Tag: Hidden Object Games

HOGuru Plays Haunted Hotel: Ancient Bane

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There’s another mystery for James and his player-controlled sidekick to solve – this time it concerns missing intellectuals at a haunted hotel! The twist? This time the hotel is supposed to be haunted! That’s right, in one of the series’ more audacious premises, a man with the warning-bells name of ‘Abraham Shadowy’ has built a hotel designed to terrify its thrill-seeking guests.


HOGuru Plays Haunted Hotel Phoenix

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After the strange way Haunted Hotel: Eternity wrapped up, with its Mystery Trackers crossover ending and history-altering bonus episode, I had no idea what to expect from Phoenix. Would it follow the same character from the previous game, as the previous trilogy of games had? Or would it depart from the detective millieu entirely and go off in a new direction?


HOGuru Plays Haunted Hotel: Death Sentence

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One of my favourite subgenres in HOGS I review are the stealth adaptations. Whether it’s a popular video game franchise like Bioshock or a minor literary classic like The Shadow Over Innsmouth, I enjoy seeing how game developers who profoundly don’t have the rights to a certain piece of media transform it into a hidden object game. How subtle will they be in their use of locations, character designs, entire plots?


HOGuru Plays Haunted Hotel: Eclipse

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I’m not sure this review can be trusted. It’s entirely possible that I love this game far too much for my opinions about its merits to be trusted. What explains this adoration? It revolves entirely around the game’s premise, and its straightforward exploration thereof.


HOGuru Plays Demon Hunter 3: Revelation

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Demon Hunter 3 has a proud pedigree to live up to. While the first two games in the series weren’t the best HOGs I’ve ever played, they were by far the most endearingly strange. The first game will always hold a place in my heart due to its use of a photo of Jeffrey Combs as one of its villains, as well as introducing me to my spirit animal, Scarecrow Dentist.


HOGuru Plays – Enigmatis 2: Mists of Ravenwood (XBO Edition)

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Enigmatis ended on something of a cliffhanger – the evil Preacher escaped, leaving the detective to chase him to another town, where he would doubtless to use his hypnotic church bell to restart his serial killing. To be honest, it wasn’t a fantastic ending. Enigmatis had been primarily notable for a super solid and surprisingly dark narratives, but I didn’t see any logic or value in playing the same story over again. So i was understandably delighted to discover that Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood had something entirely different in store.


HOGuru Plays Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom

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I just ┬ácan’t get enough of Alchemy-themed games, it would seem. In addition to my well-established love of the Atelier series of games – JRPGs in which an alchemist has to create her way out of troublesome situations – I’ve enjoyed every one of the botany/alchemy games that Artifex Mundi has put out.


HOGuru Plays – Haunted Hotel: Eternity

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I’m now six games – halfway through, as of the release of Silent Waters – into the Haunted Hotel franchise, and I still don’t have a sense of exactly what the franchise is yet. Obviously the first trilogy tells a relatively coherent story, while Charles Dexter Ward is just the brand name being slapped on a Lovecraft adaptation for marketing purposes.