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Big Fish Editor's Choice! This title was chosen for its high standard of quality and amazingly positive reviews from our Game Club beta testers.

From Eipix, in partnership with Big Fish and the Smithsonian Institution, comes the epic continuation of the Hidden Expedition series! Your old buddy and H.E.L.P. operative Sam calls you in to investigate a strange anomaly at the Smithsonian Castle. You soon learn there’s more to this anomaly than meets the eye, and H.E.L.P’s reach stretches back to the Smithsonian’s historic founding. Unlock the secrets of time travel as you follow the clues into the Smithsonian Castle’s Civil War past.

See what our Beta testers had to say:

"Brilliant game! Fun and educational. This will be purchased the second it is offered. I loved everything about it." – Cynthia, Beta Tester

"I was so engrossed in the story line I did not realize how long I was playing. Thoroughly enjoyed it." – Miles, Beta Tester

This is a special Collector's Edition release full of exclusive extras you won’t find in the standard version. As a bonus, Collector's Edition purchases count toward three stamps on your Monthly Game Club Punch Card!

The Collector’s Edition includes:

  • Race H.E.L.P. agents to Helen’s time machine!
  • Collect Fact Cards to learn about the Smithsonian’s history
  • Unlock new puzzles and replay mini-games and HOPs
  • Collect original music, wallpapers, and videos
  • Access the comprehensive Strategy Guide

Game System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
  • CPU: 1.6 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 896 MB

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Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian™ Castle Collector's Edition is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 78.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Castle Like this game . I did skip some puzzles since the hints were for me hard to under stand but most were understandable. Slow pace game were some might think it is boring but going through finding items was some what easy and there is a lot of items to find. There is a bunch of rooms to look through about 43. Most were well done and with many items in the scene's but I thought finding things was not to hard. Not spooky or creepy to me. A good steady game with not much interaction with others. Storyline was different.
Date published: 2021-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eipix blows my mind in this latest Hidden Expedition HOPA The adventure opens with a lady scientist in the 1800s having a science-like breakthrough. Hooray! But then of course her children ruin everything, with her Darwin Award-winning daughter gleefully wandering up to the dangerous electrical device to get sucked in, and the scientist destroys the device in a fit of despair, so it was nice while it lasted, I guess. Back in present day, you and your fellow H.E.L.P. agent are called to the Smithsonian Castle, the Smithsonian Institute's administration building, when a strange power outage reveals an intruder making a strange theft. It quickly becomes apparent this ain't your average burglary, however, and your thief ain't your average thief either. It's a wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey adventure as you uncover a love and a caper that spans centuries. You'll hunt for items through a variety of hidden-object scenes that change how they play, solve so many puzzles and minigames it's a wonder anyone at the Smithsonian can get anything done, and learn that the Smithsonian's insect cabinet was built in the 17th century and assembled from walnut, oak, and fruitwood, and... wait... I feel... weird. What's happening to me? Am I... learning? Is this an... educational game? NooooOOooOOoo! Someone fetch me some episodes of The Real Housewives of Wherever, STAT! Okay, so while Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian Castle clearly has a vested interest in trying to make you S-M-R-T-er, it at least does so in a way that keeps you engaged rather than bashing you over the head with factoids every two steps. In addition to the fact cards you can find and peruse at your leisure, the game also knows when to slip in some subtle information as you explore, both about the Smithsonian itself and other people, places, and items of historical importance. Smithsonian Castle has a tremendous amount of puzzles and minigames scattered throughout that keeps things fresh and interesting, and while many of them are simply different presentations of familiar concepts, they fit into the story and setting nicely... making fiber matches to date a letter, for example, or aligning markers for a facial recognition system. There is admittedly a lot of backtracking, but the fast-travel map takes much of the sting out of it, and of course the highly customiseable difficulty settings means just about anyone can enjoy the game the way they want to. The gameplay actually feels like it's taking precedence over the plot in a big way, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The story isn't bad by any means, it's just sort of there... there's no real emphasis on any sort of foreshadowing or surprise, you're largely going to figure out what's going on and exactly what will happen very quickly. There are a few minor surprises, and a lot of discussion about the potential impact of time travel on present day, and even a mini-game where you struggle to open a door while someone else tries to pull it shut which I believe is a first. It's a comfy narrative, to be sure, it's just sort of there as padding for a more engaging amount of gameplay. Though the game still is beautifully illustrated (apart from some weird facial expressions# and well acted #... mostly... ) this is definitely a game that puts substance over style. It's not just that it's long, although it'll likely take you around four hours or more to get through the main game, it's that it's constantly throwing up a wide variety of puzzles and clever minigames at every turn, which balances nicely against the more traditional "use item X on obvious place Y" point-and-click elements. Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian Castle is fun, smart, and mentally engaging in all the right ways, and the perfect lazy afternoon accompaniment.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sound Hidden-Object-Adventure with Shining Graphics! Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian Castle is finally again a beautiful Hidden Object Game, that gets along all without the so common morbid occultism that we sadly can find in most of the current HOGs. Instead, it comes with very fine drawn and colorful graphics, very pleasant ambient light (in other games this often has been distracting - here it is perfect), a decent atmospheric soundtrack, interesting varied puzzles. Especially the HO-Scenes are always a little differing and new. And the puzzles are refreshingly not only the old, usual sliding puzzles (seriously - how can one make hundreds of HOGs with the ever same five sliding/turning-puzzles?). And even if you might already know one or the other puzzle, it still will come in a new variety. All puzzles are fair and logical, and I did not have to skip a single one. The story is nice, not too much dialog, just right to carry the narration. The game has individually adjustable hint modes, and elaborate controls (one thing for the programmers - when I am in a room and click on the same room in the map - don't stay in the map-mode - go to the room). The game is played through in about 4 hours, so it is a little short (well, of course depending on your experience in this kind of games maybe a little longer or shorter). But then I have to acknowledge that the makers did not factitiously stretch the game. If you want a HOG with shining graphics, diversified puzzles, and a cool adventure story that gets on without corpses, curses and witchcraft, then this one is for You!
Date published: 2014-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful game for those who like to learn and think along the way This is a wonderful series and this is the best in it. The precision and care that goes into making these games is amazing. Great storyline filled with personal interest and historical fact and fiction. Very cleverly done. The graphics and sound are perfect and it moves quickly. I do like the facts about the Smithsonian that are available throughout but not so heavy handed that they disrupt gameplay. I never play the puzzles in a game. I usually find them tedious and annoying. In the demo I played them all and loved it. The puzzles and the hidden object scenes are clever and fun and add relevance to the story. Great game, lots of fun for those of us who like to think along with being entertained. I highly recommend this game.
Date published: 2014-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best HOGA In Recent Months This is a review of the CE which I played all the way through. You are a HELP Investigator called to the Smithsonian after strange power failures. As you begin to investigate it becomes clear that time travel is involved. You find yourself looking for someone in the Smithsonian of the past. The graphics are good, the sound is non-intrusive but what I really like was that the story actually made sense and the HOGs and puzzles led the story forward. There were the usual puzzles, but every variety with little repeats and well done. The HOGs varied also from find pieces for an item, find a list of items and multiple lists in one HOG. The morphing objects were in the HOGs, but not all of them so it made that more interesting as well. Finally, when the bonus chapter is complete you can go back and replay the HOGs, find the souvenirs and collectibles you might have missed. I played the game in just over 4 hours and spent another happy hour on the extra's. Altogether, one of the best games produced recently.
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The game is MAGNIFICENT in every way possible. There are lots of really good games that come out every year and there are some terribly bad ones too. This episode of the Smithsonian chapter of the HE series is astounding. The story progresses in the way a terrific novel does. This game is a " page turner ". Every time I learned something new in the game I definitely wanted just a little bit more. This doesn't happen in every game, even among the better ones. Graphically this version is certainly up to the standards of its predecessors. The interactive hidden object segments and the puzzles are all fantastic. One aspect I found particularly noteworthy is in the story. Far too many games lay out the entirety of the story in the early part of the game. In the Castle everything is piecemeal, that's why I referred earlier that the story is a page turner. It turns out that time travel will be an important element in the denouement of this game. I found one minor typo when a book was introduced exhibiting important people in the creation of the Smithsonian. There is a man first name of Frances, should have been Francis as the e in the name denotes a woman.As I said, a minor typo. A 1000 kudos to the creative genius that is Eipix, these folks have rarely stumbled when presenting a new offering. This HE just may be their finest effort. For those who enjoy finding them, there are some morphing objects and I really liked the devices within the castle wherein pressing a button provides some wonderful information about the Institute itself. Learning something while enjoying a game can only be a good thing. Smithsonian Castle will be added to my collection posthaste. It's a wonderful present during this holiday season.
Date published: 2014-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great HE game! This game is great - I like it better than the previous one (and LOVED that one). There are plenty of hidden object scenes - something that I think a lot of games lack nowadays - and LOTS of puzzles. The H.O. scenes are all a little different, some straight finding, some find by association clues, there are morphing objects in the H.O. scenes to find. There's a good storyline, picking up some familiar characters from previous game and adding new. The map is interactive, showing where you are and where things need to be done, and also transports you with a click - BIG PLUS! You can collect fact cards along the way to learn little bits of trivia - I like that. All in all a great game and I already can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2014-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must buy! What a "breathe of fresh air" this game is. Being an avid CE purchaser, I have found of late, most have been far too short, too easy, given cost and therefore, supposed quality and content finishing them in around 5 hours. However, this game has quality, a good and a little different storyline from fantasy, has all modes including CUSTOM, which I personally use when possible, and best of all, has given me so far, 2 days of gameplay, in fact, still in the middle of the bonus chapter, an absolute treat to finally get "value for money"! Without giving too much away, you are involved in a time-line and a time-machine but this storyline is almost believable, in context, HOP's are varied with each one having different actions to complete, another breathe of fresh air as my bug-bear with a lot of these games, is HOP, after HOP, just to get that needed object. These are interesting, and whilst the pictures of what to find are occasionally a little hard to decipher, some "accidental" clicking usually then "shows/explains" what you are to find. I have personally bought and enjoyed all the Hidden Expedition games but this one has to be their best to date. Obviously time, thought and hard work has gone into such a good, well thought-out game, to ensure gamers, whether beginners or seasoned players , enjoy it, can be challenged, and enjoy the new "play" on HOP's. This game was not too hard, but ran in "sections", avoiding heaps of "too-ing and froing" or finally succumbing to the map so whilst at times wondering what to do, would not use the guide as I knew the solve was at least within a few screens. What I did have to learn and realise with this game was to remember to use items in the inventory on other items in the inventory to progress. This is happening more of good games of late and personally, I find this new way to be great, makes sense and challenges me as I need to remember to constantly now also watch the items I have collected. The game ran smoothly, not a single "bug", well done Eipix, BFG and BETA testers, it can be played as easy or as hard as you wish, also well done DEV's, and certainly a re-playable game in the future in a harder mode if you had chosen otherwise. These days we seem to have to find "all sorts of things", such as collectibles, morphing objects, etc. and all too often I find them too hard or stupid to worry about, especially morphing objects however, in this game they were reasonably clear and easy to find and for once, I even did well with the morphing items, still didn't collect them all as I find if a HOP is completed reasonably quickly, either the morphing object is too slow or I didn't see it, or I didn't care, but each players' choice. In this game, most are quite visible and therefore, achievable. This is a game I would highly recommend, good value for money and even if you don't usually buy CE games, this is worth the extra cost given the bonus play is almost a mini-game in itself, plus the added value of a guide, re-playable HOP's and puzzles. Congratulations to the DEV's for improving each and every game they produce and to BFG for supporting them, thereby giving us top quality games that are becoming more interesting and challenging with each new release. I definitely recommend this game, even for experienced, seasoned players.
Date published: 2014-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great and interesting game I find this game really refreshing because there are a lot of interesting facts. I really enjoyed playing this game :) The game has much to offer: interesting characters, nice sound and music, good storyline, nice graphics, great achievements... If you like history you will definitely enjoy!
Date published: 2015-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCEPTIONAL IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE!! After seeing the lone 3 star review of the Smithsonian Castle, I did what I never do with EIPEX games (much less a Smithsonian installment) ... I played the demo rather then just buying the game outright... Approximately 5 minutes into the demo... I COULDN'T BUY THE GAME FAST ENOUGH... HIDDEN EXPEDITION: THE SMITHSONIAN CASTLE IS EVERYTHING (and more) THAT WE HAVE GROWN TO LOVE AND EXPECT FROM THE SMITHSONIAN SERIES... incrediblly spectacular graphics, smart storyline with tons of facinating bits of information, amazingly creative HOS amd mini-games, and exceptional quality that seen only in the "BEST OF 2014" game category on the BIG FISH website. THANK YOU FOR MY ONE (and perhaps favorite) X-MAS GIFT TO MYSELF... YOU'VE OUTDONE YOURSELVES!! Don't you love it when they save the best for last?
Date published: 2014-12-25
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