If you are an avid HOPA fan, the theme of haunted paintings is definitely not revolutionary. In Ominous Objects: Family Portrait, you came home to discover that your children have been trapped inside paintings and all kinds of beasts have been released from the paintings! Luckily, despite how tired the story is - Ominous Objects is better than many of its kind.
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Name: Ominous Objects: Family Portrait Collector's Edition
Release Date: 18 July 2014
Developer: Daily Magic Productions
First things first, Ominous Objects: Family Portrait is graphically unbeatable. The game takes us back to the 18th Century and every aspect of the game fits that setting quite perfectly. Ominous Objects is also not as 'ominous' as it sounds, on the visual side, it is in fact beautifully bright. All the locations are done with tremendous details, they are eye-catching and definitely more than enough to keep us moving on.
In contrast to that, the audio side of the game is not as terrific. While the background music and sound effects are totally fine and fit the theme well, the voice overs are downright odd. The voices of the characters, especially the main character are very flat, distracting and at times, monotone. They also do not match with the character's appearance, which can be disturbing at some point.
The gameplay of Ominous Objects: Family Portrait is not ground-breaking or notably challenging. It has everything a good HOPA should have, from a functional map to an overly-cute helper. The puzzles are not the most original, but we would say that they come in nice variety and balanced difficulty. We found the hidden object scenes to be very entertaining, many of them are highly interactive with a few mini-puzzles inside.
Ominous Objects: Family Portrait is definitely worth the value when it comes to the extra content of the Collector's Edition. Apart from the usual gallery items, we also have some very cool behind-the-scenes shots and a handful of bonus match-3 levels.
Ominous Objects: Family Portrait has a top-notch production, regardless of the absurd voice-overs. Still, we would like to see some more innovation, and some more twists and turns in the story.
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 3.5/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4.5/5 Stars
Extras: 4.5/5 Stars
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