As far as HOGs go, it isn’t that bad.
A read through the reviews before playing this and it came across pretty negative. I trade spare bundle keys a lot and thought well, I may as well get rid of a spare key for a new game so I thought I’d give it a try. I honestly think it’s not that bad.
The story line is somewhat intriguing. Again, for as far as HOGs go. They are usually pretty cheesy storylines and they usually all fall under the same categories. Master thief, ancient treasure hunter, detective and so on. It isn’t an amazingly riveting plot, but it’s not too shabby.
Items blend in well and the art is nice, which is always a good bonus for HOGs. A few items blended in a little too well but it wasn’t a problem. It still didn’t take that long to find, just slowed down the momentum.
The puzzles and game mechanics are good, a few interesting puzzles in there. Nothing remarkably challenging though.
One thing that did kind of bug me with this game was the backtracking. Oh the backtracking… it kind of felt at points like you had to go back and check every scene you’ve already been in to be able to find everything you needed. Which was a tad tedious. The main setting is in a massive house, so backtracking and checking every room after you’ve made some progress wasn’t all that fun and took away from the feel of the game a bit.
But apart from that I would say I still recommend this one. It’s a nice addition to the genre. Although I would have to agree with quite a few people out there saying this isn’t the best HOG on the market. It’s decent, but it’s not the best. If you are a real fan of the genre and buy them more for the object finding (like I do) then the storyline/everything else then I’d say yes.
Hidden object games are pure cheese as it is, I don’t imagine many proper gamers actually enjoy these kind of games and I don’t really blame them. I can’t imagine most major gamers hopping out of COD and into this. So if you’re that kind of gamer and are looking to at least try this genre, I would say to go with a different, higher rated one.
All in all it’s decent.
TL;DR : OH THE BACKTRACKING… the story is alright, the art/item blending is decent, the mechanics and puzzles are good. If you can get past the backtracking then it’s a decent addition to the genre. Get it. Do it. Naaaow.