The Haunt 2
Just in time for that scary late October holiday, The Haunt 2 from Furious Apps arrives with a serious dose of point-and-click adventure-style puzzle solving! Following the same set-up as The Haunt, you take on the role of a paranormal investigator who has come to rid the town of its little ghost problem. You'll sift through houses and barns, train stations and a dark forest in search of clues, and what you end up discovering may not be as "little" as the town would have you believe.
The town has been dealing with a ghost problem for the past 150 years, largely due to the historic battleground located in the nearby forest. Recently, the paranormal happenings have been much more frequent, so mayor Martin Townley has invited you to come and take care of things. Travel through the town by tapping on possible points of interest or the edges of the screen. A convenient "back" option often appears to make retracing your steps easier. To investigate items or objects, simply give them a tap. Your inventory stashes itself neatly at the bottom of the screen, and to use any of its items, simply tap one followed by where you want to use it.
Much of your time in The Haunt 2 will be spent locating items you'll need to advance through to different parts of the town and its surrounding land. In addition to the puzzle-specific items, you'll also need to keep an eye out for coins, moths, and jigsaw pieces, all of which are stashed around the scenes in some cunning ways. Moths give you in-game hints and are probably the most useful things to look for, coins are there just for fun, and the puzzle pieces must be found in order to complete the game.
Analysis: Just like The Haunt, The Haunt 2 manages to fit a lot of entertainment into a single well-illustrated package. Not only is the adventure a lengthy one, but the puzzles are tricky, often involving multiple steps using clues and objects found throughout the game. All of this is tied together with a nice and easy interface that never gets in the way, allowing you to jump right in to the mystery.
The only real shortcomings in the game are minor at best, and they're issues you very quickly learn to work around. Sometimes bits of white text are obscured by particularly bright pieces of scenery, for example, but rarely is there anything vitally important hidden by the light. Also, it's not always clear which spaces you can investigate and which are just pieces of scenery. The solution is to try visiting everywhere, tapping the ends of corridors, trail heads and the edges of every screen. Missing a room will be the number one reason you get stuck in The Haunt 2, so be thorough!
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Another superb point and click game from Furios Apps, one that is filled with enough content and intrigue that it would feel right at home as a casual download, but made to fit quite elegantly on your mobile device.
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on an iPad. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.