list type but some items do require some interaction to be found. The items on the list are easy to find and it is not difficult to figure out what you need to use to complete the interactive objects. The puzzles are also quite easy and I found no challenge in any of them. For some seasoned gamers Haunted Hotel Eclipse may be a very easy game since it doesn?t seem to present more than a begnning level of challenge.
In Haunted Hotel Eclipse we have the standard tools. On the lower left of the screen is your compass, an interactive map, that lets you transport between locations. Your diary is attached to the inventory box and keeps track of pertinent information throughout the game. The strategy guide is on the lower right below your hint button.
The CE content seems fairly standard with nothing earth shaking included. In more recent games, Elephant has included a ?secret room? that allows you to replay some of the HOS and puzzles. There are achievements as well as collectibles to be found. I found the collectibles interesting and they add some fun information to the game. Aside from the achievements and collectibles there does not seem to be much added CE content. I didn?t find any morphing objects during the trial of the game.
Overall, I liked the game but didn?t find it anything spectacular. It is a fun, entertaining game with a captivating storyline that will appeal to many gamers. In the end, although the game is good, I think it falls short of being great ? not one of the best games from a developer who has astounded me in the past with some of the games they?ve presented. Yes, I purchased the game because I can?t help myself, but I recommend that you try the demo to see if this game is for you.
October 10, 2013
It's Halloween, what did you expect?
The usual Elephant game. I have 3 of the first 4 Haunted Hotel games and really liked them all. Very nice graphics and game play, although there was a bit of a lag when jumping from one area to another. Color is very bright. HOGs are a little different and fun. They are clean and clear and items are not difficult to find. There doesn't seem to be as many as in other E games. So far, the games have not been difficult either.
The SG is very nice and easy to understand and follow. Hint system is helpful and fills fairly quickly. There isn't much in the way of sound FX, which is disappointing. Games seem to be getting quieter for some reason. The FX make a game. Voice overs are nice and appropriate for the time and setting. Music is okay, but could have added a lot as well.
This is not an exceptionally challenging game. Not much in the way of collectables either. There is way too much running back and forth, so grab an extra pair of shoes for this one. The jump map is quite helpful and a real time saver, but I still felt a little dizzy jumping here and there for only one item.
This is a pretty nice game and I am going to get this one and add it to my collection. I'm just not sure it will be the CE version. Tired of spending money on "wallpaper" and other stuff I really don't care to have. It doesn't make a game special.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may not care for this one at all. Thanks for the reviews.
October 10, 2013
A great game, but not the feeling of the previus Haunted Hotel games.
The Haunted Hotel series a a great classic series, started by BigFish Studios, then moved to Specialbit Studio and now Elephant Games has taken over the fifth part.
Let's start with the storyline. The storyline has nothing to do with the cliffhanger at the end of Haunted Hotel 4. Sadly, because I loved the story. In this game your friend calls you for a case in a hotel called "Final Journey". Here two Groups of demens have some sort of battle. The storyline is mystic and intruging, but sadly it's not as good as in the other games, because it's not as deep and creepy.
Same with the atmosphere. The graphics are great and very detailed, like we know it from EG, but in the other games we had such great graphics, with an itense atmosphere. Sadly this game hasn't got this atmosphere. The characters are drawn and they have voice overs. The voice overs are clearly understandable.
The sounds are good, but the music is not as good as in the other Haunted Hotel games. It's quite mystic and has adventure parts in it. So it's good, but not as good as I would like it.
Then the HO's are very easy. I finished them without a hint in the blink of an eye. There's only one HO's type used in the game. The mini-games are great. They are easy and some are challenging, just right for me. The gameplay itself is good too. It's not too easy, but not quite a challenge. If I compare it with the other Haunted Hotel games I must say, that the game is too easy to beat.
There are achievements and collectible paintings, to get informations about characters of the game. The CE comes with the normal Elephant CE extras. I think everyone knows them.
So afterall if this game would be a new series it would be quite a five star game. But as a Sequel it has ruined the original feeling of the series, so I can only rate it with 4 stars.
The developners did a great job, but maybe they should use more of the original series.
P.S. to the devs: Please EG be carefull with the next MCF game. Don't ruin the feeling! You make great games, but if you continue a series use sounds and things from the original.
October 10, 2013
HIGH FUN FACTOR - All the Right Elements!
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME IN 2ND OF 3 MODES, few sparkles, few black bar hints, nicely done.
This game is a bit old school in the best of ways as the theme, ambiance, and variety of challenge reminded me somewhat of the Ravenhearst series.
If not for just a couple of implementation issues (covered below) this would easily have gotten a top rating.
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THIS GAME
COLLECTIBLES - YES. In keeping with the theme well designed, humorous portraits each describing the various monsters skulking the hallways of our haunted house crop up in the most unexpected of places.
MORPHING OBJECTS - NO. Yes, some say NO MORPH=NO CE. I humbly disagree and found the portraits ample in the fun and interest department.
HOS - YES. Not a single scene revisited. If If there is one, I somehow missed it.Not having to back again and again was refreshing. I don't recall any other games like that.
The HOS varied in type from mildly interactive object list to progressive silhouette. The scenes and inventory items were beautiful, well designed, and not cluttered.
A few things were a little challenging to find because they were "hidden-in-plain-site" - all to the good. Unfortunately at other times objects were tough to find because the graphics were fuzzy and dark around the edges.
This is the sole reason for not giving artwork and graphics top rating.
ACHIEVEMENTS - YES. These were the standard fare - Complete a HOS in less than a minute, no use of hints, complete all the mini-games, etc. I appreciated that a subtle slide in box showed the accomplishment without interrupting game play.
MINI-GAMES - YES. These were fun, in keeping with the theme, and varied in difficulty. One game involving a stencil was deceptively challenging. Another involving alignment of suns, moons, and an eclipse was easier than it looked. I thoroughly enjoyed all of them.
ADVENTURE - YES. There is a lot to see and to pick up which sent me backtracking more than once. The next step was not always obvious which added some nice challenge.
STRATEGY GUIDE - YES. This was done very well and I consulted it more than once.
VOICE OVERS AND CUT SCENES - YES. Not too many to be distracting or overwhelming, but given when needed and well executed.
MUSIC - YES. Can't comment. Out of habit I turn this down as just about any repetitious noise becomes irritating after a while. Bad habit as no doubt I am the one missing out.
JOURNAL - YES. Very organized, also sparse and primarily reference only. The history unfolds in little film-like clips that can be replayed at any time.
MAP - YES. No option for turning off active areas. This is ok by me as I play in difficult/advanced modes trying to get rid of the sparkle-fest and blatant black bar hints, but that doesn't mean a little help from the map would not be welcome...
WHAT I DID NOT LOVE ABOUT THIS GAME
(Why it didn't get top rating)
Primarily the muddy graphics took it off the top for me. None of today's games should come out of the gate with murky, fuzzy graphics, especially when there is such nice artwork to admire in the HOS.
Also, this might sound like a nit but I don't think it is given expectations of today's games. There was no particular WOW CUT-SCENE. Most games today give an extravagant sometimes spectacular scene at some point whether it be the beginning, middle, end, or bonus chapter.
This subject matter offered plenty of opportunity but unfortunately no scene really "popped" giving something specifically memorable to associate with the experience as it should with this class of game.
SUMMARY- I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS GAME
The storyline is fun and maintains some mystery and a bit of the sinister for a while. There is a nice balance between HOS, MINI-GAME, and ADVENTURE. I like the way these guys mange game play as they keep things simple.
October 18, 2013
Improved Haunted Hotel
If this "Haunted Hotel" is related to the previous Haunted Hotel games then it's really different from those. This was
a good and interesting one. I would have liked to have had more things to collect but you do collect paintings which are kind of cool about different people that you see morph from being a normal looking person to whatever they really are such as a vampire or witchdoctor. You also get a "flutterfire" butterfly which helps you light things and retrieve hot things.
You uncover tarot cards but can't be taken until you get the magic cloth so that was something added in for an extra thing to do and look out for. The mini games are good and pretty easy. HOS's are good and interactive. You have an interactive map to jump from place to place and letting you know where there are tasks to be done. I liked everything about this game from the cutscenes to the beautiful graphics that Elephant Games is great for. Not the most outstanding game I've played but worthy of being called a CE.
October 10, 2013
Another fun Haunted Hotel
I've played all the Haunted Hotels, and I like how they are a series yet different.
This one has a great creepy plot, but it lags about halfway through the game, and ends with a whimper not a bang. Graphics are macabre, and great that there are no human "actors". I'll take the stiff movements over that any day. Voiceovers can be and were turned off.
HOS are good and plentiful. Minigames are the usual, and not too hard. It's a little disappointing that your partner hands you some things you need, would have been better to have to find them. There are collectibles of a sort, not as fun as morphing objects but still fun.
The bonus game is a decent length, and this game is worth the CE price.
October 13, 2013
I really liked this Game very much, beautiful Graphics and a good Storyline - the ONLY thing that prevents me from giving it 5 Stars - which I wish I could give it - is it's terrible Hint System. By the time you get half way through the Game, the corridors and passages are so numerous that saying "Hidden Corridor" or "Hidden Passage" doesn't really mean anything because unless you have a PERFECT memory, you can't remember which is which! If it wasn't for the Map I would not have been able to finish this Game at all!
November 5, 2013
Fun hidden object game/interesting story line.
This game had me coming back for more and not wanting it to end. The graphics are clear and detailed. I highly recommend this game.
October 11, 2013
My first Haunted Hotel game
It's surprisingly good, and that comes from someone who's very tired of hidden object games! I may have to go back and play the other ones after this!
The only reason I didn't give this a 5 was because of the inaccuracies in the script at certain points, and the animations on actual people aren't well done.
October 27, 2013
Based off Demo
This is a good game of good vs evil. It's a nice halloween theme game and so far, there's some twist and turns. In the game there's a group of people that goes to a 'hotel' and duel against one another, thus good vs evil and you are an assistent to a Sherlok Holmes like detective to solve a mystery before it goes too far. So far 4 had already bite the dust and I think only one of them is a good one. The backgrounds are great, the HOP are good. The games, though it's set on beginner, it felt more easy then it lets on. The collectables are fun to find and easy to find as well and some you might find some simularites to some of the movies in theaters like the baron. Overall I would give this game a 4/5 stars. I might buy I might not, but maybe after some research and seeing the walkthrough I'll get it.
October 10, 2013