All in all, Mystery Tales: The House of Others is a good game. Not an amazing one. The HOPS are a lot of fun and there is the usual variety but I still prefer the list type. The Hidden Object Scenes are varied, with finding Keywords in a Sentence etc. The remaining extras are the standard fluff but for new gamers the in-game strategy guide is always a benefit.
I actually don't mind easy puzzles, as long as they are fun. I love puzzles in HOPA games and even though some puzzles are familiar there are still some surprises in difficulty. First of all, the landscapes and sceneries in this installment is mesmerizing; filled with exotic locations and interestingly-designed themes. There are some different gameplay features with many puzzles that I find enjoyable to solve.
Map: The map tells where the player is and has the special mark when you have something to do there. It's just nice to have a fun and relaxing game to play. This is one of them. Each game in this series has a little different story line and they have all been interesting. I Love this game and find it to be the perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday morning, in fact I had to pull myself away to finish my housework.
This game has fairly nice graphics, but could be a bit clearer. The graphics are sharp, the cutscenes are top-notch, and the fancy visual effects are sophisticated. Many of the scenes offer Panoramic views, where you can scroll further to the left or right in an attempt to make the player feel like they are actually there. It is a perfect game for a lazy day.
As always, I review mostly on the game play and leave the story to others to review. The Mini Games are numerous and entertaining, and most of the puzzles give you the option to play the game in either an Easy of Hard mode which is a feature I really like. Music wise, carries the mood of the game very well. Game development team did a brilliant job getting the player to feel involved with the story and connected to the protagonist.
If you are new to HOPA games and not sure about puzzles, then there is a skip button available. Game play was excellent. This Collector's Edition offers the usual Achievements to earn, and there are 41 Hidden Items to collect. It seems like all of the serial games are basically the same.
In terms of entertainment and relaxation, this game delivers just what you need!
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