Two things to note in case you don't want to read my whole review:
1) You do not have to play the first game to enjoy this one. They throw in a few nods to it but that is it.
2) This is a solid hidden object game with a good story, I reccomend it and the first one. Hopefully the third also comes to Steam.
That being said, the game isn't perfect. While the story is good I still do not like Kate, the hero of our tales. Not sure if they switched her voice actor but whenever she speaks she sounds wooden and bored. You're going to a freaking haunted house, liven up! That brings me to the next thing, why is she going back?! I didn't notice any word of her being invited back, less I missed it, so I shall assume she's a masochist or something.
But her timing couldn't be better! All of her old buddies from the house could use some help! There is Symon...oh wait, he seems busy. Oh and Sammy....who isn't around. And of course the beautiful Amanda! Who barely has any lines. Huh, so the odd but interesting characters from the first game don't do much in this one, that's sad. You do, however, learn more about Gabriel which is awesome.
The ghosts aren't ♥♥♥ loveale as in the first game but you get to save the world so, huzzah!