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Midnight Mysteries: Ghostwriting - Review

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Name: Midnight Mysteries: Ghostwriting Collector's Edition
Release Date: 04 January 2015
Developer: Hot Lava Games/Game Forest

As the sixth installment in the well-known Midnight Mysteries franchise, Ghostwriting delivered on many aspects. Firstly, the storyline was cohesive, well-written and captivating. Despite the lack of action sequences and action-packed scenes, we were totally absorbed by the complexity of the storyline and the interesting we got to meet.

Apart from an excellent story, Midnight Mysteries: Ghostwriting also featured some amazing visuals. The graphics in Ghostwriting are very sharp, with great uses of shadows and lighting - from one breataking scene to another, we were thoroughly absorbed by the chillingly realistic atmosphere. The cutscenes and animations are well-executed as well, kudos to the developers. On the audio side, there is nothing really off about the soundtracks and the voice overs - except for the singing parts. Yes, Ghostwriting does featured some singing; although they are pleasant to listen to, they are absolutely unnecessary and definitely not the best or the most emotional.

Midnight Mysteries: Ghostwriting is a fairly busy game, with lots to do and lots to see. We do think that the gameplay is as smooth as it could be, we did experience some lags when we tried to move between scenes and some animations can be painstakingly slow. This lag in gameplay can actually be quite frustrating, since Ghostwriting requires you to perform a high amount of backtracking. On the other hand, we were impressed by other parts of the gameplay. The hidden object scenes are beautiful and the items are easy to spot. At the same time, the puzzles come in a nice variety, some are typical and easy while others are more innovative and challenging.

Apart from the main adventure gameplay, Ghostwriting offers quite a few nice side-objectives for you to do. There are 56 well-hidden Clover leaves in the game, so basically one in each scene. In addition, there are also some shiny gold coins to collect, and then spend in the Raven Shop. As with the predecessors, there is a Raven helper right by your side, very helpful in reaching things that are out of your reach.

The Collector's Edition of Midnight Mysteries: Ghostwriting included a satisfying array of extra materials, the full list can be found below. For the length of the game, the main game took us a long 4 and a half hour to complete. On the other hand, we found the bonus chapter to be pale in comparison, and only lasted around 35 minutes.

Midnight Mysteries: Ghostwriting is clearly another winner for the series. With gorgeous graphics, enthralling storyline and masterful gameplay - hopefully Ghostwriting is a harbinger of more fantastic things to come this year!

Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 4/5 Stars
Story: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 3.5/5 Stars

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