Tales of Terror: House on the Hill Collector's Edition
Hmm.. I don't get the story..
A game by Deep Shadow
I tried this game because I was drawn to its title; it sounds like a dark, creepy game. But after I tried it, sadly it doesn't live up to my expectation. Haunted houses are typical mystery game plot, but this game is weird, you came as a tour group to a house that appears out of nowhere, only to find out that the house is eating people. We are not presented with any background story about the house until even I finished the demo. Who is the shadowy figure and why we just need to follow it? the characters seem to have phobia of something.
There are 3 levels of difficulty. Graphic is fine but creepiness doesn't really come across from those graphics. Hint is fine, map is quite clear and helpful as we have to backtrack a LOT. HOG is standard, not difficult to find the items because they're not so cluttered. Puzzles are moderately difficult but the skip button recharges very slowly.
There are live actors here, and actually I think their acting is not bad, but the VO does not really fit the characters which is a shame. I would rather see animations characters instead.
I think I will buy the SE as this is a promising game.
June 22, 2014
I enjoyed the game, but it was over too soon. There is a bonus chapter so I hope it is longer to make the game worth the money.
May 19, 2014
The mouse is very loose the pointer flaps around to much. I will try it later today. Lets see what the others say. Not sure of a buy for me. When the game is fixed.
May 17, 2014
Very mediocre game, and definitely not CE material
I neither liked nor disliked the game. It was just OK to me. It does have an adventure aspect to it that I enjoy. However, during the demo, the game fell flat. I do like the idea of the story line... evil house feeding on people's fears. I like the live actors. Graphics were good. Puzzles were challenging (for me). However, I don't see this as a CE. Actually far from it. I did find during the latter part of the demo, my cursor became floaty and hard to control. This is one game I'll sit out and wait for the SE and give it another try. It just did not grab me, but we all have different tastes. I do recommend the game as it's nicely done, and if you must have the CE. Otherwise I'd say wait for the SE.
May 17, 2014
irritating back ground noises
Well it was a little too stilted for me, not smooth to work with, AND annoying sounds attatched to some of the games, the worst being the 3 electric saw game. and untill its completed the noise of the electric saws go on and on, even when youve moved to different scenes, to search for the final objects to play it. that was a big no no for me, its so intrusive that i had to totally mute sound, and thats annoying. so i'm not going to buy this. needs to go back to the drawing board, before marketing it, sorry guys
May 17, 2014
In The Middle Of The House
I afraid the game had issues. It let me cheat on the first move of the key puzzle and the last move on the key puzzle. I ended up on a tab with a arrow and it did not make me start over.
Ho's were mediocre, Characters were a little Corney, The story was fairly good. Has lots to do. I am on the fence on this one. Rainy day special for me.
May 18, 2014
Not so Good
This game is not the quality I expect from a Big Fish game. It certainly doesn't take long to play and the majority of the puzzles are too easy.
May 23, 2014
Definitely not a CE
About the only good thing I can say about this game is the story and would like to see how it ends but will wait for SE to come out. The guy who lost his wife looks kind of like Justin Timberlake; thinking he needs to find a new gig as his part was kind of lame. but maybe it will improve. I found most things easy and nothing new in the HOs. The scenes are not well done, even with characters that are human. I will reluctantly recommend only because I will most likely get the SE just to see how it ends.
May 17, 2014
Hidden Object Game
This game is not intuitive enough and relys on the map to move you from one room to the next to figure out what you must do next. There are too many active rooms available and not enough to do in each room at a given time.
May 18, 2014
Definitely not CE worthy!
Hi all. Well, guess I'm going to be the minority on this one today. I will say that the graphics weren't too bad, but a little fuzzy. Nice colors. Game play was good. Voice overs were good, but not that many. I much prefer animation to "real" people in these games, as real people just never line up with the background and it looks too fake. Music was very monotonous. Very little in the way of sound FX, and this game definitely needed them. It is suppose to be "scary," but there was nothing to bring you to the edge of your seat. I'm a huge fan of Poe stories, Vincent Price movies and the like, so I was excited to see this one come out. However, I was very disappointed. This house was suppose to have appeared 3 months ago, but Sam said he and his wife looked at it years ago and got stuck in it. Hmmm, story doesn't jibe.
HOPs are very simple, clear and easy to find items. Puzzles are quite simple as well. Hint system is helpful, so the lack of an SG is no big deal, but still very odd. There is a click penalty as well...haven't seen that in quite some time either. Makes me think this is an older game. There is constant back tracking. I felt dizzy after a while. Didn't even need to look at the map, so not sure what it does.
The only collectibles I found were the heart shaped lockets. They are quite large and easy to spot. The opening scene was the only exciting part of this game for me. It started out good, but died very quickly after that. The only scary thing about it was the title and that is very misleading. I did not find this game challenging or fun and certainly not CE worthy. It is very seldom that I do not even recommend a game for beginners, but I don't think a beginner would find this one challenging either. Definite no buy for me today.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may find this one to be exactly what you are looking for. Thanks for the reviews.
May 17, 2014