Reviews and Problems with House of 1000 Doors: The Palm of Zoroaster
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User review by Hairymary
25 December 2012
Summary: I have enjoyed both of Alawar's House of 1000 Doors games. They are not brilliant games, but are engrossing and entertaining. Nothing really dark and gloomy about these games and the stories are very original. Graphics are crisp and clear, music is on a loop but suitable to the theme. Voiceovers not too crash hot, but passable. Locations are varied, so if you're bored in one area, stick it out because the scenery soon changes.
Summary: I loved this game. Great scenery, puzzles, and objects to find. When finally enter the big mansion, you walk through a long hall. On the walls are spaces for paintings. You have to find all the keys that go to each painting; and then you walk through the painting to another dimension and look for another key to go to another painting. You talk to a character in between your travels who explains what is going on. If I told you; it would not be a surprise.
Summary: Travel to ancient Tibet, the crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, Pirate frequented Madagascar, India, and (if you get the collector's edition) the great northern Viking lands. Solve puzzles and hunt for objects to unravel the mystery of the House of 1,000 doors. This game is at least the equal of the first installment, possibly surpassing it with the variety of locations to explore and more creative and challenging hidden object scenes.
Summary: Again there's really beautiful art in this game, like its predecessor House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets. I especially like the fountain beyond the greenhouse -- spooky and gorgeous. However, one of the things most charming about the first game -- how the narrative engaged the "I" (or you, the player) character -- is lacking here, and soon running back and forth from the "main" location to four quite exotic ones gets tedious.
Summary: Well, i thought I would give 4.8, but here we go. I played collectors edition and liked the bonus game even more than the main one, but the end was a bit...inconclusive. The main game starts with a ubiquitous car crash and imposing old house (oh, no!) but it gets more interesting pretty quickly.When I saw the derelict gas station I thought I wasted my money!
Summary: Loved this one. I always appreciate all of the small details and this game had many.Fireballs zipping around, butterfies flying by, seagulls by the water, crabs moving sideways in the sand and bats that flutter when you click on them... just to name a few. The CE included 46 morphing objects as well. The graphics and cut scenes were really well done and the sound effects and music were great. It had VO's which were a bit flat but not too bad.
Summary: This is an excellent game! You don't have to have played the first to enjoy this one, but it does help you to understand what's going on, since the story is a little strange. At first I was thinking, "Oh no, another car crash and spooky mansion game..." but the story gets much more interesting after that. The graphics for this game are amazing! I love it. Everything is crisp and clean and nice to look at.
Summary: This is the 2nd offering from the "House of 1000 Doors" series. It doesn't matter if you've played the 1st game before as this 2nd one isn't a continuation of its predecessor, though it would surely help as you then know who the characters referred to in the game are. It also prepares you for what to expect story-wise. "Palm of Zoroaster" is very much like "Family Secrets" in that there are mini worlds to explore, except the worlds in this game are different countries.
Summary: I had my doubts about the game during the first 20 minutes or so. But then the story did suck me in. And I was rewarded with four gorgeous adventures, together making up the story. It was playful, cheerful with excellent HO scenes, great adventures, fine sceneries. Lots of fantasy went into developing this game. And the game remains excellent till the last minute. Alawar did disappoint me lately with a few mediocre games, but this one made up for them.