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What's it about?
In HIDDEN HOTEL: MIAMI MYSTERY, you've inherited your grandfather's old hotel, and you have to fix it up because it's a mess. To do this, you have to search the rooms -- or rather, search pictures of the rooms -- for such objects as a broom. There are a bunch of cobwebs that need removing, as well as a bunch of other things that have nothing to do with cleaning or decorating. Finding items gives you a chance to fix up or upgrade parts of the hotel that have seen better days.
Is it any good?
Though fairly typical, this found-object puzzle game/hotel restoration simulator is still reasonably challenging and fun. In Hidden Hotel: Miami Mystery, you've inherited your grandfather's old hotel, which is in need of a good cleaning and some new furniture. But instead of getting a loan or hiring a cleaning crew, you do it all yourself by looking for specific objects in pictures that are full of all sorts of items. The faster you find them, the better your score. Plus, once you do, you can get your assistant to clean up parts of the hotel or you can choose what kind of fireplace to install.
Now, as hidden-object puzzle games go, this is pretty typical, and it doesn't add anything to the formula. But then, the formula still works, which is why this is still challenging. You wouldn't think so, but it can be tricky finding your keys in a picture full of pipes, brooms, cell phones, and other stuff Grandpa left lying around. Which is why, despite not bringing anything new to the table, Hidden Hotel: Miami Mystery is still more fun than booking a hotel room online.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about advertising. Hidden Hotel has some ads, but not as many as other apps, and they're optional. So how does that make you feel about this game?
Given that you can earn Hidden Hotel's currency by playing or watching ads, does it make sense to spend a lot of money on this game?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Price: free with microtransactions and ads
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: March 7, 2019
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Topics: Adventures
- Size: 208.40 MB
- Publisher: WhaleApp LTD
- Version: 1.1.10
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.2 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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