Unravel the mystery of White Haven!
User reviews: Mixed (47 reviews) - 57% of the 47 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 17, 2014

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About This Game

Imagine waking up, with no idea who you are, in an abandoned building. You have been drugged by a man who taunts you with his experiments, haunting your every step. A nail biting Hidden Object thriller, explore eerie scenes all while testing your wits. It’s up to you to find the antidote, before it’s too late…and unravel the mystery of White Haven.

FEATURES:
• Explore Chilling Scenes
• A Nail Biting Adventure
• Mind Bending Puzzles
• Twisted Storyline
• Unique Horror experience

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, Vista, XP
    • Processor: 1.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Storage: 850 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated Audio or better
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2015
White Haven Mysteries was the first HOG that I've played here on Steam, and also the first game that I've ever tried to review. Gosh, looking back to those couple of sentences that I scribbled and called as a review, I got embarrassed. I decided to run the game for a second time after a year - it's not that lengthy of a game anyhow - and write an appropriate review. I remember getting startled the first time that I've run the game, watching its eerie loading screen. I wondered if I've misread the description and bought myself a horror adventure instead of a HOG. Nope, this is a HOG nonetheless, and also a brief horror story.

Our protagonist is a young woman who finds herself in front of an abandoned Asylum called White Haven at the middle of the night. That's about it, that's all we know about our "Jane Doe". She doesn't remember anything. A little girl greets us at the front gate and invites us in for the doctor who would know what to do. As we step into the old building, the girl flees away and leaves us with a somehow distorted reality. Suddenly, a creepy voice that belongs to a young man echoes, calling us "his rats". Creeped out yet? I know I was.

Graphics and animations are fairly good within the genre. Background art works are cleverly designed to establish a unique atmosphere of "something's quite not right", and boy, do they manage to do so! The music is annoyingly creepy and background noises such as whispers, cackles and buzzing are always there to play you like a string. The atmosphere is the strongest feature of the game, creating the tension and thrill of the unknown successfully.

HOG scenes are usually quite alright. Nothing is too hard to notice, and items are always clearly displayed. But there are certain phases of the game when our character becomes "a bit off her head", then even HOGs turn into nightmares. Those games, I wouldn't ask for my worst enemy! Puzzles and mini games are not often, but the ones that we encounter are quite good. There was one puzzle near the end of the game, asking for us to arrange moon's phases in order as observed from earth. Quite neat, huh? Oh, fair warning: there is no map to track but the game tells you when there is nothing left to solve in an area that you are standing in, so backtracking isn't much of an issue.

I should say that I admire the effort put into making this game. It gives you a 3-4 hours of a HOG and a thrill that drives you insane alongside your main character. Does the ending worth it? Oh, I wouldn't know. It satisfied me enough, but I believe there would be people who'd call it a good story cut short. Maybe. We are used to unsatisfactory endings in this genre, so comparatively, it was great. Sadly, this is not the Collector's Edition, which would have a more complete story consistency, probably.

It might be important to mention that the game hails from Gogii Games, and their games are always either A+ or a big F. There is no in between. White Haven Mysteries was an A+ on effort, atmosphere, narration and HOG gameplay. Pick it on sale and have a few hours of HOG + psychosis thriller that you'd wish be longer.

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48 of 52 people (92%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 30, 2014
As much as a I love this game I woudn't suggest buying it. Every single time I've gone back into this game to continue where I left off an error stating "your previous save file was corrupt. You will need to start over" comes up. Unless they fix this error I would not suggest purchasing this game. They really need to fix this bug as it's not fair to those who buy it to have to restart the game from the start everytime it's opened.
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29 of 29 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2015
I must admit, I was very reluctant about buying this game. The screenshots from the store page and the negative comments have always put me off and every time there was a sale, I let the opportunity pass by. Turns out that I was wrong in doing so. This is a decent HOG, inclining towards quite a good game. It's not the greatest out there, but it exceeded by far my expectations.

The story is set in a mental hospital called White Haven Mysteries. The main character wakes up in an abandoned building, only to find that she’s been drugged and cannot remember who she is. She needs to find the antidote to her illness as soon as possible, and all of this while a mysterious man taunts her with his experiments. She must figure out who and where she is. This is one of the common themes among horror games, but the story itself is not a scary one, though spooky enough to give you a couple of jump scares and a gentle thrill. There are interesting and unpredictable twists, meant to keep you absorbed throughout the whole gameplay. The ending ruins it a bit though - it is very abrupt and vague, letting you wonder what the meaning of the whole story was.

The scenes are beautifully drawn and the designers chose to lighten the dark setting with cheerful elements: vividly colored flowers, white snow, gardens with green trees and joyful pumpkins. The ability to maintain a scary atmosphere while creating scenes that are both dark and radiant at the same time is what gives this game’s art a distinctive feature.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=433493747
The ambience is even more emphasized by the spooky sounds and the scary little girl that happens to cross your path several times, singing “Ring Around The Rosy” in a creepy tone.

A downside of this game was in my opinion the difficulty of the puzzles – they were quite easy to solve and none provided a real challenge. However, a couple of the hidden object scenes reminded me about the early days of the HOG games, where all the items were arranged in a certain shape - I found those quite fun:

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=433493710
The game comes with a major flaw: for many people, exiting the game deletes the save files and the developers are not putting effort into fixing this issue. I quit the game several times and I didn’t get the error, but I did encounter this issue after I finished one full playthrough.

Unfortunately, the version found on Steam does not contain the extra chapter of the Collector’s Edition, so the gameplay is rather short: 2-3 hours on average. I feel that the asking price is a bit too high for what the game offers, so I’d recommend picking it up during one of its many sales.

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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2014
There's only one save slot and "unfortunately your save file has been corrupted".

It's a nice hidden objects / light puzzle game, but who cares if the save system is totally botched.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Impression: A HOG that excelled in atmospheric and the hidden object aspects but umimpressive in the puzzle and features department.

Recommendation: Thumbs up. Buy on discount.

The Good:
  • Brilliant presentation of horror in a HOG, utilising atmospheric sounds and creepy animations very well
  • Great voice-acting
  • Extensive number of locations & hidden objects that are well-drawn
  • Hidden objects were well-placed and give a decent challenge
  • Game inventory use is largely intuitive and make logical sense

The Bad:
  • Puzzles were rare and pretty easy
  • Short in gaming length: Finished in 2 hours on normal mode
  • Facial animations of characters in cutscenes were overdrawn and distracting
  • Sounds can be very repetitive and irritating

The Ugly:
  • Had a fantastic concept of hallucinations that changed the perspective of environment, which was only used twice in whole game
  • Story ending was abrupt and unsatisfying
  • Options were limited: Normal/Expert mode with increased hint time the only difference in difficulty
  • No bonus content: No achievements, no cards, no epilogue, concept art
  • Tied with the previous point: Absolutely no replayability

For people who know their HOG's:

This game has the barebones expected of a HOG; you get a vague story, lots of hidden objects to find and work your way through. The biggest problem with this one was it really had the potential to stick out as unique HOG (even without the expected bonus features you get with HOG's on Steam), in that it really drew into the horror/thriller world. The whole game was dedicated to scaring you and keep you guessing to the end. Unfortunately it doesn't keep the momentum going and the ending ends up being a plot hole on its own. Another missed opportunity, is the feature of hallucinations which really tied into the story but again never panned out. Solving puzzles to change the environment to 'reality' was really entrancing, but the game only used it twice (the second being only half-completed). This, with no replayability, is why I recommend the game, but only when its on sale.

For people who are new/casual to HOG's (Hidden Object Games):

This is a game where you tramp around a massive property, finding items to help you as you work your way through the story and the locations. It has sections where you have to find everything on a list (hidden-objects) or have to solve puzzles to proceed.

This HOG is one of the better ones I've seen, because it incorporated horror and thill so well, whilst many other games in the genre often skimp on. The hidden objects in the game are challenging but not frustrating and same could be said for the few puzzles you do find. Unfortunately, it has none of the bonus features that are now becoming standard on Steam, including trading cards and an epilogue. This game is an excellent example for a casual player and I recommend it.
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