I haven't played long, but I just had to tell you... This $3.50 version from GamersGate is a Collector's Edition! I know the picture on the site shows "Deluxe Edition" but is has a list price of $6.99 so I expected a SE.
There are 36 mysterious morphing objects.
There is a strategy guide, which unfortunately you cannot access during game play, you have to "exit" the game to open it. But, "exit" takes you directly to the main menu, no "Are you sure you want to go to the main menu?" And when you are on the main menu, and select "quit," guess what? It actually exits the game! No, "Are you sure you want to exit?" message! WOW! The SG is 47 pages long.
There is a diary, and a page in it for the "poems." Creepy poems counting down gnomes. "7 little gnomes sitting on the bricks, one fell into the chimney and then there were six" is the first one (you find it right away, so that isn't a spoiler!), and they are clues. Clues to hidden gold!
There is a timer, but the game isn't timed, it just shows how long you have been playing.
I have had one puzzle, which I figured out myself, since I chose to play with no hints. And there aren't. The character you play sometimes talks to herself, but she doesn't tell you what to do.
Oh, something wonderful! The hard mode has no hints, but there is a box on the "options" page where you can turn sparkles on or off! Yes! On or off! We are in charge! We can have no hints, but sparkles for the HOS, or no sparkles at all! It works too! I went back and forth trying it, I was so excited!
HOS are usual. Some interactive. Better than some games, not as good as others. No click penalty.
The music and sounds are really, very, very creepy. I am waiting for something to jump out at me! Some will dislike the graphics. They are dark, as befitting an old house, and a little grainy. But, not bad.
Anyway... $3.50 for the CE!