In the spooky new iPad app, Midnight Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials, the ghost of Nathaniel Hawthorne comes to you for help. There were mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, and as you investigate you’ll find yourself caught up in stories of land grabs, betrayal, and, of course, accused witches. (MumboJumbo provided a review copy of the app, and they have a copy to give to you, too. Keep reading for details.)
To solve the mystery, you must talk to the ghosts you encounter. They’ll send you on missions to get something they need, and then share information with you. Objects can be found in the environment, or at the end of one of these hidden object hunts. Find all of the objects at the bottom to be able to search for the one you need for your mission. The gameplay here is similar to I Spy, which is to say fun and sometimes maddening. Some of the screens are very dark, making the objects tough to find. You can collect ravens, though, which will give you hints.
The game is also filled with a wide range of terrific puzzles. One of my favorite ones was the puzzle where you have to use broken mirror shards and colored jars to move and change light, moving the ghost through the room.
The other thing to note about Midnight Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials is that it’s stunning. The scenery looks amazing, and the ghost effects range from wonderfully spooky to downright scary.
This game is recommended for ages 9 and up, but some of the younger kids in this range may still find parts of it too scary. The story is also very complex. I’ll admit that I didn’t totally follow all of it, but that didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the game. ($9.99 for the iPad app, also available as a PC Game)
We have a free copy of the Midnight Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials iPad app to give away to two lucky winners. To enter, simply comment on this post or send a tweet mentioning the game and @GeekMomBlog, like this:
I want to win Midnight Mysteries to solve the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials @GeekMomBlog
Comment or tweet by Saturday 10/31 and we’ll announce the winners on Halloween.
UPDATE: Congratulations to both of our commenters, Chris and Sue. The tweets couldn’t pull the win away from you, and now you’ll each get a free copy of this great game. Happy Halloween!