Unravel the mystery of White Haven!
User reviews: Mixed (40 reviews) - 60% of the 40 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.

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

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, Vista, XP
    • Processor: 1.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 850 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated Audio or better
Helpful customer reviews
26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
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.

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:

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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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Hidden Object Mystery Story

Don't be fooled, this game is really a hidden Object game. With some additional riddles, it has some nice artworks and a creepy story about... well Amnesia. You have to find out what has happened to you, a long time ago, and you have to face the ghosts of the protagonists past, or better said the echoes.

Though the game is not the worst HOG there are some things about it that are in fact annoying. And no this game wasn't the CE... Furthermore it still has some gamebreaking glitches, I had luck that I encountered one after taking a break and closing the game after 20 Minutes of actual play... The safegame was corrupt and I had to restart the whole game.

- Decent graphics that catch the atmosphere of the story, with some... well spooky effects.
- A mediocre story that has some fishy things about it.

- Gamebreaking glitches, some of them are really annoying.
- Well, it's sometimes at someplaces getting laggy... don't ask me why.
- The Ending, well, I expected a bit more of an ending...
- Overused and unmodified riddles.

Not Recomended

Even for five bucks this game has some annoying features that tell me to stay away from it for a replay. Some games actually are replayed by me - but this one? Sorry, No! The corruption of some safegames, the lags, sometimes the crashing and of course that this game was used as a recycle station for old puzzles - nah. If you have the chance to grab it somewhere for free, do it. But don't spend money on it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
I was a little baffled to see that this game had mixed reviews until I noticed some people mentioning an issue with the save file corrupting. However, I played it through in one sitting and if you're willing to or want to use this for a single-evening playthrough, as I did, it is absolutely worth it. The puzzles are simple enough to work through that it doesn't really require more than about 2-3 hours to finish (depending on your speed and whatnot).

The game does an excellent job with atmosphere and creepiness, sound and ambiance really adds to the setting, and voiceover work is quite well done (better than many HO games can boast). The HO scenes are well done, with objects that can be distinguished from one another and nice clear scenes. Puzzles, as I mentioned, are relatively simple but not so much that I felt like it was made for precocious kindergarteners.

The story is interesting, if not 100% original (but what story is nowadays?), and piecing together information via news clippings and journals helps keep the information trickling in as you go rather than spoon-feeding you chunks of information. The end wasn't entirely unexpected but I felt like it was done well. A few reviewers thought it could be confusing but it really shouldn't be, especially if you paid attention and read your news clippings as you got them.

At $4.99, it's priced reasonably for its length, and even better if you can grab it on sale. I feel like it's totally worth it, even knowing you might have to plow through it in one shot if the save issue hasn't been patched. It kept me interested enough that I didn't even notice how long I'd been playing it.
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46 of 50 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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