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Mad Head Games presents another gripping tale in their action-packed Shadowplay series!

You and your friends have been researching the mystery of Harrowstead for years, and you’ve run out of leads. That is until your friend calls you with new information and you arrive just in time to see him kidnapped by a malevolent monster! Can you save your team, or will the world fall to darkness? Wield otherworldly powers and solve intricate puzzles to defeat this evil entity in this sensational hidden-object puzzle adventure game!

  • Destroy the last traces of the Shadow Realm in the bonus game!
  • Replay your favorite HOPs and earn achievements!
  • Tons of collectibles and morphs to find!
  • Enjoy exclusive wallpapers, concept art, and music!
  • Never get lost with the strategy guide!

Game System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • CPU: 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 719 MB

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Shadowplay: Harrowstead Mystery Collector's Edition is rated 2.8 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Basic Game For me, the pace of this game is off. The storyline has possibilities but more than one plot twist is left undeveloped, which was a bit jarring. So rather than a creep factor, I saw these as plot holes. That said, there is no one game for everyone but for everyone there is a game. My style of play is relaxed (custom) mode, admiring the story as well as the hidden objects, puzzles, sound, and graphics. The hidden object scenes were easy as were the puzzles. Both were predictably integrated into the storyline. For me, the most challenging were the morphing objects and collectibles but I don't always purchase collector editions so that's down to me. As one other reviewer mentioned, the game feels a bit short, especially the bonus chapter (for me). Perhaps the gaps in the storyline have that effect. As always, try the demo.
Date published: 2019-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from THE MASTER OF NOTHINGNESS HAS RETURNED TO DEVOUR INNOCENT SOULS ONCE MORE Remember back in the day when Mad Head introduced their first game? Remember how amazing the graphics were, how fresh the storylines were? Remember Darkness Incarnate, and how modern, cutting~edge, and cool that game was? Remember the first a-MAZEing game that made you feel uncomfortable because you felt like you were actually trapped and didn't know how you got there? Remember how they went above and BEYOND expectations with one of the best sci-fi experiences in a game? Back then it was a Rite of Passage, playing a Mad Head Game was like going into The Heart of the Storm, like walking into TaleWorld. Back in the day, I couldn't wait for a new MH game, what happened guys? I'm sure most of you know how I feel about cheesy Gadgets, but this particular gadget is the most worthless Gadge I've ever seen in a game! Once you discover the secret hiding place of Henry Bakeman's Lamp, you will use the gadget 6 times. BTW: they make no attempt to explain why it dispels dark magic, how Henry knew it would work on dark magic, where it came from, and most importantly, why it had to be hidden if it works on evil entities? To make matters worse, you have to play the most ridiculous mini-game in the history of HOPA gadget games. My 3-year-old grandson is perfectly capable of matching 2 different symbols, in fact, I asked him to find the two matching pairs of symbols and he nailed it in about 30 seconds. If a small child who can't yet read or write his name, can solve this game nearly instantaneously, why bother? There are 14 Hidden Object Scenes and 1 Zoom Zone HOP (+4 CE BC) most are Interactive Listed Item Finds but there are also Multiples of each Object Finds, Keywords in Sentence Finds, Silhouetted Shapes, Matching Symbol Finds, Pictured Item Finds, Missing Related Animal Finds, and a colorful scene where you find several Flowers that match Picture Swatches. In this Collector's Edition version, each Hidden Object Scene has a Morphing Object, if you miss one of the HOP morphs you can pick them up in the replayable extras. There are 24 Mini-Games (+4 CE BC) including 6 worthless, pointless, repetitive Lamp Gadget games where you use a lens to find 2 matching symbol pairs. For the life of me, I can't understand why they even bothered to include a game where all you have to do is scan the lens across 4 circles? Most of the Mini-Games are rehashed from Mad Head's other series games, they aren't horrible, but they just aren't very challenging. Here are a few of my personal favorites: 1~Guide the frog to the exit by swapping directional arrow square tiles. 2~Press buttons to change the color of pie-shaped tiles to match the clues. ?? 3~Push 4 keys into the central grid, columns & rows have specified number of moves. The Collector's Edition Bonus Chapter takes place a month after the incident. You will play as Riley the investigator and Kevin the missing person. There are 4 Mini-Games, and 4 Hidden Object Scenes, 10 Spirals, 10 Scene Morphing Objects and 4 Hidden Object Morphs remaining in this somewhat short Bonus Chapter which takes place over 10 new scene locations. This Collector's Edition has 11 Wallpapers (not 4) 9 Concept Art pictures, 10 Music Soundtracks, 12 Cover Pictures, 32 Profile Pictures, 10 Achievements (5 achievements have 3 categories each) 17 Replayable Hidden Object Scenes, 33 Mad Head Spirals (23 Main Chapter~10 in CE Bonus Chapter) 50 Morphing Objects (33 Scene Location Morphs, 17 Hidden Object Scene Morphs) 5 Main Chapters +Bonus Chapter and a Built-in Strategy Guide. SHADOWPLAY SERIES LIST Title***Collector's Edition Release Date***Average Rating 1-Darkness Incarnate (August 20-2016) 4.1 2-Whispers of the Past (July 27-2017) 3.4 3-The Forsaken Island (February 1-2018) 3.8 4-Harrowstead Mystery (June 15-2019) n/a by: Mad Head Games
Date published: 2019-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A SHADOW OF PREVIOUS GAMES FROM THIS DEVELOPER REVIEW BASED UPON THE ENTIRE GAME: 5 Chapters Plus a Bonus Chapter – Strategy Guide: 41 Pages OPINION: With a story set against the backdrop of earthquakes, I found this game neither a groundbreaking nor an earthshaking one! I have played better games from this developer. This latest entry from the series is decent; however, it does not approach the creative excellence demonstrated in other games by this developer. It is a short, mediocre game; however, both the main game and the bonus chapter have immersive stories with an ample amount of activities to provide a decent pace. For me, the demo is the best part of the game with the rest of the game falling flat - lacking creative design for both the puzzles and the HOP scenes. With its nonchallenging puzzles and conventional HOP scenes, this game should appeal to those who like an easy-breezy game. With a few exceptions, I was disappointed by the HOP scenes. There are only twenty (20) within the entire game. The scenes from the demo are more creatively designed than those after the demo. Most of the scenes are either lists of items or silhouette. Most are searches set in junk piles with items unrelated to game’s theme. There are a few scenes which I found creatively designed. In one of the silhouette scenes, there is a search for items in an ice cream truck used to create three (3) luscious ice cream delights. In another beautiful scene, there is a search for bouquets of flowers within a greenhouse. There are also a couple of searches which provide three (3) different scenes in which to locate items. I wish there more scenes like these; I found most of the HOP scenes very boring. There are twenty-eight (28) puzzles, six (6) of which are the same matching puzzle tied to a gimmicky lamp used in the game. This lamp puzzle consists of matching only two (2) sets of symbols. Just ridiculous! I found it boring and filler for the game. Most of the other puzzles are easy - some which I would hardly call puzzles. One of my biggest complaints about Mad Head games is that you cannot replay the puzzles, only the HOP scenes. With a larger number of puzzles than HOP scenes, I wish Mad Head would provide the option to replay some of the puzzles. The collectibles consist of morphing objects and the same swirls seen in every Mad Head game. I found both easy to locate. At the end of the game, the player can return to the scenes from the game to locate treasures which consist of some object inserted within the scenes. They are easy to locate – a little too easy for my taste. Most of the treasures practically jump out at you! MECHANICS: • Five (5) levels of play including a customized version. • Ten (10) achievements – five (5) with 3 parts. • Collect thirty-six (36) morphing objects and forty-five (45) swirls There is an indicator to indicate if there is one in the scene and if it has been collected • Return to the scenes and collect twenty-one (21) treasures at the end of the game. • Gimmicky lamp to get rid of negative energy. Play a matching puzzle to use it. • Four (4) wallpapers along with concept art and music selections • Replay seventeen (17) HOP scenes STORY: Since childhood, the disappearance of the mining town of Harrowstead has fascinated you. Now, you, Thea, as an adult, have joined a writing team to investigate and write a book about what happened at that locale. Upon receiving an urgent call from a member of your writing team, you are off to investigate similar incidents happening at the neighboring town of Windton. An earthquake has unleashed a monster who feeds upon the hopes and fears of its victims. A special lamp from the past should shine some light on the situation and help you in your quest to defeat this monster from the Shadow Realm. BONUS CHAPTER: It is sequel. Your writing team has finally published a best seller, a book about Harrowstead. Now that the book is completed, Riley has returned to work as an investigator. When a mother contacts Riley about the disappearance of her son, Kevin, he finds himself back at a mansion where remnants of the Shadow Realm still exist. In this chapter play both Riley and Kevin, the missing boy. As Riley, try to help Kevin escape from the Shadow Realm. There are four (4) HOP scenes and four (4) puzzles. Continue to collect the morphing objects and swirls. Instead of a lamp, this chapter has a gimmicky camcorder which is used to see shadows within the mansion. I found this chapter to be of the same quality as the main game SPOILERS: HERE ARE SOME OF THE PUZZLES AFTER THE DEMO: A. Switch puzzle. Switch and rotate four bus signs on a pole according to given clues on the pole itself. Every sign must be situated in the proper location and direction on the pole. B. Lamp puzzle. Match up two sets of symbols. (Used 6 times in the game) C. Matching puzzle. Using arrows, rotate and adjust the size of symbols on each of 4 sides of a lantern so they match up with their given slots. Increase and decrease the size until all fit into the slots. D. Logic puzzle. Cut 5 boards with a saw - choosing the proper spot which will not break the saw nor destroy the blades E. Matching puzzle. Match images beneath leaves F. Connection puzzle. (1) Connect geometrically shaped crystals in the proper sequence. (2) Connect game characters in the proper sequence. BONUS CHAPTER: G. Assembly puzzle. Create a path to lead a king to his crown by inserting path segments into the grid, following given instructions. H. Assembly puzzle. Place mirror shards into the proper location to restore the mirror.
Date published: 2019-06-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Trial: Fire the Writers and the Actors The script was annoying. Door is on fire so what do you do? You run around and collect task items! Before you can get to the extinguisher you have to play a hidden object game and locate 2 similar items that match and finally behind some shirts is the much-needed fire extinguisher. Run back to the house, splash the hot, burning door with water, so far so good, but wait…when you get inside there is absolutely no fire damage to the room? So, you continue to run back and forth for items to complete tasks that make you scratch your head. In the meantime, the dialogue is overdone and often child-like and the script is horrible. Who writes these scenarios? Even the hidden object game with hieroglyphics was a royal pain to find some of the required objects. After you find a book and a lamp, the storybook explains, as you click on highlighted words, some of Henry’s backstory about the lamp that he found and it saved his family. Obviously, the lamp will save friends, family and I suppose the world! Maybe world peace even! So far Henry has the best voice in the game. The lamp reveals your captured friend, Riley, who warns you IT is after Joshua, another friend. You call Joshua and sure enough he has gone on a wild goose chase and disappears before your eyes, but you can track his car. You find the car and start the collecting more items. A backpack without a zipper! That was it! I didn’t care if I had a box cutter to open the bag, just the idea that the zipper didn’t work was enough for me to exit! I usually enjoy Madhead games, but I had to force myself to stay with it as long as I did. Not a good representation of their usual enjoyable games. I wish I could say something positive, but I didn’t even like the characters or their designs. The scenes are nicely developed with attention to detail, but something was just missing in this game to the point that sadly I can’t recommend it.
Date published: 2019-07-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from demo tried didnt think much of the game really! not my first time playing these types of games. i don't normally write a review, but this time thought i would, well the demo wasn't much the graphics are ok. game play not that fun really.
Date published: 2019-06-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Predictable and slow So I recently replayed Darkness Incarnate, an earlier Shadowplay which is an exceptional game, very creepy and interesting. This one severely disappoints. This one could be any game from any developer. It isn't scary in the least. It borrows things from previous games. The plot is predictable and the pace is really slow. I always turn off voiceovers but I'm sure they would have been awful. I almost didn't make it through this boring game but I like to play the whole thing before I review it. The bonus game was rushed, predictable, and slow paced. I can't recommend it. Go play Darkness Incarnate or The Forsaken Island if you want a good Shadowplay game, but skip this one.
Date published: 2019-06-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from inspector gadget rides again just a silly game from start to finish...this time a silly lantern to muck up this already deadful game. what a shame.
Date published: 2019-06-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from where has MAD HEAD gone? Oh no.... monsters and gadgets . sigh...... what has happened to MH... I used to buy sight unseen anything these devs put out knowing there would be a wonderful few hours ahead.. I am so disappointed. The minute I saw octopus legs swirling around I knew it would be bad..The HOPS and puzzles are ridiculously easy and the swirls are SO dull ( why not another symbol relating to the story like they do sometimes ).. they are also right in front of you. Watch out MH or you will lose loads of devoted fans. I did not even finish the demo.
Date published: 2019-06-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Shadowplay:Homestead Mystery Not my kind of game. This game is more suitable for youngsters.
Date published: 2019-06-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Big no from me Not a fun game and the graphics were poorly done. Storyline was not engaging. Some of the hidden objects were so simple while some of the puzzles were very difficult to figure out with inadequate instructions.
Date published: 2019-06-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Locked boxes, illogical gameplay No immersion factor for me. Silly comic book style voice overs, locked boxes from the get go. The first lesson in game development should be NOT to lock your players out of immersion into story line; especially in the beginning of the game; it destroys the ability to feel for characters and feel a part with the game play. Challenges and obscure are one thing, silly nonsensical and unrealistic puzzles thrown in just to kill time are just plain annoying IMO.
Date published: 2019-06-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Based on Demo I tried. This game is slow, very basic. Even though you have a skip option it does not always work and you sometimes have to wait until all the talking is done before it actually skips. The graphics are ok but again slow. The hop games are mostly shadows and easy to find. Directions for the mini games are available but the mini games are basic and not really fun.
Date published: 2019-06-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mistake in Buying This I bought this game without trialing it. Big mistake. As soon as the game began, I regretted the purchase. The graphics are like cartoons. The storyline immediately seemed ridiculous. It might be fun for small kids but not for adults. I uninstalled it without continuing within 15 mins. No more buying without trialing for me!
Date published: 2019-06-27
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