Millionaire Manor

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Millionaire Manor on Steam

MSRP: $4.99

Platform: Windows

Release: 12/17/10


There are two main types of games that fall under the hidden object umbrella; the story-heavy adventure games with hidden object components, and the more pure hidden object games with a minimum of fluff.  Millionaire Manor falls into the second category; I have yet to find any kind of puzzle other than different iterations of hidden object scenes, and the story is pretty sparse.

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You get a message from your grandfather saying he’s going to be on The Hidden Object Show, which has long been cancelled, so you set out to find him.  Some creepy master of ceremonies tells you that you can try to save him by winning the game, but there are four other cages containing previous contestants that need freeing first. That’s the story in a nutshell.  In order to open each of the cages, you’ll go through a series of hidden object scenes after selecting the type of objects to find via a spinning wheel.

Sometimes, during a scene, the words “Bonus Round” will appear.  If you click on them, you’re given a scene and a short timer in which to find as many token parts as possible – there are quite a few different kinds of tokens, but you don’t have time to be choosy, just click on whatever you can find.

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The bread & butter of a hidden object game, though, is how good the hidden object scenes are, and the best I can say for Millionaire Manor is that they’re okay.   Some weird decisions were made in regards to lighting, which sometimes makes objects hard to see.  There has been an effort made, however, for most objects to be something that might reasonably be found in the setting.

To be honest, I wasn’t wild about Millionaire Manor.  I found the voice acting to be campy and on the verge of grating.  I didn’t always understand why things happened the way they did (sometimes you get a second or third object scene after the first but there was no pattern I could see), and some of the clue types were irritating (I’m looking at you, Combine). It’s not the worst hidden object game I’ve come across, not by a long shot, but it’s nothing genre-changing either.  If you’re a fan of pure hidden object puzzlers, then it might be worth picking up at a discount; there just isn’t a whole lot of content or replay value here.

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