I loved my stay here!
The theme rooms were wonderful! The game was quite easy, the same objects kept appearing in the same rooms, but it was good fun for a beginner. I would also recommend the sequel to this game, Haunted Hotel:Believe the lies.
November 16, 2011
GOOD FOR BEGINNERS TO THE HIDDEN OBJECT GENRE
Now that i've spent a few months playing the big fish game catalogue, it seems right to review my experiences.
This was the first game i bought from the big fish catalogue and i thorougly enjoyed it. I thought that the themes to the rooms were a nice touch and the mini-games were a change to the rest of the game format. However, being the first game i played, experience does play a part in my review.
Firstly, having played around ten of the other, newer big fish games, this one does seem outdated, Not just in graphical quality but also in content. The mini-games, at first seeming a welcome change, are now perceived as repetitive and a move away from the action. The hidden objects also repeat themselves; something that i, having first played the game, thought was ok. But now i see this was not the case and the increased graphical quality and storylines of the newer big fish games makes haunted hotel only one for the beginners.
However, if you are new to the big fish games, this title is excellent, as it floats you into the genre and prepares you for the newer, most structured games ahead. For this reason i cannot give any less than four stars, plus ia m still a little nostalgic ;)
January 20, 2012
Awful! Do not waste your time or money.
This is the worst game I have ever played, and I've been gaming for years. This had NO fun value whatsoever. Lots of corners were cut here. It was a very poorly thought out and cheaply done product.
First, the whole game takes place inside of an elevator of a hotel---you are inside of it looking out through the doors into the hallway, with rooms on either side of the hallway. That's it. You never move from that spot. To seemingly "move" around the hotel, the doors to the elevator simply close before your eyes, and when they open again, it appears you are on another floor. Then you just click on one of the doors to the rooms, and are shown a HOS---lots of them, in succession, which are not sharp or bright. They look grainy, a bit monochrome, and some parts of the screen have a misty cloud-cover over areas that further obscures object clarity.
The entire story begins and unfolds from a journal which you have to read yourself---page after page of text. It is type written out AS YOU READ it, it is not already printed; therefore, if you have to go back a page to reread something again, you cannot simply turn back to the previous page without the entire page being re-typed, from top to bottom, all over again, line by line, very slowly, while you wait for the page to fill with text. On top of this, there are many spelling and grammatical errors, lack of punctuation, with occasional double words or words that don't fit the context. At one point, his interest was "peaked" instead of "piqued." Then you must read and reread this poor attempt at writing skills, to figure out the whole story. Ugh! Tedious and annoying.
You never interact with any character, not even the cat. You must read about everything in your journal with its few, bland pencil drawings---no color whatsoever The repititious background noise is like the sound of a lit furnace in a basement. There are constant "coughing" noises which was dumb. I thought whoever it was in the background could use a lozenge.
Be careful of the HOSs--you only ever get 5 hints, and they are all TIMED. The hints flash by very quickly and do not linger over the object, so you could easily waste your hint by never finding whatever was there! Because of the mist, some hints I never even saw where they landed! Some of the objects are under others, so you could use up all your hints and never find the object you are looking for because it is under something else. Also, the cursor must be exactly on the object, so if it is a tiny piece of string, or a line drawn on a paper, you have to get the tip of the finger of the cursor exactly touching that string or line. You cannot just place your cursor over the object and click. I must have clicked on a pencil-thin "lightening bolt" (shaped like a zig-zagged line with an arrow on one end (?), drawn on a scrap of paper) 4 times before getting just the tip of the cursor (which is shaped like a hand with fingers, not an arrow pointer) exactly on the very thin line of the "lightening bolt" before I could pick it up.
Does anyone know what a "trilby" is? Well, I didn't, but it's a man's bowler hat worn in England. Also, a "pin" was actually a clothespin, yet I was looking for a straight pin, a safety pin, or a decorative brooch of some kind.The intermittent arcade-style puzzles throughout are so easy as to make one yawn from boredom. There is no skipping, although there is no need.
Oh---again watch out with the HOSs, if you click too many times you are penalized: the game kicks you out completely, says you "lose" and you have to start the game all over again from the very beginning! Not from the point you left off! When that happened to me, I just shut the game down and will never play it again. It was pure agony to get through it as far as I did anyway, and then be kicked to the curb? Not for me! A complete waste all around.
March 29, 2012
Play the free version first to see how you like it
I got this game free and I liked it, but it was pretty easy. The "puzzles" were simple and the HO scenes were typical where you find random objects that don't help you solve the mystery. the plot/story was told in journal fashion like the Mystery Case File games. Just pay the free trial first to see if you want to continue. It is fun and the themed rooms are beautiful, but it is pretty predictable.
January 6, 2012
Weird - But Mostly Fun . . .
This is pretty much a series of hidden object scenes with some interesting mini-games & puzzles: such as match three, untangle the rope, energy balls & capturing letters to spell a word - which occur at the end of each level or chapter . . . In between the levels are long, wordy - & very weird - chapters in a narrative describing the strange goings-on at the hotel . . . These narratives really don't have a strong link to the overall game play, though . . .
The graphics are fair, at best - which make the hidden object scenes that much more of a challenge . . . The hidden object scenes are timed play only, but extra hints or time can be earned by finding bonus items . . . What with twenty minutes or more with added bonus minutes, the time allotted to finish each level is generous . . .
A short game by normal standards, it grew on me . . .
December 15, 2011
Not very entertaining.
I played this game for about 30 minutes ad couldn't stand playing it any longer. The HO puzzles themselves were either way too easy or almost impossible to find. There was not in between. The mini games were an added bonus. I did like the idea of playing mini games to build to something. The sound was pretty decent, I liked the audio of the game. The visual, well not so much, I'd have to give it a C.
The part that I didn't like the game the most... the story. After every "floor" it gave you a story. We're not talking a paragraph...it was 3 pages...each level. A lot of reading. It kinda made the game drag on. I want to play a game not read a book.
January 9, 2012
Still trying to get thru the game
I liked the beginning...got lost...kept playing and started to enjoy it! The more I play the more I like of it....Hopefully I will get to the end and then can play again and really enjoy it since I will know more what I am doing! I am trying to get thru these walk around games and use my brain more! lol
December 20, 2011
not that interesting
I wasn't impressed and wished I hadn't purchased it. The first hour was interesting but then it just continues with the same boring stuff over and over. Lost interest very fast.
March 10, 2012
This is a great game for those going from beginner to intermediate HO play. With beginning HOs being those without mini games and intermediate with mini games. The mini games in this are not difficult.
The first in the Haunted Hotel series is the best in my opinion.
January 23, 2012
Enjoyed this game, not very difficult but it didn't need to be. The game would be more suited for the younger kids.
March 20, 2012