Haunted Halls: Green Hills Sanitarium Collector's Edition
If aggravation factor was an option for rating, I would give it 5 stars. I found myself grumbling at the many HO scenes. Many objects were hidden behind other objects, others were just tiny pictures of the objects hidden in shadows and my biggest pet peeve....I'm asked to find a rope. I find it only to discover that it's not THAT rope they want me to find. Grrrrr I also strongly suggest that you do not pay for the CE. You do not get an interactive map with the CE, although it is not a game with tons of different scenes to cover. The Bonus content is not worth the extra $. The bonus game is VERY short and simple, just loaded with more HO scenes. There are no achievements to work for. No morphing object extras or anything like that. The story line is good and freeing each person from their fear is a fun concept. I just feel like it falls short in general and wish I had just got the standard version and saved some of those free game tokens.
September 7, 2013
LOTS, and I mean lots, of HO scenes
I did like the storyline, it was a bit different. That being said, I thought there were too many! HOS's. (And I really like HOS's). It seemed like they were using them in place of finding things to use-it seemed a little lazy to me. Towards the end, they were non stop. Some of them were not too clear and/ or dark and made finding the objects very difficult. A lot of running around, but not too confusing. The graphics were ok, a bit simplistic. Good length. (I played the SE version.) Sometimes the things to use seemed kindof weird. Otherwise, a middle of the road game. I wouldn't NOT recommend it, but not too sure I would recommend it either-
May 9, 2013
good but not the best- see full review for details
I got this game wanting to try other things than my already routine fantasy-sci-fi games. From the other reviews I thought it would be amazing, but I was a little bit taken by surprise in a not so pleasant way.
STORY: Classic horror story. Your boyfriend goes missing and you go at the sanitarium and try to save him. Before saving him you have to save all the other patients in the building. They are all trapped by their phobias, your boyfriend having a special disorder being afraid of losing you. There's an evil doctor frankenstein-like, that you have to defeat. The ending was a little bit unpredictable to me. Guess it will be continued in a part 2 of the game.
GAMEPLAY: You have the super-common journal that is helpful only when you have to stock information. There's no map, which is a little bit annoying cause you have to run all over the place for items, from the begging to the end. You have plenty of hints that you surely need. The scene changing is pretty heavy and some things don't make any logical sense. I thank the developers for including nice strategy guide for the times i got stuck, and they were plenty.
HOG&PUZZLES: Pretty difficult hidden object scenes. Had to solve some of them in 2 with my husband. The items are very tiny, transparent, or blended using unnatural colors that aren't usually used in real life for those objects. A lot of them were words that I never heard about, but probably that's just me, since I'm still adapting to english language. The puzzles were of medium difficulty, All can be done without using the skip button with patience.
GRAPHICS&SOUND: The graphics of this game were beautiful indeed. The colors are not vibrant, they used a lot of browns and greens to create the creepy asylum feeling. The animations are rare, and they only occur in some scenes. The characters had no voice over. The music disturbed me. I prefer getting into the game and playing that character as good as I can, so I had to turn the music off. It was loud and it was suited only for the intense action. The sound effects are creepy indeed, disgusting in some parts, but oh well, that's why they are called creepy games.
EXTRAS: After the main game ended so abruptly, I hoped everything would be solved in the bonus chapter. I was wrong. You go again to find your boyfriend, have few new areas to explore and do some minor tasks around. It's decent lenght as well, but the end was weird. I guess they need to continue the story. You also have the music, which is better outside the game when you're actually not playing. The wallpapers are included as usual and you have some raw concept art that make excellent study materials for those ho have art as a hobby.
Time: about 5-6 hours it's a pretty big game
I enjoyed it but it also frustrated me. It felt like a grandpa of today's new hidden objects games. The developers have way better stuff on the market than this. They are professionals so i really think they could have done better
August 12, 2012
Tedious and Repetitive
Heavy on the hidden object, sparse on the puzzles. Too much running around.
November 17, 2013
An OK HOG, but a bit boring
This was a rather run-of-the-mill HOG which was reasonably fun to play despite not being imaginative or fresh. One HOS did have stamps with hidden items which were part of the stamp or just hidden among them. Otherwise most of the HOS were OK. Toward the end a couple fell into the tiny item hidden in a black area where it could not been seen even using the hint. One of particular note was the red pit with the skull wearing a pirate hat. I?d advise random clicking as the best way to get half way done and then use the hint extensively. Most of the items will be invisible even when ?found? by the hint. Probably 85% of the HOS items are visible taking all of the HOS together. The puzzles were mainly long and boring affairs which were best skipped. They were not really hard, just boring. Overall, this was about an average HOG which showed some problems near the end where the team putting it together must have been quite rushed; it showed. Although this was a CE, I erased the game without playing the extras. I was bored with the game.
October 3, 2012
Good creepy game if you are under 16yrs old.
This game was not very creepy. The visuals and audio were nothing to scream about.
A lot of HOG and back and forth in this game. Some of the items that I accumulated I needed to use but had no clue how (some made no logical/common sense to me) and I had a hard time figuring out what I had to do next or where I needed to go. The patients had no voices which was ok with me since I?m not a big fan of the voice over?s. I didn?t understand why when you helped the patients they stayed in their rooms and didn?t leave the Sanitarium? I would have booked it out of that crazy place. Overall the game was ?okay? and if you are a young kid you will enjoy this game. I would also like to note getting the SE is all you need. CE is a waste of monies imo.
September 15, 2012
Very Very Boring Game
Extremely Surprised to see how Highly rated this game is..
Waay Too Many HO scenes
April 5, 2013