Thrills abound as the ghost-hunters from the hit TV show “Paranormal State” race to solve a terrifying Civil War haunting!
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Mostly Positive (179 reviews) - 77% of the 179 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 26, 2013

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About This Game

The Paranormal Research team from the hit A&E TV show "Paranormal State" is called in to investigate a terrifying supernatural event at Poison Spring State Park, historical site to a grisly Civil War battle. Join the team as their newest member, solve this ghostly case, and reunite two wayward spirits in this eerie Adventure game!

  • Scour over 40 locations and 20+ Hidden Object scenes of hauntingly beautiful Poison Spring State Park!
  • Enjoy detailed, hand-painted artwork, full voice-acting, and a story inspired by true events!
  • Detect spiritual occurrences with special gadgets, such as the EMF Meter, the Thermal Cam, and more!
  • Solve 30 spooky puzzles and save the state park in Paranormal State: Poison Spring!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.2+ or compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 786 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.2+ or compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 786 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7 (Lion)
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.2+ or compatible graphics card
    • Storage: 786 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.9 (Mavericks)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.2+ or compatible graphics card
    • Storage: 786 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12+
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.2+ or compatible graphics card
    • Storage: 786 MB available space
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Mostly Positive (179 reviews)
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Serieus
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Great hidden object adventure game. Some good tough puzzles that had me trying multiple times before I finally was able to solve them. Though never too tough where you'd be frustrated. The graphics were perfect, and what you'd expect from this type of game. The hidden object scenes on the other hand were very tough since many of the scenes required multiple objects to be used to finally get to the item you were looking for. Personally, I enjoyed the difficulty when compared to other hidden object games that I've played in the past.

The story was constantly in your face and didn't take a back seat to the game, however, there was nothing too impressive about the story itself. Overally, a great game that I would definitely recommend, especially if you're into this type of genre.
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Blackpot
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
An Investigation Discovery case: Haunted museum in the forest! Wooha, creepy meepy isn't it? Do not scream, the horror-o-meter is low.
I don't know if ghosts do exist or not, but i think this is somewhat similar when two children are talking about games, future kid says that he have 200 games on Steam account, and the kid from the past asks that can i see em? So future (rather present) kid answers like, sorry, they phisically doesn't exists. So i think most of the things can be answered by science. Either way, there is one thing i am sure, lots of people can make a living from the paranormal, and esoteric business. (Not the game devs of course).

So, a small team of professional people decided to face the haunting past, their adventure is far exceptional. Great puzzles with logic, no nonsense pairings and such riddles, unlike in the similar point and click games. 5-6 hours of gameplay, good graphics, interesting story - good buy i say.
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maskofthephantasm
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Underneath the uncanny-valley art and animation, horrendously inaccurate depictions of Native Americans, ridiculously small cursor hotspots, and pretty bad recording quality (did no one send the voice acttress for Iris a decent mic?), there's a pretty decent HOG.

This game is fun and funny in its badness, but the mechanics are there enough to make getting through the game pretty simple and painless. Got it for less than a candy bar, so I can't complain.
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chantsella
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Very entertainig.
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*****
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Nice game, worth the 1.49€ i got it for. Kept me busy for an afternoon. I'd buy it again for that price, the standard 10€ is a bit too much though, in my opinon, as you finish the game in a few hours and it doesn't have what i'd call replay value.

Some of the minigames should have been left out (Peg solitaire? Towers of Hanoi? Please!), but all in all, it is a nice mix of hidden object and minigames, none too hard.
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Ghost Queen Grimm
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
The "acting" alone is worth a good laugh. So if you can get this game cheap enough, go for it. Its a decent hidden object game, not great, but I've honestly yet to find one that's actually "great". They're all fun, regardless of how cheesey the acting or how bad the graphics.
But honestly, this one takes the cake for cheesey acting. Like to the point its become a running joke in my friend group after I shared a screen shot of it.
Its bordering "So bad its good", but its mostly just laughably bad.
Still a decent game though, as far as I can remember.
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aRoDaT™☪
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Product received for free
My first time playing hidden object games. It was like a novel. I opened it to drop trading cards but finished the game. :)
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CrystalBooness
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
the graphics are ok on this game and the story line not too bad. I got through the game ok but I guess I expected more as this was a favorite show of mine. Don't get me wrong. It is pretty good. I think I just had higher expectation.
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sbszine
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
A solid hidden object game from someone other than Artifex Mundi for a change. The puzzles here are much better than you usually get, and include a few dexterity minigames too. There are tons of hidden object scenes too, which you don't get so much of in newer titles. If you liked the first Enigmatis, this is a good bet, as the production values, feature set, and puzzle to hidden object ratio are similar.

The only negative is that the hotspots are tiny. If you remember to click with the top left pixel of whatever thing you're using -- rather than what visually makes sense -- everything goes smoothly. For example, if you get a set of keys and the keyfob is on the top left corner, put the fob into the lock, not the key. You get used to it quickly.
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wyldrose
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Even setting aside the cultural appropriation, this game has issues:

- full screen is glitchy
- the custom cursor doesn't display properly
- the map displays available actions, even on the hardest difficulty
- voiceovers can't be turned off (separate from general sounds)
- active points are *very* fussy and a failure drops the item back into your inventory without any message (so you get no feedback whether you just missed or if it was the wrong item)
- twitchy mini-games

Also, because the NPCs eyes move, but not their lips, it really looks like everybody has telepathy or something. (Better, granted, than some of the gawd-awful mouth animations to be seen in the HOG genre, but still very odd looking.)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
The "acting" alone is worth a good laugh. So if you can get this game cheap enough, go for it. Its a decent hidden object game, not great, but I've honestly yet to find one that's actually "great". They're all fun, regardless of how cheesey the acting or how bad the graphics.
But honestly, this one takes the cake for cheesey acting. Like to the point its become a running joke in my friend group after I shared a screen shot of it.
Its bordering "So bad its good", but its mostly just laughably bad.
Still a decent game though, as far as I can remember.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Great hidden object adventure game. Some good tough puzzles that had me trying multiple times before I finally was able to solve them. Though never too tough where you'd be frustrated. The graphics were perfect, and what you'd expect from this type of game. The hidden object scenes on the other hand were very tough since many of the scenes required multiple objects to be used to finally get to the item you were looking for. Personally, I enjoyed the difficulty when compared to other hidden object games that I've played in the past.

The story was constantly in your face and didn't take a back seat to the game, however, there was nothing too impressive about the story itself. Overally, a great game that I would definitely recommend, especially if you're into this type of genre.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Product received for free
My first time playing hidden object games. It was like a novel. I opened it to drop trading cards but finished the game. :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
An Investigation Discovery case: Haunted museum in the forest! Wooha, creepy meepy isn't it? Do not scream, the horror-o-meter is low.
I don't know if ghosts do exist or not, but i think this is somewhat similar when two children are talking about games, future kid says that he have 200 games on Steam account, and the kid from the past asks that can i see em? So future (rather present) kid answers like, sorry, they phisically doesn't exists. So i think most of the things can be answered by science. Either way, there is one thing i am sure, lots of people can make a living from the paranormal, and esoteric business. (Not the game devs of course).

So, a small team of professional people decided to face the haunting past, their adventure is far exceptional. Great puzzles with logic, no nonsense pairings and such riddles, unlike in the similar point and click games. 5-6 hours of gameplay, good graphics, interesting story - good buy i say.
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113 of 177 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2014
"The scariest bit was his face"

My attention was brought to this game while it was still trying to get through Steam Greenlight and was offering free keys to users willing to vote. Now the game is up, and while me and many other users are still awaiting the promised keys, this game appeared in a bundle, so I've picked it up there so I can play and review the game for all those who are still waiting.

Story
As someone who doesn't watch television, my knowledge of this was minimal until I looked it up for my review. The knowledge that the series was supposed to be reality TV just makes this so much worse. Anyway, this game has the team, along with you, a new guy who doesn't receive a name, go to see someone about some recently strangeness at the site of a Civil War battle. This really was a weak point of the game, and given I know now of the 'reality TV' series, I can only face palm at the thought that it would be so poor as well.

Presentation
Expressionless faces and emotionless voices. This was so bad. The characters from the TV show have some poor caricatures, most of which don't closely match the original characters. Still, they aren't so bad you couldn't match them to a photo. The fact that the faces are never changing, no matter the current events, well, that is less forgivable. The main character just has a creepy stare that never changes through the game, and the rest aren't much better. I've been informed that the voice acting isn't from the original actors either, which doesn't bother me as I've never watched it, but the poor quality of it certainly does. Little emotion to it, and bad all round.

At least once you ignore the characters, the rest is at the expected level of quality for a hidden objects games. Items are clear, but don't stand out, which is what you would want from the genre. Nothing special to mention, but no more complaints from this section.

Controls
Purely point and click with the mouse. The only problem here was picking up an item to use on the same screen, as where you would expect the pointer to be isn't always correct, resulting in trying to guess the correct positioning to continue on.

Gameplay
With a hidden object game, there isn't a lot to the gameplay. A number of rooms to look through, finding hidden object puzzles, logic puzzles and items for solving the logic puzzles. In two of these, the game is fine. Hidden object puzzles went as expected, even if it doesn't bring anything special to the table. Locating items for the other puzzles is also simple enough.

The logic puzzles, here there are some more problems to add to the list of flaws. Some of these are quite alright, while some of them seem to have no logic to them, just attempting everything until it works. One early puzzle was to get the electricity working by replacing fuses. You have several empty slots and several coloured fuses. The slots weren't marked in any way that I could see, you just tried each fuse until a small light lit up, then moved to the next. That isn't any sort of puzzle, just random guessing. If there was a logical solution, it wasn't visible to me. There were several others handled just as poorly.

Lifespan
This game is quite short, being under 5 hours to beat both the original campaign and the bonus content unlocked after that, though that is an acceptable length for the genre. There are also 20 achievements, but most if not all will be unlocked the first time around. There are some difficulty settings but this only effects what level of hints you will receive during the game, something I never used myself. Chances are you won't bother with this game once you have completed it the first time.

Closing
Overall, this game really isn't worth a purchase, at least not at the asking price. There are many better games available capable of testing both your eyes and your mind, without inflicting the problems mentioned.

4 / 10
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34 of 46 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
Well it is not bad, in that I completed it and didn't feel ripped off, there weren't any technical issues. However there are many other similar and better games on Steam that I wouldn't recommend this one unless you are starting to exhaust Steam's catalogue of hidden object games.

It is not scary, there are a couple of jump scares but they don't really affect the scariness of the game. However I did feel uncomfortable playing this game for the following reasons.

The art work in general is very good. However the character animation during dialogue is really uncanny as it is just large blinking eyes and in the group scene at the beginning strange head tilts.

The characters motivation is a bit off, you play as the newest member of the paranormal investigation group, but you are given all of the equipment during the game and sent off to do almost all of the work, so you end up wanting to tell the other members of the team to get up of their backsides and do something. I would understand if you were split from the group or there was some story dynamic to make you do it, but there isn’t. An early example is that you have to answer the phone in the back of the car on the way there, even though you are in the front passenger seat and there are four people in the back who are nearer the phone, and are more likely to know the person on the other end. Assembling an electrical item with the technical expert next to you, because he cannot be bothered? It gets worse.

Hidden Object Scenes, not too difficult to implement you would think, but these are the most annoying I have ever played. Using synonyms is ok, half hiding objects are ok, but most of the scenes have objects which require multiple actions to find. Which is fine but there are a lot of them. I should mention that the hidden objects appear to be the same in subsequent play throughs. Normally I would expect a scene to have 12-15 hidden objects selected out of database of a greater number of possible objects, sometimes they always include a particular object needed to advance the plot, but there is usually some variation, in this game there isn't any. This is made worse because even when you know two objects work together clicking on one with the other is difficult due to the detection of the game engine, if often doesn’t detect the click unless you click a certain part of the object but this seems to vary, and not in a predictable or intelligent way.

The first hidden object scene contains 4 objects out of 12 which require multiple actions; the highest appears to be 6 out of 12. Some of the solutions are nonsensical. It is almost as bad as the famous puzzle in one of the Gabriel Knight games that requires you to place tape over a hole in a fence to chase a cat through, such that hair is stuck to the tape, which you then use to make a fake moustache to disguise yourself as a character that doesn’t have a moustache.

This followed through into the other puzzles, melt that substance with a melting point over 1000 degrees C on a campfire ok. Go to great lengths to get a source of light, even though there is an electric work light only feet away etc.

Gameplay aside I felt uncomfortable playing the game for three main reasons.

1) The game requires you to vandalise and steal items during you investigation at times when there is no urgency. If the game required me to steal a first aid kit to help someone who was dying, I would say fair enough, or break a car window to retrieve a phone to call for the police, well they can just bill me for the window.

However the game requires me to steal and cause damage at times in the game when as far as the group is concerned, no one is in immediate danger, or the only reason to break the law is for the benefit of our investigation. Randomly destroy and damage Native American artefacts for no reason because later on you will just happen to need them, take whatever you want even though the owners are not far away, because well who cares.

2) Health and safety, running into a burning building to rescue someone, dangerous but necessary. But don't worry; you won’t be doing anything like that.

Instead:

Instead thrill in the danger of lighting candles so you can see to fill a gas tank, because someone cannot be bothered to go back to the car and get a torch.

Damage a building water supply and leave it leaking in a room with the electricity switch on, to clean a mirror to see something in the reflection which you would see by just turning around.

3) Native Americans, I don't know much about Native American culture, however it is featured and plays a prominent part of the game. But it all seems very stereotypical, dream catchers - check, Indians wearing fringed buckskin - check, big head dresses - check, totem poles - check. Everything from old cowboy films before laws were brought in to stop white people in makeup playing Native Americans - check. I doubt that all of the Native American symbolism used is genuine, and even with the genuine items, I doubt that any one nation included all of these elements. It would have been less of a problem in a more fantastic setting, but the associated TV show is delivered as a documentary, and the game is set in a real world setting. It made me cringe and I am a white Englishman, so I expect it would really upset actual Native Americans. I just felt that it was all a bit racist, and apart from holding my hand up and saying "How", it couldn't have gotten anymore unpleasant.

So I would in closing say, the game is not terrible, but almost all of the hidden object games on Steam are better. It is really only for fans of the TV show. Go play something by Artifex Mundi (Developed not just distributed by.) and you will have a better experience for a bit less money.
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Casual level of difficulty for the Hidden Object Puzzles, but also a good story for Veteran Mystery game fans meaning you can be 93.14% sure you will enjoy this game. Lots of different puzzles to keep things interesting. This game is based on an A&E show, players are a member of a college club called the Paranormal Research Society, or as the cool kids say PRS. In Poison Spring all kinds of creepy stuff happen, and the game is even scary as well at parts! One of the characters Ryan Buell just looks creepy, the characters in cinematics look expressionless which also makes it eerie. Dont let steelhands get away with his master plan to decieve this group of pesky kids, they are supposed to be in college but they all look way to old and one of them looks 90 so not sure what that is about.

Feels pretty short, after beating the game is a bonus game where you return to the dreaded Poison Spring to solve yet another mystery. The puzzles are very well put together, the hidden object parts really fit and dont look like a garage sale vomited stuff all over, each part has a sound, or most do making it feel in depth. Be careful behind some objects are ghosts! Lots of those weird ghost hunting gadgets from the audio device to the camera and a digital signature thing is in the game making you feel all x filey.

Here is a link for history buffs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Poison_Spring

*If game is blinking, right click the exe and set it to disable DPI scaling... Problem solved :D
Turn out the lights, use only a candle while playing for maximum chills and thrills!
Rating: 10/10 Value: $7.99
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
This game is not just a HOG (hidden object game), it also has the elements of a point and click adventure. This is my first time playing a HOG that is both a HOG and a Point and Click adventure game, and let me tell you, it is a lot of fun. When I played other HOGs I got bored of doing nothing but hidden object scenes non-stop, and I often would not even finish the game. This game, I see myself finishing and maybe even coming back to play again a 2nd time. The game is that much fun and it is never boring. In between doing hidden objects, you got plenty of mini-games and puzzles to solve. I highly recommend that nobody who plays this game, use the skip button on any mini-game. The fun of this game is solving the mini-games and puzzles. If you skip them, then you are losing out on a lot of the fun.

One of the things that makes this game great is that the hidden object scenes "fit". In other HOG games, the hidden object scenes would not fit. Like a cemetery scene that was so cluttered that it didn't even look like a real cemetery. In this game, every hidden object scene feels like it is part of the world. I would say the scenes fit into the world about 95% of the way in this game, and that is pretty good. Every HOG game has a lot of hidden objects that don't belong in a certain place, so no scene will fit 100% but fitting about 95% is pretty good.

One of the things that makes this game both unique and great, is that there are interactive objects in the hidden object scenes. For example, you may have to cut something open. So you first need to find the right item that is able to cut the thing open, and then you need to do it. I ran into some interesting interactive objects during my time playing so far, such as the spider web. I don't want to give away any spoilers so I won't say anymore about the spider web. But I will say, it makes this a unique game in having these interactive objects. Having them in the game also makes it more interesting and fun.

Another thing that makes this game great, is you feel motivated to continue playing the game until you finish it. Other HOG games, I got bored with, but not with this game. This game, I feel motivated to play. I just started playing the game today, and I played for almost 3 hours in one day. I will finish the game in the next few days. What keeps me motivated is that every time you finish a hidden object scene, you get rewarded with an object that you can use in the point and click adventure part of the game. Also as I said earlier in the review, it is not nothing but hidden object scenes, so you have variety in this game. The variety keeps me interested and motivated. I plan to solve every mini-game and puzzle in the game, without using a walkthrough. Even if that means taking a little longer then other people to finish the game. I will get more fun out of the game that way.

I highly recommend this game for people who enjoy HOGs, especially if you like a HOG with point and click adventure elements in it.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2015
I hear this is based on some TV show on A&E that I've never seen because our waxen-faced hero there won't shut the ♥♥♥♥ up about it for the first 5 minutes of gameplay. He's the leader of some rag-tag Scooby gang that goes around and uses their dad's spare electronics to pretend ghosts exist. Some ♥♥♥♥'s going down in a state park built on an old Civil War battleground and you get to help them suss it out.

Aside from the fearless leader and the contrived-as-hell plot, this is a very solid game. The graphics are clear and detailed, which you would think would be a regular priority in games where you have to find things. It really does make a huge difference in the item searches, which are a small step backwards from Infected in that you have to find some really obtuse, nonsensical items like shadows and symbols. They're still quite fun and seem easier than in similar games. The puzzles are also great, clearly explained and easy to get the hang of, but still provide a decent challenge. The detail extends to the environments you navigate, with lots of things to examine and learn more about the park from. There are even some hidden objects scattered around the map to find just for fun. I think this one makes a perfect entry-level hidden object game for people new to the genre, and is polished and fun enough for veterans as well. Thumbs up.

Seriously though, he makes that kind of face through the entire game.
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35 of 54 people (65%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 14, 2014
I'm gonna be completely honest here, I hated this game, and this is coming from someone who enjoys hidden object games quite a bit. This review will be based on the game's merits regardless of the fact that I received it free, as I think that would be unfair to anyone looking to purchase it.

Let me first state that I am not a fan of the premise...at...all. I've never watched the show, but even so, the whole paranormal investigator thing is so hokey and contrived that it right off the bat turned me off. Despite the story, I was willing to give the game a chance focusing on the gameplay; it's not as if HOGs have the greatest narratives in gaming anyway, and it's usually the artwork, atmosphere and gameplay that keeps me entertained.

In all honesty, the artwork is pretty decent, at least the non-character graphics. They're pretty much par for the course in the genre and are pleasant enough to look at. The character models though, boy...again, I haven't watched the show, but I found the characters' emotionless stares far more creepy than anything the ghosts toss at you. And the somewhat monotone voice acting doesn't help them either.

The gameplay in the adventure portions was average, nothing I haven't seen before. The puzzles were OK, again, nothing I haven't seen before, but mildly stimulating all the same. The hidden object scenes, though, I grit my teeth even thinking about them. It's kind of hard to mess these up, but they managed to do it here. For one, there are way too many multi-action items; 2-3 per scene is usually pretty good, but later in the game nearly half of the items in each scene require 2-3 steps to clear. Ok, no big deal...but some of the actions are so illogical, I don't know how they expected people to figure them out without either clicking on everything like crazy or taking the easy route and using the help button, which I usually avoid at all costs but used more times than I can count because I just didn't have to patience for this game. Other items were what I would consider deceptively hidden, which is something I will always criticize as an artificial means of adding difficulty. The best hidden object scenes utilize clever synonyms and unique word usage to add difficulty as well as help improve vocabulary, but that's rarely the case here. And I haven't even mentioned the buggy cursor that wouldn't select/pick up certain items without clicking 20+ times trying to find the right pixel to trigger...

Bottom line, the gameplay was not enough to make up for the stinker of a premise/story. Folks, there are a LOT better hidden object games out there to spend your money on. I would advise avoiding this one unless you're a rabid fan of the TV show and need a fix or end up getting it in a bundle.
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