Midnight Calling: Valeria Collector's Edition
January 20, 2017
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Concept Art
Soundtracks & Screensavers
Achievements & Collectibles
Secret Room & Morphing Objects
Midnight Castle is no doubt, a terrific Hidden Object Free-to-Play game – the series just doesn’t seem to translate well into the premium HOPA format. The previous two installments of the Midnight Calling were sub-par, and this new sequel isn’t much better. Apparently, you got another relative in need of your help. Your world is freezing and your grandmother is in trouble; can you save your family and the world before the evil forces destroy them?
As you might have guessed, the plot in Midnight Calling: Valeria isn’t exactly intriguing. We didn’t care for the story development half of the time, just because it feels very predictable, as if we have been through it a hundred times before. The characters in the game are not very engaging either, all of them are very shallow and fail to establish emotional connection with the player.
If you come in expecting Midnight Calling: Valeria to deliver an innovative gameplay, prepare to be disappointed. The gameplay in Valeria is the definition of formulaic. Most of the tasks are extremely straightforward, inventory items are often used almost immediately after the moment of pick-up, and the number of lookalike emblems and amulets is ridiculously overwhelming. Besides, the puzzles offer zero challenge – they are either tedious or too simple. The hidden object scenes seem to be the game’s strong point, as they are professionally done and cleverly designed.
In our opinion, the game’s only saving grace is the production. The visuals in Midnight Calling: Valeria are fantastic. The lush colors complement the intricate artwork, and the stunning effects enhance the solid animations – everything just works together so flawlessly. Moreover, the atmospheric music fits well with the dark fantasy theme and the voice-overs, although quite anti-climatic, are appropriate.
Length-wise, Midnight Calling: Valeria is on the short side. We completed the game in just a little over three hours, without skipping any puzzles. The Collector’s Edition comes with all the basics; a bonus chapter, a strategy guide, wallpapers, concept art, screensavers, morphing objects, achievements, collectibles, and a secret room.