Fun Little Game
A fun little game. Not too long, not too difficult - I didn't have to use the skip button much, and definitely worth your time. This one is a rare gem in that it is actually humorous and doesn't take itself too seriously. I really enjoyed the variety of mini-games and of course, Rover the ghost dog.
Definitely worth a game credit and a few hours. Enjoy!
December 29, 2012
excellent old school game
The graphics are older, but it's worth putting up with for the storyline. The game plays more like a tv episode than your traditional game, it's quirky and funny and all puzzles and HO scenes are relevant to the plot (even if they get somewhat repetitive).
The hint system sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. Thank goodness for the walkthrough.
You can tell this game was state of the art back in the day, definitely worth a try!
November 24, 2012
This is one game that I recommend you try the first hour for free. I don't know if I would have bought it had I done the demo round. Several times I wondered why I bought a game called Vampireville. From the reviews here, I guess. Some people like it a lot. I found it rather tedious in the beginning, but less so as I progressed. Maybe I just stopped being annoyed and plowed ahead.
The character animation is just awful. It was better for me to not look at their faces and just listen to the story (or read the text). There are lots and lots of puzzles of a variety of skill levels. Only two did I give up on, and they were towards the end. Were they more difficult, or had my patience just run out? Dunno.
It's a LONG game, and that's either a good thing or a bad thing. As I said, be sure to TRY BEFORE YOU BUY.
April 5, 2012
Great for a beginner, not a bad game to buy when it's a daily special.
Graphics were fine, loved the butler.
Yes Michael does look like Keenen Reeves
February 23, 2012
Beginners Only or Just a rainy day occupier
This game is definately for beginners or those more advanced players looking for a mindless time occupier. The graphics are C-rated at best, the VOs are awful. The game plays like its holding your hand the whole way through. The puzzles are so easy my young child figured them out! It was soo easy that I felt like I was getting dumber by the minute playing and there was definately no enjoyment for me, but then I am in between an intermediate to advanced player. For a beginner, I highly recommend, anything above that play demo first before purchasing.
November 15, 2012
Had it's ups and downs
The graphics aren't great, but that doesn't really concern me. What I found off-putting is there are a lot of times in the game where you have no idea what you are supposed to be doing. Unlike a lot of other HOG games, which penalize you for clicking repeatedly all over the place, this game seems to rely on it at times. I didn't care for having a screen and just having to click for 5-10 minutes until I found something I was apparently supposed to find and then try to figure out what I'm supposed to do with the object found.
Not my favorite game so far, but not hideously awful either.
September 27, 2013
NOT very challenging
I have read the reviews before this one, and at best the reception is luke-warm. The person who mention the horrid lip synching was spot on. Dreadful. I just quit watching their lips and listened to the conversation.
I still have 41 minutes to go, and I am 3 chapters in. I am at the boiler room.
I will play out the remaining minutes, but unless there is a huge twist or improvement in the game, no, I will not be purchasing it.
I do like the dog, though. Too funny.
June 3, 2012
Sorry, going against the tide...
I guess this game is just not my cuppa tea. I played 45 minutes of the hour demo and lost interest.
I like vampire games... and ones with a little cheek are just fine by me (I'm still missing the second half of "Dying for Daylight"... LOVED that game and would GLADLY buy the second half!) but it was just too hard for me to watch the out-of-sync dialogue and the flat faces in this game.
the graphics were pretty good, but I tired of "task completed!" and the music seemed just a little silly.
February 18, 2012
Oh boy! Who came up with this concept for a game?
First the object are strewn all over, some hidden behind two objects and no indication that something might be hiding behind the otherwise intact wall paper. Some objects are so hidden even with the hint it is hard to figure out where it is. Some non HOs interact for no good reason at all. Confusing the average citizen at no end, expecting that might be important.
No diary (or map if I remember correctly), only a line of the current task. Like, "Find Rover's tin dish". But the dish is like I said before twice hidden. First you need to collect 3 mice.
On and on like that.
Staff of the castle dysfunctional beyond words. Maid with nose stud big as a ring stone, butler who could care less what you need, ground keeper who wants to whoop you for no good reason.
Only redeeming quality of the story is the main guy who kinda looks like Keanu Reeves and the house ghost.
Voice overs are mediocre, teenage looking girl with Jessica Fletcher voice for one. Animation is nothing to rave about either.
I can not write much about the game quality because there is not much of it in the game.
One advice. Hint button is your friend.
February 19, 2013
From the advertising it looked to meet my spooky quotient, but I was disappointed by the random characters (including the ghost of a St Bernard) and the uncomfortable attempt to combine the classic (candelabras and such) with the modern (ruff - wearing cockney goth girl never without her ipad and Lurch - like butler who is never off the net). Maybe I didn't get the joke with this one.
September 7, 2013