Tales of Terror House on the Hill Game Review

Tales of Terror House on the Hill

When you signed up for a ghost tour at an old estate, you were just hoping to spend some time with your sister, who loves the paranormal. But the brochure never mentioned the real danger you would encounter the second the doors close behind you. Walls shift and corridors expand, creating a terrifying maze that separates you from your sister. Now you must outwit dangerous traps and find a way out before the house claims another victim. Summon your courage and get ready for thrills in this Hidden Object Adventure game!

Rating: 80%

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Tales of Terror: House on a Hill is a Fresh Take on a Saturated Genre

If you play games of a certain type or genre often enough, you start not only getting good at them, you also start getting bored. This is why new innovations and improvements have to be constantly added as well as tons of new features and complex options into any sequel. Of course, for completely new players, this can be a lot to take in. Tales of Terror: House on a Hill is a relatively modern game in the point and click escape game genre but it still caters to casual players who are relatively new to the concept. The basics are all there, as well as a nice storyline, but much of the details that are designed to satisfy veteran players are not present.

It Was Supposed To Be Fake

When you join a real life mystery tour, you should already half expect that the target destination has been rigged with all sorts of fabrications and machinations that would simulate a haunting. Its expected, and in many ways, much safer than actually going into a really haunted house. In House on a Hill, the surprise is that the house is indeed haunted and you must find a way out alive.

Simply escaping is not an option, however, as you have taken this tour with your sister. And in the random moment that the two of you have been temporarily separated during the tour, all the weird things start happening and you find yourself completely cut off from her. By the time the passageway to her previous location opens, she, and all the other people with her, have vanished. What makes this even worse is that you realize that there is someone else inside the haunted house as well.

The house is more than just haunted, it is pretty much alive. Peering out the window, your character sees the house contracting and expanding, as if it were quickly removing and adding rooms as needed. It is an unnerving sight, and makes one feel as if they were wandering inside the belly of a whale.

Trapped in a Hauted House

As with other horror escape games, progression requires the player to solve puzzles in order to get past obstacles and progress the story. These puzzles can be found by clicking around the stage and triggering small events likes puzzles, getting items (which get stored in the inventory), and finishing hidden object sequences in order to acquire even more things.

The HOG parts are the main bulk of the game, and players have to collect a variety of objects in order to clear the list. While some items to be collected will be used in the story, much of the other stuff is just there to provide players with a challenge. One cool thing we like about the sequences here is that you are sometimes required to 'build the item you need. This means that a large item on the list can be found in pieces during the HOG sequence and you need to get all parts to form the single item needed. All that said, there is that constant odd feeling that is present in HOG puzzles: you have to spend a lot of time looking for items on a list but you only really need just one or two pieces from it.

Live CG

This Tales of Terror game makes use of one of the more recent and interesting visual flairs of HOG adventure narratives: live pictures for animations. It is an interesting thing to see since the real life actor-models are juxtaposed against clearly 2D backgrounds. Sure, there's a lot of rendering done with the faces to make them look more in-line with the game's visuals, but in House on the Hill, the variance between the 2D and the 3D is just too much. In many ways, the effect is more distracting (in the same way that bad CGI can be distracting in a major film) than it should be. Of course, there is nothing wrong with this specific technique when used in a game, though developers should really spend the time to make the game's different visual elements to be more in tune with one another.

Short but Sweet

Since the game is geared towards new players, it is not very long. In fact, it is possible to finish it in just a little over two hours (around 3 to 4 for people not too used to the puzzles). While the hook of the story is very intriguing, the actual narrative content run a very simple path. If you have been fans of horror and suspense games, it is possible to predict the ending long before the final act. Indeed, House on the Hill seems to be designed with a very specific demographic in mind.

As a standalone game, it lacks a lot of stuff that most people would look for in an escape game. Some puzzles feel rushed, there are not enough unlockable things, the extra mission is unbelievably short, and much of the delivery is nothing that stands out from the sea of other similar titles (but at the very least, it manages to be on the proper side of being average it looks just as good as most of the visually noteworthy titles in the genre). Getting stuck is possible, and while there is no particular puzzle that should prove to be too much of a stumbling block for most players, there is (like with other similar games) a pretty well written strategy guide and walkthrough built into the game that will help you get to the very end.

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