The Stroke of Midnight

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Spooky puzzle story starts free, but must pay to play.

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Ease of Play

The puzzles are not exceedingly difficult; in most, if you're unsure of the trick to solving the puzzle, you can just keep tapping or turning different elements of the puzzles and eventually find the right answer. The hidden object puzzles, which are the most frequent, are made easier by the ability to tap an item's name on the list and have it sparkle for a second onscreen.


This is a ghost story, with several spooky and/or startling parts. The protagonist is trying to uncover the mysterious deaths of a pair of Victorian lovers. There's no real violence seen on screen, but frightening images and scenes do occur.


While no sexual content is shown, the story is about a Victorian-era love triangle.


The app is free to download, but you'll only get about 10 minutes of the game to play for free (about four puzzles). To play the entire game, you must "unlock" it for $4.99.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcoholic beverages are shown in several scenes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Stroke of Midnight is, first of all, not a free game. Your initial download of the first 10 minutes will be free, but to "unlock" the full game, you'll need to pay full fare (in the $5 range). In terms of content, parents should be aware that the story revolves around a tragic romance. The protagonist, who is staying in a haunted manor, tries to unravel the pasts of two Victorian lovers who died there. In doing so, she will uncover several love notes. Ghosts appear frequently, sometimes in startling manners, and the game has a very eerie, scary tone overall.

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Is it any good?

Many of the negative customer reviews for THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT on iTunes complain about the way the initial download is free, but that a price must be paid to "unlock" the full game. If you're clear on that, though, and not mistakenly thinking you're getting an epic mystery saga for free, you're likely to be happy with your purchase. It's a real boon for casual gamers -- those looking for beautiful graphics, an engrossing story, and puzzles that can challenge them without completely stumping them. The atmosphere here is great, though potentially too creepy for young kids. Young kids aren't the target audience here, though, with a tragic love affair being central to the plot. Twilight-loving teens, on the other hand, should have a great time with The Stroke of Midnight.

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