With Halloween fast approaching, it's about time for some new seasonal adventures, and the first supernatural mystery out of the chute is Cindy Pondillo's Haunting at Cliffhouse.
An indie adventure four years in the making, Haunting at Cliffhouse casts players in the role of a woman distraught over the tragic death of her husband. The Cliffhouse Bed and Breakfast seems like the perfect tonic, a "sanctuary of peace and serenity in your time of grief." But death clings closely to Cliffhouse as well, and "from the moment you ring the check-in bell, you are thrown into a world of mystery, family secrets and tragic history that will take you through time to unravel the buried scandals of the long-dead family dynasty who shaped the very coastline on which you stay. Logging and love, mythology and magic, art and artifice; all conspire to turn your dream into a nightmare."
As the gameplay trailer suggests, Haunting at Cliffhouse is a blend of casual and traditional point-and-click adventuring, all fully voiced and presented in a first-person slideshow format. Unlike many indie adventures, Haunting at Cliffhouse is avaiable on CD (and only on CD). It's priced at $14.95 plus shipping directly from the developer's Mystery Manor website.