for only $ 13.99!Hello, my dear friends. Thursday has come and Big Fish Games released new fresh HOG - Haunted Past: Realm of Ghosts Collector's Edition. Some of you may already play Beta of this game, but it shows only the beginning of Haunted Past: Realm of Ghosts, so I will review it to examine full version. And traditionally we will start with the gameplay video.
Haunted Past: Realm of Ghosts Collector's Edition game is devoted to the extremely popular for the last years ghosts thematics. Personally I'm very tired from ghosts - they are playing/non-playing characters in every second game. But I will do my best to examine the game impartially, ignoring my prejudice. And I will start with overview of the heart of any game, not only Hidden Object - storyline.
In Haunted Past: Realm of Ghosts Collector's Edition you are playing as young and beautiful girl named Sara (actually, I didn't remember the game where your avatar was an ugly dwarf, a hunchback, nasty longshanks or something - we are always playing as a charming girl or a beautiful prince or someone like that).
Sara inherited an old manor, and everything looks good until she find out that house is cursed! There are ghosts here, and there's lot of them - ghosts of a men, women and even animals (for example, cats). Actually, house may be called the Realm of Ghosts! If you want to live peacefully, you must cause all spirits to leave you be. You must let them rest in peace.
First of all in Haunted Past: Realm of Ghosts Collector's Edition Sara must take care about the first ghost you met - spirit of the girl named Emily. Many years ago, when Sara wasn't even born yet, Emily died. She dropped from an attic window and died in a moment, her death was so sudden and unexpected then she become a restless ghost.
And now it's your task to discover what happened with the Emily in the year of her death and with the spiritual help you will uncover the mystery of her premature burial! Some other ghosts may even help you, but other has become crazy during all these years and will make your life harder.
If you won't help Emily to end her unfinished business, then the restless spirit will dwell within your house until the end of times. And unfortunately there is no way to solve this mystery in our realm, and Sara must enter Ghosts Realm to do it. It is very unlike Earth - everything in Ghosts Realm is eventually changing - you are coming through a corridor and when you are trying to come back - it will be only dead end there. Ghosts are everywhere and some of them are really evil!
In our reality ghosts cannot do lot of damage - all they are capable of is to scare people and in extraordinary cases - to move some objects on a little distance. But in Realm of Ghosts they are just as material as you are, but have some supernatural abilities - there ghosts are more dangerous, than humans.
Graphically Haunted Past: Realm of Ghosts game is pretty good - you are traveling in day and night, seeing the scenes inside and outside. Some Hidden Object scenes are covered with dust and rubbish, others - full of pieces of art, haven't seen so many variations for a long time. Very good job. Music and sounds are also good, but nothing extraordinary.
As always, Haunted Past: Realm of Ghosts Collector's Edition includes Integrated Strategy Guide (it's designed just like in previous Big Fish games, so if you have seen at least one Strategy Guide then you know how this one is looks like), Bonus Gameplay (few Hidden Object scenes and Puzzles, united in a little story brunch - I finished it in two hours) and other usual stuff - wallpapers and concept art. Nothing special here.
Let's summarize. Haunted Past: Realm of Ghosts is a qualitative game dedicated to the ghosts. Changing the realities of the same places (Human's Realm and Ghost's realm) is a great finding for a HOG (actually, it reminds me about Silent Hill 3). So if you like ghosts thematics - try this game, it's good enough. If you bored from ghosts just as I do - try something else, for example Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen.Rating: 4.5/5.
for only $ 13.99!