It has been more than a year since the previous game from Vendel; but all we can say after we finished playing Spirits of Revenge is that Vendel did not take the gap for nothing, as Spirits of Revenge is certainly their best game yet.
Name: Spirit of Revenge: Cursed Castle Collector's Edition
Release Date: 10 August 2014
Developer: Vendel Games
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You are being called in by the police to investigate a case of disappearances at Flatsbury Castle. Lord Flatsbury and his son have mysteriously vanished and only the daughter, Jessie is left in the castle. Dig deeper into the tragic past of the Flatsbury family and solve this haunting mystery. While the plot in this Hidden Object Adventure is not totally unique or new, it captivated us right from the opening cutscene and only got stronger afterwards. The backstory is very well-told through pleasant voice-overs and high quality cutscenes; it is also interesting to follow.
When it comes to the visual and audio, Vendel did a great job also. The graphics might not be as mind-blowing as some other fancy HOPAs recently, but they are nonetheless eye-catching and suit well with the dark theme of the game. Spirits of Revenge is not all about jump-scares and scary-looking ghosts, it is more in the sense of mystery and gloomy which is perfectly fine. However, the music is not perfect - it is acceptable during dramatic actions or cutscenes, but for the majority of the game we found it a little tiresome.
Spirit of Revenge: Cursed Castle is excellently made and ticked all the right boxes regarding the gameplay. It consists of all the familiar features, nice hidden object scenes and a handful of puzzles. The hidden object scenes are multi-layered and usually pretty smart, definitely entertaining. The puzzles pop up here and there, they match the story well, although on the easy side.
There are also Morphing Objects to spot, which add to the hint feature. Another type of collectibles available is Puzzle Pieces, they can be completed as jigsaws in the Gallery and reveal some backstory-related content. Moreover, Spirits of Revenge is a very long game, probably due to its huge number of locations; the game took us nearly 5 hours to complete.
Thanks to its strong visuals, enthralling storyline and pleasurable gameplay - Spirit of Revenge: Cursed Castle is a delightful hidden object adventure! Still, the game could have been much improved if there are some significant innovations and a slightly more difficult gameplay.
Graphics: 4/5 Stars
Sound: 3.5/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4.5/5 Stars
Extras: 4/5 Stars
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