Short game, trite story, beautiful art, nice theme song.
This is the first hidden object adventure game I have ever played, but I am a veteran of the old 90's style point and click adventures.
For the most part you wander around, seemingly at random, until you find a "swirly" spot to click on. This will start a hidden object scene search, upon completion you will be awarded an item, although some items are found without hidden object searches as well (general environment finds).
Some of these items are used in puzzles, some of them are keys, and the rest are your traditional use on environment items that adventure fans are familiar with. None of the puzzles are challenging, and all are logical. The only exception to this rule is the "Urns" puzzle - the final one in the game. Thankfully you can hit a button and skip any puzzle if you want, but this version of the game also has a strategy guide which you can access from the menu (probably not during a game though, but I never tested this).
This version of the game does come with some digital "extras", most notably 8 beautiful (up to 1080p) wallpapers which are taken from the memorable scenes in the game. In fact you can see three of these in the screenshots on the Steam Store page. Naturally you get to play back any video you have already seen, and there is also some concept art (but not much, six images to be precise).
Oh, there's also a mahjong game if you want to play that instead of finding hidden objects, but I never tried that feature.
For the price I feel like the game is too short, versus something like Monkey Island II - another zombie themed pirate adventure, and probably the best adventure game of all time. However, it's worth playing if you like pirates and the sounds of thunder and lightning and want to have the beautiful wallpaper art on your desktop (I do).
Posted: February 8th, 2014