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House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets [Download]

by Alawar Entertainment
Windows 7 / Vista / XP
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

Price: $6.99
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550 MB
Download time:
7 - 45 minutes on broadband
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  • ASIN: B007A5WCCC
  • Release Date: February 22, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,627 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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From the Manufacturer

Welcome to the first game in a stunning new saga! When the dead cannot find release, the House of 1000 Doors serves as a portal that allows the living to help them. But as the House appears at locations around the world, it doesn't let just anyone in. To step beyond its threshold, a person must be able to communicate with spirits.

The protagonist of this spectacular new series of hidden object adventure games is Kate Reed, a washed up writer of ghost stories who wonders if she'll ever experience success again. Guide Kate as she responds to an invitation to enter the House, meets the mysterious Lancaster family that resides within it, and solves four mind-bending mysteries that take her to worlds she's never imagined.

  • 70 locations
  • 20 mini-games
  • 12 HOG scenes
  • 12 CGI cutscenes
  • 9 characters and 4 additional plot lines

System Requirements
 Minimum Specifications:
OS:Win 7, Vista and XP
Processor:Pentium 4 or Athlon 1.5 GHz
RAM:512 MB
Hard Drive:550 MB
Video Card:128 MB 3D video card
Additional Info:None

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alawar Games Winner February 29, 2012
By PCCnyc
Kate Reed is the author of a supernatural bestseller. But that was several years ago, and the inspiration well has run dry. So when she receives an invitation to a seance, she jumps at the chance to attend. However, she soon finds out that the seance is just a ruse to entice her to come to an island that turns out to be the latest landing spot for the House of 1000 Doors. The house contains ghosts, but it is no ordinary haunted house as it can travel through time and space. The other residents are a group of mediums who use their skills to help the unhappy ghosts resolve their issues and cross over to the other side. The group has been assembled by the mysterious Gabriel. He recognizes that Kate also has psychic abilities so that is why he has summoned her for an audition of sorts to see whether she might be right to join the other mediums.

O.K., so maybe except for the roving house you feel you've seen this plot before. Kate faces four challenges which are each self contained stories with unique environments accessed by portals in the house. For example, in one story Kate goes through a painting and finds herself in a winter scene where she must help the ghost of a sculptor. At times Kate must return through a portal and search the house for needed items and to converse with the other mediums. In the last chapter of the game Kate finds a film reel with a message from Gabriel, and we learn her ultimate fate.

While most of the plot points are wrapped up in a satisfactory manner, we never quite find out what is behind the giant ancestry tree attached to a wall in one of the rooms. Kate fills empty slots on the tree with portraits she finds in various locations. Since it's obvious they are planning a sequel to the game I'm assuming we will learn more then.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun! March 8, 2012
By kBlue
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I play a lot of these hidden object games with mini-puzzles and am always disappointed if they are too easy. At the same time, I play to relax and don't want the mini-puzzles to be so hard that I'm left feeling like a dolt for not knowing what it is I'm supposed to do - let alone solving it.

I set this one to expert mode and really enjoyed exploring each setting to be sure I'd found what there was to find without "over here!" clues jumping out at me. I would have liked it even more if there hadn't been a glittering lure to the hidden-object settings (expert mode doesn't stop that clue) but even so, once I got within it, I found it to be a good combination of relaxation and searching.

It got a little too easy toward the end, as many of these games do, but it was definitely worth the money and I'm sure I'll play it again sometime. I liked it enough to be interested in another installment!

The game downloaded, installed and played perfectly with Windows Vista.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game of 1000 Delights March 2, 2012
By annie
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This game is definitely worth the price of admission! Good graphics, plenty of action, and morphing objects as an added bonus. I played it for an hour or two over each of three evenings so it's not a game you'll zip through. Is there a sequel in the offing? I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Alawar's Best March 9, 2012
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I've played a number of Alawar games and this is one of their best. Great graphics, interesting story line, many hours of game play and challenging mini-games. The basic story line is that you are in a haunted house with various rooms with portals to other places and times. Your goal is to bring peace to the spirits that inhabit this house. Although there really aren't 1,000 doors in this version of the game, there are enough to give you hours of play, and allow for future adventures.

I had no technical problems downloading, installing and playing the game. And other than an unusual use of acid, it was clear when and where to use the inventory items. I recommend that you read the journal entries closely, they provide important clues and they enhance the game experience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Game April 6, 2012
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I own 100+ Hidden Object Games (HOG) and adventure games and this one was one of the best I have played. The graphics were nice, the music wasn't too intrusive, the cursor didn't glide all over the place, the hidden objects weren't too small, the lighting was good and the puzzles were not overly difficult or time consuming. I played this game for at least 4 hours. It has a good story, interesting characters and busy tasks to do while collecting objects to solve puzzles, but I wouldn't consider it overly busy: just the right amount of solving and activity. This is a really enjoyable game and well worth the money. I would put this game in my top 5 favorites along with Ravenhurst, Mystery Legends Sleepy Hollow, Dark Tales Edgar Allan Poe series, the Drawn series and the Midnight Mysteries series. There is a sequel out already called "House of 1,000 Doors: The Palm of Zoroaster" available on another website with fish but it's considered a collectors edition and is currently $14. Hopefully Amazon will offer that one soon. I recommend this game highly!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars love this one March 17, 2012
By orchid
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If you just wanna have fun, I recommend this one. Not too difficult, not too easy, lots of different scenes.

Nice graphics, good length to play an hour here and there, interesting story, pleasantly horrible (lol).
Even some of the mini games were ok and they usually are not my thing.

The hint ball tells you where to navigate - if you don't use that, you'll be wandering around in the house forever.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Too easy.
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awesome game.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
One of the better hidden object games available, story line and puzzle are fun and interesting.
Published 2 months ago by J.ELLE
4.0 out of 5 stars Parts are a little somplistic, but generally a fun game.
I liked this game a lot. It had puzzles and hidden object, which I enjoy in this type of game. The story was a little weak, but really, I didn't play it for the story anyway.
Published 2 months ago by MamaRae85
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
Love these games, beautiful and well worth the modest cost. For the price, I don't expect 100 hours of gameplay. The puzzles are fun, the theme is awesome and unique. Read more
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Published 3 months ago by AMY HERNANDEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars but it was easy to fix
Excellant game to have it really makes you think. I had to download it twice there was a glitch on my end...but it was easy to fix. A nice hidden game to have and play
Published 4 months ago by MARY MACIEJKO
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Swift and Enjoyable
Published 4 months ago by Michael Armata
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining game! I played this and the second one - nicely...
This game is incredibly entertaining. I played it for many hours and it never failed to entertain. The game play is fun with many interesting and graphically good locations to... Read more
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