JiG is on Patreon and Needs You! Click here for more information


  • Review

  • Download Games

Haunted Halls: Nightmare Dwellers


(6 votes) *Average rating will show after 20 votes
Comments (0) | Views (8,108)

Haunted Halls: Nightmare Dwellers

DoraI tend to write my reviews as I play the game, getting down opinions and observations while they're fresh and altering them as needed as I go along. Which puts me in a weird position with ERS Game Studios' hidden-object adventure Haunted Halls: Nightmare Dwellers because my notes are just "??" and "??????" It's not necessarily the plot that's crazy. You've been called to investigate the theft of a crystal skull rumoured to belong to Morpheus, God of Dreams, only to find that the skulls power has begun to warp the area and turn dreams into reality while grappling with a tentacled madman. As most of us know, however, dreams don't typically make a lot of sense, and so you wind up having to deal with things like brains in bonnets, fashion-conscious flamingos, tea-sets that prance around on fingers, and armadillo safes. You know, like you do.

Haunted Halls: Nightmare DwellersNightmare Dwellers' gameplay is, for the most part, a straightforward affair with hidden-object scenes and gathering up an entire episode of Hoarder's worth of junk to solve puzzles. What's nice is that the game's difficulty is fully customiseable... you can choose to have no hints but enable the puzzle skip function, whether you want objects illuminated, even how long you want the recharge time on hints and skips to be. Some hidden-object scenes are self-contained puzzles, using the items you're tasked to find by silhouette one after the other until you get the object you really need. The problem is that the item uses in those scenes, which are themselves repetitive, are often weirdly illogical in a way that has nothing to do with the game's dream-like atmosphere. Use perfume to clean a dirty mirror? Oh, of course. The game's other unique mechanic are magic goggles that allow you to translate mystical messages by deciphering symbol puzzles, but since those puzzles never really change and the messages don't actually tell you anything that you wouldn't be doing anyway just by playing the game, it feels a little gimmicky and pointless.

Haunted Halls: Nightmare Dwellers is so over the top that it almost feels like it's trying to do everything at once. Heck, you can even play match-3 games instead of hidden-object scenes if you prefer. None of this is necessarily a bad thing, since it feels like Nightmare Dwellers is trying exceptionally hard to be creative... and it is, mostly, with vibrant and imaginative design that constantly surprises you as you play, and all the plot twists you could possibly want on top of its high production values. It's more comedically weird than it is scary, and the bizarre content means you'll definitely want to try the demo first, even if you've played and liked the other games in the series since the tone is so drastically different. A lot of players will likely finish the main game in under four hours, with around another hour for the bonus chapter in the Collector's Edition. Haunted Halls: Nightmare Dwellers is definitely an eccentric game that won't be for everyone, but it you love the weird and embrace the crazy, this is a polished, well-made game you should check out.

Note: Currently, only the Collector's Edition is available. It contains a bonus chapter, art gallery, strategy guide, and more. Remember that Big Fish Game Club Members pay only $13.99 for Collector's Editions (or 2 club credits), and collector's editions count 3 card punches of 6 total needed for a free game.

WindowsWindows:
Download the demo Get the full version

Mac OS XMac OS X:
Download the demo Get the full version

No Comments

Leave a comment [top of page]

Please consider creating a Casual Gameplay account if you're a regular visitor here, as it will allow us to create an even better experience for you. Sign-up here!
  • PLEASE UNDERSTAND SITE POLICIES BEFORE POSTING COMMENTS
  • You may use limited HTML tags for style:
    (a href, b, br/, strong, em, ul, ol, li, code, spoiler)
    HTML tags begin with a less-than sign: < and end with a greater-than sign: >. Always. No exceptions.
  • To post spoilers, please use spoiler tags: <spoiler> example </spoiler>
    If you need help understanding spoiler tags, read the spoiler help.
  • Please Preview your comment before posting, especially when using spoilers!
  • No link dropping, no domains as names; do not spam, and do not advertise! (rel="nofollow" in use)
1,714 Views
10 Comments
chrpa Hi, it's Wednesday and four new games just arrived! Amajeto revives their cooking lessons games and wants you to make a tasty omelette. Then you wake up in Selfdefiant's house where you don't need to do anything just find your...  ...
4,115 Views
21 Comments
chrpa Hello! It's Weekday Escape! Amajeto decided to remake some of their older games apparently - from well known reasons probably - and this week it's one of their hotel rooms. Very talented newbie kitposition wants you to escape luxury...  ...
3,879 Views
6 Comments
chrpa Hi and welcome, the new Weekday Escape is here! This week Amajeto wants you to break free from their colorful kid's room. After you do that, you find yourself in Tokoyo's place with many colorful codes to be broken, and...  ...
chrpa Hi, we are going retro this week! Vitamin Hana locks you in a gym and wants you to use it. After you escape from here (several kilograms lighter) you find yourself in Yona Yona's cute room with strong retro vibe,...  ...

Visit our Sponsor

Rullo

Recent Comments

 

Display 5 more comments
Limit to the last 5 comments

Game of the week


Dark Romance: Vampire Origins Collector's Edition

Your Favorite Games edit

add
Save links to your favorite games here. Use the Favorites editor.

Monthly Archives