Haunted Halls: Nightmare Dwellers Collector's Edition
Race to uncover an ancient secret in Haunted Halls: Nightmare Dwellers! The night started out like any other. A local collector was complaining about paranormal activity in her mansion, and the authorities called you to get to the bottom of things. But it turns out that the pit of bizarre activity was bottomless. Now you find yourself lost in a living nightmare brimming with strange creatures, comatose colleagues, and mysterious tentacles reaching out around every corner! Can you find the source of the happenings and destroy it before it's too late? Find out in this thrilling Hidden Object adventure game!
November 22, 2013
ERS Game Studios
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Secret Service Goggles
Hidden Objects Vs. Match-3
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Screensavers
Soundtracks & Cutscenes
Achievement & Collectibles
Replayable HOs & Puzzles
Zoo & Hamster
The nightmare begins when a mysterious skull with paranormal abilities has gone missing from Dr. Gauss’s collection; set off to the 5 Cuckoo Street and sort out this case! The story still features our villain, Dr. Blackmore and his gruesome tentacles as well as a couple more new characters. We would not say that the story is really captivating, it is good and the paranormal aspects of the game are well done but it is not terribly original.
The theme of this fourth game is much much lighter than the previous installments, in fact, all the spooky and dark elements are all gone. Haunted Halls has now completely turned into a multi-worlds fantasy adventure with weird buildings, random objects and cute animals. We still appreciate the humour and other-worldly aspects this game included but sometimes they get a little cheesy.
The graphics in Haunted Halls 4 are nice and some scenes are colorful but definitely not the best from ERS-G. A lot of scenes are not very imaginative, pretty flat and unoriginal – and as usual, ERS’s art style is completely predictable. The voice overs are good and the music is fine, nothing more than that.
Another main concern about Nightmare Dwellers is the easy, linear gameplay. It seems like the gameplay just gets easier and easier in the recent games, both from ERS and other developers. Haunted Halls 4 has well-crafted but simple Hidden Object scenes and the puzzles are not very exciting, most of them are easy and some are not really fun to play. The game includes a device called Secret Service Goggle which basically can be used to unlock illusions by playing mini-games, these mini-games are repeated, the first two or three times are pretty entertaining but after that, we just simply waited for the skip button to filled. The length of Haunted Halls: Nightmare Dwellers is longer than the average though, and the Bonus Chapter is fairly amusing as well.