Banquet Hall is unlocked when the player reaches level 97.
Players can 'pay to play' Banquet Hall from level 95 onward, where they can choose to pay with crystals (which will need to be bought with real money) to unlock the Picture early, rather than waiting until they reach level 97 and unlock it for free through normal game play.
Banquet Hall was introduced during the Social Events Update (September 2015). For the duration of the Update, Banquet Hall could be opened from level 7 onward to allow all players to take part in the update's timed challenges. Invitations special items were also needed in addition to energy points to play Banquet Hall. Windows and Mac players did not receive the Social Events Update. Banquet Hall was included in the Halloween 2015 Update.
For the duration of the Social Events Update's Timed Challenges, Invitations are given as rewards for every successful investigation for every picture, as well as for banishing anomalies, but not for playing puzzles.
Once the timed challenges are complete or when the timer runs out (whichever happens first), Invitations were restricted to rewards for only playing Japanese House and Amusement Park. Invitations cannot be gifted between Friends, however, 5 Social Events collections give them as rewards for combining.
With the Introduction of the Halloween 2015 Update (October 2015), Invitations were completely removed from the game. They were no longer required to play Banquet Hall, which became a regular Picture that just requires energy points to play. Any leftover Invitations in a players Inventory were automatically converted, in equal parts, to the regular special items in the game (Fireflies, Ladybugs, Carrots, Cupid Arrows, and Tokens) and the collections that used to reward Invitations as rewards for combining them during the Social Events Update had their rewards changed to regular game items.
From the Diary:
"Someone put a magical photo from Richard's collection inside today's newspaper. Christy told me it was made after some fete in the Order. Hmm, looking at this photo, the scale of the party seems really huge, given the huge banquet hall. I wonder who put this photo in the newspaper? Was it Richard himself?"
Banquet Hall is one of the pictures in the game that does not reward any combining elements but does reward collection items that require a large number of combining elements to combine.
The following is a list of hidden items found in Banquet Hall. Depending on the Picture Level and Game Mode you may not have to find all the items in one visit. Morphs and Pieces modes have their own items that need to be found, separate from those listed below.
- Angel Statue
- Box of chocolate ¹
- Clutch Purse ¹
- Eyeglasses ¹
- Gift bag
- Hand Fan ¹
- Peacock Feather
- Playing cards
- Red caviar
- Top hat
- Zodiac sign
- The Hanami Festival Update (April 2018) made the following changes:
- Box of sweets was renamed Box of chocolate
- Clutch was renamed Clutch Purse
- Fan was renamed Hand Fan
- Glasses was renamed Eyeglasses
Resource Demands and Rewards for PlayingEdit
Banquet Hall is a Collection Item only Picture. This means its list of potential rewards for each play only contains regular Collection Items, mode dependent Collection Items (depending on what mode the Picture is currently in), and Quest Items (if a Quest is currently active for the Picture). The list of potential rewards for Banquet Hall is made up of 11 Collections:
- Meditation aids
- Circus animals
- Appetizing quesadilla
- British souvenirs
- Ghost traps
- Special fruit tea
- Potted flowers
- Wind instruments
- London gentleman
- Lost glasses
- Cheese fondue
When Banquet Hall is first opened, and so is on Novice level, only the first 4 items from the Meditation aids collection will be on the list of potential rewards. As the level of the Picture is increased, more and more items will be unlocked as potential rewards.
The amount of energy required to play Banquet Hall will increase as the level of the Picture is increased. The experience points and coins rewards for each win of the Picture will also increase to match the increase in resource demands, as will the pool of potential collection item rewards:
|Level||Resource Demands||Minimum Resource Rewards||Potential Game Item Rewards Pool|
|Energy Points||Special Items||Experience Points||Coins||Combining Elements||Collection Items|
|Novice||88||N/A||300||320||N/A||Gotu kola; Brahmi oil; 'Prana' drink; 'Sounds of Nature' CD|
+Incense; Circus dog; Circus bear; Circus horse
+Circus monkey; Circus tiger; Tortillas; Garlic
+Yellow bell pepper; Chili peppers; Dried tarragon; Statuette of 'Big Ben'
+'Tower Bridge' souvenir; Red phone booth; Figure of foot guard; English tea
+Crystal chest; Silver net; 'Belladonna' perfume; Camouflage cloak
+Golden wax; Dried pineapple; Dried apple; Dried cherry
+Dried papaya; Golden raisins; Tillandsia; Lachenalia; Vriesea; Cyclamen; Passiflora; Flute; Clarinet; Trumpet; Zurna; Trombone; Tails; Top hat; Gloves; Cravat; Walking stick
|Grand Magister||112||N/A||380||400||N/A|| |
+Contact lenses; Photochromic sunglasses; Round glasses; Square glasses; Lorgnette; Emmental cheese; Gruyère cheese; Baguette; Onion; Fondue pot
Note: The energy demands and experience points/coins rewarded for Banquet Hall have been changed by the Halloween 2015 Update, since the level to unlock Banquet Hall has been increased from 7 to 97 and higher unlocking level Pictures tend to have higher energy demands, higher experience points and coins rewards, and slower rates of % progress for each play at the Novice - Pro levels.
- The 'Watermelon' is a single wedge-shaped piece of watermelon
- The 'Invitation' does not look like the invitations that you collect to play Banquet Hall during the Social Events update. It is a simple white envelope with a gold ribbon.
- The 'Cake' is a slice of cake. In silhouette mode, its silhouette is not triangular which can be confusing, it is a more rounded silhouette but is recognizable by the shape of the decorations on top of the cake on top of the silhouette.
- The 'Strawberry' is a bowl of Strawberries.
- The 'Red Caviar' looks like a silver bowl with legs with a round red top (like a squashed red globe statue)
- The 'Zodiac sign' looks most like the Leo zodiac sign (a simple black shape similar to an upper case omega). Look for the curly black shape on the walls in the Banquet Hall.