House of 1,000 Doors: Family Secrets Collector's Edition
What secrets do these souls share with Kate Reed, a struggling writer hoping to recapture her past success? These lost souls cannot move on. To save them, you must guide Kate between these mind-bending worlds as you explore the House of 1000 Doors.
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Release Date: Apr 7, 2014

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Includes 8 items: Alex Hunter - Lord of the Mind Platinum Edition, Brink of Consciousness: Dorian Gray Syndrome Collector's Edition, Castle: Never Judge a Book by its Cover, House of 1,000 Doors: Family Secrets Collector's Edition, House of 1000 Doors: The Palm of Zoroaster Collector's Edition, Nearwood - Collector's Edition, Shadows: Price For Our Sins Bonus Edition, Small Town Terrors Pilgrim's Hook Collector's Edition

 

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“...weaves its puzzles, solutions, items and hidden object scenes into an amazingly complex web of interconnected occurrences.”
4/5 – Gamezebo

About This Game

A young bride who lost her husband in a gruesome accident refuses to leave a train.

A sculptor who disturbed his wife's grave is suffering in a wintry hell.

And a young girl who posed for a cursed portrait haunts the charred remains of her father's studio.

When the dead cannot find release, the House of 1000 Doors appears at locations around the world to serve as a portal for gifted individuals to help them. What secrets do these souls share with Kate Reed, a struggling writer hoping to recapture her past success? These lost souls cannot move on. To save them, you must guide Kate between these mind-bending worlds as you explore the House of 1000 Doors.


  • Tormented souls imprisoned in a netherworld cry out to the living for help in this Collector's Edition of HOUSE OF 1000 DOORS FAMILY SECRETS that includes additional plot lines, and integrated strategy guide and more!
  • Explore stunning locations and discover the dark secrets of the Lancaster family as you delve into the supernatural on your quest for the truth in this compelling mystery.
  • When the dead cannot find release, they beckon to an unlikely medium to pass between the spirit world and our own to free them from their twisted past lives and the endless horror that they cannot escape.
  • What secret do all these souls share? Pass between all the mind-bending worlds when you enter the House of 1000 Doors to find out.

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    • OS: Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz processor or faster
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® compatible video card
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac® OS X 10.7 - 10.9
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2.0 GHz or better processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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sb_prime
6.8 hrs
Posted: September 22
Great game, I enjoyed playing it (brings back memories of the old school style adventure games).

+ great graphics
+ interesting story
+ interesting puzzles
+ find a hidden object puzzles

- no steam acheivements (it has the beyond objects, why no acheivment for colecting them?)
- I wish there ware more types of the puzles
- the animation of the people looks like paper cutouts
- I experienced few graphical bugs/glithes
- although the game was released in my language the steam version does not allow me to choose it (not available)
- You can check on the map if you can do any actions on a certain location. That lowers the dificulty of the game significantly.
- to many "find a hidden object" puzzles
- I wish it would be longer
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silentrequiem
5.7 hrs
Posted: September 12
I've played a lot of games in the point & click/hidden object genre, and I was incredibly impressed with this one. It wasn't just the plot, which was interesting, but the mechanics made sense in a way that is beyond most point and click games. There's still a level of contrivance, but there's very little finding the needed items in really nonsensical places. I already played through the second one, too, and hope the rest of the games in this series make it over to Steam eventually.
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Magdalena Black
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
House of 1000 doors is a unique in it's story line. I'll give it that. I love the rich use of colors and charactors. The dark, almost Halloween vibe to it works for me. Voice overs can bit very cheesy at times (most times). Also, there will be a few glitches. There is ALOT of time wasted having to travel to different parts over and over again to achieve goals. This can be annoying. Over all, if it's on sale and you love HOG's, go for it. I enjoyed it....just not for full price.
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osirish
4.7 hrs
Posted: August 5
House of 1,000 Doors: Family Secrets introduces you to the series as you play a detective investigating the paranormal and are drawn to the mysterious House of 1000 Doors, a house that teleports from location to location for reasons you are yet to discover.

While the game itself is very solid, good graphics, sound, voice acting, plenty of HO scenes, plenty of puzzles, fast map travel, a decent length and a long and interesting bonus chapter .... it doesn't do anything new.

If you've played a lot of HOGs, nothing will surprise you. The biggest disappointment for me, is that a lot of the puzzles and HO scenes are ones I've played before in other Alawar games. Whether those other games re-used them from House, or House re-used them from other titles, I don't know, but it felt like I was replaying a HOG that I played in the past.

Having said that, if you like HOGs, Family Secrets is a typical example of the genre and doesn't do anything badly, just don't expect any surprises.
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rayne
4.6 hrs
Posted: July 20
Great game. Just difficult enough to be challenging.
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MaxAV
11.5 hrs
Posted: July 12
Nice story, background.
Two much HO scenes from my point of view.
And on each scene all the items are here again & again even if you have done the scene before.
Quite long & a bit difficult if you begin with HO games
8/10
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Neka_Chan
10.8 hrs
Posted: July 10
This is hands-down the best hidden object game that I have played. It got me started on my binge of more HOGs x)
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MarilynM
1.7 hrs
Posted: July 9
...boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing like hell !!!
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Himalayan Snow Cock
23.9 hrs
Posted: July 7
Biggest gripe: The game has "Beyond Objects" which are images that shift while stationary in an area, and you can try to find/click them all. There are no achievements, and there's no sign that it would unlock anything, it's just for fun. I intended to work on finding them all, except the final action in the game (which didn't seem like it would be the end of the game...) thrusts you into the ending video and erases your progress automatically and unlocks the bonus adventure, so I'd have to go through the entire main game again. ♥♥♥♥ that.

As mentioned, there are no achievements, so the only reason to play on expert mode is if you want it to be harder.

Other than that, great hidden object/adventure-lite game, very well done, rivals or beats the best of the Artifex Mundi ones. I went in expecting a stupid story, and the game delivered that, haha, but the gameplay is good. The map system takes 2 clicks to get to, they could have streamlined that, but that's only a minor inconvenience.
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ariannastarkid
4.4 hrs
Posted: July 5
I really recommend this game (along with the rest of the House of 1000 Doors games, which only seem to improve as the series goes on)! Though the voice acting can be a bit wonky/robotic at times, I think the main plot point of this game (there is a house that appears at certain places/times because there are souls who haven't found peace) is intriguing and super interesting. I love the visuals, the music is amazing, and while you're kind of alone with your thoughts most of the time, I think it really adds to how melancholic and sad this game truly is. It has a lot of the basics of a HOG but also pairs it with a fascinating and immersive storyline.

I do have two complaints, though:
1. Functional fixedness in this game drives me CRAZY. I know how ridiculous this sounds, but sometimes the game requires a very specific object for a task when you already have something in your inventory that could just as easily complete what needs to be done (for example, using a knife vs scissors to cut something). I know it's because the game is super expansive and if you could complete every task using a select few objects, it would be boring, but it still can be irritating at times.
2. This seems to be a pattern with most of the games this company puts out, but the ending is extremely rushed. Not only that, but the last door/portal you enter is extremely out of place in comparison to the other storylines. I don't know what it is about this company and their need to insert magic/demons/weird sci-fi elements ONLY at the tail-end of a great story, but that's what happens here, and it's a little sad, because the rest of the storylines are so beautifully thought out. The fourth and final portal is so short in comparison it feels tacked on.

That being said, if you purchase the CE, there is a phenomenal additional chapter to play which totally (IMO) makes up for the quickness of the final door. You get to learn more about Kate's family/why and how she's tied to the House (and also how it works), and it's on par with the melancholy of the earlier plotlines.

I really enjoyed this game and really recommend it, simply because the storylines are so fascinating (if you ignore when they randomly add magical elements), it has a longer gameplay than most HOG, and the environments are expansive and beautifully rendered.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
If you like finding stuff, this is recommended. Not so much hidden object as I thought as they are many other puzzles to not make it too boring however it is still a 'hidden puzzle' game so as far as that genre goes this is a nice game.

So don't buy this game if you plan on:
Shooting lots of zombies in the face
Shooting lots of people in the crotch
Shooting at all
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
This is an extremely well done game. I played it a couple times before ever getting Steam and then, once I became a Steam addict, I bought this game for the cards. And played it again. And now I'm playing it for the fourth time. Yes, it's really that good. If you're a hidden object fan, you should definitely check this out.
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23 of 30 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2014
Whats behind 1000 doors? Good voiceacting with lots of spooky stories because you play the super spook detective Kate Reed! The hidden object puzzles are real creative, instead of looking like a flea market threw up they fit the scenery for item hunting. There is a hint button, and the puzzles arent too difficult, but you cant stuck because if a person wants to just throw their life away they can hit the "skip" button bringing shame and dishonor upon their family. A helpful map indicates areas of interest because with 1000's of doors a map is kinda critical. ooOOoooo the artwork is so nice in this game, everything looks so spooky and the objects in the Hidden Object Games are very crisp and clear so people shouldnt struggle to much. This game plays like a book, its a very exciting page turner, where instead of just one story there are several stories to free the ghosts trapped here on earth. The house can travel through space and time, so who knows where you might end up!

There is a bonus game after the main game that lets you solve some additional mysteries. More than just a mere room its a whole series of events, puzzles, and more hidden object games so this game is a good value at the price.

(A concept art gallery would have been nice because the art is very good, seeing how it came to life would be nice.)
Rating: 10/10 Value: $9.99
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 15, 2015
A decent hidden objects game, albeit quite easy in terms of puzzles. If you are looking for a charming story and a decent atmosphere, look no further. The story draws on clichees of occult practices and occurrences to create a setting that suits this genre well. However, if you care for puzzles that this kind of games are usually strewn with, you might want to skip this and find something more challenging.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
A great Hidden Object game. Remember those Highlights magazines or I Spy books as a kid? Its kind of like those, but throw in some puzzles too. Its nothing too hard though. So if you are looking for adventure or a challenge I'd say look elsewhere for this is for those who enjoy the journey and story and its not how fast you can get through to the end. What it is, is simple problem solving and a whole lot of finding things that are hidden beyond others.

To put it simple it's a Point & Click. You go about the house pointing and clicking, sometimes "dragging" (rarely). Most doors and objects of intrest are locked. Sometimes you can go and find the key, other times you play a mini Hidden Object game (which you can hop in & out of fairly easily without losing what you found so far, which is a plus). Upon completing the mini HO game you are always awarded a object that you will need (its worth noting: usually the object awarded in question is one of the objects found in the mini game). Aside from the hidden objects sprawled about the house, there is a great deal of puzzles that must be solved to obtain other items of intrest. Also there is a tie-in with ghosts and such; you help ghosts sovle mysteries based upon themselves. In doing so, you resolve their need to be at peace.

Such is how this game is played. I find it soothing. Relaxing. A quaint little title (or not so little, but still) It's not an adventure, its an experience. And I enjoy it.

This game gets a "Yes" from Awsome Weegee.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 15, 2015
House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets is the first game in the House of 1000 Doors series. You're a young woman, lost in a mysterious manor that appeared suddenly. In your way to find the mysteries of it, you'll meet the inhabitants... and understand why it's called the House of 1000 doors... as they're appearing and disappearing...

I'm redoing the review as I've replayed the game, which is part of the House of Stark 6-in-1 Bundle, with the Snark Busters Trilogy and three (out of four) games in the House of 1000 Doors series.

The story in itself has no real goal but to wander around and help the residents to finish their tasks or to relieve them (Sammy, Chloe and Amanda are all being disturbed by something). However, the mystery in itself is in reality a test and a choice that Kate, the protagonist, has to make. The bonus chapter is the return of the manor and a request from Margaret Fox, Kate's grandmother.

The gameplay is pretty standard: find items around, use them, solve puzzles (they're really easy apart for one), clear hidden objects scenes (I must say that you don't have many of them and that the developpers recycled some scenes up until 5 times at least). As I've already said, everything is easy, even the hunt for beyond objects as they're easily spot thanks to a change of shape of the cursor. It didn't prevent me to miss some of them as they were in close-up scenes (meaning that some locations had two instead of one).

While the graphics in the cutscenes are average, I liked however the rest of the game as the scenes are really well done. The soundtrack is also very enjoyable.

True, the game isn't any Artifex Mundi developed but it could be easily included in their publishing catalogue. By saying that, it means that I consider this first House of 1000 Doors as a high quality game. For me, it's a must-have.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2015
"House of 1,000 Doors: Family Secrets Collector's Edition" is a pretty good casual, adventure, point-and-click, Hidden Object game (HOG). I don't know why, but the HOGs seem much more difficult than the ones in other games. Plus, the "go fetch" puzzles needed to progress through the game seem much "deeper" than I've run into (some run from almost the beginning areas of the game to near the end). Also, this is my first HOG without Achievements. I expected not to like that. But, it turns out to be more rewarding to just play the game instead of worrying if some stray mouse click or publisher design decision will lock me out of an Achievement until I make a second run through the game.

As far as mild negatives:

- the "story" feels like it's picking up in the middle (perhaps this is a sequel?),
- there are two or three instances where an object you've found is not the object you're looking for (i.e., you need a lantern, but the one you've found isn't the right one).
- the HOGs all contain objects that are hidden, but they're not color-coded as being hidden (objects that have to be manipulated or are physically hidden are textually red, but those that are in a container that just needs to be looked into are textually black).

Other than that, it's pretty much standard HOG fare: decent graphics, acceptable voice acting, tolerable story. I got about 7.3 hours of game play out of the main game, and an additional 2.3 hours out of the Bonus Chapter (totaling 9.6 hours). So, I'd say the list price is pretty close to being worth it. But, as usual, look for a deal (right now, there's a Sinister Stories Bundle (that includes this game) that costs less than just the list price of this one game). Recommended.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2015
Story line of this game is hard to understand
it requires to be advanced experience on hidden object game to play this game
this game is fun, very challenges but.....very hard for new user
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
First episode of the series where you get to discover the house of 1.000 doors and meet all its inhabitants, this is a HOG of rather good quality. It lasted 6 hours, which is pretty rare for a HOG! The search scenes are beautiful and clear, not cluttered, so the game is rather easy. There are a lot of special actions to do in the HOG scenes (using a scissors, drawing something, etc) and a lot of interactions outside the HOG scenes. The mini games are well done, some being quite originals. There's morphing items to collect. The cut scenes are numerous and well done, the music is nice. What I really appreciated is all the different screen resolution options; HOGs that have that are too few.
It's very classic but it's a good casual hidden object game, I do recommend it.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2015
"Family Secrets" is the first game of the present four games is this series. "The Palm of Zoroaster" being the fourth. If interested the other two can be found on Big Fish Games (yes, shamelss plug there, and hopefully I will not be banned). This game is layered with an overall mystery storyline running above the "adventure" cases. It is engaging, fun, intuitive, and easy to play. (All Big Fish collector's editions include strategy guides, bonus features, and extra chapters, so well worth the money spent.) One of things I like best about this particular HO game is trying to figure out where all the inventory items go. Some items get picked and used later in a different unrelated "adventure" chapter, while others stay with the player for nearly the entire game and act as red herrings or McGuffins throughout. Some of the puzzles at the start of the game are unsolvable and can only to be solved as the game progresses or near the end. It tests the memory and creates "ah-ha" moments throughout the game as "Oh that is where that item goes" and "Oh this is what I need to solve that puzzle". Of course the end is always satisfying (at least for me). The "boss" (who or whatever it is) is easy to "defeat" and the overall storyline mystery is solved conclusively. Truly enjoyed this game.
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