Note: This game doesn't have an optimal playing experience on Windows 10. More info. Rediscover and resolve a long forgotten tragedy in Phantasmat Deluxe, a haunting trip through the darkness of a sunken town. Stranded in the middle of nowhere after crashing your car, you stumble upon The Drowned Dead Hotel, a lonely structure leaning perilously close to a cliff. Below it lies a dark and cold lake that submerged a once lively town. What tragedy befell this place?
discover startling secrets hidden beneath muddy waters in this hidden object nightmare
play the game in hidden object mode or switch to 3-in-a-row at any time
solve manic puzzles and use valuable tools in dark, yet beautiful hand-drawn scenes
this game title is intended for mature audiences only
If you like the "dark" side type of a game in my opinion anyway this is the game. I've downloaded some really great games here at the Gamehouse but I'm here to tell ya this blows them all away and again my opinion. This game just has it all. JUST WOW!! I'd give this 10 stars if I could. The game play is like many where you have your HO scenes and getting your inventory items to move forward in the game. There's also LOTS of wander around going back and forth between locations as you will visit many locations. I found there was lots to do and be done in this game. There's also tasks that you have to complete with some character interaction as I found it to be just the right amount; not too much or too little interaction and while there is text on the screen the characters do talk in this game. This is where it ends as far as being like other HOG's. For starters you can choose your challenge as there are 3 modes: Casual: You get more hints and no penalty for over clicking. Challenge: You get fewer and vague hints and minor penalty for over clicking. Extreme: You are totally on your own as there are no hints, HO scenes are timed, no skip for puzzles, there's also severe penalty for over clicking. The only "hint" you get is showing you where the HO scenes are to find the items. So for challenge here depends upon what mode you choose and I played the "challenge" mode. I also tend to be a slow game player and try to take it all in if I find it to be a great game. My normal time for a HOG is usually 4-5 hours. I probably spent 6-7 hours on this game. I did find it challenging/thinky however not overwhelming and didn't need a walk through. For the HO scenes you can play it like you would usually by just finding the items on the list OR you can switch to match 3. You can also switch back and forth at any time during the game. How the match 3 works is you make matches so the little golden color eyes drop down to the bottom and then it automatically finds them for you. Just way cool as I played it both ways. You could even play it all the way through finding by the list or match 3 and never switch. The graphics to this game I found to be excellent, awesome, very well done. I especially LOVED using the diving suit to go under water to find stuff. You also go to a couple locations by boat. JUST WAY COOL. The characters downright creepy and I mean that in a great way. The old lady while creepy I also found her to be just a hoot - funny. Also character voices right on. Not annoying at all to me. The whole setting of the game CREEPY! From the ending looks like a possible sequel which I hope so but if not the whole story I found to be satisfying. Didn't disappoint me at all. So a HUGE kudos to the creators here. Lots of time/thought went into this game I can tell. I can't honestly think of one thing I didn't like about this game. I just thought it was awesome! As always however this is just my opinion of the game. Give it a whirl and decide for yourself. I sure do hope you end up enjoying it as much as I did. Thank you Gamehouse for bringing this to the site here for play. I sure hope to see a sequel to this game. Hope to see more games like this one here on the site! This ROCKS and is the BOMB! 10 star game in my book!
It has a good storyline and a good amount of hidden object scenes and puzzles. Story is very interesting and I find myself playing nonstop for it, but still the hints for story are a little too revealed, I can guessed what happened right away. The game is addictive, I played again in a more difficult mode for the trophies LOL. Pretty well hidden objects, though I would like it to be random, not static. If you played it once and have pretty good memory, you will remember many objects' places. The match-3 is also good, I spent much more time on it than on HO scenes, though I think the trophy's requirement for it is pretty crazy =.=. Overall, it is a worthy game.
very much enjoyed this game! the graphics were pleasing to the eye in all necessary areas of creepy crawly feelings ;) overall very nice graphics. the voices were great i loved listening to them speak, the right voices really make the game much more fun. the HO scenes were great..some things i found very difficult to see (but i never used a hint!) and others were easy to spot. the puzzles were good too, really made me think on a few! lol the one with the water jugs...i still dont know how i managed that one even XD storyline was just really fun, not all that hard to figure out what was going on though lol i know this game was released a while ago but i still wanted to review it. if your considering getting this i recommend you do, you wont be disappointed xD
I am a new fan of HOG, and have played a few in the last couple of months. This one ranks right up there. It has great graphics and the music sets a good atmosphere. The mini games were slightly challenging, but nothing that couldn't be overcome. Also really enjoyed the match 3 option on the HO screens. Only disappointment was the epilogue was not long enough. As I am not awfully interested in the behind the scenes stuff, I bought the Platinum Edition for the extended game play, but in retrospect, it's not worth the extra money. Didn't detract from the game overall though.
I liked this game a lot. It was quite involved, and a pretty good story line. The HOs weren't too hard to find,just challenging enough and the mini games were ok. I really liked the fact that you had the option to search for items or complete a match 3 activity. The only complaint that I have is the length of time it took for the hints and skip options to refill. Certainly worth the money.
Smedley | Added on: March 14, 2011
If only there was a go-to-site map feature like "Murder Island - Secret of Tantalus"! Then this game would be a real winner! The graphics and audio are super, the plot is original, the option to switch from HOG to Match 3 anytime is EXCELLENT, and the puzzles can be very challenging! After a while, you get SO TIRED of traipsing all the way back to the car or the shed or where ever, to get an item needed elsewhere! Hint: the hint icon takes a minimum of 1 minute (sometimes as long a 5 minutes) to recharge - so take care. Hours of fun, ending is a bit abrupt.
Good plot and intrigue. Hints helpful and reasonable recharge time. Lots of places to go. Three life stories in one.
christy808 | Added on: March 16, 2012
I play Hidden Object games daily and this was by far the best game I have played. Really enjoyed it.
Corylea | Added on: May 10, 2012
This game is wonderfully atmospheric. I felt like I was being taken on a trip to a strange, new place, and I enjoyed the ride. Pros: 1. Strong atmosphere, very creepy without being terribly gory or hideously ugly, though there were a few icky things like worms coming out of eye sockets. 2. Voice acting was much better than average for this type of game 3. There was a nice mix of story, hidden-object scenes, and puzzles. If you want pure hidden object, this isn't for you, but if you enjoy a smorgasbord of different things, then this game never does any one thing long enough to be boring. 4. Unlike in many puzzle games, I found most of the puzzles in this game worth doing. There was no "Tower of Hanoi" puzzle (HOW many games have used that one?!), and I never felt that the game was being frustrating just to increase its length. Cons: 1. There's no map, so you have to do a fair amount of backtracking from one place to another. That said, most of the places were interesting enough to look at that this wasn't really a hardship. 2. Many of the hidden-object scenes were strangely lit, so objects were either somewhat dark or hidden by glare. Still, most of the time, the game played fair. I played the Platinum Edition, and I think that the story is much stronger if you do NOT play the Epilogue. The Platinum Edition is worth it for those who are really into seeing how concept art develops, but if what you're looking for is more gameplay, buy the regular edition. I recommend this game!
This game can give you nightmares. The way the pictures on the walls change and the dolls' eyes blink is just creepy! Definitely not for children or squeamish adults!! The game had excellent graphics. It was a dark story, but the screens were clear and crisp (and scary!). There is a good deal of moving back and forth, but it's not too annoying. The hint button would help with plot (where to go) as well as HO, which I always like (I played relaxed); but the hint button does take some time to recover so use it sparingly. The HO are good but fairly easy. The screens are static so once I went back to one room (which you do more than once in a game) I found I could remember where many of the items were, even if they weren't on the previous list. I also liked that if you got really stuck you could switch to match 3 and get the remaining objects that way. The mini games are fun, varied, and mostly intuitive. I did not have to consult the strategy guide. The story is three-pronged and quite complex for a game. I would have played this one through just to find out what happened. I did NOT get that I was "helping" anyone--I thought I was trying to get the heck out of there, lol. I liked that the stories actually wrapped up instead of those which leave you hanging. Highly recommended! Play this one!
I enjoyed this game from start to finish. I was even excited that there was more after I was finished, even helps you reach a better ending to the story! That was refreshing from some I have played where your left with "Huh??" at the end. The story played out well, the hidden objects were great, and the puzzles were fun too, and challenging. I also love that you can play it in three different challenge levels. I would recommend this game to anyone who loves a good HO game.
Game Style: Good balance of HO and puzzles, though I found the quest part of the game frustrating. Not enough scenes, with too much repetition. New Ideas: The game is saved from being ‘just another HO’ with some radically different ideas. It is worth trying just for the chance to swap from HO to Match 3 mid-scene. Found this was particularly fun when stuck on that one last item, or just for a change of pace. A number of the puzzles were new to me too – and just the right degree of difficulty. Levels of Play: This is always a great addition to any game, and Phantasmat offers 3 choices, with a good explanation of each level. Artwork: Another way in which this game stands out is its atmosphere - creepy. Clever use of animation and sound combine to get you reaching for a warm coat and umbrella. The gloom and rain was inescapable, with nasty unexpected little shocks popping up. Eventually that started to wear, but even then, I felt more involved in the story because it was so oppressive. I wanted to get out of that cursed town too!! Story: The story’s a potentially great one, but fell flat because it was too slow, and collapsed entirely at the ending (which was totally unconvincing). Replay: The game has good replay value for many I think, with the different levels of difficulty, awards and scores, and the match 3 option. But the gloomy atmosphere won out with me, and I don’t know if I could face that environment again. Tips: Unless you’re an absolute whiz, try a few scenes at casual level to get the feel of the game before taking on challenge mode. I found myself having to refer to the strategy guide to get on with the game and I hate that.
Normally, I'm just a casual platform gamer but I've recently entered the realm of HOG for PC within the last 6 months. I love puzzle games and my first venture into HOG was Phantasmat (albeit purchased through a different provider). I loved this game so much that I bought the Platinum Edition when I found it on Gamehouse. I highly recommend it! The graphics are nice and clean, and accurately set the atmosphere for the story. The voice-acting is actually pretty good too. A general feature of this game that I appreciate is the variety offered. You can choose difficulty level to determine hint availability or timed HO scenes. You can collect trophies for accomplishing certain objectives within the game. The HO scenes were well-done - all of the objects could be found with careful scanning. One of the best features of this game is the ability to switch from HO to match-3 mode. The match-3 mode has a different layout for each HO scene it is paired with and the design is in keeping with the eerie theme of the game. In this Platinum Edition, you can opt to just play the HO scenes or match-3 scenes and "master" them within a certain time limit. The level of gameplay was just about right for me - not too difficult, not too easy. I felt the mini puzzles were challenging enough to make me think, yet I could solve them without getting frustrated and using hints. This kept the pace of the game fairly steady since I could continue to progress and not get stuck at a certain point. I felt a definite bonus to this game is the soundtrack. I LOVED IT. There are several themes and variations on a theme throughout the game. I appreciate this a lot since all of the games I've played since seem to just repeat a handful of themes over and over again. Phantasmat's music ranges from dramtic and threatening to sorrowful and melancholic to just plain creepy. For me, the music really added to the atmosphere and drew me in more deeply even though the storyline was predictable. The Platinum Edition also has an epilogue to give you some extended gameplay, original artist sketches that let you see how designs developed, and a bio for each of the characters you interact with.
I loved this game. Graphics were great, characters spooky and the storyline was intriguing. It's a romantic tragedy where the ghosts don't realize they are dead. I loved the old woman's voice. In fact, all the characters voices were perfect. There was a lot of navigation, but not to the point where it made you crazy. It doesn't take long before you know where every location is and the route to get you there, including the boat ride. At one instance I switched to match 3 and found that this also eliminated objects in the HO scenes. Not quite sure why they inserted this, but maybe for just a break. To me this was totally out of character for the game and it didn't take long before I switched back to HO. I am a little hesitate to recommend this for children. A little too spooky for the younger ones. Anyway, loved it, definitely recommend it, and would love to play a sequel.
I play a lot of HOGs and this is one of the absolute best. Great storyline, great interaction, HOGs are not too hard and you can switch to Match 3 if you like. If you want a challenge play it in the no hint mode, but remember the strategy guide. Not for the kiddies, it's pretty dark, but if you like getting hooked on a game this is it.
enidanshug | Added on: February 11, 2011
GREAT game. Story line intriguing. It was FUN solving the mystery. HOG switch to Match 3 at any time was great for my poor eyes. Loved this dark mystery. Couldn't easily pull away until finished. Thanks, GameHouse
tamryn | Added on: September 16, 2011
This is one of my all time favorites! As a matter of fact I prettty much love everything "Condeminion SC" publishes. Also, wanted to mention how much I enjoy Game House! Everyday is a great game experience.
peanuts4513 | Added on: February 17, 2011
What a game should be. Good balance of elements. Graphics, story, challenges, mini games. Extras and continuing story games without just playing same game all over again. Definately recommend.
kesay17 | Added on: February 16, 2011
As HOG games go, this one was a little different. I enjoyed the idea of going to a match 3 if you need ed to find items rather than using a hint. Usually the HO were fairly easy to find. The story line was interesting if a little predictable after a short time playing the game, but you still wanted to see what happens. I had to finish this one in one sitting, which is unusual for me. I think this is a more adult game or good for teenagers but not children. Try it- I am sure you will enjoy this one very much.
Well, here's another fine mess you've gotten me into Gamehouse - meaning I loaded this one and was still at it until I finished it several hours later. I've tried to find something to criticize about this game but came up empty handed. Not too much dialogue, graphics are great, the length of gameplay was excellent, HOs not too easy & not too hard to find, puzzles were just right, and the story keeps pulling you in deeper with every scene. I played in Casual mode and didn't need a single hint to get me through so I can't comment on how rapidly or slowly they recharge. I did not try any of the Match 3 games because the HO sequences were enough for me. I'm undecided whether or not it could be classified as Kid Friendly so I suggest that parents take a look at it first and make their own determination. Although the story and key objects remain the same on Replay, I found that the items lists changed which made for interesting replaying. Definitely worth taking a look at - and by all means make sure you check out the doll heads on the cliff....