Can you overcome the mysteries of the Millionaire Manor and stop the macabre machinations of a madman?
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Mixed (54 reviews) - 53% of the 54 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 17, 2010

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Your grandfather has disappeared! The only clue he left is a cryptic message about a game show that no longer exists. Can you overcome the mysteries of the Millionaire Manor and stop the macabre machinations of a madman? Can you uncover the secrets of your unhinged host? Take on the challenges of The Hidden Object Show once more and save your fellow contestants from a gruesome fate!

Game Features:

25 Stages of Play
12 Exciting Modes
75 Detailed Scenes
Hours upon hours of gameplay
Fast-paced secret bonus stages
A gallery of zany characters

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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osirish
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Once again, I wish Steam had a "Maybe" option.

Very basic HOG. No real story line. No puzzles. Just variations of HO scenes. Standard list of objects to find, find the outline of the object, eliminate objects to find the one you want, find hidden letters to spell out the hidden objects, and the most annoying one of all ... find the object based on riddle clues.
The whole premise of the game is it's a game show. You spin a wheel that randomly selects what type of HOG scene you get, but that's where it gets really annoying. It's possible to keep getting the same types of scenes over and over depending on where the wheel lands. You can earn skip tokens, to skip the ones that annoy you, but it really doesn't matter, because the wheel only selects the first game you play, and then that's followed by two more random scenes chosen by the host. I hated the riddle scenes, I opted to skip them, I played a different scene, and then the host decides he wants to give me riddle scenes!
As the game progresses, you unlock more types of HO scenes, but there's no real sense of progress, it's just scene after scene after scene.
Overall ... this game is old fashioned HO. No bells or whistles, just pure HO ... and if that's what you are looking for, it's fine. The genre has moved on from this to bigger and better things, and if you are used to playing newer "adventure" HOGs, you will probably want to avoid this one. It's basic, it'll scratch your HO itch for a few minutes, and then it starts to get uncomfortable. If you must, try to pick it up on a sale.
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shiaakuma
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
TL;DR version at the bottom.

This is really not that terrible of a HO game, but there are a few things that you need to know before you give it a try.

Firstly, this is an old-school HO game, without a map/travel or inventory management puzzles. Like many of the older games, it's just finding objects in a scene packed with dozens upon dozens of items. If you are looking for something like the new Artifex Mundi games which are more intricate and have more features, you probably won't be thrilled with this.

That said, there is a wide variety in the types of HO scenes in this game. Essentially, you spin a wheel for each scene to see what variation you'll be playing, with a "skip chip" that can be used to block off a certain type that you don't like. While they are all "find the object" variations, there is enough variety to keep it interesting (combining objects, traditional list, timed, silhouette, plus some pretty different ones that you don't see often).

I've seen some complaints about pixel hunting and low-res graphics, but to be honest, I had no difficulty with it. There was no pixel hunting for me, and all of the objects were defined well enough for me to easily discern what they were. The scenes can be difficult, especially depending on the mode, but I don't feel like the graphic quality is the problem. That's not saying that it's a gorgeous game, it definitely comes off as old with dated graphics, but not to the point where it hinders the gameplay.

It is a VERY short game. I clocked in at 2 hours from start to finish in one sitting. Finishing the game unlocks the ability to complete each scene with the different game modes, which adds a touch of replayability for people that enjoy the simplicity of HO scenes without the story. I would recommend getting it on sale due to its age and lack of frills (I picked it up for $0.99 and it was a buck well spent, in my opinion).

About the story... there isn't much of one, which is pretty common for these early games. If you go into it for the gameplay and not the plot, it's not that big of a deal. If you want a deeper story (or any story...), again you may want to bypass this.

TL;DR: only worth playing if you don't mind the old-fashioned HO games that are ENTIRELY object seek without frills, bells, whistles, or embellishments, but well worth it if you like the old-style HO games. Due to the short playtime, I suggest getting it on sale.
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Wereboar
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
Nice Idea overdone!

To combine hidden object games into "virtual" Gameshow isn't an all new idea, actually there were already some of this around.

Millionaire Manor is one of them, and actually it isn't as bad as some of it's predecessors but still, it's a bit too much.

Given it has a backgroundstory of sorts, voiceacting and moderate HOS (some of them are really too cluttered); it's actually lacking the most important thing: Motivation.

Why should anyone bother about this game, when it's story is a marginal so, so, and the Graphic contents is so cluttered that you actually could find more in a hoarders home. There are no real riddles, no real challenge, the scenes pass by as scenes on a high-speed trainride, and the story? Well, after playing nothing memorable will reside.

Pros:
  • This game actually has some nice voiceacting, especially the villain has some very bright moments!
  • Thank god, it's short a game!

Cons:
  • Cluttered scenes.
  • The wheel of fortune part is... lousy and actually killing the atmosphere.
  • The backgroundstory is below mediocre.
  • Bland gameplay without a lot of variety, no real riddles to solve.

Not Recommended!

This game failed by margin, it has some nice moments, but those don't outweigh the blandness of the gameplay. The game come with 4,99 relatively cheap, at first glance that is. I would put it more into the region of games below 2,50. It's short, cluttered and the few good items in the game don't suffice to get it even close to a whole fiver.

As said, the HOS in this HOG are really, really cluttered. And it's enervating to try and work some of the parts out. The Bonus rounds are just, well... nothing really worth to mention, and can get the game even deeper into the slurry...
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pawzisme
( 18.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
I found it boring, repetitive and annoying - but not too easy, and the graphics are quite good too. Biggest moan; the bonus rounds are too frequent and interrupt gameplay
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Schareazar
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
4/10

There is basically no story to the game, it's just a series of hidden object scenes, you want to finish as soon as possible.
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'хSeoyeon
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
It's alright
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xbusymom
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
Sinister Plot and negative banter... a real put off for me.
... too bad because the variety and randomness of the HOG puzzles were really enjoyable - just couldnt stand to listen to the negative dialog in between them anymore... am deleting the game and will take a loss on the purchase.
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Pamela Lillian Isley
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 13, 2015
A hidden object game as it should be!!!
Actually one of the best I´ve played so far, because I really really don´t like those pseudo-story fairy-tale run-around hidden object // point and click - crossover games.
This here is the good stuff: no real story but plain and simple finding hidden objects in a picture. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that there are different modi besides the classical get a word, find the object but also find things by shape, find five of a kind, find things that belong to a category, find letters first to get the words, place puzzle tiles and so on.
Really love this game! All I ever wanted and I would like to see more games like this one!
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[GRMS] Ghostrider
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 8, 2015
A mediocre and entirely hidden-object game. Except from some jigsaw puzzles (in which you just find the place of some random pieces and don't solve a puzzle on your own), every other game mode is a variation of the classic find-the-objects recipe, for example you might have to find an item within half a minute or you could have to solve a small riddle first, although my favourite is when you need to combine two things from the scene to find the items on the list. The "story" is non-existent and the only thing you basicaly do is spin the wheel after you skip some small dialoges and go find the objects, which obviously can get easily boring, but can also be entertaining in small fixes. It's quite short, since it took me 3.5 hours to finish the main game and it possibly needs 2-3 more if you want to play every different scene in every game mode available. So its price (5€) is somewhat expensive. Recommended only to fans of object hunting and only if it has a discount or as a part of a bundle.
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starbrite58
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 19, 2015
I actually like playing this game. At first I wasn't sure, but it is a lot of fun, and when those bonus rounds comes in and disturbs your consentration, and then you go back to your regular playing well. It is a lot of fun. So far I have not tired of playing.
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Ithaqua
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 1, 2015
Pro:
Low system specs
Creapy
Not insanely difficult

Con:
Short (finished the game in 3 hours, less time it took to make and eat dinner so 1.5 hours)
No steam cards or achieves
For me the screen capture doesn't work
$5.50 for the amount of time is a bit expensive


Overall:
5/10 -1 short -1 no cards, etc = 3/10
Unless your really into short hidden object games, pass.
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KroeboCop
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: October 30, 2015
Became very quickly monotonous, but okay game, if you just want to relax. 4/10
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joan4003
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: October 20, 2015
"Welcome to the Hidden Object Game Show" says the ever so glib, top hat and tuxedo wearing Master of Ceremony with the Clockwork Orange eyes and a maniacal laugh that puts the Joker to shame. Okay, gramps what have you managed to get yourself into besides a cage along with 5 other caged 'contestants'. For accuracy's sake two people are in one cage, making 5 cages total. Despite this bizarre and slightly unnerving introduction the only thing any of this has to do with gameplay is releasing the trapped and caged 'contestants'. (Making this game 5 levels in total.)

I read all the reviews after I played the game and the negative ones did nothing to dampened my enthusiam about recommending this game. This is what a TRUE HIDDEN OBJECT GAME IS. No bells, whistles, or storyline beyond the premise. No walkabout adventure/mystery. No point and click, puzzles, achievements, or anything else that is associated with today's HO games. This is a game for a connoisseur and an afficianadio of the Hidden Object genre.

Circa 2010 and the third of a series, this game is only about finding Hidden Objects. The only thing repetitive about this game is probably the music. So turn it off. This game uses a spin wheel to chose the type of hidden object play the gamer gets. It is randomized and there is an auto-spin option. There are 13 different types of hidden object find "puzzles": straight list, combine (which is equivalent to "extra step" finds), letter getter (find the alphabet which fill in the letters of find clues - almost like hangman), silhouette, focus (day version of night mode played with a fuzzy picture and a magnifying glass), riddle (i.e. orange and rabbits favorite food), elimination (eliminate several series of items from the scene before a riddle to the object needed to be found is given), triplets (find three of the same object), find 10 (find 10 of something), spot the difference, puzzle (match the puzzle piece to the puzzle piece in the scene) and countdown (30 seconds to find the object). Just the variety of different types of Hidden Object "puzzles" is staggering compared to today's games. Now add to this about 30 different scenes and the game is a very far cry from repetitive some claim this game is.

I never played the same thing twice, and not until near end did I even get the same scene (and then with a different puzzle type). A mention about the scenes, the objects in the scene are what one would expect to find in say a garage, a swimming pool or a bedroom. Albeit a very full garage, cluttered swimming pool, or extremely messy bedroom but overall the items are appropriate to the scene not just random junk.

The object of the game is to release the 6 trapped and caged 'contestants', who they themselves are a bit over the top. Their banter is pretty amusing, as well as their stereotype. There are six total game rounds that must be played to release each contestant. (In one case, 2.) However, each game can be extended with bonus rounds (up to 3). (I think this is random, or NOT getting bouns rounds may depend on whether or not the gamer lands the stop in a small gold area on the spinner.) Despite playing a bonus round on the same scene the puzzle type is different, and the objects move or are added depending of the puzzle type. During gameplay "bonus" scenes show up that the gamer can click on. (I only ever got two per puzzle.) These bonus scenes last 15 seconds during which time the gamer must collect as many broken token pieces as they can. These tokens give the gamer hints, 2x hints, skip (a puzzle type when placed on the spin wheel), and/or an unlock (unlock a new puzzle type) depending on how many pieces the gamer collects. After each game round a scoreboard is given showing accuracy, tokens, etc. (Accuracy may depend on misclicks, less misclicks the higher the accuracy??)

That is the game.

After everyone is free, the Master of Ceremony states the "gamer" cannot leave because there is more to do. The "more to do" is found in the extended play area on the main menu. In this extended play area, scenes are shown with stars beneath indicting which type of puzzle that has or has not been played.

One warning: Some the scenes have windows which are so bright the objects in them can not be seen. I thought this was probably my computer but apparently not. Others have mentioned/complained about this. I am quite sure if this game was ever remastered that this would no longer be a problem. My solution was to use hints or simply randomly click on the window to "see" if anything was there. Compared to some of the bugs I have encountered in newer games this was barely a shrug on the annoyance scale.

So yes, get this game, and though I received this as a gift, full price is well worth it.
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Corwid
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: September 20, 2015
Game is short, has no point-and-click elements at all and picture is far from perfect. But it has some new hidden object scene modes which I never saw before (for example riddles that points items you should find), great voice acting (especially the main villain) and is pretty entertaining. Sadly it has no achievements which could stretch play time few hours more. Grab it on a sale and you'll not be dissapointed.
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pepsimanvsjoe
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: September 4, 2015
Hidden Object Games (HOGs) are rapidly becoming my genre of choice it feels like. Either I'm getting old or I want to review as many casual products as possible before the next wave of 2D shooters gets released (Thanks Degica and Cave!). In any case, I'm here to talk about Millionaire Manor, and baby I have to say it: This HOG is a PIG.

In this adventure, you have to rescue your granddad (and a few other people) from a twisted game-show host. He has everyone caged and there is a shark-infested pool nearby. What could be the setup for deadly danger, just comes off as dumb. By their nature, HOGs are what you play when you want to relax. It's akin to spending a Sunday afternoon putting together a jigsaw puzzle. In Millionaire Manor, there are no time-limits or even the slightest possibility that you or the hostages will become sharkfood. It's like the bonus round in Wheel of Fortune, only instead of having a few seconds to figure out the answer, Pat Sajak hands you a crossword puzzle, and gives you all the time in the world.

But that's just nitpicking right? Okay, well then let's talk about the real flaws in this game. The image-quality is terrible! Each scene is set to a very low resolution, and looks disgusting when stretched to full-screen. Most of the time objects are easily found, simply because they stick out so much. The difficulty of finding objects is usually due to them barely resembling much of anything. I had a hell of a time finding frogs, since they looked like nothing more then discolored splotches.

Unlike other HOGs that offer a balance between looking for objects and solving puzzles, Millionaire Manor revolves entirely around the former. That's not to say there aren't any attempts at "variety". Take note of the quotation marks; variety can be a very bad thing. There are multiple game-modes, and the one you'll play is determined by spinning the wheel. Aside from the standard "list" mode (find objects on a list), you can also expect to find the silhouettes of objects, multiple objects, two objects that combine to solve a riddle, every object except the object you're supposed to find, and object to object the object object. My least favorite is the focus mode, where the entire scene is blurry aside from a small area.

What's the use of having ten different modes of play, when none of them are fun or challenging? It's little more than pointless padding; like replaying 1-1 of Super Mario Brothers a few times, only with extra goombas and some weird visual effects. To add further annoyance, occasional BONUS! indicators will pop-up while you're trying to find objects. When you click on these distracting messages, you'll have the chance to earn goodies, by finding hidden pieces. Aside from providing additional hints, these bonus rounds offer skip chips, so you can skip a mode you dislike in the next scene. However, these chips aren't worth the trouble. When you spin the wheel you can determine where to place the skip chip. HOWEVER, since scenes can be 1 to 3 rounds, you'll just as likely end up playing that "skipped" mode in the second or third. Thanks for nothing!

At least I had the bright idea to catch-up on my youtube-backlog while playing Millionaire Manor, otherwise I would have quit in less than 15 minutes.
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Coreplant
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: August 1, 2015
Millionaire manor, and murder mystery! Sounds intriguing, right? Uh. . . Y'see, that's part of why I can't recommend this game - the waste of what could have been an intriguing plot under layers of mind-numbing repetition. It's not that the puzzles are bad, just driven into lackluster presentation due to the sheer number of times you have to do, redo, and redo again to free one of the captives - plus you're given only the scantiest of motivations in rescuing your grandfather.

Visually, the game is fine. The sounds and soundtrack are fine until hearing it for the nth time drives you crazy. The gameplay however is bogged down with a flawed concept and waaaay too much repetition. Yes, there's variations on the average puzzle I would normally applaud, but you end up doing even those SEVERAL times over the course of a single hour.

Seriously, save your time and money and go find another game. This one just isn't worth it.
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Briana
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22, 2015
This game was really fun. I would say the only con is that the game didn't last very long. I beat it in a day. Had a good time playing it though.
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bagels
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19, 2015
I like this game because it was actually just a hidden object game. Not a lot of frills and extras, just doing a number of different modes of hidden object finds in different rooms. Some people seem to have found it bland and boring because it is lacking the point and click adventure part that most other hidden object games are filled with, but if you're not looking for that then this is good. Although, it is very short.
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Kylaire
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4, 2015
I was 5 min into the game and right off the bat I did not like the HOG style. The storyline was lame imo and the graphics were terrible. The voice acting was the only good thing about it. Don't waste your money on this.
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Wuzzerator
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20, 2015
This is a great game for a casual hidden object playing session, although it is very easy to complete and the extended mode after completing the main game is a little tedious.

The great thing about it is that I loved the different types of hidden object mode you could play in with the spin of the wheel, particularly elimination. This adds much needed variety to the genre. I also initially liked the bonus game where you collect chips to help you out. In the end, however, this got a little wearing. I was also left wondering why, despite collecting numerous 'unlock' chips, I never seemed to unlock the final type of game - perhaps that's a feature because I have the extended version.

The voice acting is TERRIBLE and the music is really annoying after a while, so for a better experience, turn off the sound and play your own music instead. Also I think it's a shame that all of these hidden object games seem to be so lazily targeted at women by having a female character who needs to save her children/relatives etc. It's nice they acknowledge that there are women who play games, but I'm not convinced this aspect added any more to the game than if I was a genderless character who stumbled into some strange manor and was drawn into a game.

Also, I have no idea why it's called 'Millionaire Manor'....

Generally, though, it's worth a few quid and was satisfying for a couple of casual gaming hours.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
TL;DR version at the bottom.

This is really not that terrible of a HO game, but there are a few things that you need to know before you give it a try.

Firstly, this is an old-school HO game, without a map/travel or inventory management puzzles. Like many of the older games, it's just finding objects in a scene packed with dozens upon dozens of items. If you are looking for something like the new Artifex Mundi games which are more intricate and have more features, you probably won't be thrilled with this.

That said, there is a wide variety in the types of HO scenes in this game. Essentially, you spin a wheel for each scene to see what variation you'll be playing, with a "skip chip" that can be used to block off a certain type that you don't like. While they are all "find the object" variations, there is enough variety to keep it interesting (combining objects, traditional list, timed, silhouette, plus some pretty different ones that you don't see often).

I've seen some complaints about pixel hunting and low-res graphics, but to be honest, I had no difficulty with it. There was no pixel hunting for me, and all of the objects were defined well enough for me to easily discern what they were. The scenes can be difficult, especially depending on the mode, but I don't feel like the graphic quality is the problem. That's not saying that it's a gorgeous game, it definitely comes off as old with dated graphics, but not to the point where it hinders the gameplay.

It is a VERY short game. I clocked in at 2 hours from start to finish in one sitting. Finishing the game unlocks the ability to complete each scene with the different game modes, which adds a touch of replayability for people that enjoy the simplicity of HO scenes without the story. I would recommend getting it on sale due to its age and lack of frills (I picked it up for $0.99 and it was a buck well spent, in my opinion).

About the story... there isn't much of one, which is pretty common for these early games. If you go into it for the gameplay and not the plot, it's not that big of a deal. If you want a deeper story (or any story...), again you may want to bypass this.

TL;DR: only worth playing if you don't mind the old-fashioned HO games that are ENTIRELY object seek without frills, bells, whistles, or embellishments, but well worth it if you like the old-style HO games. Due to the short playtime, I suggest getting it on sale.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2015
A mediocre and entirely hidden-object game. Except from some jigsaw puzzles (in which you just find the place of some random pieces and don't solve a puzzle on your own), every other game mode is a variation of the classic find-the-objects recipe, for example you might have to find an item within half a minute or you could have to solve a small riddle first, although my favourite is when you need to combine two things from the scene to find the items on the list. The "story" is non-existent and the only thing you basicaly do is spin the wheel after you skip some small dialoges and go find the objects, which obviously can get easily boring, but can also be entertaining in small fixes. It's quite short, since it took me 3.5 hours to finish the main game and it possibly needs 2-3 more if you want to play every different scene in every game mode available. So its price (5€) is somewhat expensive. Recommended only to fans of object hunting and only if it has a discount or as a part of a bundle.
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41 of 46 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 18, 2015
Millionaire Manor is a pretty bland hidden object game with little to no adventure plot involved. It's just a series of hidden object 'puzzles' with the only connection being a spinner that selects the mode that the hidden object screen will be presented in (e.g. list, silhouette, puzzle piece, etc.).

I didn't find much of a challenge, none of the hidden objects require any kind of manipulation to reveal, and the hardest thing about it was finding the objects in lower quality images (poor lighting, distance perspective, etc.) The most imaginative thing about the game was the constant timed "Bonus Round" interrupting the main hidden object screen with another hidden object screen.

Each puzzle seems to serve no purpose other than to complete itself. There's no sense of reward or accomplishment, as you get in the more entertaining adventure story HOGs when you unlock the item that you just happen to need to progress in the story. I guess if spotting and clicking random stuff thrown in haphazardly on top of blah pictures is the part of HOGs you enjoy most and you hate the story part where you have to figure out the puzzles, this is the one for you.

If this game at least had Steam achievements, then it might be worth the effort to slog through the boring gameplay in order to grab some easy achievements. As it is, there are so many HOGs available on Steam that would be more deserving of your time, even if you picked this one up on sale.
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32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014
This Hidden Object game is that your on a gameshow to save your grandpa so you must complete puzzles to do it. The variety of puzzles are interesting from silhouettes, to riddles, keeping things fresh. A solid 10/10 idea! Good voice acting which drives the story makes the game feel alive.

The game detects your resolution loading the game in that resolution which can result in stretched or fuzzy low quality textures.
How to Fix:
Right click the steam entry and choose properties/click local files then browse local files.
Right click the exe "THOS3" with the star icon and choose properties.
Go to compatibility Tab and put a check in the box for "disable display scaling on high DPI settings".

Rating: 10/10 Value: $7.99
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
I bought this Game during a Sale after discovering how good HOG`s can be through the Artifex Mundi Games.
Sadly this one is not even close to them. The Story is nonsensical and lackluster. That alone
I wouldn`t mind so much but the Gameplay, while theoretically varied with lots of gamemodes
is absolutely random. You spin a wheel that randomly gives you a Gamemode. This means
that you will most likely play the same modes again and again and never get to see some of the
others.

Still I could forgive the Game this if it didn`t fail at the most important part, the Hidden Objects.
While they should be more or less hard to find, I have encountered several Objects that were simply
impossible to find without Hints due to bad contrast and lighting. Even WITH the Hint I couldn`t see
1 or 2 of them while staring right at them. Only blindly clicking on the area were they revealed.

TL:DR
If you are a Hardcore HOG Gamer and want to complete your collection, buy it during a sale.
Everyone else stay far, far away from it.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
It's ok. Rather repetative puzzel usage. Get it cheep.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2015
"Welcome to the Hidden Object Game Show" says the ever so glib, top hat and tuxedo wearing Master of Ceremony with the Clockwork Orange eyes and a maniacal laugh that puts the Joker to shame. Okay, gramps what have you managed to get yourself into besides a cage along with 5 other caged 'contestants'. For accuracy's sake two people are in one cage, making 5 cages total. Despite this bizarre and slightly unnerving introduction the only thing any of this has to do with gameplay is releasing the trapped and caged 'contestants'. (Making this game 5 levels in total.)

I read all the reviews after I played the game and the negative ones did nothing to dampened my enthusiam about recommending this game. This is what a TRUE HIDDEN OBJECT GAME IS. No bells, whistles, or storyline beyond the premise. No walkabout adventure/mystery. No point and click, puzzles, achievements, or anything else that is associated with today's HO games. This is a game for a connoisseur and an afficianadio of the Hidden Object genre.

Circa 2010 and the third of a series, this game is only about finding Hidden Objects. The only thing repetitive about this game is probably the music. So turn it off. This game uses a spin wheel to chose the type of hidden object play the gamer gets. It is randomized and there is an auto-spin option. There are 13 different types of hidden object find "puzzles": straight list, combine (which is equivalent to "extra step" finds), letter getter (find the alphabet which fill in the letters of find clues - almost like hangman), silhouette, focus (day version of night mode played with a fuzzy picture and a magnifying glass), riddle (i.e. orange and rabbits favorite food), elimination (eliminate several series of items from the scene before a riddle to the object needed to be found is given), triplets (find three of the same object), find 10 (find 10 of something), spot the difference, puzzle (match the puzzle piece to the puzzle piece in the scene) and countdown (30 seconds to find the object). Just the variety of different types of Hidden Object "puzzles" is staggering compared to today's games. Now add to this about 30 different scenes and the game is a very far cry from repetitive some claim this game is.

I never played the same thing twice, and not until near end did I even get the same scene (and then with a different puzzle type). A mention about the scenes, the objects in the scene are what one would expect to find in say a garage, a swimming pool or a bedroom. Albeit a very full garage, cluttered swimming pool, or extremely messy bedroom but overall the items are appropriate to the scene not just random junk.

The object of the game is to release the 6 trapped and caged 'contestants', who they themselves are a bit over the top. Their banter is pretty amusing, as well as their stereotype. There are six total game rounds that must be played to release each contestant. (In one case, 2.) However, each game can be extended with bonus rounds (up to 3). (I think this is random, or NOT getting bouns rounds may depend on whether or not the gamer lands the stop in a small gold area on the spinner.) Despite playing a bonus round on the same scene the puzzle type is different, and the objects move or are added depending of the puzzle type. During gameplay "bonus" scenes show up that the gamer can click on. (I only ever got two per puzzle.) These bonus scenes last 15 seconds during which time the gamer must collect as many broken token pieces as they can. These tokens give the gamer hints, 2x hints, skip (a puzzle type when placed on the spin wheel), and/or an unlock (unlock a new puzzle type) depending on how many pieces the gamer collects. After each game round a scoreboard is given showing accuracy, tokens, etc. (Accuracy may depend on misclicks, less misclicks the higher the accuracy??)

That is the game.

After everyone is free, the Master of Ceremony states the "gamer" cannot leave because there is more to do. The "more to do" is found in the extended play area on the main menu. In this extended play area, scenes are shown with stars beneath indicting which type of puzzle that has or has not been played.

One warning: Some the scenes have windows which are so bright the objects in them can not be seen. I thought this was probably my computer but apparently not. Others have mentioned/complained about this. I am quite sure if this game was ever remastered that this would no longer be a problem. My solution was to use hints or simply randomly click on the window to "see" if anything was there. Compared to some of the bugs I have encountered in newer games this was barely a shrug on the annoyance scale.

So yes, get this game, and though I received this as a gift, full price is well worth it.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
I'm normally not for Hidden Object games, but I thought this one also had jigsaw puzzles (it doesn't, really), so I put it on my wishlist to check during sales, and when I saw it for 0.49 euro, grabbed it.

And then it kept me up to nearly 7am, intent on unlocking the extended play. And I had fun!

- There's variance to the puzzles, different game modes.

- A clever frame/story to get you to play the games and dive right in (without tedious running around or any half-hearted pretense at adventure).

- Solvable puzzles, and plenty hints available for you to use or ignore.

- The only truly timed games are the bonus rounds.

- Random clicking won't get you anywhere.

If more Hidden Object games are like Millionaire Manor, I might become a fan.

Only negative:

- No Steam Overlay, no Steam screenshooting.


I'm very stingy, but even I find this game is well worth more than the 0.49 euro I paid for it. If you think 5 euro isn't much, it might even be worth the full price for you.

Edit: For someone with my terrible memory there's also great replay value (plus training memory). You can not only play all puzzles as often as you like in extended mode, you can also make different profiles (for different people playing or just yourself again from the start) and also delete them if you feel like playing yet again from the start.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 16, 2015
I can not recommend this game to be honest. It's short. The alternative game modes can be annoying. You can not choose which type of mode you get, you have to spin a wheel so it's random.

Extended play (after "beating" the normal play) could have been redeeming since then you can do the game modes you've missed in the different hidden object scenes, but by then I was so bored, I de installed. I felt no sense of reward but completionists might like to do all modes on all scenes and fill the board with stars :)

Don't buy if not on super sale.

Edit: I forgot to mention the bonus thingies that randomly pop up with which you can earn extra hint tokens: they are timed with a nervous melody that made me rather jittery.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2015
Hidden Object Games (HOGs) are rapidly becoming my genre of choice it feels like. Either I'm getting old or I want to review as many casual products as possible before the next wave of 2D shooters gets released (Thanks Degica and Cave!). In any case, I'm here to talk about Millionaire Manor, and baby I have to say it: This HOG is a PIG.

In this adventure, you have to rescue your granddad (and a few other people) from a twisted game-show host. He has everyone caged and there is a shark-infested pool nearby. What could be the setup for deadly danger, just comes off as dumb. By their nature, HOGs are what you play when you want to relax. It's akin to spending a Sunday afternoon putting together a jigsaw puzzle. In Millionaire Manor, there are no time-limits or even the slightest possibility that you or the hostages will become sharkfood. It's like the bonus round in Wheel of Fortune, only instead of having a few seconds to figure out the answer, Pat Sajak hands you a crossword puzzle, and gives you all the time in the world.

But that's just nitpicking right? Okay, well then let's talk about the real flaws in this game. The image-quality is terrible! Each scene is set to a very low resolution, and looks disgusting when stretched to full-screen. Most of the time objects are easily found, simply because they stick out so much. The difficulty of finding objects is usually due to them barely resembling much of anything. I had a hell of a time finding frogs, since they looked like nothing more then discolored splotches.

Unlike other HOGs that offer a balance between looking for objects and solving puzzles, Millionaire Manor revolves entirely around the former. That's not to say there aren't any attempts at "variety". Take note of the quotation marks; variety can be a very bad thing. There are multiple game-modes, and the one you'll play is determined by spinning the wheel. Aside from the standard "list" mode (find objects on a list), you can also expect to find the silhouettes of objects, multiple objects, two objects that combine to solve a riddle, every object except the object you're supposed to find, and object to object the object object. My least favorite is the focus mode, where the entire scene is blurry aside from a small area.

What's the use of having ten different modes of play, when none of them are fun or challenging? It's little more than pointless padding; like replaying 1-1 of Super Mario Brothers a few times, only with extra goombas and some weird visual effects. To add further annoyance, occasional BONUS! indicators will pop-up while you're trying to find objects. When you click on these distracting messages, you'll have the chance to earn goodies, by finding hidden pieces. Aside from providing additional hints, these bonus rounds offer skip chips, so you can skip a mode you dislike in the next scene. However, these chips aren't worth the trouble. When you spin the wheel you can determine where to place the skip chip. HOWEVER, since scenes can be 1 to 3 rounds, you'll just as likely end up playing that "skipped" mode in the second or third. Thanks for nothing!

At least I had the bright idea to catch-up on my youtube-backlog while playing Millionaire Manor, otherwise I would have quit in less than 15 minutes.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Short version: 60%
An old hidden object game stuck in an even older time, Millionaire Manor offers a nice variety of game modes and a good overall length, but it really struggles to keep the player’s attention.

Long version:
Millionaire Manor is the third instalment of The Hidden Object Show series, a rather strange breed of hidden object games that really showed how quantity can hurt quality.

Yet again, the player is participating in a television game show– this time with a dark twist– centred on finding hidden objects in several different game modes, ranging from the usual checklists to more exotic types, like riddles. This large variety offers a long play time…

…if you ever decide to actually go that far. Unlike the previous games it’s not required to play every game mode on every level to finish the story, 100% completion is purely optional. But some of the modes are so frustrating or boring that it is doubtful many people will ever want to reach this goal.

A HO game veteran probably won’t find anything appealing in it, since it uses the same mechanics as the first part released in 2008, but for newcomers it may be an excellent starter game with a decent price/length ratio.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2015
I like this game because it was actually just a hidden object game. Not a lot of frills and extras, just doing a number of different modes of hidden object finds in different rooms. Some people seem to have found it bland and boring because it is lacking the point and click adventure part that most other hidden object games are filled with, but if you're not looking for that then this is good. Although, it is very short.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
I love to play Hidden Object games together with my daughter, but this one is so boring that we stopped playing it.

The graphics is nice enough and from the atmosphere it looks good, but the game itself is totally repititive and boring.
There a re some good ideas making it different from the run of the mill HO game but the overall presentation is not enough to save it. And if you are looking for a story, well there is some, but it is pretty unrelated to what you are playing and serves only as an excuse.

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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
This hidden object game is not one of the adventure/hidden object hybrids; instead it is a pretty much straight hidden object game with just a very minimal story, sort of like the Spin Top hidden objects. A different take in this game is that each hidden object scene has a number of different modes, which are chosen randomy through spinning a wheel. Modes include things like list (regular HOG where you find objects from a list), silhouette (silhouettes only, like what shows in some HOG hints), getting a hint rather than the item name, etc. Once completed, you can go to an Unlimited HIdden Object type of bonus stage where you can choose the modes for the scenes that you did not play before. The game doesn't explain what the Bonus thing that pops up is until you click it--make sure to click it, as this is how you earn hints. Hints are fixed and do not recharge, you must earn the tokens and unfortunately once your stack is maxed out they no longer accumulate.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
I do not know what the negative reviews are about. My wife and I play Hidden Object Games for fun, and Millionaire Manor is one of the better of the half-dozen or so we have played. Unlike some games, the objects mostly are appropriately sized and placed (not huge, or stuck on the ceiling, for example). Yes, in a few cases poor contrast makes an object invisible, but that is not particularly uncommon in our experience with other games.

Although short, the game seems clean and professional. We like that the game has an unusual variety of different modes, such as: list (the usual HOG mode), silhouette (only the outline of the object), matching (combining 2 objects to make the list item), alphabet (first find all the letters, with only the found letters presented when naming the object), and jigsaw (place a row of jigsaw pieces at their position in the room), among others. After the main game, Extended Play covers the rest of the modes on each of the rooms, which may be longer than the main game.

The evil master of ceremonies is just a hoot! We enjoyed it!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 29, 2015
This is a HOG with no story and you can't walk around in a house or landscapes or whet ever to find clues to go further in the game. It's basicly finding hidden objects or silhouettes, actually kind of boring. The voice over is very irritating. I've bought it for about 1 Euro but it's worth 10 cents and when you buy it play it when you've got really nothing else to do and use it as a time killer.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
A nice new spin on a hidden objects game. Solve puzzles and find hidden objects in order to save your Grandfather from a crazy game show host. Though it can become repeatitive if you always land on the same thing when you spin, I find this hidden object game a fresh and rather enjoyable delight. It does become difficult and challenging.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
This is one of the more fun HO games I've played. It has several varieties of puzzles that make it more interesting than just finding the items on a list.

The story is dumb, so if you play HOGs for story you may not like it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
Game is short, has no point-and-click elements at all and picture is far from perfect. But it has some new hidden object scene modes which I never saw before (for example riddles that points items you should find), great voice acting (especially the main villain) and is pretty entertaining. Sadly it has no achievements which could stretch play time few hours more. Grab it on a sale and you'll not be dissapointed.
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