Rite of Passage: Hackamore Bluff Collector's Edition
May 13, 2018
Mad Head Games
4 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Concept Art
Achievements & Collectibles
Characters & Morphing Objects
Replayable Hidden Objects
Carlos Montez was searching for an important object at the gloomy town of Hackamore Bluff when he suddenly went missing. As his wife, you immediately traveled to Hackamore Bluff in search for your missing husband. But with the townspeople being so mysterious and unwelcom toward you, can you navigate your way and solve this mystery in this newest Rite of Passage sequel?
Lately, the Rite of Passage series seems to have lost its style a little bit. It used to be this oddball of a fantasy series, but with the last few installments, it turned out to be yet another dark fantasy cliché. Regardless, that does not discount the fact that Rite of Passage: Hackamore Bluff is a brilliantly executed game. The storyline is not the most original, but the suspenseful vibe of the atmosphere, the characters, and the town itself is engaging enough to pull us right in.
Rite of Passage: Hackamore Bluff has the basic features that are expected in a premium HOPA nowadays. It also has a special mechanical device, the Talisman, which is occasionally used to progress the game and prompts a lite and fun mini-game. Apart from that, the game is likely to come off as predictable to most fans of the genre. Rite of Passage: Hackamore Bluff strikes a nice balance between the hidden object scenes and the puzzles. However, the majority of them are quite standard and do not offer much challenge or showcase much creativity.
The visuals are decent and there is absolutely nothing wrong with them, but they are not up Mad Head Games’ excellent standard. We feel like the location designs could have been more imaginative and more visual details could have been added. Still, Rite of Passage: Hackamore Bluff is a beautifully designed game and it certainly looks great enough to propel the game forward. On the audio side, the subdued, but creepy soundtracks serve their purpose well and the voice-overs are definitely solid.
As a Collector’s Edition, Rite of Passage: Hackamore Bluff comes with all the usual perks. This includes a bonus chapter, a strategy guide, wallpapers, concept art, soundtracks, character gallery, replayable hidden object scenes, achievements, collectibles, and morphing objects.
Despite falling short of breaking any new grounds, Rite of Passage: Hackamore Bluff is still an entertaining game through and through.
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