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Eipix Entertainment proudly presents the latest installment of the spine-tingling Phantasmat series!

Your return to writing is overshadowed when a madman kidnaps your daughter and her friends! Your only clues are cryptic messages left by the criminal calling you to the desolate Brighthill Beach. With specters around every corner, can your expertise as a horror novelist help you save your daughter before it’s too late? Find out in this chilling hidden-object puzzle adventure game!

  • Continue hunting ghosts in the bonus chapter!
  • Enjoy exclusive wallpapers, concept art, soundtracks, and more.
  • Replay mini-games, hidden-object puzzles, and Match-3!
  • Lots of collectible morphing objects, symbols, and souvenirs to find!
  • Never get lost with the strategy guide!

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  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • CPU: 2.5 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 776 MB

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Phantasmat: Death in Hardcover Collector's Edition is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 26.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally Phantasmat goes really scary! A thrilling story, a great performance and a lot of scary moments, this is, what we experience as Marcia, novelist and the famous author of horror bestsellers. On coming home, we realize, the house was broken in. Our daughter is at a resort with friends for some days, so she should be safe. Then, the next call, an anonymous man informs us, he has kidnapped our daughter and her friends and we should come to the resort. He won't tell us, who he is, but asks for remembering our truest fan, whose letters we never answered. Step by step we come to know, who this man is. We find prove for the murder of a close friend and realize, we are confronted with a psychopath. Fast pace, very impressive effects, variable features (HOS, puzzles) - this Phantasmat has all, a scary HOPA should have.
Date published: 2018-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MEET AND GREET ASPIRING AUTHOR RON PARKS IN ONE OF THE BEST GAMES OF THE YEAR! REVIEW BASED ON THE ENTIRE GAME: 4 Chapters Plus a Bonus Chapter – Strategy Guide: 42 Pages OVERVIEW: As the famed horror novelist, Marcia Clay, you have an extensive fan base. While you are off on a book tour, your daughter, Joan, is off on a road trip with friends. However, you will find yourself in your own horror story, Marcia, when your daughter’s car breaks down and she is kidnapped by “your biggest fan,” a demented aspiring author named Ron Parks. This deranged fan is now sending you messages and clues as to where your daughter is located. In this cat-and-mouse game, you must follow his exact instructions to locate and rescue your daughter and her friends. Experience some twists and turns on this wild goose chase. However, you will get some needed assistance from some “ghost writers.” You are off to the ghost town of Rose Bay. Time is of the essence. Can you stop this psychotic serial killer? OPINION: Kudos to EIPIX! What a superb psychological thriller! This is a long game steeped in suspense and oozing with ghosts! In my opinion, this is one of the best psychological thrillers I have played this year. This game is a vast improvement from recent games from this developer. This game should appeal to those who love this genre of games. This is not one for children; the macabre element within this game is intense. The graphics ooze with creepiness. The ghostly ambiance of the ghost town, Rose Bay, with its dilapidated buildings, add to this chilling tale. This is not as scary as it is macabre. The physical appearance and personality of the unhinged Ron Parks add to the overall unsettling feeling while playing this game. MECHANICS: There are four (4) levels of play including a customized version. There are thirteen (13) achievements. Collect thirty-six (36) ghosts and sixteen (16) morphing objects. There are eight (8) wallpapers along with concept art, video cut scenes, and music selections. Collect twenty (20) souvenirs at the end of the game. You can replay fourteen (14) puzzles and thirteen (13) HOP scenes. BONUS CHAPTER: It Is a sequel. You, as Marcia Clay, return to Rose Bay after receiving a letter from an unexpected source. It appears that the final chapter is not yet completed on Rose Bay. There are five (5) puzzles and four (4) HOP scenes in this chapter. I found it of decent length and worth the extra money for the collector’s edition. HOP SCENES: There are twenty (20) HOP scenes in the game. They are standard fare seen in other games. I found one which is somewhat unique. Silhouette items to be located are placed on a lazy susan with six different shelves which must be rotated to locate all the items. There are two (2) scenes with morphing objects and one with rebus clues (which is a type of HOP scene I enjoy). Most of the others are straight lists of items or silhouette scenes with some interactivity. There are a few storybook scenes with items highlighted in colored letters. You can play a Match-3 game in lieu of the scenes. PUZZLES. There are twenty-eight (28) puzzles within the game. I enjoyed playing the puzzles more than the HOP scenes. There are not many puzzles in the beginning of the game; however, toward the end, there is an avalanche of them. They vary in difficulty and style, with most being of middle difficulty with a couple which I found difficult. For once, I found the directions easy to follow. I like the twist EIPIX took in modifying the “Queens 8” puzzle. EIPIX revamped this old chestnut, bringing it into the computer age with a board set on a computer screen using tokens instead of chess pieces. Quite clever and unique! SPOILERS: HERE ARE SOME OF THE PUZZLES AFTER THE DEMO: A. Pinball wizard! Connection puzzle. On an arcade-type pinball machine, use four (4) arrows to maneuver a ball to an exit slot, hitting bumpers along the way. If you miss a bumper to stop the ball, it will go out of the grid and you must restart! B. Connection puzzle. On a grid, create a path by rotating tokens with arrows upon them so that all arrows are connected while avoiding “X’s” in the path. C. Let’s go bowling. Bullseye puzzle! Strike bowling pins with two balls, clicking on a bar to build up strength, then clicking on the ball when a green circle is centered to knock down the pins. You get two chances to remove all the bowling pins. D. Mathematical puzzle. Move a latch along a scratched path choosing a number on a grid at the side. The latch will move that many spaces. You will need to calculate how many squares you need to go forward and backward to reach the end. E. Sequence puzzle. Pop balloons in a specific order to keep a level centered in the middle of the screen. If you choose the wrong balloon, the level will dip causing you to start over. F. BONUS CHAPTER: Connect-the-Dots. Connect dots on a home security device. In this case you will need to choose the correct dots in the proper order so that all dots are visited once. G. BONUS CHAPTER: Queens 8 puzzle. In this case, place tokens (not queens) onto a computer screen so that there is only one token in each row and column.
Date published: 2018-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not a literary genius... Hello friends! As usual, I review mostly on the game play and not the story line, as others do a much better job of that than I. Again, we have the Energizer Bunny...this series just keeps going and going. Graphics are well done, but as usual, there is some fuzz to them. Animation is quite well done with appropriate facial features and smooth movements. Colors, although a bit faded, are well done and seem to fit the atmosphere of the game. Game play was excellent, with no problems during the demo. Voices are well done, with some fear, urgency, and our "bad guy" has a creepy sinister voice and face. Otherwise, not a lot of dialog yet. Sound FX, which again include the sounds of a winter storm, are well done. Music seems only present when something is happening or about to happen. HOPs are varied and have an interesting set up. You have a variation of interactive lists, morphing items and HOPs within a HOP. Scenes are clean and clear and items are not difficult to find. I did not see that you could switch to something else. Puzzles are challenging without being overly difficult. They do take some time and thought to complete. The hint system is quite helpful, but I did not see that it transported you to longer locations. It wouldn't be the first game that had that feature show up as the game progresses. The jump map also saves you time, but I found it to be rather bland and boring. Collectibles were a little disappointing but okay. We need to find 16 morphing items that all seem to be pumpkin pictures. Not hard to find at all. We also have 36 ghost figures to find. They are all the same and plenty large enough to see. No real challenge here at all. The opening scene is very well done and makes you want more. Then the story slows down, with bits of pieces thrown in here and there as to why things were happening. Of course, we stayed with the Halloween theme that seemed much like Haunted Hotel. I did get a little tired of hearing the creeps voice so much and we did have to choose dialog whenever we used the phone. Fortunately, that wasn't much. That said, this addition to this series, fits with with this time of year. If you are into creepy, you will like this one. I did give it a 4.5 in hopes that the story picks up soon, and the challenging puzzles. I do feel it is a predictable story, but I like it well enough to add it to my collection. 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. Play on!
Date published: 2018-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Spoiled Child He didn't get his way, so he murders people -- really. The story line was terrible. The only redeeming features for me were the hidden objects and mini-games.
Date published: 2018-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Story, Terrible Graphics I found the story of this game excellent and engaging. The graphics of all locations however were blurred and very poorly done. You would have to go back about 8+ years to find games with graphics this poorly done. Eipix is a seasoned developer and there is just no excuse for this. I'm still at a loss for why BFG allows game quality to continue to fall like this. Shorter games, worsening graphics, no logic, and ridiculously easy puzzles...remind me again why we should continue to buy/play these games???
Date published: 2018-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from WE KNOW "WHO DONE IT" 10 MINUTES INTO THE GAME! Bummer. What kind of a who done it game lets you know at the beginning who the bad guy is? Sure did take away from the game play for me. The story line is excellent...so much potential..but once again in my opinion EIPIX falls short in that department. The HO scenes were fun as were most of the mini-HO's. I will say I do not like the LARGE hint tab and Large task list tab with wasted space on both sides of the screen. What that means is you must click through you inventory to find what all is there. The voice overs were good but the graphics could have been better. I played for an hour of the demo and that was sufficient for me. However, try the demo...you might find it is the right game for you.
Date published: 2018-10-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I can't help comparing to earlier phantasmats, so nah. Early Phantasmats are some of the best, most complex games I've played so this entry must be compared, and it did not come out well. It veers off into a weird killer theme more like the Haunted Hotel story lines. I found it quite disappointing, and even boring. Not a great sign when you just want it to be over because you tend to finish any game you start. I hope this isn't an indicator of the Phantasmat series' future.
Date published: 2018-10-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from There Is No Middle Ground Here... How you feel about the newest entry in the Phantasmat series may well depend on your liking for clichés and old "B" movies. You remember the time when every game started with a vehicle crash? And those old movies where the leading characters ran into the scary haunted house miles away rather than walking down the block to the police station? We once again have to deal with angry bees and we get to ignore any survival instinct in favor of running where a madman calls us. Add in the sharp shell we carry around instead of the box cutter with the new blade we had at first, and you find yourself starring in your own "B" grade horror film. (This means you will be the author who's teenage daughter falls into the hands of an obsessed, frustrated, and deranged fan/writer out to get revenge for being ignored by his published heroes.) So, good stuff: You get collectibles, CE bling, usual game elements including clichés, decent art work, and an off-kilter story. Bad stuff: There will be angry bees, and a mother who puts herself in the hands of a madman rather than call the police, all the while clutching her sharp shell. Bottom line: There are a bunch of reviewers, possibly in the grip of nostalgia, giving this new Phantasmat lots of stars. Then there are those who remember the wonder of the first game, the growing dismay as new games lost IQ points, and our realization that Eipix had taken over the bad screen writers' retirement home. The story may not seem as woeful to you. You may want to carry your sharp shell as a badge of honor. Someday, all the ways you have learned to subdued angry bees may be just the skill-set you need. Please play the demo and decide for yourself.
Date published: 2018-10-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great concept, lousy execution. I loved the idea of this storyline, because it offers natural places to put HO scenes and mini-games, and because it's both different and suspenseful. Unfortunately, the execution was terrible. I quit after 35 minutes, because I encountered a sequential find-and-use HO scene that made NO logical sense. The setting was a boat, and the task was to unlock the cubby so I could fuel the boat. Now... • What rational, thinking person would use two glass fishing floats to hold up the top of a bench? I mean, what?! • Would it occur to you to use a metal spring from a couch as a lock pick? Yeah, me either. The mini-games were a bit better, although the instructions lacked clarity. But the regular gameplay was mainly finding a bunch of shaped keys...again. Oh, yeah, there were bees to smoke away too. I'm extremely disappointed for two reasons. First, I really enjoyed Mournful Loch. The villains were actually creepy and the plot was well thought out. Second, Death in Hardcover had so much potential in its plot, and that potential was wasted. Ten minutes in, we already know who the perp is and what else he did, which erased most of the much-needed suspense. After that, the game became an exercise in patience...which I quickly lost.
Date published: 2018-10-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bad and dated gfx and unecceasrily complex minigames destroyed the experience for me This could have been a good game, if the graphics has been up to today standard, which it, by far is not. Even the first 2 Phantasmat, which wasn't developed by Eipix looks better than this, and played way better. The story-line is good, if not exeptional. The graphics not at all. But the sounds were okay, with good voice acting. But unnecesarily complex minigames was also a turnoff. It's OK, that some minigames are complex and interesting, if it's LOGICAL that they are. Not so here. All-in-all not recommended, for people who played the old Phantasmat, before Eipix took over.
Date published: 2018-10-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from AN ABSOLUTE WASTE The worst part of this very short game was the horrendous graphics. FOG and HAZE EVERYWHERE....washed out scenes....eye strain deluxe. It was sickening. Story was depressing with drab scenery to match. Too many mini hos...and puzzle instructions that didn't make sense at times. This was not enjoyable at all, seeming to go on and on, going nowhere. I couldn't wait to get it over with and didn't even care about the stupid collectibles of 36 ghost signs and 16 morphs or even having replay of hos and puzzles. It was boring and an utter waste of time, even to talk about. No effort put into this and has a definite lack of artistry. With an abrupt ending.... a 35-45 minute bonus if you chore through the puzzles, this is by far the worst Phantasmat of them all. Unbelievable. The only psychological thrill of this was uninstalling it.
Date published: 2018-10-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Is it good to be "sensitive"? I dont play as many games as I did for a while. Or feel an urge to review ones I do play. Multiple reasons probably but anyway I played this one through including bonus. It has features of interest and of quality in production. Of course in detail the plot etc would be possible only in HOPA world but one suspends disbelief. as so often reading the reviews I can see sense in all of them and they can all reflect players' experience. At the beginning it suggests the game may be too troubling for the very young or for the "sensitive"? The number of deaths and the grisly mode of deaths is on scale of the old Paris Grand Guignol or of a row of Stephen King novels compressed into one. The suggested suffering is appalling... but perhaps to feel that is a degree of "sensitivity" of the sort not making for an ideal player of this game. Know yourself as the philosophers say. and decide. for me the answer is that I cannot recommend this game as being good experience and material to add to memory and imagination. an emphatic thumbs down here.
Date published: 2018-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from To sick to enjoy! Stopped playing the game as we found it to depict the sickest part of our society. This is not entertainment!
Date published: 2018-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from forced finish... had to force myself to finish this dreadful game. this was at one time a great series.not now. everything about this game was old and just bad. blurred graphics,laughable storyline. sad, the first 2-3 in this sreies were good games.
Date published: 2018-10-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I Quit Before the Demo Was Over I really have to agree with sjkmh45... not even the demo was any kind of fun. The graphics are terrible... washed out, fuzzy, and primitive, as if the entire game was simply thrown together in a hurry. This is such a far cry from the excellence of the first Phantasmat, which won awards for best hidden object game, it hardly deserves the name. The story... well, let me ask you this. If your daughter and three of her friends had been kidnapped and tied up and you know who the perp is and also have a memory stick with video, what would you do? Call the police or go charging off on your own in a boat left for your use by... wait for it... the kidnapper? Also, please don't follow the example of using fertilizer in a bottle to make a smoke bomb, lighting the rag wick and then carrying it around for awhile while you fiddle around with gasoline. It won't end well.
Date published: 2018-10-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Seldom The storyline and visual presentation goes way beyond a game. I find the whole thing repulsive and not acceptable as any kind of "fun". I don't do reviews, but this just was way too ugly to not say something.
Date published: 2018-10-04
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