Halloween Chronicles: Cursed Family Collector's Edition
October 16, 2020
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Hidden Objects Vs. Match 3
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Concept Art
Soundtracks & Cutscenes
Achievements & Collectibles
Replayable HOs & Puzzles
Morphing Objects & Coffin
Uncle Pierre has always been a mysterious figure in your family. Your parents never talked about him and no one seems to know what he is up to. So when Uncle Pierre himself invites you to visit him at an amusement park for Halloween, you jump at the chance to get to learn more about this elusive figure. But things are not what they seem and your uncle is acting even weirder than usual, can you survive the evil that lurks in the background?
Following Monsters Among Us and Evil Behind a Mask, Halloween Chronicles: Cursed Family marks the third installment in Domini Games’ Halloween-themed hidden object adventure series. This sequel starts off at a creepy amusement park, which reminds me of iconic games such as Dreamland, the Weird Park trilogy, and the recent Fright Chasers: Thrills, Chills and Kills. Unfortunately, Halloween Chronicles: Cursed Family quickly regresses to exploring generic locations and faux-horror scenes. Still, if you enjoy the Halloween theme, there is plenty to see in the game.
The storyline in Halloween Chronicles: Cursed Family is not particularly thrilling, but does a good enough job at holding the player’s attention all the way through. As mentioned, the game is well-decorated with Halloween elements, which makes its visuals the hero of the game. Domini Games‘ love of saturated colors and campy details work really well in favor of Halloween games such as this. The game might not be bone-chillingly creepy, but its family-friendly type of horror is definitely spot-on.
Gameplay wise, Halloween Chronicles: Cursed Family pretty much sticks to the familiar HOPA formula. The adventure portion is not at all unique, but remains enjoyable. The hidden object scenes as well as the puzzles introduce some creative thematic twists, but are far from innovative. Unlike most games from the studio, this game contains no gadgets or helpers.
As a Collector’s Edition, the game is mostly in line with expectations. The game’s four-hour length is decent and its 50-minute bonus chapter is reasonable. The package also includes a strategy guide, wallpapers, concept art, soundtracks, videos, replayable hidden object scenes, replayable puzzles, achievements, collectibles, a customizable coffin, and morphing objects.