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Game Giveaway of the day — Haunted Hotel

Help lost souls find peace!
$2.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 23 (92%) 2 (8%) 10 comments

Haunted Hotel was available as a giveaway on January 9, 2022!

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Help Seuss find his lost love!

In Haunted Hotel, a bloodcurdling hidden object game, you will find yourself in an eerie, abandoned hotel inhabited by ghosts. A brave girl Gwendolyn Rose needs to cleanse the haunted place of evil spirits. Her main task is to help lost souls find peace. The only trouble is that the hotel is full of mysteries and dangerous traps. No one has ever managed to get out of this damned place safe and sound!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: x86, 800 MHz; RAM: 2 GB; DirectX: 8.1 or later

Publisher:

ToomkyGames

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File Size:

44.4 MB

Price:

$2.99

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#4

Am I dumb or is it only around 45 minutes gameplay?

Reply   |   Comment by Anthea  –  12 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Anthea,

A few complained of this after it was originally released.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  12 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Whiterabbit-uk,
I see - any idea if the others of the series are this short too?

Reply   |   Comment by Anthea  –  11 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Anthea,

Hi Anthea, sorry I don't know. All I know is that the series improved significantly from the fourth game onwards. I'd done a cursory check to see if any of the others are on any of the main free sites but came up zero.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  11 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Whiterabbit-uk,

No problem, thanks for the answer and letting me know I don't have to search either.

Reply   |   Comment by Anthea  –  10 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

This is the original game in a now very large series of hidden object games (see: https://allaboutcasualgames.com/series/haunted-hotel) and with this first release of the series had not yet found its potential. The series started picking up to be worthwhile for playing in the 4th game called Haunted Hotel: Charles Dexter Ward which would be the one to first try if you want to see if you like this genre and series or not.

Reply   |   Comment by DataDragon  –  13 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#2

Is it this game on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/533030/Haunted_Hotel/ ?

Reply   |   Comment by Kidz  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Kidz, Looks the same to me. Except that one cost $7.

Reply   |   Comment by Sarge  –  13 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#1

Haunted Hotel:
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In Brief:
This is original Haunted Hotel HOG with mini games that was released almost fourteen years ago (March 2008). There are at least 20 in the series now, the last one being released last June 2021, and were created by Elephant Games. You can find the whole series HERE.

You can see a video of game play HERE (with 20 in the series I found it difficult to find even one video of the first one, so have only posted one link.
Introduction:
After crashing his car on the side of the road, a bewildered traveler finds himself checking in to the Haunted Hotel! In Haunted Hotel, you must explore frightful floors full of spooky rooms to find Hidden Objects in creepy crevices. Immerse yourself in a thrilling adventure full of mysterious mini-games and exciting Hidden Object game play!

Reference accessed HERE 8th Jan 2022.
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The Game:
As a concept, a hidden object game set in a spooky old hotel is just oozing with potential – after all, not that many casual games have chosen to explore slightly darker subject matter like horror and the supernatural (At least when this game was released and when Erin wrote the review; now there are a plethora of such games; with the majority of HOG's having a supernatural theme running through them). It’s the spectacular failure to deliver on such potential, however, that makes Haunted Hotel all the more frustrating.

During the typical "dark and stormy night," a man crashes his car along a country road. Walking to find help, he comes upon a hotel that seems strangely deserted. He takes the elevator up to one of the floors to investigate, but when he tries to return to the lobby he finds that the elevator has a mind of its own. He becomes trapped in the hotel, which exhibits bizarre characteristics like frost lining the walls, plants growing out of picture frames, women screaming from behind closed doors, and a strangely nonchalant cat roaming the halls.
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Given no choice, the man continues to explore the hotel in the hope of finding clues that will unravel the mystery and allow him to escape. This involves visiting various hotel rooms and searching for the items on a list, such as a vinyl record, warning sign, loudspeaker, and so on. Once all of the required items have been found, you’ll get to complete a mini-game that involves catching balls of energy as they zip across the screen in order to restore power to the elevator and move to the next floor.

You’re given a limited number of hints to use if you get stuck, and can uncover more hints and add extra time to the clock by finding bonus items that appear on the list only in silhouette. There are a handful of other mini-games as well, including fitting together a jigsaw puzzle, untangling ropes, and catching letters with a magnet to form a given word.

The game does contain the kernels of an intriguing mystery/thriller, but any attempts to establish a sustained compelling atmosphere are hamstrung by amateurish production values. Poor localization into English hampers the game on many levels, from menu headings like "Total Energy Catched" to strange labelling of hidden objects; for example, using the obscure word "timbrel" where the more modern "tambourine" would have worked just fine.
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Nowhere does the language issue impact the game more strongly than in the story. The plot does have its moments, but it’s so rife with rudimentary sentences, missing words, illogical tense shifts and numerous grammatical errors that it reads like a 12-year-old’s creative writing assignment.

The graphics don’t do the story justice either. Fantastical descriptions of trees growing out of paintings, frost collecting on the walls, and other strange occurrences are not reflected in the bare, yellowing and nondescript walls that you’ll actually navigate.

What’s more, the narrative itself is illustrated with images that look like preliminary character sketches that were never developed into full-fledged pictures. A hand-drawn art style can be wonderful if the proper care is taken, but pencil scrawls on a brown background just didn’t do it for me.

While those are Haunted Hotel‘s worst offenses, there are other issues worth mentioning. The game audio does have its creepy moments, but it seems to be engineered poorly with noticeable pops and hiccups. There are inexplicable delays when entering new rooms, and sometimes you’ll find yourself re-reading the same text – especially if you resume a saved game from the main menu.
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Somewhere within Haunted Hotel is a good game waiting to get out, but this rushed and sloppy effort could have used a few more months of fine-tweaking before it was released to the game-buying public.

Review accessed HERE ; originally posted by Erin Bell on Mar 8th 2008 then reposted by Whiterabbit-uk 8th January 2022
Conclusion:
The following conclusions were posted by Erin Bell (see reference above at the end of the game section). The game had an Interesting premise, with some decent narrative at times; however, the graphics were lack lustre with technical gaffes and poor English.

Although my impression from the review written by Erin above, and from other comments I've read; most players found the first game in the Haunted Hotel series boring; but I've also read that as you progress through the 20 game sin the series, they ge tmuch better.

Also, considering Hidden Object games for me are one genre I tend to ignore these days, partly becasue at one point when I had a subscription to Big Fish Games (BFG) for a few years; virtually every new game was either a Time Management game (which, apart from some of the early Farm Frenzy games I abhor), and Hidden Object games. In fact the majority of the 500 plus games released on BFG over that period were HOG's and I hardly spent any of my montly tickets for games over that period, accumulating almost 20 spare ticekts, which I then ended up wasting on games that I wasn't that into when I decided to cancel my subscription..

The early HOG's that I purchased to play with my then young children, such as the I Spy series were excellent, but over time I became bored with the genre. All that said, I actually enjoyed playing the first several HOG scenes and the memory mini games in todays giveaway. Considering the game is now almost fourteen years old, It still looks decent and has a shop where you can purchase various items for the character that you are supposed to be playing. using the cash you earn by completing levels and mini games .

Some of the hidden objects are more country based with respect to the name of the object, so some regions may initially have difficulty knowing what some items are, but if you are really stuck, the hint button regenerats reasonably fast.
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Notes on Security
To be added later

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  16 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

Whiterabbit-uk,


Other Free Games:


For other free games please check Delenn's threads over in the giveaway forums HERE and HERE for the latest non Steam and Steam freebies; it's kept up to date frequently, whenever there's a free game becomes available (thanks for keeping this up to date Delenn, very much appreciated).

Also for the latest Steam sales check THIS Steam database site out. You can list the games in 'price' & 'percentage off' by clicking the headers. If you link SteamDB with your Steam account, all games that you already have will be highlighted in green and those in blue are on your wish list. When there are Steam games being given away, you'll see the percentage off as 100%. It's worth checking this regularly to make sure you don't miss those fantastic deals and freebies. Delenn usually posts links to all free games within several hours of them going live, so check her links at the top of this comment as well.
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Don't forget to check Indie Gala's freebie section HERE, then click on the Showcase header, selecting freebies from the drop down menu; recent additions include Cov Shooter, Garfield Kart (a family oriented racing game with cartoon like graphics), Pixel Puzzles 2: Christmas ( a traditional style jigsaw puzzle game), North (asylum seeker game), Nostradamus the Last Prophecy, (a point and click mystery adventure), Snowball (A more "discovery-based" approach to pinball. Learn the secret rules of the board to access hard to reach places and rack up HUGE SCORE BONUSES, which are generally agreed to be more important than any other current event in the real world) and the full version of Die Young (you play as Nehir, a field agent of a well-known political party. The party's agenda is to deconstruct and eliminate Brother n.1, the leader of Island's community); we were previously given the prologue version, (which is still available free) Recent games such as Distortions, Dino Run DX, Cheap Golf, Kill Em All, Dead Hungry Diner and Contract with the Devil have now been removed. All remaining freebies can be found in the showcase section (around 100 are available). Not all games that go into the showcase remain free and are removed after a short period; so, you should grab them as soon as you can.

The latest free game from Epic is Gods Will Fall - Experience the trials of 8 warriors in their plight to sever the gods’ grip on humanity as you take on legions of beasts in each of the gods’ realms. Next Thursday the 13th January we will be getting Galactic Civilization III - Build a civilization that will stand the test of time! Choose from dozens of unique races and make a name for yourself across the galaxy through diplomacy, espionage, technological advances, and more.
The best Indie Bundles sites that have been operating from around 2011 are the Humble Bundle and Indie Gala sites (though the latter isn't as good as it used to be) where you'll sometimes find decent bundles with over 90% off the usual price of the games included in the bundles. The Humble site is in my opinion the best. A more recent addition that is worth checking out are the Fanatical bundles (that used to be called Bundle Stars) that you can find HERE.

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