House of 1,000 Doors: The Palm of Zoroaster
Available on Big Fish Games
This casual adventure game is the sequel to House of 1,000 Doors: Family Secrets and has the player reunite with protagonist Kate Reed as she once again works to untangle the mysteries unfolding at the other-worldly mansion. Drawn back to the house by news of seemingly-sentient fireball activity, Kate finds her arrival was anticipated by the house’ residents and she is quickly drafted into helping understand why a pipe organ suddenly appeared and its connection to ending the fireballs’ rampage. She soon learns that a cursed gem is behind the chaos, and finding the missing pieces of the organ is the only way to destroy the gem for good. To do this, Kate must visit the ghosts of Tibetan monks and French medieval knights, explore jungles and abandoned ships and much more.
I found this game entertaining. The game’s story is certainly fantastical, but as long as that doesn’t bother you, it provides a very enjoyable experience. The graphics are very vivid and colorful, the voice actors do a great job, and the dialogue sounds realistic. I didn’t experience any problems from the technical side of the game, and it was easy to look up and realize I’d spent way longer playing than I had intended to. If you’ve played the first game, House of 1,000 Doors: Family Secrets, and you enjoyed it, then you’ll love this one, too.