Haunted Hotel Death Sentence CE Game

Haunted Hotel Death Sentence CE

Big Fish Editor's Choice! This title was chosen for its high standard of quality and amazingly positive reviews from our Game Club beta testers.

Together you and your friend James have solved all kinds of supernatural mysteries together, but this case may be his last. Late one evening, you receive a letter written in James’s own handwriting, claiming that he has died and that the Holy Mountain Hotel holds the answers. Racing off to the hotel, you discover it’s completely abandoned. But is it really? You’ll have to dig deep to uncover the murderer responsible for taking justice into his own hands! Can you save James and escape with your lives, or will The Holy Mountain Hotel become your early grave?

  • Experience the director’s alternate ending!
  • Collectible antiques and character dolls
  • Help a shipwrecked girl in the thrilling bonus epilogue!
  • Screensaver, Concept Art, Wallpapers, and Soundtrack

Rating: 76%

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Our Game Review: Haunted Hotel: Death Sentence Takes You to the Holy Mountain Hotel

The Haunted Hotel game series is well known for its amazingly well done graphics and superb narrative delivery. The cutscenes are done with cinematic flair and flourish, and the fact that they are making the most out of non-dynamic assets in order to create a semblance of animation is a visual element that lends itself all too well to the story itself. Combined with amazing voice acting and gameplay sequences that do not feel forced into the events at all, Death Sentence is an amazing game experience.

Ghosts Await

Haunted is literally the name of the game here. Death Sentence opens with a rather cryptic scene involving a character whom players can only assume to be James sitting in some weird derelict building on an island in the middle of a storm (we're hitting all of Edgar Allan Poe's openers right there). He's singing a weird variation of 99 bottles kudos to him actually managing to sing all the way down to the single digits, before a sudden event makes us wonder if we will ever see the guy alive.

The game quickly flashes forward (or toward) the player character, learning of James' little escapade to the island and the ever so typical ominous warning of if you read this letter then I'm probably dead yada, yada, yada- go to the Holy Mountian Hotel because reasons. It does not take very long for the player character to find a transport willing to take him to such a pointlessly isolated (and quite obviously haunted) location and then the game earnest begins. The narrative content itself is absolutely cliche but despite that huge glaring red flag, the delivery is what wins us over at the end of the day. As hammy as everything that is happening is, it is all shown in such a stylish manner that we can actually enjoy it.

Still a Hidden Object Game

There may be cutscenes and a very curious mystery waiting to be solved (along with galleries to unlock and other details). But at the end of the day, this is still a hidden object game, and as such, you spend a good deal of time combing through heavily detailed visuals looking for stuff to click on.

For those of you not familiar with the genre, the core mechanic for escape games is that you must solve a variety of puzzles in order to proceed. Death Sentence has a lot of hidden object sequences where players have to look for various items hidden in a large image that is usually full of clutter. Some of the items will be hidden in plain sight (like a golf ball in a basket of eggs), some are barely peeking out of cover, and regardless of how they are hidden, you need to find them all.

Of course, there are not the only puzzles barring your way out of the Holy Mountain Hotel, there are also a lot of other challenges that stand in your way. Various mini-games such as visual puzzles, point and click interactions, and unlockable content have been added in order to keep things fresh and entertaining. And yes, there is usually a storyline that is being followed as well (which is actually one of the most interesting things about this game -you are not just escaping, but there is a context to it). This is the part where the Haunted Hotel series shines, including Death Sentence.

Eye Candy From Beginning to End

The story is kinda scary at some points (which is a big plus for those of you who like supernatural themes), the music is pretty spooky too except for those few moments when it sounds like something from the Cryptkeeper. There is also some nice voiceovers too, though it gets hammy in terms of both script and acting. So the delivery is already excellent just based on narrative and audio. But the visuals are what makes Death Sentence such an impressive game.

The artstyle itself is pretty standard for the genre a lot of games have that fantasy-ish look to their characters and backgrounds. The color rendering on the other hand, is just remarkably praise-worthy. There is an emphasis on depth and texture on each scene. If you want a game series that consistently looks good, Haunted Hotel manages to satisfy that and even more.

Without a doubt, the most clever thing about this game series is the way they use very minimal visual effects to achieve the illusion of motion. Animation is sparse, just a two or three frames slowly transitioning in a single run. But the visual output is nonetheless effective in making you feel that the characters really are alive and moving about. This is especially true during the game's special narrative sequences.

Collector's Edition Bonuses

We highly suggest getting the game's collector's edition instead of the regular release as it has a lot of great content. The most impressive of which is the whole extra chapter that further expands the game's storyline (and gives you a unique insight on what is happening in Holy Mountain Hotel). But that is not the only story-mode add on, the game also provides players with an alternate ending to unlock.

Those new to HOG-centric escape game titles will appreciate the additional strategy guide that helps players through all of the game's challenges. And for those of you who liked certain puzzles, the mini-game mode allows you to keep playing them. The achievements on the other hand, are not particularly hard to get nor are they anything noteworthy (but trophy and achievement hunters will certainly go for it).

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