House of 1000 Doors: The Palm of Zoroaster Collector's Edition
Return to a sinister unsettled House....very different from the one you remember!
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Very Positive (84 reviews) - 92% of the 84 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 19, 2012

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Buy Sinister Stories Bundle

Includes 8 items: Alex Hunter - Lord of the Mind Platinum Edition, Brink of Consciousness: Dorian Gray Syndrome Collector's Edition, Castle: Never Judge a Book by its Cover, House of 1,000 Doors: Family Secrets Collector's Edition, House of 1000 Doors: The Palm of Zoroaster Collector's Edition, Nearwood - Collector's Edition, Shadows: Price For Our Sins Bonus Edition, Small Town Terrors Pilgrim's Hook Collector's Edition

 

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“Production values are high, with beautiful graphics, competent voice-overs, and an intriguing twist on an otherwise conventional storyline.”
4/5 – Gamezebo

About This Game

Summoned by the Spirits!

Return to a sinister, unsettled House ...very different than the one you remember. The power of a cursed gem has unleashed a murderous plague that extends far beyond the Houses walls; and you must employ your psychic abilities to stop these evil spirit using your seek & find skills.

Break the power of a cursed gem!

Travel to exotic locations throughout the world in search of the artifacts that can destroy this wicked presence. Solve a massive array of cleverly designed puzzles and ingeniously hidden objects as you unravel in this story of supernatural intrigue, unbounded adventure and sweeping scope.

The House needs you.

Will you answer its call?

Features:


  • Discover dozens of hidden object scenes and ingenious mini games
  • Search for clues and return harmony to the house
  • Explore stunning locations and experience amazing animations on your quest for the truth
  • Experience indelible characters in a compelling story
  • Collector's edition includes bonus gameplay, integrated strategy guide and concept art!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz processor or faster
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® compatible video card
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compliant Sound Card
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2015
This was just the perfect game. Had everything I was looking for. A storyline, a mixture of hidden object scenes and thinking games. Once I figured out how to use the map...(Silly me) it went a lot faster then having to click back all the time.

Not everything is obvious and I had to peek at a few walk throughs to figure one or two things out, but over all it was a good time waster. My son enjoyed watching me play it and helped me as well.

I will be buying other titles of this as well. I really enjoyed it.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2015
This is the fourth game in this series, and the closest to a sequel of the first game House 1000 Doors: Family Secrets. (I have played all 4 games in the series, in order.) It is stand alone, as is, but the series storyline might confuse a player as the game briefly refers to previous game adventures in single "throw away/reveal" lines depending on how much of the series storyline is known.

The story: The Palm of Zoroaster, a cursed orb, has been destroying things, people and quite possibly civilizations (or at least, select parts of it) for centuries. Your job is to destroy the orb. (No spoilers because there are some if one has been following the series storyline.) Learn the orb's history, witness its destruction, and of course discover how to destroy it and gather the means to do so.

The game is set up with an introduction/tutorial, four adventure chapters, and the final conclusive chaper. I rather like this setup which is different then other HOs with a much more linear storyline. What changed in this game from the first game (Family Secrets) is the player does not get to choose which adventure to embark on first. For this game and storyline purposes it is perfect though.

Hidden object scenes, mixed with some head scratching puzzles and the usual standard puzzles, plus some point and click and a chapter by chapter accumulate and use inventory. Nothing too hard or tear your hair out challenging. Game comes with a walkthrough the player can access if they get stuck in game or on a puzzle. Every puzzle has a skip option and sparkles on needed objects or mini puzzle scene. Unless playing in Hard mode. There are three game modes available, in-game achievements, wall papers and a bonus chapter.

Warning: If you are hunting for those elusive extra "hidden/ghost/shape shifting" objects make sure you have them all before leaving the introduction or adventure chapter because you cannot go back once the chapter is finished. (Except in a new game).

Opinion: I like the series, therefore I like each game. The overall concept is interesting and lends itself to innumberable further games. The only thing I did not like in this game was the end. I was expecting a much longer cut scene. It ended and I thought "Wait, that is it." The adventure ended, the game ended, but the end felt truncated. Ah well the bonus chapter made up for the abrupt conclusion.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
Evil has taken over at the House of 1,000 Doors since your last visit. It's up to you to travel through dimensions again to save everyone and particularly Gabriel, the protector of it.

This game is the sequel to House of 1,000 Doors: Family Secrets and you'll find some familiar characters, if not everyone from the first game. The plot is also a good written. You're going from China to the jungle, which means many exotic backgrounds for someone who is used to a western city.

The gameplay is the usual one: click on items that you'll need in another scene, solve puzzles, find hidden objects in specific areas, etc.. I found everything well-balanced. Also, you have close-up views in these hidden objects scenes and some objects you can move as they're also hiding items to find.

But what made me love the game, though I've hinted it earlier, is probably the journey through 4 different worlds and meet people that knew about Gabriel - I found it nice that the guy has a background, though it's breaking the charm around this mysterious man (but the more is known in the bonus chapter). And the scenes are really well drawed. You're really transported into other worlds.

The soundtrack is also nice but didn't change from the previous game.

So if you're a fan of HOG, you have to own this game. Besides, there are trading cards with nice emoticons and backgrounds.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
It’s calling out to you, the fabled House of 1,000 Doors, a place of magic and legend that none can agree even exist. Kate Reed returns once more to these haunted halls and once again finds herself embroiled in the lives of the residents who live there. Can she help lift the curse and bring about peace again? Can she help Gabriel in his time of need? And will she stay in the house this time? Play on to find out.

If you haven’t played the first installment in this series fear not, you can play this game without any prior knowledge. Though some of the same characters return and it’s the same setting, the story is completely different. In House of 1,000 Doors: The Palm of Zoroaster the main character Kate has to travel between four different worlds piecing together the mystery of a cursed gem and collecting crystal skulls that are used to seal its evil away. The house itself doesn’t play a huge part in the game because of this and you run into fewer characters this time than in the first title. There are still ghosts that need your help, however, again, the previous installment in this title offered more compelling stories.. The story itself is very straightforward: visit the different worlds and help the people, then stop the Palm of Zoroaster, something that has no name until the last few moments of the game.

Sadly, the game has repeated a flaw that I found in the first game; the best part of the story comes in the bonus chapter as the main game ends very abruptly. A bonus chapter should add on the story, not actually finishing telling the story. The addition helps make the game feel more complete as you help the house’s caretaker Gabriel and learn more about this past. However, like the first title, Gabriel still wants Kate to stay in the house and even by the end of the bonus chapter there is no confirmation if she agrees or not. The story feels a bit disjointed and has lost a lot of the mysterious charm the first title had. Kate expresses no reason for even returning to the house and the mystical cursed fireball that seem to be causing trouble rarely does much of anything besides float around giving no sense of urgency to the mission of the game.

There isn’t much sense of anything in the game and Kate expresses nothing, while the voice acting in the first title wasn’t perfect it would seem that the quality has gone down with this one. Especially Kate who doesn’t seem interested in anything. She is a dry and empty vessel character for the player to put their shoes into, despite having a backstory. There is also quite a bit of recycled music from the first game, though some new background melodies have been added as well. The game is saved by good gameplay and artwork, all of the hidden object scenes are well done and the game also adds more puzzles this time as well. The worlds you visit are brought to life with vibrant colors and the game even added a map to help with the amount of backtracking done.

I know I said you don’t have to play the first House of 1,000 Doors to enjoy this title but I still highly recommend it, I personally found it better than this installment. I do also recommend playing this one as well story issues aside it’s a lot of fun to play and has about a good four hours length to it. Puzzles are still not too difficult and the hidden object scenes don’t repeat themselves as much, you can also collect beyond objects for fun. No achievements but trading cards for those who enjoy badges and goodies, this game should be in your library if you’re into the hidden object genre.

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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Short version: 85%
A superior game to Family Secrets in all but one aspects, Palm of Zoroaster features improved level design, even better graphics and much easier puzzles, catering more for the more casual hidden object game fans.

Long version:
The Palm of Zoroaster did exactly what is expected from a sequel: took everything that was good or popular in the first game, made it better, and threw out the rest.

There is no more boring running around. The titular house serves only as a nexus between the four distinct paintings/levels, all featuring their own new ghost story that eventually form a larger plot. What that plot is can be a good question though, since the game lacks an ending, it just stops after the last artefact. And no, the bonus chapter won’t help either, although it reveals a few interesting secrets on its own.

The difficulty has decreased substantially since the first game, and there is a much larger focus on hidden object scenes. The progression is more straightforward, but not linear, giving you a greater sense of pace despite the fairly long gameplay.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2014
Loved the first House of 1000 Doors and this one was just as good. Lots of hidden object scenes and not the same objects to find every time. Good story and not too easy. I only had to use a hint one time, but there were other times I thought I would have to. Great for those who play on Expert Mode!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2015
if you love hidden objects with puzzle game
this is perfect game suit for you

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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2014
After playing through House of 1000 Doors - Family Secrets, I was a little concerned about how enjoyable this game was going to be. (I wasn't even sure if I was playing them in the proper order, chronologically.) However, this worked out perfectly.

Almost all the Interface annoyances I had with the first game was resolved by UI changes in this sequel. (i.e. MAP feature made it feel less like I was constantly backtracking. I always knew where I needed to go next, even if I wasn't always sure what I was supposed to be doing when I got there.) Plus, I played on Casual setting this time around so I was fighting less with trying to figure out where the layered hotspots were (hidden object puzzles), and could just focus on the game itself.

This still isn't my favorite Hidden Objects method, however, considering the massive improvements since the last game, I'm going to give it a "perfect" score anyway. I hope they make more products (especially in the Collectors Edition format). I plan on buying more in this series.

Final Score: 5/5 (Partially because of Extra Chapter, & Bundled Strategy Guide, etc in Collectors Edition format)

I'm also not complaining that all the Steam Cards generate several dollars each when I resell them, currently. ;)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 15, 2015
I must say this game is a pretty high quality hidden object gamee. The graphics are sharp and the voice acting is pretty good. When in full screen mode tehre are black bars on the sides of the window so keep that in mind if that sort of thing bothers you.

For the hidden object scenes you might eventually notice you're finding the same objects, just placed in a new picture but it's not that big of a deal. Tip: and awl is like an ice pick, I still don't actulaly know what it is.

In terms of puzzles there is a good variety although one or two are hard to tell what the game wants you to do but luckily there is a skip button.

Plot and storylinewise it's an interesting concept. I did not play the first one yet (I played them in the wrong order doh! I wondered why the main character referenced a time before this game...) so I'm not sure if this is covered there but I would like to explore the house a little more, while it would be boring to have the common typical, kitchen, dining room, etc I think there was potential to do really crazy rooms that had themes. While the different country aspect sort of covered that it didn't feel like part of the house.

Overall it's a nice game but it feels like the ending was a little rushed. The bonus chapter literally ends without any final dialogue which is dissapointing.

For what it is and does I'd say 9/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2015
The "House of 1000 Doors: The Palm of Zoroaster Collector's Edition" is a bit short (6.3 hours base game + 2.2 hours Bonus Chapter = 8.5 hours total), but not unduly so for this type of game (casual point-and-click Adventure Hidden Object Game (HOG)). The story is a bit weaker than the norm for the genre, but otherwise, t's pretty much standard fare for a HOG: good graphics, fun puzzles, acceptable voice acting. The $10 list price is a tad high for it's length, so I'd wait for a sale to buy it or get it in a bundle (the Sinister Stories Bundle is how I got it). Still, I'm recommending it.
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MoonlightsKiss
5.8 hrs
Posted: September 29
Product received for free
If you love games but don't want to bother with trying to figure out those pesky keys or mouse clicks, then this game is for you. It's a great puzzle game with an interesting story and it still requires a bit of strategy when you get to the more complicated puzzles. I'm looking forward to playing more of these games from this series.
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Magdalena Black
5.1 hrs
Posted: August 24
I liked the first game enough that I decided to get this one. Good details, colors, etc. The characters are just like the last games. Not the highest quality...nor are the voice overs. I loved that they FINALLY put a map that will TAKE you to other areas so you don't have to waste alot of time traveling. Also, it has more of that Halloween vibe that I like. So, if it's on sale, try it out. Just, wouldn't suggest at full price.
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MaxAV
7.9 hrs
Posted: July 27
Very good game.
Nice hidden object scenes & point & click actions.
Nice story, nice universe.
Waiting for a 3rd episode of the House of 1000 Doors.
8/10
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Himalayan Snow Cock
11.3 hrs
Posted: July 8
Strangely enough, my review from the first House of 1,000 Doors game ( http://steamcommunity.com/id/Yoodiv/recommended/286500 ) works perfectly for this one too, except that my complaint about the map system was fixed in this game!:

Biggest gripe: The game has "Beyond Objects" which are images that shift while stationary in an area, and you can try to find/click them all. There are no achievements, and there's no sign that it would unlock anything, it's just for fun. I intended to work on finding them all, except the final action in the game (which didn't seem like it would be the end of the game...) thrusts you into the ending video and erases your progress automatically and unlocks the bonus adventure, so I'd have to go through the entire main game again. ♥♥♥♥ that.

As mentioned, there are no achievements, so the only reason to play on expert mode is if you want it to be harder.

Other than that, great hidden object/adventure-lite game, very well done, rivals or beats the best of the Artifex Mundi ones. I went in expecting a stupid story, and the game delivered that, haha, but the gameplay is good. The map system takes 2 clicks to get to, they could have streamlined that, but that's only a minor inconvenience.
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MerylStreepEGOT
4.5 hrs
Posted: June 25
noice
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4NG3R
10.2 hrs
Posted: June 20
Decent game
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trueangelcool
8.8 hrs
Posted: March 23
Fun HOG to play. Once again u play as Kate trying to help more ghosts again. Even though the game takes u to the same house u will be visiting four different places.

As before the voice acting is ok. The music and graphics are nice.

I also liked the bonus chapter. In the bonus chapter u find out about Gabriel's past. Again like the last game the game just ends when u finish the extra story.

All in all I also recommend to play this HOG.
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Wuzzerator
4.1 hrs
Posted: February 7
Following on from the first game, sees you return to the house. I really liked the aspect of travelling to four different zones, although I felt the first one had been better thought out than this one. Once again no achievements for collecting the 'elusive objects'. Bonus game is fairly well thought out, but gets a bit tiresome as some of the gameplay seems to be unecessarily backtracking. Good overall, though.
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Juhosaphat
8.6 hrs
Posted: February 1
This is a great game and a must have if you enjoyed the first game of the series, House of 1000 doors family secrets. You can play this as a standalone, but I recommend playing the first one first. I thought the storyline of the first was better but the ending, (including the bonus chapter), have left me wanting more. I hope Steam gets the remainder of the series and soon.
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**Death Row**
10.3 hrs
Posted: January 10
First thing first, story is 100% interesting.

This is an extremely well done game. I played it a couple times before ever getting Steam and then, once I became a Steam addict, I bought this game for the cards. And played it again. And now I'm playing it for the fourth time. Yes, it's really that good. If you're a hidden object fan, you should definitely check this out.
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