A violent murder has awoken a small town with a troubled past, they thought that chapter was over with, but has it returned?
User reviews:
Overall:
Mixed (26 reviews) - 61% of the 26 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 8, 2014

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About This Game

A violent murder has awoken a small town with a troubled past. A town where evil was part of
their history, fear was in their daily lives. They thought that chapter was over with. But has it
returned?

Features:
• Investigate a string of murders.
• Solve puzzles crafted to stop you.
• Meet townsfolk and hear their stories.
• Search for relevant clues and use them to catch a killer.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP
    • Processor: 1.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated Audio or better
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Overall:
Mixed (26 reviews)
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Tsuki❤
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
TL;DR: Very basic, dreadfully short. Buy only on sale.

I own tons of HOGs; I beat this game in an hour. This game looks like it came from the turn of the century rather than 2014. It's pretty simple, based almost entirely on HOS (hidden object scenes) and very little to the adventuring. In the end game I had extra items in my inventory so some puzzles must be skippable. There are a couple spots where the HOS commits the cardinal sin of these games: Need to find "bow" and theres an archery bow, a hair box, and crossbow in the scene. This happened a couple of times. Also the story was rushed. Despite all the flaws, I had a bit of fun, you might too. If you can get it 50%-75% off then go for it.
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GothicHM
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
Easy to play puzzler with some nice narrative twists, only marred by being rather short, though worth purchasing when on offer. 74/100
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Fhury
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
I bought this game on a steam sale, I was hesitant even then due to the poor ratings. It was a pleasant enough game, the storyline seemed a bit shaky but the hidden object scenes and puzzles were of decent quality. I had a few tiny bugs of the game not registering when clicking on objects but otherwise I had no problems. If you are able to find this game on sale, I recommend it. Happy gaming!
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bobkat8001
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 18
Great game. I enjoyed playing it. Lots of HOGs and puzzles. Some harder than others but all doable. I give it a 7 out of 10.
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hermetico
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: October 28, 2015
Average point&click and hidden-object game.
Few puzzles, mostly HOS.
Don't like its graphics.
Boring, IMHO.
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Kimchi Tea
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: August 25, 2015
TL;DR: don't recommend the game; do recommend that some graphic designers be sacked.

After playing for about an hour, I was going to give this a positive review. Seemed like a pretty typical hidden object game, nothing spectaculor, but it had well-designed hidden object scenes, a good ratio of hidden object scenes to puzzles, and a customizable difficulty setting -- which is a big plus in my book.

Unfortunately, as I continued playing, the hidden object scenes started getting sloppy:
  • some obvious white outlines where objects hadn't been properly cut out
  • poorly skewed/resized images
  • more objects that didn't fit in the time period or aesthetic
  • the same object images being repeated in multiple scenes
  • multiple objects that fit the given description, but the game only accepted one of them

There's also some of the usual flaws of the hidden object genre -- like when you come across the murderer while he's trying to kill someone, and he just stands around waiting while you go back to mess around with puzzles trying to find the object you need to stop him, because HOG developers somehow can't accept that this is not a genre where you can create a sense of real-time urgency -- and an overall weak plot. I don't mind that so much, but the lazy hidden object scenes in the second half of the game are a dealbreaker.
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shiaakuma
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: August 23, 2015
This game is squeaking by with a recommendation only if you can find it on sale, because it is very short and there are some minor issues that bothered me.

This is what I term an "Artifex Mundi" style of hidden-object/puzzle game in that there is a combination of hidden object, inventory management, and mini-game puzzles to solve. The game is not particularly difficult and as I mentioned, it is quite short. The plot isn't spectacular, which doesn't bother me too much personally but might be a turn-off for people used to the story quality of more recent AM games. The voiceover work is cringeworthy but blessedly limited to a few cutscenes and some dialogue at the beginning. Graphically it's not great but I've seen far worse, so I thought it was fine overall.

So overall, not a spectacular addition to the HO/puzzle genre, but not actually that bad either. I picked it up on sale for 75% off (making it only a little over a dollar) and don't feel at all regretful, but I wouldn't have liked to pay a full $4.99 for what I got.
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Saturna
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: August 22, 2015
The story didn't make much sense at all. My character drew a conclusion about who was guilty and I barely even knew who the person was.

The HOG part was fine, standard. I found sometimes the items I clicked on wouldn't register.

The puzzles were pretty typical, although some were buggy. There is one puzzle where you have to draw lines between a peg and a hole using the mouse and it would constantly reset for unknown reasons as soon as I got close to the end. Very frustrating.

There are definitely much better games available.
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Aargh
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3, 2015
It's not a bad game. The detective story is decent and the items and puzzles are surprisingly meaningful.
However, there are too many downsides:
  • Very bad graphics and lack of animations. It looks like a game from 2001.
  • It's very short, I've finished it in about two and half hours.
  • There are way too many hidden-object scenes.
  • The "helmet placement" puzzle is broken and can't be solved. Skip button saves the day.
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Mugros
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11, 2015
Pretty easy and linear HOG. Nothing special. One minor bug in the helmet sorting. Artstyle is so-so. Good in a bundle, but there are better ones out there.
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weaver_rhonda
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3, 2015
This was a really awesome and fun game. I liked the hidden objects and good graphics would recommend it highly
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In an other day, other place....
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28, 2015
nice game but was made too small and things began repeating and on and on.
need long and good to play without using any hints and solve button.

THANKYOU
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Sayanne
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12, 2015
Fun point and click murder mystery. The story could of been longer and a little more refined, but still good fun.
In a city of Pennsylvania, a Magistrate is murdered in a suspected way. You are called in to investigate this murder and discover the secret of this little city.
I recommend this game if you are looking for a fun relaxed puzzle game with a nice mystery.
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Stefneh
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28, 2015
Meh.

The story is a little cheesy but that’s a given with most HOGs. It just definitely isn’t the most exciting and when it got to the end I didn’t even really understand who was who or what was going on to be honest. It just wasn’t gripping enough for me to care (although I do have a short attention span, to be fair).

HOG wise it’s alright, the objects are easy enough to find and I personally had no problems with how the items were proportioned/photo shopped in.

I did find myself backtracking a bit because it took me a little time to get used to the mechanics. It wasn’t all that clear when you were done with an area and some things you had to interact with just weren’t giving any indication. No cursor change or anything. I was on “advanced mode” so maybe that was why, but nothing in the description for the mode really hinted at it just straight up not telling you things were interact-able and it only happened with odd things.

All that and it crashing a few times (no progress lost, just tedious) just brung me to the conclusion of it just being meh.

I wouldn’t go as far as to call it bad but I also wouldn’t really go as far as to say it’s good either. There’s better out there, this is just something for fans of the genre that want to widen the library, I guess. I’ll still up vote it just because it’s not THAT bad.


TL;DR : It’s meh.
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Mahri
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: November 30, 2014
too short, too simple, bad graphics.. can't recommend it
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solia_o
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 27, 2014
It's one of those games where I'm not going to say yay or nay. It started out good, loved the atmosphere the settings and background music not to mention an intriguing mystery. However, somehow it got repetitive and the story unfolded in an unorganized and rushed manner. I'll give it a yes as to give you a chance to judge yourself. If it's on sale get it's a short one and you might like it.
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Emblem Parade
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: November 10, 2014
A very short, mediocre hidden-object game. There are better ones.

The story makes very little sense and there is no character development. Otherwise, the graphics are nice and the hidden puzzle scenes adequate.
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Usagi
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: September 4, 2014
Decent game. Kinda short and a bit simple but the story wasn't too bad and was interesting enough for me to want to finish the game.

I'd recommend grabbing it on if it's on sale, the game is a bit too short for me to say it warrants the full price tag, even if five dollars isn't a lot. However, if it is on sale and you enjoy hidden object games with a fair amount of puzzles then grab it up.
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Coolaidgamer
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26, 2014
If you like puzzles and point and click fun this game is great. I do like that kind of thing the story i thought was Pretty good too.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2015
Meh.

The story is a little cheesy but that’s a given with most HOGs. It just definitely isn’t the most exciting and when it got to the end I didn’t even really understand who was who or what was going on to be honest. It just wasn’t gripping enough for me to care (although I do have a short attention span, to be fair).

HOG wise it’s alright, the objects are easy enough to find and I personally had no problems with how the items were proportioned/photo shopped in.

I did find myself backtracking a bit because it took me a little time to get used to the mechanics. It wasn’t all that clear when you were done with an area and some things you had to interact with just weren’t giving any indication. No cursor change or anything. I was on “advanced mode” so maybe that was why, but nothing in the description for the mode really hinted at it just straight up not telling you things were interact-able and it only happened with odd things.

All that and it crashing a few times (no progress lost, just tedious) just brung me to the conclusion of it just being meh.

I wouldn’t go as far as to call it bad but I also wouldn’t really go as far as to say it’s good either. There’s better out there, this is just something for fans of the genre that want to widen the library, I guess. I’ll still up vote it just because it’s not THAT bad.


TL;DR : It’s meh.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2015
It's not a bad game. The detective story is decent and the items and puzzles are surprisingly meaningful.
However, there are too many downsides:
  • Very bad graphics and lack of animations. It looks like a game from 2001.
  • It's very short, I've finished it in about two and half hours.
  • There are way too many hidden-object scenes.
  • The "helmet placement" puzzle is broken and can't be solved. Skip button saves the day.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2015
This game is squeaking by with a recommendation only if you can find it on sale, because it is very short and there are some minor issues that bothered me.

This is what I term an "Artifex Mundi" style of hidden-object/puzzle game in that there is a combination of hidden object, inventory management, and mini-game puzzles to solve. The game is not particularly difficult and as I mentioned, it is quite short. The plot isn't spectacular, which doesn't bother me too much personally but might be a turn-off for people used to the story quality of more recent AM games. The voiceover work is cringeworthy but blessedly limited to a few cutscenes and some dialogue at the beginning. Graphically it's not great but I've seen far worse, so I thought it was fine overall.

So overall, not a spectacular addition to the HO/puzzle genre, but not actually that bad either. I picked it up on sale for 75% off (making it only a little over a dollar) and don't feel at all regretful, but I wouldn't have liked to pay a full $4.99 for what I got.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2015
TL;DR: don't recommend the game; do recommend that some graphic designers be sacked.

After playing for about an hour, I was going to give this a positive review. Seemed like a pretty typical hidden object game, nothing spectaculor, but it had well-designed hidden object scenes, a good ratio of hidden object scenes to puzzles, and a customizable difficulty setting -- which is a big plus in my book.

Unfortunately, as I continued playing, the hidden object scenes started getting sloppy:
  • some obvious white outlines where objects hadn't been properly cut out
  • poorly skewed/resized images
  • more objects that didn't fit in the time period or aesthetic
  • the same object images being repeated in multiple scenes
  • multiple objects that fit the given description, but the game only accepted one of them

There's also some of the usual flaws of the hidden object genre -- like when you come across the murderer while he's trying to kill someone, and he just stands around waiting while you go back to mess around with puzzles trying to find the object you need to stop him, because HOG developers somehow can't accept that this is not a genre where you can create a sense of real-time urgency -- and an overall weak plot. I don't mind that so much, but the lazy hidden object scenes in the second half of the game are a dealbreaker.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2014
If you like puzzles and point and click fun this game is great. I do like that kind of thing the story i thought was Pretty good too.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
A very short, mediocre hidden-object game. There are better ones.

The story makes very little sense and there is no character development. Otherwise, the graphics are nice and the hidden puzzle scenes adequate.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2015
The story didn't make much sense at all. My character drew a conclusion about who was guilty and I barely even knew who the person was.

The HOG part was fine, standard. I found sometimes the items I clicked on wouldn't register.

The puzzles were pretty typical, although some were buggy. There is one puzzle where you have to draw lines between a peg and a hole using the mouse and it would constantly reset for unknown reasons as soon as I got close to the end. Very frustrating.

There are definitely much better games available.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
Decent game. Kinda short and a bit simple but the story wasn't too bad and was interesting enough for me to want to finish the game.

I'd recommend grabbing it on if it's on sale, the game is a bit too short for me to say it warrants the full price tag, even if five dollars isn't a lot. However, if it is on sale and you enjoy hidden object games with a fair amount of puzzles then grab it up.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
It's one of those games where I'm not going to say yay or nay. It started out good, loved the atmosphere the settings and background music not to mention an intriguing mystery. However, somehow it got repetitive and the story unfolded in an unorganized and rushed manner. I'll give it a yes as to give you a chance to judge yourself. If it's on sale get it's a short one and you might like it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 11, 2015
Pretty easy and linear HOG. Nothing special. One minor bug in the helmet sorting. Artstyle is so-so. Good in a bundle, but there are better ones out there.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
too short, too simple, bad graphics.. can't recommend it
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 12, 2015
Fun point and click murder mystery. The story could of been longer and a little more refined, but still good fun.
In a city of Pennsylvania, a Magistrate is murdered in a suspected way. You are called in to investigate this murder and discover the secret of this little city.
I recommend this game if you are looking for a fun relaxed puzzle game with a nice mystery.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 3, 2015
This was a really awesome and fun game. I liked the hidden objects and good graphics would recommend it highly
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2015
Average point&click and hidden-object game.
Few puzzles, mostly HOS.
Don't like its graphics.
Boring, IMHO.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2015
nice game but was made too small and things began repeating and on and on.
need long and good to play without using any hints and solve button.

THANKYOU
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Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Easy to play puzzler with some nice narrative twists, only marred by being rather short, though worth purchasing when on offer. 74/100
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Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Great game. I enjoyed playing it. Lots of HOGs and puzzles. Some harder than others but all doable. I give it a 7 out of 10.
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Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
I bought this game on a steam sale, I was hesitant even then due to the poor ratings. It was a pleasant enough game, the storyline seemed a bit shaky but the hidden object scenes and puzzles were of decent quality. I had a few tiny bugs of the game not registering when clicking on objects but otherwise I had no problems. If you are able to find this game on sale, I recommend it. Happy gaming!
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Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
TL;DR: Very basic, dreadfully short. Buy only on sale.

I own tons of HOGs; I beat this game in an hour. This game looks like it came from the turn of the century rather than 2014. It's pretty simple, based almost entirely on HOS (hidden object scenes) and very little to the adventuring. In the end game I had extra items in my inventory so some puzzles must be skippable. There are a couple spots where the HOS commits the cardinal sin of these games: Need to find "bow" and theres an archery bow, a hair box, and crossbow in the scene. This happened a couple of times. Also the story was rushed. Despite all the flaws, I had a bit of fun, you might too. If you can get it 50%-75% off then go for it.
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