Can you overcome the mysteries of the Millionaire Manor and stop the macabre machinations of a madman?
User reviews: Mixed (47 reviews) - 57% of the 47 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 17, 2010

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About This Game

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
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
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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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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