Haunted Hotel: Beyond the Page Collector's Edition
December 28, 2018
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Concept Art
Replayable HOs & Puzzles
Achievements & Collectibles
Secret Room & Morphing Objects
Michael Carpenter, a famous horror novelist has invited you to the Prime Hotel for an exclusive interview for your publication. Upon your arrival, you discover that Carpenter has transformed the hotel into a world of nightmares with monsters from his novels creeping around every corner and sinister elements intertwined with the very environment. Can you survive the haunted hotel in this sixteenth game of Elephant Games’ best-selling series?
When Haunted Hotel was a property of Specialbit Studio, it always captured a creepy horror vibe through an incredibly atmospheric production. Once it got transferred to Elephant Games, the series steers more toward the campy side of horror, which has so far yielded mix results. Despite a strong horror premise, Haunted Hotel: Beyond the Page fails to effectively execute that and gives way to an overwhelming amount of cheesy elements.
The rather weak storyline could have been saved if the gameplay was at least engaging. Unfortunately, the gameplay strictly follow predictable HOPA clichés and routines. Thus, the storytelling turns out to be disappointingly boring and leaves a lot to be desired. The hidden object scenes and the puzzles are also not much more complex, with the level of challenge kept to a minimum.
Production wise, Haunted Hotel: Beyond the Page is typical Elephant Games. The crisp graphics and detailed artwork are indeed wonderful, but more creative ideas could definitely be added because as it is, there is nothing that distinguishes this installment from any of its predecessors. In terms of the audio, Haunted Hotel: Beyond the Page is practically flawless. The background music is appropriately creepy and the sound effects are stellar, if only the actual feel of the game measures up to this level.
Haunted Hotel: Beyond the Page has a standard length of roughly four hours with a 50-minute sequel bonus chapter. The Collector’s Edition features a strategy guide, wallpapers, concept art, soundtracks, repayable hidden object scenes, replayable puzzles, achievements, collectibles, morphing objects, and a secret room.
Haunted Hotel: Beyond the Page has some good moments, but simply plays it far too safe to warrant a higher rating.
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