Many years ago, Emily plummeted from an attic window to her doom. Her house now lies abandoned along with the mystery of her death. Sara has inherited this dark home, only to discover that it is not empty.
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Release Date: Apr 10, 2014

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Death is not the end. There is beyond the veil, another realm between life and death, where spirits lurk, their business unfinished. Many years ago, Emily plummeted from an attic window to her doom. Her house now lies abandoned along with the mystery of her death. Sara has inherited this dark home, only to discover that it is not empty. Through Sarah, Emily has found a way to speak. But there are Others in shadow, restless...

• 130+ Haunting Scenes to Navigate.
• Move between two worlds.
• What you do in one affects the other.
• Customizable Difficulty to set challenges how you like them.
• Solve a 30 year old mystery

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, Vista, XP
    • Processor: 1.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated Audio or better
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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
I'm not giving this a thumbs down because it's a bad game. In fact, it's an extremely fun game. However, it's also extremely short. When the game ended, I just sat there dumbfounded. I couldn't believe the game was over already and the story seemed incomplete - there were questions that never got answered. So I looked up the walkthrough on Gamezebo to see if I had missed anything. It turns out that there is a "collector's edition" with more to the story. So I DO recommend this game. But don't buy it on Steam. Buy it elsewhere and make sure it's the Collector's Edition. If you're a hidden object fan, you'll love this game.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
This is an odd mystery game maybe better avoided than enjoyed by anyone and very very very short. The game is short and all puzzles can be skipped with hint buttons if stuck somewhere. Adjustable difficulty is nice but its the way the game is designed that is the weak point. Many of the hidden object puzzles have a colored filter over the entire screen making everything seem white, blue, or black. This is very straining to try and enjoy veteran players will find, while casual players spamming the hint button will probably just turn it off.

The story is good not that it matters this is a game, and the gameplay is where it breaks down. There is an interesting mechanic used of switching from the present to the ghostly past where you can move items from the past to the present. This is very interesting, would be nice to see some sort of mechanic like that used in future games. Doesnt feel very ghosty overall, not to spooky which is a downer for october scary gaming :(

Rating: 4/10 Value: $1.99$
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
Short version: 84%
Haunted Past tells a simple, yet exciting ghost story with an excellent atmosphere in the form of a hidden object game with a few nice mechanics.

Long version:
A female protagonist in a haunted house unravelling a ghost story is basically hidden object game making 101. What makes Haunted Past: Realm of Ghosts different is how the developers made sure that the player is interested and invested in their tale.
Their greatest tool was the pacing, which involves just enough backtracking to shake the feeling of being stuck in a corridor, but not too much to make anyone run around in circles (thanks to the room clearance indicators).

The game has no traditional puzzles, only item gathering point ‘n’ click style, and lots and lots of hidden object scenes. These two elements are often combined into single-room challenges, called ghost rooms, where you must find and hide items to use them later in the normal world.
Sadly, not even this abundance of hidden object scenes could save the play time that barely reaches two hours, which may be too short even for such an engaging game.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
You inherited a mansion but once there, everything is in disarray and dark. When you realize that ghosts are haunting it, you meet the woman that was killed... your mother. An evil is lurking around and your only way to beat it is to use your gift of walking between the ghost and the living realms....

Haunted Past: Realm of Ghosts is one of these games in my backlog that I decided to play after stumbling upon it on Big Fish games, when I was adding to Neoseeker the series Haunted Manor. Haunted Past was the game just under. When I realized that I had it in my library, I told myself why not?

So far, I liked the plot. I also liked the twist in the game. Sure, it's not the plot of the year. But at least, you're not discovering the truth early on.

The gameplay is the standard one: find items, use them, clear hidden objects scenes and solve puzzles. However, here, you have a special feature: the ghost realm. Indeed, through mirrors, you can access the same room but in another realm and in its previous state. Items found there can't be brought back with you to the real world, so you have to hid them in the ghost room and to find them in the real world. While it's true that these areas are cleared fairly quick, it's still a nice way to influence the world (example: a cushion was put in the real room but in the ghost realm, it's not there. So you use your brain to make one with the items hidden in it... and tadaaa, the cushion in the real world will have them!). Also, to help you, each time a room is totally cleared, a message is shown. And last but not least, some doors are closed because of evil magic/spirit. They can be opened by doing the right glyph you'll find around...

Everything is easy, apart for same areas that you can't really see. It might have been influenced by the weather here, as it was a little sunny and that I had to move my screen to find a correct angle (as I'm playing hidden objects games on my laptop mainly).

The graphics are quite good, very darker in the real world, as the estate is abandoned but when you go to the ghost realm, it's very bright. The soundtrack is also good.

In other words, for 5 bucks, you have a good little casual adventure game, with a good plot, good graphics and interesting features. It would be sad for you to miss it. Go for it, whether it's full price or discounted.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 27, 2015
I like the occasional hidden object game as a break from endless zombie slaying and the conquering of endless realms. This game indeed scratches that itch. Very casual; extremely linear and the hidden object areas are good but not too difficult or clever. Where this game fails is in the so called puzzles. They are extremely simple and the developers failed so far offering no mini-games with these. Where the game gets it right is presentation. Good atmosphere, the graphics & sound/music are good for it's genre.
I believe that casual players and gamers like myself who are looking for a change of pace will enjoy this game. However aficionados of this type of game will probably find it lacking. Only once did I even consider using the hint button to find a hidden object and a few times I found myself wishing the hidden object portions where either longer or more difficult; this on the so called advanced setting.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
As far as hidden object games go, it's a decent one for the collection.

The HOG genre are all very similar in terms of plot lines and gameplay, so it's hard to review these kind of games in detail without all of these reviews sounding the same.

The plots are always treasure hunters, old time detectives or historians looking for a special artifact, a murderer or just plain ol' answers. They're always set in spooky houses, old ruins or other planes of existence. History is revealed, secrets are unraveled and generally just all that kind of stuff really.

Despite hidden object games being all very similar to each other, they are a guilty pleasure of mine as i do just enjoy the hidden object scenes and puzzles you find in these games.

This one is set in haunted house. You need to find what happened, whose behind it and destroy the evil entity. The story was interesting, it was nothing amazing but it kept me playing which is always good.

In terms of puzzles, there wasn't really any in this one. It was more so just clear each room and move on. I quite liked the pace of the game as i was only looking for a short few hour game to complete so it worked for me!

This game also has an interesting feature of being able to switch between two planes of existence. You can find items you need in the other realm and hide them somewhere for you to find in the real world. This kind of switches the gameplay up a little bit and it's always nice to play the slightly more unique HOGs.

In terms of the object finding, the scenes weren't too cluttered to the point your eyes hurt, and the items were well blended into the scenes. So all around good on that part in my opinion.

All in all it's a decent one, if you enjoy the HOG genre then this is definitely one you can whiz through and add to pile.

TL;DR : It's decent for a hidden object game, pretty standard but it's enjoyable.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2015
It's a good old-fashioned casual puzzle game. Perfect for a quick flexin' of the ol' cranium. An interesting side note (to me at least), is that the background sound effects and music are REALLY effective and well done. They set the spooky mood perfectly. I liked it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
Haunted Past is another game from the developer of Princess Isabella, Gogii Games, and is pretty clearly a more recent creation. The graphics are cleaner, the art is better, and the scenes are more detailed in terms of animation and sound. It also feels like a more mature game in tone and design. The haunted house motif is done without jumpscares or loud stingers, and the puzzles are quite a bit more challenging than the ones in Isabella. It's a very polished game, though still a bit dated. One strange omission I should mention is that there's no map, and thus no fast-travel between rooms, but the game flow is quite linear and they had the good sense to include a few shortcuts where backtracking is needed.

Gameplay is a lot of point-and-click puzzling through rooms, with the hidden object scenes almost a secondary feature. Worth noting that with the better graphics, the hidden object scenes are actually easier since everything is more distinct. The big gimmick of the game is the "spirit world", which is alternate ghostly versions of rooms where you can find additional items. Not only do you have to find the items, you have to "hide" them in a place you can retrieve them in the real world, because ghosts will steal them or some ♥♥♥♥, I don't remember but it was dumb. These aren't particularly challenging puzzles but they add a little much-appreciated variety. Unfortunately, the main draw of the game, the puzzles, suffer from some really obnoxious design. Two examples:

- You have to match up the birth and death years on some funerary urns. These dates are on gravestones in the cemetery, but finding them isn't enough. You HAVE to find three pieces of paper and three pieces of charcoal to make rubbings of the gravestones, and THEN you can match up the dates. It's a completely unnecessary step that got me stuck for awhile because I had no idea why the urns wouldn't let me move ♥♥♥♥ around.

- You can't use items on other items directly, which lead to a couple aggravating situations where you have to use a piece of paper on a SPECIFIC background spot to lay it down, and then use a pencil or whatever on it to get the thing you're trying to do done.

If you can deal with some outdated puzzle design, this is a solid 2-hour game that actually falls more on the point-and-click end of the spectrum than hidden object, but should suffice for either.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
Good atomospheric Hidden Object game, good graphics, interesting gameplay and alright storyline, very short though, finished it in less than two hours, wait till it goes on sale before buying it, not enough content for full price. Hopefully they'll make another.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 15, 2014
Short but sweet. It took a little over 4 hours to complete. The puzzles are fairly fun and the hidden object parts are decent. I was hoping for something more challenging but for five bucks I really can't complain. I literally ran through this one but I have recently finished a much harder game and that is probably why this one went so fast. The story is disjointed and such but the visuals are really nice. The music is decent and the atmosphere works well. This is a perfect game if you are bored and your finger needs to click for a few hours.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Broken on Windows 8. It made me so furious that I scared a pigeon.
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Mz Jayde
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 18
I wanted to like this game and it looks interesting from what I can see of it. But it runs in the wrong resolution on my computer and I have no idea how to fix it.
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ReMiX | Haeder Bazooka
2.2 hrs
Posted: August 2
a very short yet very interesting HOG. I really liked the story and the extra game mechanics (traveling in mirror ghots realms )

good story
good voice acting
good music
full wide screen

pretty short (less than two hours)
due to the low resolution of the game sometimes it is hard to think of where some objects are hidden

i recommend this game but due its shortness maybe not for the full price.
i give it a solid 8/10
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5.6 hrs
Posted: July 7
...very short ...and the story isnt really interesting ...the puzzles ...are more than easy and a bit dumb...
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1.9 hrs
Posted: July 6
This should be a "maybe" rather than a "yes" or "no."

The Good.......
Decent graphics
Good sound
Very good voice acting throughout
Interesting use of ghost realm/reality crossovers to resolve puzzles

The Bad .......
Once again, the version on Steam isn't the collectors edition with additional gameplay and longer satisfying ending.
(Stop screwing your Steam customers Gogii, this is the second time today you've done this with a game and I negged the first because of it)
While the story is stronger than similar HOGs, it's similar to countless other HOGs!
The art assets and HO scenes used countless times before in other Gogii games.
Too short. 90 mins for an experienced player.
Very few puzzles (at least one of which was re-used from another Gogii game)

Overall, a fun HOG, that's well presented, keeps your interest, and then disappoints you, leaving you asking yourself "Is that it?"
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3.5 hrs
Posted: June 26
A good entry in the hidden object genre. The ghost world jaunts are fun each time. Light on the puzzling, but the HO scenes are overall very well made. Except for one problem with roosters, owls, and geese not applying for a "bird" clue, there weren't any issues.
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2.5 hrs
Posted: May 19
Overall a good, very short game.
Puzzles are fairly easy to figure out, the hidden object scenes are quite cute and the story is not really that bad. I liked the atmosphere and the artwork. I wouldn't really pay the full price though, if you can purchase it during a sales week -the better!
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2.1 hrs
Posted: February 28
A good HOG with a mechanic to swap between the real world and ghost world allowing for some clever puzzles to hide and recover objects you need.
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2.4 hrs
Posted: February 13
A short hidden object game with fairly easy puzzles. Beautiful graphics, eerie atmosphere.
Although the plot is a common theme amongst hidden object games, the story is rich and keeps the player interested.

7/10 because it has that typical HoG ending that leaves off feeling rather unfinished.
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