Paranormal Files: Enjoy the Shopping Collector's Edition
April 28, 2019
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Concept Art
Soundtracks & Screensaver
Achievements & Collectibles
Replayable HOs & Puzzles
Morphing Objects & Secret Room
Following Fellow Traveler and The Tall Man, Elephant Games brings back the hit Paranormal Files series with Enjoy the Shopping. Security guards at a local shopping mall are terrified out of their minds after claiming that they saw the mannequins came alive at night. Can Rick Roger, the famous paranormal investigator, solve yet another creepy supernatural case?
Even if all else fails, at least Paranormal Files: Enjoy the Shopping still has an interesting plot. In the past, we have seen countless HOPA games about possessed relatives and cursed objects, but walking shopping mall mannequins is definitely something new. As silly as that sounds, it goes a long way to make Paranormal Files: Enjoy the Shopping a refreshing play. The game delivers the horror elements fairly well through mini jump scares and an eerie environment. While the tone of the game steers more toward the campy territory than actual serious adult horror like the Maze series, it is enjoyable all the same.
Paranormal Files: Enjoy the Shopping is consistently entertaining from beginning to end. The game purely focuses on the HOPA gameplay and includes no gadgets or helpers, which I personally appreciate especially since the it is executed so well. The gameplay is nothing groundbreaking, but there are just enough unconventional elements to throw the predictability off balance a little. The same goes with the hidden object scenes and the puzzles – straightforward, yet quite creative.
Elephant Games very rarely disappoints when it comes to sights and sounds. Although Paranormal Files: Enjoy the Shopping is far from being the studio’s best works, the quality of the visuals is still hard to deny. The brightness and contrast in some of the scenes could have been better balanced, but the sharp graphics and the atmospheric production are strong and engaging.
Paranormal Files: Enjoy the Shopping has a standard length for a HOPA game at around the three and a half hours mark. As usual, the Collector’s Edition has all the goodies including a bonus chapter, a strategy guide, wallpapers, a screensaver, concept art, soundtracks, replayable hidden object scenes, replayable puzzles, achievements, well-hidden collectibles, morphing objects, a secret room.