House of 1000 Doors: Serpent Flame
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that House of 1000 Doors: Serpent Flame is a casual-adventure game about saving the world. It mixes thoughtful logical puzzles with hidden-object scenes. Several sequences contain dead bodies, blood, and human skeletons, but violence is never acted out on-screen.
What's it about?
In HOUSE OF 1000 DOORS: SERPENT FLAME, the world is under attack from giant fiery serpents, and the main character, Kate, must stop them by traveling to different time periods and collecting elements that can drive the snakes away. Players explore the environment, searching for items that can be used to solve puzzles and mini-games. Occasionally players can zoom in on special hidden-object areas, where they search the scene for items on a list, or, in some cases, place items back into a scene.
Is it any good?
Serpent Flame is a by-the-numbers hidden-object adventure with plenty of hints sprinkled along the way for players who get easily frustrated. The puzzles are moderately challenging and can all be skipped if the player chooses. These puzzles don't always make sense -- one involves unlocking a secret compartment in a bedroom shelf that contains, of all things, a bucket of ice -- but they're fun and varied. There are some impressive full-motion video sequences, though the voice acting can be a bit sketchy. Serpent Flame will have no trouble appealing to its target audience of casual-adventure game fans.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the merits and demerits of generous hint systems. Do you prefer to skip puzzles if they're too hard, or would you rather figure them out on your own no matter how long it takes?
Families also can talk about the structure of this particular game. Do you think that the hidden-object scenes are a good fit with the rest of the puzzles, or do you prefer more traditional point-and-click adventuring?
|Subjects:||Language & Reading: vocabulary |
|Skills:||Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, solving puzzles |
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
|Available online?||Available online|
|Release date:||September 1, 2013|
|ESRB rating:||NR for No Rating |