So I'm not an hidden object game aficionado. This is only the second one I've played. Anyway, the number one reason why I'm not recommending this is the ridiculous amount of repetition. Each of the 25 puzzle locations has in the neighborhood of 50-70 hidden objects in them. In the main mode, you visit each of them by level 15 but then are forced to play 10 more levels (of multiple locations each) to get to the end. I think the justification for the repetition is that you search for 10 objects at a time per location but since the objects are also repeated across locations it just feels even more repetitious. Secondly, the threadbare "story." Each level, after searching several locations on the island, you collect an item to help you get to the end of the game. SPOILER However, you get to the end of the game after collecting 25 escape objects to be told you only need 9 of them :( All that repetition for nothing.
Other that that, after each level you get to do a simple game mode like card matching, match 3, word search, or some jigsaw type ones. These are just ok. You can unlock a mode where you get to do 15 levels of match three, but that was the least fun type. Now on the plus side, the hidden objects are well placed within the locations and there was some fun word play in the clues sometimes. Also, I did enjoy the simple final escape puzzle. I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed the Unlimited Seek and Find mode that you can unlock. Contrary to what I expected in this mode, you get to find every available item at a location (which like I said seemed to be in the 50-70 item range.) I played through the game twice because I knew I wanted to write a review, but otherwise I only would have played through it once. BOTTOM LINE: For half the price, Season of Mystery: The Cherry Blossom Murders is a better hidden object game buy. It has an actual story and less repetition and Steam achievements. However, if you're going by game time alone, Escape from Rosecliff Island forces you to spend much more time on it.