Halloween: The Pirate’s Curse is a hidden object game. There are mini-games mixed in. If you are looking for a truly scary Halloween themed game this year, this one isn’t it, which is a pity since the title is so promising.
The theme is about a couple of kids going to trick or treat. The pirate’s curse never really appears in this game. In fact, by the time you might get to that part of the story line, the game is virtually over. It is kind of boring as you clean up the garage, pick out costumes, and hit the streets trick or treating before you even meet the Pirate. It takes far too long to get into the actual story.
Another problem with this is the game is the Halloween decorations. Most of them look like they came straight from a dollar store. Instead of being spine-tingling scary, they looked like cartoons. It was almost like they were downgrading the graphics for the kids.
Despite the fact that it doesn’t have that much fright factor, the overall game play is not that bad. They did have add a little interest by turning some of the objects into a carnival type game where the points you get vary. There is also a hidden vampire to find.
I did find some of the mini-games confusing. The instructions weren’t clear for some of them. You also didn’t really have the option to reset the mini-puzzle. Hints also aren’t available for the mini-games although you do still have the option to skip.
For a Halloween game, I just wanted more. It needed more scary decorations. They needed to make me afraid. They could have done that with the pirate and his curse, but instead of getting deeper into that, they went with the more mundane aspects of trick or treating. There wasn’t that many tricks and even less on the treat side. If you are into hidden object games, it is still very playable, and it has all the elements that fans will like. It just doesn’t make a very good Halloween game.