The Mystery of Haunted Hollow Review

The Mystery of Haunted Hollow Review

Apr 22, 2015

The Mystery of Haunted Hollow is a bit cheaply-looking, but still pretty interesting puzzle game about a person that has to solve the puzzles scattered around, uncover a series of clues, and find out why the place he found himself in, is crawling with creepy ghosts.

The game starts with the main character seeing a ghost of a woman that drops a letter for him, which tells him to turn back, until it’s too late. Naturally, he’s going to completely ignore the warning and plunge right into an abandoned town, trying to understand why he’s being chased by a bunch of creepy-looking ghosts. The story is probably the best part of the game, as it ties well into the atmosphere, and while it isn’t very unique, or original, and you might even foresee how the game’s going to end, but it’s still a nice attempt at storytelling. The atmosphere is another cool thing. The game uses what seems like photoshopped images, and mostly takes place in some sorts of ruins or other long abandoned places, but it actually works really well, since, as a lot of horror junkies know, horror is dirty.

The gameplay consists of jumping between the scenes, finding all the necessary objects, and solve the puzzles to advance The Mystery of Haunted Hollow 4further. The really nice part about the objects is that it’s not that difficult to find them. There were a couple of places where I got stuck for a while, but I didn’t miss a single object I was supposed to find – on the contrary, sometimes I’ve searched through the whole town, only to understand that I already had everything I need. The only time that The Mystery of Haunted Hollow made me irritated was when I had to enter a code that I was sure was a plate number from a car I’ve found earlier, but that didn’t work. Turned out, that I was supposed to touch the number making the hero write it down beforehand. Otherwise, every time I got stuck, it was because I had to actually think for a while, to understand what I was supposed to do next.

Overall, I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed The Mystery of Haunted Hollow. It’s small, it’s a bit cheesy, and it doesn’t look like much, but it’s got that classic point-and-click feeling about it, and the creepy visuals that definitely come together to create a compelling experience.

Puzzle House: Mystery Rising Review

Puzzle House: Mystery Rising Review

Apr 21, 2015

Puzzle House: Mystery Rising is a puzzle game about… I’m not exactly sure, what. In the great tradition of puzzle games – or quests, as they were known in them olden days – the story is a greater mystery than the game itself, and is virtually impossible to discern, even though the game is an hour long. Speaking of which, the game is incredibly short, and it’s may main issue with it. There are complete adventures that are offered for this price range, and Puzzle House, while being an interesting and well-executed game, isn’t offering a lot to cover its short length – especially considering that there’s going to be more of it later – I presume, and correct me if I’m wrong – for an additional price.

Gameplay-wise, Puzzle House: Mystery Rising is a classic first-person quest, and, besides smooth scene transitions, doesn’t really differ from the oldies, like Myst. You drag the finger around the screen to look around, and then tap on an object of interest to zoom in on it. Sometimes, you have to crank or drag something in-game, but it doesn’t really make a difference in the gameplay.

Spoiler alert, but Puzzle House: Mystery Rising doesn’t even get to the house in question. Instead, it contains the Puzzle House 2protagonist’s journey to find it. It’s hidden well, and to get to it, the player has to solve a whole lot of puzzles, which the game is pretty densely packed with. Although it’s very short, Puzzle House certainly requires a fair share of puzzles to solve. The puzzles aren’t that complex, but certainly require some thinking. To help with it, the player has a diary of someone who may have or may have not been abducted by aliens, and/or opened a secret to cross-reality movement. Or something. The diary is pretty criptic, but contains concrete clues about the puzzles, so don’t forget to check in with it, if it seems that you’re getting stuck.

Overall, Puzzle House: Mystery Rising left a pleasant feeling, but it’s definitely either too expensive, or too short. Otherwise, if you’re okay with purchasing a game that is essentially a hook for the story yet untold, it’s certainly not a bad game to play.

The Room Review

The Room Review

Aug 15, 2014

Mobile gamers rarely get to experience truly innovating games. Most of the high-quality titles are simply good at copying others. The Room is an incredible exception to that fact, as it’s the most fun and unusual quest I’ve played in several years.

The subject of The Room is a series of intricate and impossibly complex locked cabinets, containing clues about a mysterious discovery the player character needs to uncover. The game quite literally revolves around these lockers. The player needs to move the camera around the locker and try to unlock all of its locks, clasps and seals by a series of actions that might just make a person go crazy. The player needs to find keys, pick combinations, scout the locker for clues – and I’m not being sarcastic when I say that it’s damn easy to get lost around the cabinet. Screenshots don’t do justice to the crazy amount of elements each locker contains, and although there are hints, I got mildly frustrated several times, trying to solve the puzzles, or trying to find what the hell I was supposed to do next. It’s not that frustrating to complete, but it’s quite a challenge.

Another outstanding element in The Room is its design. Each piece of each safe is rich with engravings, details, and has great sound design. I literally cannot believe The Room 4this game is only worth a dollar, because it’s easily one of the best-looking and atmospheric games on the platform. The controls are quite awesome as well. Not only do they make use of the touch-screen, but they actually don’t make me want to strangle myself with an earplug cord! During the game, the player has to slide, rotate, turn, and switch an untold number of plugs and bits, and actually having to perform the actions, instead of just clicking on stuff, gives a great amount of satisfaction.

I’m not sure, but it’s entirely possible that The Room is number one Android quest there is. It’s worth ten times its price, and it even manages to cram a captivating story inside of its locked cabinets, in the form of notes and diaries. I don’t want to imply that it’s perfect from all sides – actually, screw that. The controls take a bit of getting used to, but besides that, The Room is a perfect Android quest.

Kickstarter for Project 13 Reaching Completion

Kickstarter for Project 13 Reaching Completion

Aug 8, 2014

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Subject 13 is an upcoming adventure game from Microids, featuring a thrilling story, courtesy of Paul Cuisset, and beautiful visuals, courtesy of Unity engine. The game has already reached its starting goal and will be funded on the 8th of August. So, if you want to chip in and help it reach new milestone, or just want to check it out, head here: Project 13 on Kickstarter.

Twin Moons from G5 is Free for the Next Week

Twin Moons from G5 is Free for the Next Week

Apr 15, 2014

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Twin Moons is a hidden objects adventure by G5 in which a scientist discovers a parallel world that can give people superpowers. G5 is giving it for free for the next week, so if you want to play this spooky puzzle, download it from here: Twin Moon on Google Play.

Explore a Castle in the Sky In Inbetween Land

Explore a Castle in the Sky In Inbetween Land

Mar 25, 2014

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Inbetween Land is a new “hidden objects” quest from G5, in which the player must explore an unusual flying island that one day materialized in the clear skies, and find a girl that went missing there, finding the clues that she left behind. Weird spirits of extraterrestial inhabitants of the flying island included. Download Inbetween Land for free from here: Inbetween Land on Google Play.

Nancy Drew Mystery Games Now Available For Tablets

Nancy Drew Mystery Games Now Available For Tablets

Mar 18, 2014

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The popular teenage female detective Nancy Drew is going mobile. The first title, Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall, is already available on the App Store, and is going to hit Android soon. Other titles from the classic quest series are soon to follow. Stay tuned for the updates.

Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures is Free on Google Play Until February 23rd

Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures is Free on Google Play Until February 23rd

Feb 21, 2014

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Royal Trouble is a hidden objects quest about the two royal heirs who get trapped in a dungeon and need to get out of it, and then – find out who captured them, and for what reason. The game is free right now, so hurry up and download Royal Trouble for free from here: Royal Trouble on Google Play.

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon, A Sequel To The Secret of Bryce Manor, Is Announced

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon, A Sequel To The Secret of Bryce Manor, Is Announced

Nov 27, 2013

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The game is called Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon, and it is going to contain more mysteries, puzzles and cryptic messages. It’ll also have better graphics, and more of everything that was good in the original. Meanwhile, still no news about the original Spider hitting Android, but hope’s still there. Check out the official site: Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon Website.

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded Gets First Major Update

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded Gets First Major Update

Nov 20, 2013

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The remake of the very first sexual adventures of the world’s least woman-friendly character, the eponymous Leisure Suit Larry, has received an update that contains a brand-new scoring system and achievements, written by Larry’s original creator, Al Lowe. The update also includes new languages, and better Google Play integration. The free demo, which can be upgraded to unlock the full game, for Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded can be downloaded from here: Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded on Google Play.

Pilot Brothers 2 Review

Pilot Brothers 2 Review

Oct 17, 2013

Boy, this is going to be a tough one. The thing is, Pilot Brothers are a slightly schizophrenic detective duo that comes from Russia. As with all things from Russia, it’s impossible to understand whatever is going on in there, from any point of logic. We can only try and get some background. The studio that made original cartoon, which this game is based on, was the first non-governmental animation studio in USSR, and it shows. The studio was making wild, bizarre, and completely out of this world projects, trying to break the decades of straight party-approved lines of animation. Pilot Brothers were actually among the less insane projects, but they still are pretty out there for unprepared viewer. Instead of a straight story and understandable motives, Pilot Brothers feature crazy scenery, interesting, but also quite insane animation, and lots and lots of parodies on post-soviet era. Thus, it’s quite understandable if some people will think of this game as a very strange one – but if it’s not going to deter you from playing this game, you’ll definitely come to enjoy its randomness and almost complete lack of logic – it’s still a great classic adventure, not unlike Sam and Max.

Pilot Brothers 2 3Pilot Brothers 2 features two titular brothers, who look somewhat similar to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, but behave a bit closer to two mental asylum runaways. Their favorite cat Arsenic just got kidnapped, and they need to look for him, using all the classic detective skills, like capturing a mouse, using erotic mouse magazine, or finding beer for a drunken guard. The game is a standard point-and-click adventure game, where the player needs to find the required items first, and try to solve some problem with them, later. Pilot Brothers aren’t shy on the craziness, and the logic behind some of the challenges can bring a grown man to tears, but the game is worth the frustration. Animation is very creative, and the game is quite funny – not to say different to the usual adventures. Although Pilot Brothers 2 is a bit short for $2.99, it’s still a great game. Recommended for fans of unusual adventures.

Cryptic Cosmos Review

Cryptic Cosmos Review

Aug 30, 2013

Cryptic Cosmos is a small, tight quest, set in an outlandish base, far in the dark reaches of space. Main Hero is a bounty hunter, whose target is hiding out somewhere in the base, with the game’s main goal being finding it out and disposing of it. Although the story isn’t as convoluted and original as it could be, it’s a nice setup for a space adventure, and serves well enough as the game’s background. Although one of my main concerns about the game was initially its relative shortness, I now think that it’s just long enough. It has enough content, without sinking into repeat or artificially stretching its gameplay. While it is short, it’s long enough to give a good deal of interesting puzzles. Shortness of the game is likely because of an in-game walkthrough, which is a brilliant move in itself, so there’s no need to sweep through all of the previously unlocked locations, searching for the bit that was previously skipped.

Cryptic Cosmos 2Cryptic Cosmos‘ puzzles are numerous and range from quite obvious to seemingly unsolvable. I’d dribble on about the difficult to understand logic of some of them – but again, I remember that if the player can’t solve a puzzle, there’s a hint waiting for him. In any case, the game has enough variety in its puzzles and tasks, so as not to become repetitive. The graphics aren’t all that amazing, and the soundtrack is a bit repetitive, but they’re both quite enough for a smooth, interesting experience. Besides, Cryptic Cosmos has a slick 60-s sci-fi look that is always a pleasure to look at. Perhaps, the only issue I have is an inability to freely go to any unlocked room, as strolling through the similar corridors between them starts getting irritating after a while. Another unusual problem I had was that my eyes started getting weary after playing it for a while. The reason for this, it seems, is that the game transitions between the locations by fading to black, and it’s forcing the eyes to strain. Although I might just getting old from all the sitting behind the screen, who knows.

Wrapping up, Cryptic Cosmos is another nice addition to the lovely range of short adventures and puzzles on the mobile platform. It has original, entertaining puzzles, plenty of challenges, and a classic adventure-puzzle gameplay to go with them. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go watch Star Wars again.