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The Great Unknown: Houdini's Castle Collector's Edition

Genre: Hidden Object

You and your husband survived after the plane crash and landed on the mysterious island. Somehow your beloved was kidnapped by a madman and you have to find him! Intriguing? Find this and more in new fantastic game The Great Unknown: Houdini's Castle! Use your skills and brain and solve the secret of this castle. Save your husband and get out of this island as soon as you can. Are you ready to take this challenge? Then download The Great Unknown: Houdini's Castle and start this adventure!

Title - The Great Unknown: Houdini's Castle Collector's Edition Game Download for PC and Mac Description - Greet The Great Unknown: Houdini's Castle Collector's Edition, a Hidden Object game built up by JoyBits. Find your missing husband and reveal the truth about the mysterious castle!
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Are you ready for another Hidden Object game, mixed with some challenging puzzles and some adventurous spirit, coming to you straight from one of the most famous game developer Big Fish Games? If your answer is affirmative, then get ready to have an adventure of your life playing The Great Unknown: Houdini’s Castle, which is yet another game which has the famous, one and only, Harry Houdini as one of the main protagonists. But, if you download and play this game, you will see that it is different from all the other Houdini games as it gives a special twist to it! To find out which one, read the rest of this review!.. Read more

What really sets this otherwise a bit average game from the others is the original storyline: You wake up after a terrible plane crash after you honeymoon, and you find out that your husband is kidnapped by a madman, who turns out to be Houdini’s son. And although everything that follows is strictly fictional, you’ll have a lot of fun finding about Houdini’s secrets, about his son, Whitehead, and why he went mad, and of course, your mission will be to save your husband. The only sore spot to this great plot is that we find out very little about the wife or the husband, and you as player, have no impact on the happenings, besides activating Whitehead’s traps and talking to him.

If this completely original storyline isn’t enough to make you download the trial version, or purchase and play the full version of this game, then maybe you’ll be interested in doing this when you find about the gameplay in The Great Unknown: Houdini’s Castle. The game starts pretty slow, teaching you the basics, and it’s where the game stays: at its basics. There are no tricky things in this game, some hidden objects, some puzzles; and the game is over in about three hours, which is pretty short for the game of this genre - Hidden Object/Puzzle/Adventure type. There are two game modes, casual and expert, and if you choose expert, the game might last a bit longer. There is notebook to aid you in your adventures, but there is no map, which is a big flaw. In hidden object scenes, you are just picking objects from text lists, sometimes they interact. Unfortunately, there is a lot of backtracking, which spoils the game, but at least you’ll have some fun with the puzzles, which are pretty standard, like in other games, but just as fun.

The graphics in The Great Unknown are above average, that’s for certain. There is mixture of dark and bright scenes, but it could be said that scenes are sometimes too dark to see all the objects that are hidden, as they tend to sink in the darkness of the background. Other than that, artwork is great, there are some really stunning scenes, and from time to time it is really enjoyable to watch at the computer screen.

The sound and the music in this game are nothing special, unfortunately. Music is a bit too loud, and it is not of some great quality. While it fits the overall atmosphere of the game, sometimes, you just want it to be more adventurous and with a catchy rhythm.  There are voiceovers, and they are done well.

It is unfortunate that The Great Unknown: Houdini’s Castle is a very short Hidden Object game with elements of adventure and logic puzzles, as it has a very nice premise. Unfortunately, with flawed gameplay and average music, the question remains if it can top up other Hidden Object games? Of course, you can download the trial version for free and play the game, or you can purchase the full version if you liked the demo and if you wanted to find something more about Houdini and his (imaginary) son, Whitehead… Whatever your reason for trying this game might be, you won’t be disappointed with the amount of fun you will get!

15, October 2012


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