In the past few years, Elephant Games had come up with many popular franchises, some turned out to be among our personal favorites. The Haunted Hotel series, though, has never been able to achieved that level - we always feel that the past two Haunted Hotel games developed by Elephant lacked something memorable and the essential creepy factor. But then December comes, and Haunted Hotel: Death Sentence is here to prove us wrong.
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Name: Haunted Hotel: Death Sentence Collector's Edition
Release Date: 19 December 2014
Developer: Elephant Games
Elephant Games is undoubtedly an amazing developer, but their games are not always flawless. There were some games from Elephant that the stories felt a little disjointed and all over the place. Not with Death Sentence though, this game has one of the most cohesive, most captivating and perhaps most suspenseful stories of 2014. You received a letter from your friend and co-worker, James, claimed that he had already died and urged you to go to the Holy Mountain Hotel and seek the secrets. When you arrived at the place, you discovered what seems to be a serial murder; and when there was hope that your friend might still be alive, you need to catch the killer and save James.
The breathtaking story was accompanied by the game's fantastic production. The visuals are mind-blowing, the graphics are sharp and the special effects are downright stunning. There were a few action sequences in the game as well, all of which were extremely polished. Haunted Hotel: Death Sentence was also a very creepy game, with lurking shadows here and there, dark and mysterious atmosphere, spooky ambient sounds and sinister sound effects. Furthermore, we were also impressed by the quality of the voice overs - they were clear, easy to follow and perfectly portrayed each character.
For advanced players, Haunted Hotel: Death Sentence might be a little too easy - one of the reasons behind its 3 hours short length. The hidden object scenes were entertaining, but lacked the challenge. While the puzzles, which were more challenging, although linked with the story well, were not particularly innovative. Still, the whole gameplay was undeniably smooth and at least the game succeeded in keeping us moving forward.
The Collector's Edition of Haunted Hotel: Death Sentence includes some gallery items, two sets of collectibles, achievements, a 40-minute bonus chapter and an alternate ending sequence. In our opinion, the Collector's Edition is not extremely special in terms of the bonus content, but it is definitely worth purchasing just for the quality of the game alone.
Haunted Hotel: Death Sentence is an ominous HOPA with supreme quality. With a strong story, an epic production and an expertly-executed gameplay - Haunted Hotel: Death Sentence is a great purchase even for its short length.
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 5/5 Stars
Story: 5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 5/5 Stars
Extras: 4/5 Stars
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