Excerpt: Haunted is a game obviously created by developer Deck13 Interactive to please its own fans—the adventure game crowd fond of the studio's previous releases—but takes little chances to bring in a new audience who is not already in on the joke. A comedic romp through contrived puzzles, humorous groaners, and a narrative about rescuing a kidnapped child, Haunted is a technical marvel of a game with a soul that feels somewhat mechanical.
Excerpt: Viva Media has a long track record of stellar games, and Haunted is yet another feather in their cap. I was intrigued by the opening menu where a girl stood there and followed my mouse moves. That alone kept me amused for about fifteen minutes of so. When I did start a new game I was instantly impressed by the graphics. Haunted is well above average in terms of genre graphics.
Excerpt: Haunted is a 3rd person cartoon-style, point-and-click, humorous adventure game from German developer Deck 13 Interactive. If you enjoyed Deck 13's previous games ( Jack Keane and the Ankh games) there's a good chance you'll enjoy this one as well. Haunted uses the same 3D game engine as Ankh and Jack Keane , and gameplay is very similar, though Haunted has the addition of the “ghost inventory” and a built-in hint system.
Excerpt: While American gamers seem to have forgotten how to appreciate a good point-and-click adventure, German gamers obviously haven't. These days, the best adventure game development is done in Germany (note games like Deponia or The Book of Unwritten Tales ) and the latest great point-and-click comes from German company Deck 13 Interactive. Haunted is a fantastic game that succeeds by striking a perfect Tim Burton-ish balance between creepy and amusing.
Conclusion: Over the course of its 6-8 hours or so, Haunted proves to be a typical adventure game that manages to stand apart from the crowd with its clever use of ghosts. As integral as they may be in overcoming obstacles, and as pretty as they are to look at, they sadly aren’t written deeply enough to be truly interesting characters.
Summary: Haunted is a pretty mediocre adventure game that looks and feels like it was made in the 1990s. It’s not a bad game by any means; it just falls short in most areas. It’s half the length of most games in this genre and both the comedy and puzzles are a bit lacking. The voice cast is top notch however and considering this game retails for only fifteen-nineteen dollars, it’s safe to say you’ll get your money’s worth out of Haunted if you decide to pick it.
Summary: Die Jungs von Deck 13 scheinen es nicht verlernt zu haben. Haunted sieht nicht nur prima aus, sondern bietet einige frische Ideen, wie die Spielerei mit den Geistern und die starke Ausnutzung vertikaler Ebenen. Die Charaktere sind durch die Bank liebenswert, die Geschichte klingt interessant und die Vertonung dürfte ebenfalls in der oberen Kategorie landen.
Summary: Haunted liefert eine Geschichte, die ernst, humorvoll und fantastisch zugleich ist. Dank der hochkarätigen Besetzung der Stimmen, einer wirklich schön und detaillierten Gestaltung der Ortschaften und ungewöhnlicher Rätsel mit noch ungewöhnlicheren Lösungen hat das Spiel das Potenzial, ein Volltreffer zu werden. Schade ist nur, dass die Rätsellösungen zwar in unterschiedlicher Reihenfolge angegangen werden können, jedoch nur auf eine einzige Art und Weise.