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#963522 - 06/20/14 02:35 PM Non-horror HOGs?
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I'd sure like to play a Casual Game that does not embrace horror as its primary plot device. Is it possible to find a Casual Game that does not take place in an abandoned hospital or insane asylum, features no tentacled monsters, mad doctors, vengeful witches or haunting evil -- and in which you might even encounter the odd flower or grassy meadow? LOL

I know there must be some out there because I have played a few that did not rely totally on horror to advance the plot. Eternal Journey, House of 1000 Doors, Nearwood, the Otherworld series -- just to name a few.

I am not squeamish, just bored with the repetitive story lines of most HOGs. I have enjoyed the Surface, Shiver, and Mystery Trackers games, Alien Town, and even the Puppet Show games. Just looking for a change of theme. For example, Calavera and Cadenza, even though they had evil magic overtones, didn't dwell on it and were fun to play.

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#963526 - 06/20/14 03:13 PM Re: Non-horror HOGs? [Re: Reenie]
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Here are a few that are somewhat different:

Unsolved Mystery Club: Ancient Astronauts
Off the Record: The Italian Affair
Phenomenon: Outcome
Margrave: Curse of the Severed Heart
Margrave: The Blacksmith's Daughter
Amaranthine Voyage: The Tree of Life
Amaranthine Voyage: The Living Mountain
Secrets of the Seas: The Flying Dutchman
The Secret Order: Masked Intent (there is a CE of this game, but it is not listed on the Big Fish CE page - you can find it doing a search of all games)
Depths of Betrayal
Death at Fairing Point: A Dana Knightstone Novel
Death Under Tuscan Skies: A Dana Knightstone Novel
Death at Cape Porto: A Dana Knightstone Novel
Death Upon an Austrian Sonata: A Dana Knightstone Novel

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#963528 - 06/20/14 03:25 PM Re: Non-horror HOGs? [Re: Marian]
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Thanks, Marian! There are a few on your list that I had not heard of before. I've played the Margraves, one Amaranthine, Phenomenon, and two of the Dana Knightstones. Did not know there were two Amaranthines, but I enjoyed the one I played; I rate it one of my Top Ten so far. I have Depths of Betrayal on my Trial list and will look up Off the Record, Unsolved Mystery Club and Secrets of the Seas!

Do you know anything about the Living Legends games?

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#963540 - 06/20/14 04:06 PM Re: Non-horror HOGs? [Re: Reenie]
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I've played one of the Living Legends games. As I recall, the game environment was more colorful than some and it had a good length. It was a pretty game.

This is a pretty lame response to your question. There are so many of these games, so I will just plead game overload as my excuse. grin

By the way, there are three Phenomenon games; the one I put on the list is a fairly recent release, so it's possible you might not have played that one yet.

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#963953 - 06/22/14 08:33 PM Re: Non-horror HOGs? [Re: Marian]
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I played Living Legends: The Ice Rose. I thought it was pretty good, with a few nice twists, excellent graphics, and pesky mini-games that made you think (and definitely keep notes), but nothing that required math or musical knowledge. It featured a decent length of play, too, plus the bonus game in the CE version. There was really no "dialogue" except at a few plot junctures, although that was no big deal to me. It was a bit heavy on the HOGs for my taste.

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#963954 - 06/22/14 08:34 PM Re: Non-horror HOGs? [Re: Reenie]
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It sounds like you thought it was a pretty good game overall. Have fun with whatever you decide to play next. smile

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#964743 - 06/26/14 08:03 PM Re: Non-horror HOGs? [Re: Reenie]
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This is right up my alley. I don't like games with any kind of magic. I like sci-fi, but not fantasy. So I try to compile a list of these kinds of games.

New York Mysteries: Secrets of the Mafia (a sinister society, but not horror)
Snark Busters series (I LOVE this series though the 3rd one used some ghosts)
Botanica series
Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink
Final Cut series (I really like this series, too)
Greed: The Mad Scientist
Grim Facade: Mystery of Venice
Grim Facade: The Cost of Jealousy
Murder She Wrote 2: Return to Cabot Cove (so cute to hear Jessica Fletcher again)
Mystery Trackers: The Void
Reality Show: Fatal Shot (haven't finished yet but I like it)
Space Legends: At the Edge of the Universe (kinda old school, but still kinda fun)
Surface series
Tesla's Tower: The Wardenclyffe Mystery (the name seems like it should be a series, but I don't think it is)
The Great Gatsby: Secret Treasure
Victorian Mysteries: The Yellow Room
Hidden Mysteries: The Gates of Graceland (really fun to play an Elvis themed game)
Castle: Never Judge a Book by Its Cover (based on the Castle tv show)
Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian Hope Diamond (almost like Raider's of the Lost Ark)

I like anything that has to do with movies or tv. A lot of the games I play end up being detective stories because those are the most obvious ones to not use magic. I'd love to compile a list of games that don't use any fantasy / paranormal elements.


Edited by HorseNBuggy (06/26/14 08:08 PM)
Edit Reason: forgot a few!

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#964745 - 06/26/14 08:11 PM Re: Non-horror HOGs? [Re: Reenie]
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welcome to GameBoomers HorseNBuggy! Great list!

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#964747 - 06/26/14 08:15 PM Re: Non-horror HOGs? [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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welcome to GameBoomers. Thank you for posting your list; it will be helpful for a lot of people.

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#965208 - 06/28/14 08:44 PM Re: Non-horror HOGs? [Re: Reenie]
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Great question Renee! Altho I do play a few of the horror games, I skip most of them.

HorseNBuggy, dancegreat to have you here at the best gaming site in the world! Thanks so much for your list of recommendations! I printed it out. I've done a few you list and agree with your choices!

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#965224 - 06/28/14 10:37 PM Re: Non-horror HOGs? [Re: HorseNBuggy]
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I have played quite a few of those, too, but never heard of a couple. I will check them out. These casual games are great for filling in the edges.

I have found the Hidden Mysteries series to be too easy and short, but loved the Final Cut ones, New York Mysteries (mafia), Clockwork, the Surface series, and all the Mystery Trackers. I am going to look up the Smithsonian one, since you say it is "almost like Raiders of the Lost Ark." That is intriguing.

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#968292 - 07/17/14 06:18 AM Re: Non-horror HOGs? [Re: Reenie]
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hi, there!

I've recently stumbled upon several non-horror HOGs. I think, they'll do a perfect fit for you:
Dream Hills: Captured Magic
Crystals of Time
Insider Tales: the Lost Venus
Amy's Murderer: the Adventure game
Atlantis: Mysteries of Ancient inventor
Jane Lucky: the Lost Civilization
In Search of the lost Temple
Kelly Stanford: Turn of fate.

These are the first ones that come to mind mind when I think of non-horro dark-noire casual games. Hope this helps!;)
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#968353 - 07/17/14 12:14 PM Re: Non-horror HOGs? [Re: wJake]
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welcome to GameBoomers, wjake. Thanks for the list!

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#968356 - 07/17/14 12:34 PM Re: Non-horror HOGs? [Re: wJake]
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Thanks a lot, wJake! I have just about given up on HOGs, even though they are diverting, because they have become so repetitive. I will check out these. I would love to add my support to those game designers who break out of the envelope.

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#969979 - 07/26/14 03:31 PM Re: Non-horror HOGs? [Re: Marian]
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Marian and HorseNBuggy, I picked up "Amaranthine: Tree of Life" at their current 2-fer sale. It is as good as the previous one. I also am enjoying "Off the Record: The Italian Affair." I only go for CE versions of casual games, because I want the longer play time, and many of the games suggested by wJake turned out not to have CE versions. Someone else suggested Dark Dimensions: City of Fog, and that appeals to me based on playing the Trial.

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