Name: Haunted Legends: The Curse of Vox Collector's Edition
Release Date: 21 June 2013
Developer: ERS Game Studios
ERS Game Studios stands firmly among the top developers of Hidden Object Adventure games in the casual games market right now. No doubt the company has so many franchises in the stock; Haunted Legends is unarguably one of ERS's strongest franchises and this fourth game does not let our hopes down.
Haunted Legends 4 starts off with an intense and rather dramatic opening cutscene and it sets up the story very well. The story in this game is relatively strong as you will discover new details and unravel secrets from times to times in the game. Even though the story itself is nothing really unique, it is nice to follow. Undoubtedly, the dwarf guy from the previous Haunted Legends games is also back and this fourth game focuses much more on this evil short guy as he makes quite a lot of appearances throughout the game.
The graphics in The Curse of Vox is simply stunning, but might not be the best the team could do as most of the scenes are on the dark side and the locations are not very creative. Anyway, they are crisp and clear without the fuzziness like in some other ERS's games. In addition, all characters are well drawn as well as well voiced.
There are a few different types of Hidden Object scenes here which creates a nice variation and prevent HO scenes from being boring. This ranges from standard list-type, interactive silhouette-finding type to finding a number of things. As for the puzzles, some are unique but most are not; they are entertaining and are on the easy side without insulting our intelligence.
Well, we expected Haunted Legends 4 to be great since all the other games in the series were great but we certainly did not expected this to be this awesome! We rarely say this to games from ERS-G as they are starting to feel the same and although Haunted Legends 4 still has the ERS's feelings in it; we appreciate what the developers have done to spice things up. Haunted Legends: The Curse of Vox includes tons of special features such as the Amulet where you can collect the amulet stones and use them to clear off obstacles on your way. You will also get to find 13 Poltergeist which will unlock upgraded hint buttons which will load faster. Moreover, there is also a Flower Garden where you can collect flower seeds, plant them, water them and sell them - you can also buy new seeds from the shop if you wish. This sub-game is not really relate to the game but it is surely fun; better than the dressing up your pet one. There are also Achievements you can earn which will reward you with new flower seeds. A useful fast travel map is also included in the game.
The Curse of Vox is not a 'challenging' game as ll the tasks are pretty easy to complete but with all the special features mentioned above, it is more of a 'busy' game. Yes, it is very busy that sometimes you get confused on what and which to do next.
The main game of Haunted Legends: The Curse of Vox ends itself satisfyingly with the total game length of around 3 hours for advanced players - the Bonus Chapter is fairly average with around 50 minutes of length.
Haunted Legends: The Curse of Vox is unexpectedly fantastic with loads of extra fun to spice up the rather easy gameplay. This might be the best Haunted Legends yet!
Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 5/5 Stars
Extras: 5/5 Stars
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