Unravel the mystery of White Haven!
User reviews: Mixed (31 reviews)
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
21 of 21 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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43 of 46 people (93%) found this review helpful
7.2 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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25 of 28 people (89%) 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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12 of 14 people (86%) 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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
I couldn't finish the game as my "Save is corrupted", which apparenlty is a bug that was never patched. So unless you intend to play the game in one sitting, just forget it. Too bad, because it's really a good game otherwise...
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 27, 2014
Graphics are great!

Story and ending horrible. Still trying to figure out what the hell I just accomplished after 3 hours. Also, not scary at all. Not even slightly.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2014
Honestly, while I had a certain amount of fun with this title, I don't think I can recommend it in good conscience. The game suffers from an extremely low production values, with most of its sound effects and music being stock, royalty-free sounds and music downloaded from the Internet, rather cringe-worthy animation, average art style, extremely simple puzzles, rather non-sensical storyline, very bad technical problems (the game didn't support the native resolution of my monitor, so I had to play it on a laptop) and an extremely short length (it only took me 2 hours to beat this). I bought it for about a dollar from a sale, and it was the first modern hidden object game that I ever played, so I don't regret my purchase too much. But, all things considered, I really can't recommend it to anybody.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2014
The third time I launched it. It told me the save was corrupted and it deleted my profile.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
While I love these mediocre point/click games I have to say this was done pretty bad. The storyline was meh if you could even call it a storyline, I don't expect it to be best seller writers telling the story but I do expect it to at least interest me. The puzzles were completely nonsensical most of the time; never used hint as much as I have in this game in any others I have played, literally no way to even guess what they wanted you to accomplish bar spamming hint and trying out all your items. I also encountered a bug where I was able to bypass an hour or so of the game which I must say I am not complaining about. The warning sign as you load up set it up so that everyone who played it would be disappointed, I don't think I even noticed it being eerie at all. Worst of all is that you could completely just spam click the hidden item sections and finish them, in fact it was generally faster to do that than to search for items that blended into the background so well that they actually were part of the scenery and the only way to see them is with hints, not good.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2014
White Haven Mysteries is a typical HOPA. It's mediocre in any sense possible. Why do I still recommend it? If you get it cheap enough - i.e., at a discount of at least 50% - you'll get yourself a fairly good deal if you like that kind of game.

In detail:

# It has the standard game modes: Quick hint recharge and sparkles OR slow hint recharge, no sparkles.

# The graphics are good, but not amazing. The HO scenes are clear, and the objects are big enough to be spotted.

# It's quite short. It took me just 2 hours to finish it, and I read every journal entry and didn't skip a single puzzle.

# The story is nothing new. A spooky building, a mystery to solve, a mad scientist - standard stuff. The ending was a tad confusing, but I believe I understood it.

(Note: I can't say anything about sound or VOs, as I played it muted. Also, I finished it in one sitting, so I can't comment on the corrupted save file issue.)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2014
If you like hidden object games then you will like this. That been said it is rather short, story is average and as others have stated... not scary. Still if you like this type of game you will enjoy, overall looks nice and a good way to chill for a couple of hours. (My play time was about 3 hours but this was only due to having to go AFK for about an hour).

I would recommed this game just try catch it on sale :)
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
-Recommended Title-

White Haven Mysteries is a Hidden Object (point and click), Adventure game.

The story line is kept me interested throught the entire game. The visuals are appealing and of good quality. The sounds are good. .

I found the discovery of objects and the challenge of puzzles engaging, and difficult enough for the game not to be a walk in the park.

WHM can be completed in an evening, of solid gameplay. I cant say what the replayability value is, as I've only played the game to completion once.

It's definately one to add, to the adventure collection. I picked WHM up on sale so that made the deal even sweeter.

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2014
White Haven Mysteries is a well arranged horror adventure with a touch of your classic hidden object element. The story is neat, yet the ending is a bit abrupt, even confusing for some. My only regret is that it ended so soon. I recommend the experience to all hidden object game lovers and some that appreciate the thriller genre.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
Cheap (If you get it on sale or with a coupon)
Long enough

Too many campy cutscenes
Lots of illogical going back and forth
Low originality
Like most Gogii games, won't shut down quickly (you may have to reboot your computer)
Really bad science...
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2014
another very short game. but it was a good one if you like the find it adventures
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
its a cheesy point and click seek and find, its no amnesia but its fun enough, it wasn't very long but I had fun.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Good game for $1.24 if you like HOG
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
The atmosphere is amazing, the story is quite... confusing. The HoG scenes sometimes incredibly hard, but the puzzles are extremly simple, not a challenge. However I thought the game supposed to be scary, but only ONE jumpscare is not enough for that. And a little bit too short. But great HoG game at all. 9/10
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1 of 15 people (7%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
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9.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
I love hidden object games, but I like having tasks and steps to achieve goals.
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