Halloween Chronicles: Evil Behind a Mask Collector's Edition
October 25, 2019
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Concept Art
Soundtracks & Cutscenes
Achievements & Collectibles
Replayable HOs & Puzzles
Morphing Objects & Trophy Room
Uncle Oswald has just ordered three new masks for his Shop of Horrors. These ancient masks came with a warning, but your innocent uncle did not take the warning seriously. Can you stop these cursed artifacts from resurrecting the Boogeyman that will unleash the fears of every human in this new festive treat from Domini Games – Halloween Chronicles: Evil Behind a Mask?
Last year, Halloween Chronicles: Monsters Among Us was released to much fanfare. This year, Domini Games is back to deliver another playful Halloween gem. On the storyline front, Halloween Chronicles: Evil Behind a Mask is not exactly revolutionary. The storyline is definitely something that has been refreshed and recycled countless times before in the HOPA genre and the progression is more or less predictable. However, it is the creative Halloween-themed elements that make the game a step above the generic.
Each scene is filled to the brim with playful thematic elements and decorative pieces, some of which you can interact with. The fantastic graphics and special effects work in conjunction to offer an immersive and fun Halloween gaming experience. Even Domini Games’ signature saturated colors are not distracting in this context. Instead, they give the game a more suspenseful and creepy vibe, preventing it from being a totally childish game. In the audio department, the campy music and sound effects are flawless. However, the voice-overs sound a little awkward at times, probably due to the game’s often clunky dialogs.
When it comes to the gameplay, Halloween Chronicles: Evil Behind a Mask is comparable to Elephant Games’ new Halloween release Halloween Stories: Horror Movie. Both games do not fully realize their full potential by featuring a mundane adventure gameplay and cookie-cutter puzzles. I personally found Halloween Chronicles: Evil Behind a Mask the more enjoyable one of the two, mainly due to its highly imaginative hidden object scenes and full-on commitment to the festive Halloween theme.
Halloween Chronicles: Evil Behind a Mask is a relatively long game, clocking in the four and a half hours mark. The bonus chapter serves as an interesting prequel to the game and adds another hour to the game’s length. The Collector’s Edition also includes wallpapers, concept art, soundtracks, videos, replayable hidden object scenes, replayable puzzles, achievements, collectibles, a trophy room, and morphing objects.