Your husband Richard lies dead beneath the cherry blossoms of Old Japan, and the police are of no help. Step into history and uncover the truth when no one else will. Find devilishly hidden clues, explore exotic locales, and bring the killer to justice!
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Mostly Positive (149 reviews) - 79% of the 149 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 3, 2010

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Your husband Richard lies dead beneath the cherry blossoms of Old Japan, and the police are of no help. Step into history and uncover the truth when no one else will. Find devilishly hidden clues, explore exotic locales, and bring the killer to justice!

  • The hidden object genre meets historical fiction for the first time
  • Over 1200 cleverly hidden objects
  • Over 20 handpainted backgrounds
  • Stirring, Japanese-themed soundtrack

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista/XP/7
    • Processor: 800 Mhz
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: On-Board
    • DirectX®: 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 186 MB
    • Sound: DirectX 8.1 Compatible
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6.0 hrs
Posted: July 19
Challenging! This is refreshing.

Repetitive! Yes HOG's can be repetitive, but this one is especially painfully repetitive.
I have played the same hidden object scenes more than 3 times..way too many repeats for a game this length. There is a below average amount of scenes.
The music was good! but again repetitive was becoming annoying....

Otherwise the ambiance and story are enjoyable. The game is fun, but its fleeting fun. It really feels like something went wrong or they ran out of cash... its like they made the best they could with half the assets they needed to make the game feel like a true adventure.

I reccomend it because of the price. Its fun for a bit too.
I wish I could give it a half way thumb.
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4.7 hrs
Posted: July 17
The biggest problem with this game is that it takes a bit getting into.

The way it is set up is that every location, except for the rickshaw - which has a mini-game to choose where you are going, is a list of hidden objects. After the first four stright, with just a bit of dialoge between, I it felt boring so I left it for a while.

Coming back to the game, the pace picks up and there are several very different, clever and pleasent mini-games, between a lot more list screens. And then it got much more interesting. You do come back to the same HOG screen - but have to find different things, and there are enough so replay is probably good. Just a lot of the things.

The story is quite good with an unexpected plot twist that were very enjoyable. The graphics are good. The feel of Japan is very nice. The music wasn't bad, but not great.

All in all a very good game.
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6.5 hrs
Posted: June 28
I enjoyed this game. I like that it isn't a commitment and doesn't require too much time or thought but it helps me concentrate better. :D
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6.9 hrs
Posted: June 8
A short puzzle game with the usual mystery trope. Achievements - check. Handpainted backgrounds - check. Intriguing story - not so much. In game minigames - yes, but thankfully not repeated often.
Good to relax for a short while. Give it a shot, but don't keep your expectations high.

If you're looking for excellent storyline with nerve wracking puzzles, this may not be for you. Otherwise, I'd recommend it if you're looking for a break from serious games.
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6.8 hrs
Posted: May 14
Please read this review as to why I don't recommend this game. Honestly, I loved it but the cons outweigh the pros here.

SEASON OF MYSTERY: The Cherry Blossom Murders is a hidden-object game in a mystery genre that takes place in the 1890s of Japan.

First...I'll start with the good: The story.

Story: The story follows Irene, an american woman who came to Japan with her husband. Irene's husband was murdered and deemed to be suicide from the police. However, Irene believed that it wasn't suicide. This opens up to something bigger: kidnapping, staged suicides, and blackmail.

Now for the story, I don't wish to reveal more about it, as there will be spoilers. I can say what kept me playing the game was the constant contradicitons and strange evidence come across.

Graphics: I admit the graphics are beautiful and capture the feel of traditional Japan. There are zen gardens and traditional japanese buildings and services. comes the bad below.

Graphics of hidden objects: Now I'm not sure if this would count as a pro or con...but I guess a pro for those who are beginners and a con for those who like challenge. Thing is, there are A LOT of hidden objects that look the same in many stages, that it isn't much of a challenge to look for them. For example, one stage you have to look for a cracker (edible form but the game doesn't mention what kind). You find it in one stage...a stage or so later, it asks you to find it again and guess what? It looks exactly the same! I know there are some hidden objects that look different such as birds, fishes, cats, and fans but it becomes tiring.

Stages: The stages are repetitive. You basically keep retracing your steps back and forth. So much that it becomes easy to find the items.

Music: I wish they had more variety of music playing. I mean the music sounds beautiful, but having the same few tracks of music looping over and over gets boring.

Gameplay: The game has some minigames other than just the hidden object. They have matching puzzles, a "spot the difference," and puzzles to unlock stuff. While it does add variety, again, there are two or more instances of the same game that it gets boring.

Overall: This game should have been a bit more polished before it was released. It could have shine a bit more if they improved on the problems I've listed. While I've enjoyed the story a lot, the cons seem to outweigh the pros here. If you don't mind the bad things above and enjoy a good story with some good graphics, then get it. Otherwise, to the majority of the crowd, this can be a pass (unless you want easy achievements).

-Great story.
-Beautiful graphics.

Most hidden objects look the same, which can make it easier.

-Repetitive Music, although it sounds beautiful.
-Repetitive Stages.
-Some repetitive mini-games.
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4.2 hrs
Posted: May 9
Hidden object game based on compulsive hoarding. Great practice for later in life. Now where did I put them car keys??
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0.2 hrs
Posted: May 8
low res pictures that will straing your eyes, staid design. Also sometimes refuses to quit out. Not worth your time.
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8.5 hrs
Posted: April 23
Keeps you thinking.
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5.6 hrs
Posted: April 12
This game is freaking adorable and I really enjoyed it. The scenes are stunningly beautiful and the music is amazing. The main character Irene is a badass lady who takes no ♥♥♥♥ from nobody and I love it. The game is a great mixture of object searches, mini games and dialogues. I will definitely play it again to earn all the achievements!
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10.7 hrs
Posted: April 6
Stuck? Just keep on clicking.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
72 of 76 people (95%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
63.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Great game, generally. Played the game with my Mom (80 years old) while visiting for a week at Christmas time. Hooked a HDMI cable from the laptop to the big TV so she could see well. She looked forward to playing it every night. We finished the game at 2:30 am the last night I was there. Wouldn't take anything for the great time we spent together.
I play it sometimes just to relax.
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49 of 49 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2015
A solid HOG with good art and decent story by Square Enix.

Has moderate replayability due to an above average amount of objects hidden per scene, with each scene sequence choosing a modest random selection of them. However, it lacks "Collector's Edition" features, so there's no way to just replay specific scenes.

<6 hours to 100% with no walkthrough (2 playthroughs). A sloppy playthrough using hints takes about 2 hours. <2 hours to 100% with walkthrough and cutscene skipping.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
Overall a good standard hidden object point and click, nothing groundbreaking here. I liked the fact it was set in Japan, the story was reminiscent of Agatha Cristie stuff.

Worth getting on sale/bundle if you are a point and click fan, good for a break from intense games.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
It's a fun murder mystery, point-and-click puzzle game. I've always liked word searches and hidden object puzzles and this is just one big, beautifully illustrated hidden object puzzle; with some other types of puzzles as well. Plus you have the story of trying to solve your husband's murder even though the police ruled it suicide. I'm not so sure the "Stirring, Japanese-themed soundtrack " is an accurate portrayal because it doesn't really make me think Japanese but it's still pretty nice music. I've been enjoying the game quite a bit since buying it last night so of course I recommend it. I even just uploaded a gameplay video to Youtube because I know that sometimes before making a purchase, I want to either demo the game (as I did for this one last year) or see a video of it and I'm sure others do, too.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2013
Not a bad little game for the casual user. easy interactions and puzzles, lots of pretty scenes to do the hidden object searches in. The hints make it almost too easy, but if you just want a fun little game to pass the time this works. It comes with a "violence" warning, because it deals with murder/suicide/death etc, but I think only -really- young kids would be bothered.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
This game is all about the HO. Pure Hidden Object goodness. It's pretty much just many hidden object scenes tied together with an interesting mystery story. There are a few puzzles here and there and a few times you need to use inventory items on a specific spot. But, as I said, mostly it's search search search for those items. And many of the items are cleverly hidden. Add in some nice music and Steam achievements and you have a fun little game if you're an HO fan.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 6, 2014
It's actually pretty challenging for a hidden item game, and has a decent storyline to go with it. Unfortunately, there isn't a ton of replayability once you've beaten it once, other than for getting any achievements you might have missed the first playthrough. Overall, though, it's nice if you're looking for a casual time-killer.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
I bought this for my Mother who loves hidden object games and she absolutely loved it. Nothing is timed she was able to enjoy the images and the music. Man, the music is amazing.
It is one of the better hidden object games I've seen while looking for them. Highliy recommend it.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 23, 2011
Yeah, I know what you're thinking. "Isn't this a girls game?" Well... Yeah, it kinda is, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. The game has a sweet little story where you play the wife of an employee at the US embassy in Japan, and while it's nothing out of the ordinary, I still found it to be very cute - and with very well-drawn characters.

The game itself is one of those find-hidden-items-on-the-screen games and is controlled using only the mouse. While it does have some extremely well-hidden items, most of the time the game plays nice, and I found that I didn't have to use the hint-button that much. Also, the feeling of accomplishment when I, after having stared intensely at my screen for 10 minutes, FINALLY found the friggin' bird I was looking for, was indescribable.
Another thing that helps this game is the fact that you revisit most of the locations several times - and what items you have to find are randomized, which makes having a good memory an important feat as well.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 15, 2014
I love these hidden object games.

Good story. Nice music.

Irene is a strong woman!
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