Shadowplay: Harrowstead Mystery

Mad Head Games presents another gripping tale in their action-packed Shadowplay series! You and your friends have been researching the mystery of Harrowstead for years, and you’ve run out of leads. That is until your friend calls you with new information and you arrive just in time to see him kidnapped by a malevolent monster! Can you save your team, or will the world fall to darkness? Wield otherworldly powers and solve intricate puzzles to defeat this evil entity in this sensational hidden-object puzzle adventure game!

The extras section also contains a strategy guide, wallpapers, cover pictures, profile pictures, soundtracks, concept art, replayable hidden object scenes, achievements, collectibles, and morphing objects. The graphics are okay, while having a little too much cartoon-like quality to suit my taste. The graphics are very good. I cannot give this even half of a thumbs up. The games and HOPs are amazingly simple and the game feels like it is about an hour, if that. Remember how amazing the graphics were, how fresh the storylines were? Most of the Mini-Games are rehashed from Mad Head's other series games, they aren't horrible, but they just aren't very challenging. Remember the first a-MAZEing game that made you feel uncomfortable because you felt like you were actually trapped and didn't know how you got there? Surprisingly, I enjoyed this game even though I am generally not a fan of scary or horror games. Not that there is anything wrong with having a beginners-friendly game, but maybe it is best not to put it under the already-established Shadowplay series. I didn't spend more than a few minutes on each. The story is weak. This makes the game feel like just another run-of-the-mill dark fantasy game and not an intricate and creepy game that the Shadowplay brand promises.

Remember how amazing the graphics were, how fresh the storylines were? The graphics are okay, while having a little too much cartoon-like quality to suit my taste. This also comes down to the gameplay, which is disappointing to say the least. You will play as Riley the investigator and Kevin the missing person. Can you save your friend and find the answers to this long-standing mystery for good in this new paranormal adventure game from Mad Head Games? The adventure part is predictable, the hidden object scenes are mundane, and the puzzles are very easy. I know that it has chapters, but it really just feels like one long, run on sentence. I was quite disappointed because I wanted at least a few of them to get my brain into gear, which never happened. What happened to the Mojo? The characters give you their dialogue, but you never really feel a part of them. Too, for a so-called hidden object game it has more mini-games than HO sequences, at least in the first ten minutes or so of game play. All up the game and bonus from the CE no extras in this game took me about 4 hours to complete - so a very short game. Overall, if you feel like an afternoon just chilling out, then this game is for you. Most of the Mini-Games are rehashed from Mad Head's other series games, they aren't horrible, but they just aren't very challenging.


Shadowplay: Harrowstead Mystery

Altogether, there is far too much of the already familiar to make this a must buy for me, or even for it to get a place on my alternate buy list. Nonetheless, Mad Head Games still knows Travel Riddles: Mahjong to create stunning games. So, do you get the CE or SE? BTW: they Dark Dimensions: Homecoming no attempt to explain why it dispels dark magic, how Henry knew it would work on dark magic, Aerial Mahjong it came from, and most importantly, why it had to be hidden if it works on evil entities? I was quite disappointed because I wanted at least a few of them to get my brain into gear, which never happened. If a small child who can't yet read or write his name, can solve this game nearly instantaneously, why bother? The adventure part is predictable, the hidden object scenes are mundane, and the puzzles are very easy. Remember how amazing the graphics were, how fresh the storylines were? This game is neither as good as the five star rating one reviewer gave it, nor as bad as the two star rating posted by another. This also comes down to the gameplay, which is disappointing to say the least. I cannot give Shadowplay: Harrowstead Mystery even half of a thumbs up. The characters give you their dialogue, but you never really feel a part of them. The Collector's Edition Bonus Chapter takes place a month after the incident.

I'm sure most of you know how I feel about cheesy Gadgets, but this particular gadget is the most worthless Gadge I've ever seen in a game! The voice-over narrative, as another reviewer commented, does contain a lot of already obvious information. On the other hand, it is not as bad as some other games offered by this producer and others. These are all very easy to do. The characters give you their dialogue, but you never really feel a part of them. Once you discover the secret hiding place of Henry Bakeman's Lamp, you will use the gadget 6 times. Remember how amazing the graphics were, how fresh the storylines were? There is plenty of colour, each scene is well defined and items you need to find are easy to spot. Overall, if you feel like an afternoon just chilling out, then this game is for you. If you love games with a creep factor, then Harrowstead Mystery if a game you will surely enjoy. The hidden objects are used almost immediately in the game and the mini-puzzles are good. Shadowplay: Harrowstead Mystery is the weakest Shadowplay game to date, but it still impresses in few departments. Can you save your friend and find the answers to this long-standing mystery for good in this new paranormal adventure game from Mad Head Games? I didn't spend more than a few minutes on each.

For me this Shadowplay is a keeper and one that I will play again, but please try the demo to see if it is a game you will like as well. Back in the day, I couldn't wait for a new MH game, so what happened guys? The voice-over narrative, as another reviewer commented, does contain a lot of already obvious information. Happy gaming! The hidden objects are used almost immediately in the game and the mini-puzzles are good. For the life of me, I can't understand why they even bothered to include a Shadowplay: Harrowstead Mystery where all you have to do is scan the lens across 4 circles? So, do you get the CE or SE? At least once in the game I felt like I was going to jump out of my chair when something unexpected occurred. The Collector's Edition Bonus Chapter takes place a month after the incident. The mini-games are all incredibly easy and Viking Brothers 4 to do. If a small child who can't yet read or write his name, can solve this game nearly instantaneously, why bother? Overall, if you feel like an afternoon just chilling out, then this game is for you. You will play as Riley the investigator and Kevin the missing person.


The story is weak. Most of the Mini-Games are rehashed from Mad Head's other series games, they aren't horrible, but they just aren't very challenging. I cannot give this even half of a thumbs up. You will play as Riley the investigator and Kevin the missing person. The extras section also contains a strategy guide, wallpapers, cover pictures, profile pictures, soundtracks, concept art, replayable hidden object scenes, achievements, collectibles, and morphing objects. The graphics are okay, while having a little too much cartoon-like quality to suit my taste. This game is neither as good as the five star rating one reviewer gave it, nor as bad as the two star rating posted by another. While I can't, in all honesty, recommend this game, give the demo a try, who knows, it may amuse you. I thoroughly enjoyed the HOS and the Puzzles in the game. Remember how amazing the graphics were, how fresh the storylines were? The Collector's Edition Bonus Chapter takes place a month after the incident. I didn't spend more than a few minutes on each. At least once in the game I felt like I was going to jump out of my chair when something unexpected occurred.

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Shadowplay: Harrowstead Mystery Collector's Edition

8 thoughts on “Shadowplay: Harrowstead Mystery

  1. The extras section also contains a strategy guide, wallpapers, cover pictures, profile pictures, soundtracks, concept art, replayable hidden object scenes, achievements, collectibles, and morphing objects. For me this Shadowplay is a keeper and one that I will play again, but please try the demo to see if it is a game you will like as well. Nonetheless, Mad Head Games still knows how to create stunning games.

  2. Shadowplay: Harrowstead Mystery is on the short end of the spectrum when compared to its peers, with a running length of around three and a half hours and 35 minutes for the bonus chapter. What happened to the Mojo? You have a crazy lantern which use kind of becomes boring , but other than that I think there is a lot about the game that is fun. The extras section also contains a strategy guide, wallpapers, cover pictures, profile pictures, soundtracks, concept art, replayable hidden object scenes, achievements, collectibles, and morphing objects.

  3. Shadowplay: Harrowstead Mystery is on the short end of the spectrum when compared to its peers, with a running length of around three and a half hours and 35 minutes for the bonus chapter. The graphics were good and the voiceovers left a lot to be desired. Date published:

  4. At least once in the game I felt like I was going to jump out of my chair when something unexpected occurred. Once you discover the secret hiding place of Henry Bakeman's Lamp, you will use the gadget 6 times. I cannot give this even half of a thumbs up. For me this Shadowplay is a keeper and one that I will play again, but please try the demo to see if it is a game you will like as well.

  5. This also comes down to the gameplay, which is disappointing to say the least. Date published: The story is weak. I'm sure most of you know how I feel about cheesy Gadgets, but this particular gadget is the most worthless Gadge I've ever seen in a game! Too, for a so-called hidden object game it has more mini-games than HO sequences, at least in the first ten minutes or so of game play.

  6. To make matters worse, you have to play the most ridiculous mini-game in the history of HOPA gadget games. While I can't, in all honesty, recommend this game, give the demo a try, who knows, it may amuse you. Not that there is anything wrong with having a beginners-friendly game, but maybe it is best not to put it under the already-established Shadowplay series. Regarding the audio, the music is perfectly fine, but the voice acting sounds a little amateur at times. The story is weak.

  7. Altogether, there is far too much of the already familiar to make this a must buy for me, or even for it to get a place on my alternate buy list. All up the game and bonus from the CE no extras in this game took me about 4 hours to complete - so a very short game. Can you save your friend and find the answers to this long-standing mystery for good in this new paranormal adventure game from Mad Head Games? The story is weak.

  8. Remember the first a-MAZEing game that made you feel uncomfortable because you felt like you were actually trapped and didn't know how you got there? Back in the day, I couldn't wait for a new MH game, so what happened guys? This is one of those disconnected games, where you want to be engaged with other characters and your surroundings, but you never really feel immersed. Although the graphics in Shadowplay: Harrowstead Mystery are not setting any new standards, they are undeniably gorgeous.

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