[Review] Haunted Past: Realm of Ghosts (PC)

Sara Haverston gets a call from Solicitor Mr. Malloy, and learns she has just inherited a large estate. Details about the estate remain a mystery. But, she soon finds out more as she encounters the ghost of her dead mother who is hiding out from an evil force that has taken over the estate. Room by room, Sara must systematically clear out the evil spirit by finding glyphs and other objects that will chase it away.

The estate itself is a dark and depressing place, but you as Sara gain access to a portal of light in each room – a gateway to a brighter and more cheerful equivalent of the room you are in. There you can also find objects that can be hidden away so that once you “cross over” back to the dark side they can be used to chase the evil away and save Sara’s mother’s spirit.

The first time I played Haunted Past: Realm of Ghosts was back in 2011 when I was tearing through Hidden Object games like there was no tomorrow. I remember writing down on “my list” that it was pretty good… And it is still a good game, albeit a little short at under 3 hours. It’s also a little dated in the graphics department, but the overall plot and mechanics still hold up. The soundtrack to Haunted Past is very eerie; if you play, make sure the volume is turned up and the lights off! Guaranteed to give you the willies.

About my only real complaint is the very tinny voice overs which likely had to do with the game’s age. The music however came out crisp and clean…and creepy!

I found Haunted Past: Realm of Ghosts on Steam at a huge discount. Pick it up if you are so inclined. You won’t be disappointed.

4/5

Haunted Past: Realm of Ghosts
Gogii
2011

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