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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Αγορά Season of Mystery: The Cherry Blossom Murders

 

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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

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    • 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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Marona
( 6.8 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 14 Μαΐου
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.

Now...here 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).

Pros:
-Great story.
-Beautiful graphics.

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

Cons:
-Repetitive Music, although it sounds beautiful.
-Repetitive Stages.
-Some repetitive mini-games.
Baggy
( 4.2 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 9 Μαΐου
Hidden object game based on compulsive hoarding. Great practice for later in life. Now where did I put them car keys??
dougtulane
( 0.2 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 8 Μαΐου
low res pictures that will straing your eyes, staid design. Also sometimes refuses to quit out. Not worth your time.
debratio7
( 8.5 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 23 Απριλίου
Keeps you thinking.
Grinsekatze
( 5.6 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 12 Απριλίου
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!
Nat_luza
( 10.7 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 6 Απριλίου
Stuck? Just keep on clicking.
Taiki
( 20.8 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 1 Απριλίου
Genuinely a "meh" experience.
Habeas Porpoise
( 1.5 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 29 Μαρτίου
I love hidden object games in general, and have lost count of how many I've played. This one just doesn't cut it. For me it comes down to this - the hidden objects are ridiculously hard to see; harder than any HOGs I've played before. So if you're after achievements, forget this one. Finish a scene in under 2 minutes? HA! I started micro-clicking all over the screen, at random, then in patterns, and still couldn't finish one in 2 minutes. You can literally click on the right object, and it won't go away because you didn't click in JUST THE RIGHT SPOT of that object. The story is weak too, and although the story presumably takes place over the course of several days, the woman never changes her clothes. Being picky? Maybe, but a game becomes dull IMO when you keep seeing the same graphics and scenes over and over.

There are SO many better HOGs out there. Save your money for one of them.
k C *
( 5.3 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 26 Μαρτίου
For a 'Hidden Item' game, this is quite fun. Art is great and the story is good (not exceptionally good, but good nonetheless). I recommend this for family/friend reunions and such. Hook it to a big screen and search for the items together with them.
Sidney
( 8.9 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 18 Μαρτίου
This is a good hidden object game. Probably the best one I have ever played, but solely because of the storyline. However, the gameplay is monotonous and in some levels you have to find the same things over again. I'd recommend it if you were looking to play a hidden object game, but would not readily recommend it if you weren't.
Lydea Mey
( 19.9 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 12 Μαρτίου
Being the first HOG I've played on steam, it took me back to the days of Hidden Picture magazines you'd get in the mail as a child. I thoroughly enjoyed this game and even if it did have repeated scenes to visit (for storyline purpose), the additional items to find when you did return, made it enjoyable enough.

I give this game a 9/10 for the overall storyline and game play. The mini games were fun and not too difficult, the images beautifully crafted, the objects were well hidden and the music was very pleasant.

I hope Square Enix has other games in this category as I'll be looking to purchase more. ^^
KILLALLNERDS.EXE
( 3.1 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 7 Μαρτίου
Solve the same puzzles OVER AND OVER again in attempts to progress the plot!!
Seriously, there are only a few locations amd you have to solve the same puzzles each time you revisit a location.
After going to a location for the 4th time and finding the same objects, I realized that I really didn't give a ♥♥♥♥ about my murdered husband and stopped playing because I was sick of finding the same stupid things and solving the same pizzle over and over again.

Buy this game for your grandma with alzheimers. She'll appreciate it.

I was hoping for better from SQUARE ENIX.
I have played much better hidden object games. I bought it on sale and still feel ripped off.
shockslayer84
( 7.1 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 29 Φεβρουαρίου
Very nice relaxing hidden object game. I love the mystery ones and this one is good!

Only nitpick would be better fullscreen support (it's stil hard to see some objects at fullscreen cuz it's pixelated) and no 1440p monitor support but then again, this is not a triple A action game so I don't mind.

Overall, highly recommended though, great game to play at night when unwinding with a nice drink.
lorinater
( 2.9 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 27 Φεβρουαρίου
Is sadly nothing special compared to other HO games. That said, It's ok if you can get it cheap and you have nothing else to do.
dementedpenguinproductions
( 4.8 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 20 Φεβρουαρίου
As point and click games go, this one wasn't terrible. Some of the puzzle screens offer a decent enough challenge. The story, however, is entirely predictable. Still, I enjoyed playing it and hunting the achievements. If you can catch it on sale for super cheap it's certainly worth it.
brutalmoose
( 10.5 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 15 Φεβρουαρίου
I enjoyed finding these objects. My poor husband.
DFRookeee
( 63.2 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 2 Ιανουαρίου
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.
DocCovington
( 0.2 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 17 Δεκεμβρίου 2015
It won't run on Windows 7 64-bit. I tried everything (Compatibility Mode etc.), but it always crashes upon clicking "Play".

It's a C++ related assertion error (.\config\DDSManager.cpp; Line 91) and there seems to be no fix for it, no Steam update either. Verifying the Game Cache didn't help.

There is no dev assistance on this issue on the game's forum, while quite a few people seem to have encountered C++ related error trying to play it.

Very disappointing, the game looked very compelling... I'm requesting a refund.
KroeboCop
( 5.3 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 1 Νοεμβρίου 2015
Did not follow the story. But I was fine entertained by the gameplay. 5/10
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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.

Now...here 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).

Pros:
-Great story.
-Beautiful graphics.

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

Cons:
-Repetitive Music, although it sounds beautiful.
-Repetitive Stages.
-Some repetitive mini-games.
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Solve the same puzzles OVER AND OVER again in attempts to progress the plot!!
Seriously, there are only a few locations amd you have to solve the same puzzles each time you revisit a location.
After going to a location for the 4th time and finding the same objects, I realized that I really didn't give a ♥♥♥♥ about my murdered husband and stopped playing because I was sick of finding the same stupid things and solving the same pizzle over and over again.

Buy this game for your grandma with alzheimers. She'll appreciate it.

I was hoping for better from SQUARE ENIX.
I have played much better hidden object games. I bought it on sale and still feel ripped off.
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1.5 ώρες στο μητρώο
Αναρτήθηκε: 29 Μαρτίου
I love hidden object games in general, and have lost count of how many I've played. This one just doesn't cut it. For me it comes down to this - the hidden objects are ridiculously hard to see; harder than any HOGs I've played before. So if you're after achievements, forget this one. Finish a scene in under 2 minutes? HA! I started micro-clicking all over the screen, at random, then in patterns, and still couldn't finish one in 2 minutes. You can literally click on the right object, and it won't go away because you didn't click in JUST THE RIGHT SPOT of that object. The story is weak too, and although the story presumably takes place over the course of several days, the woman never changes her clothes. Being picky? Maybe, but a game becomes dull IMO when you keep seeing the same graphics and scenes over and over.

There are SO many better HOGs out there. Save your money for one of them.
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Αναρτήθηκε: 2 Ιανουαρίου
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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Αναρτήθηκε: 15 Φεβρουαρίου
I enjoyed finding these objects. My poor husband.
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5.7 ώρες στο μητρώο
Αναρτήθηκε: 4 Ιανουαρίου 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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7.5 ώρες στο μητρώο
Αναρτήθηκε: 18 Σεπτεμβρίου 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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Αναρτήθηκε: 27 Δεκεμβρίου 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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Αναρτήθηκε: 26 Δεκεμβρίου 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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Αναρτήθηκε: 24 Νοεμβρίου 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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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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Αναρτήθηκε: 21 Ιουνίου 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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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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Αναρτήθηκε: 15 Απριλίου 2014
I love these hidden object games.

Good story. Nice music.

Irene is a strong woman!
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3.5 ώρες στο μητρώο
Αναρτήθηκε: 21 Ιουλίου 2014
First things first, this is a hidden object game, so you should be aware of whether or not that's your thing before you consider purchasing.

Unfortunately, even for someone who enjoys hidden object games, I can't really recommend this one.

Positives
+Interesting setting in 19th century Japan
+Music is really nice
+The backgrounds are very pretty and make good use of colour
+No voice acting, so I don't have to listen to some painfully dire actor hamming it up

Negatives
+Hilariously terrible cutscenes and character sprites
+You're brought back to the same scenes again and again, often looking for the same things over and over again. This is a huge cop-out in a game that consists only of these hidden object scenes, and that only lasts a couple of hours anyway
+The mini-games are ridiculously easy

Buy it on sale for a quick mind-numbing distraction or if you want the Steam achievements, but I can't recommend paying full price for it.
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Αναρτήθηκε: 17 Οκτωβρίου 2015
I really love these kinds of games and this one combines so many that I love. You look for objects that are hidden in a range of difficulty at every location. There's also a variety of puzzle mini games that are also very clever. It's story isn't bad either, it makes for a great mystery. I suggest also trying to play it with friends, it can become a fun bonding activity/race to see who can find what. It's also an awsome feeling while refusing to use the hint button to finally find that object that you could swaer didn't load in. Plus then you can blame then for taking so long to find it! ;3
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This game is mostly just a series of HO scenes with cutscenes and very few puzzles inbetween. There's absolutely no need for exploration and there are just a handful of cases where one has to use an item from the inventory to progress forward. As I said, 95% of the game is HO scenes. The graphics are beautiful, the HO scenes are not overly junkpile-ish, they are actually enjoyable as far as HO scenes can go. The music is okay too, one of the songs is quite good, the other one that I remember is somewhat annoying.

Even though most of the game's developers are Japanese, the game seems to use the Japanese setting just as a decoration for the adventure of the white heroine. One of the characters the bad guy is also depicted in a racist way with his "comical" lack of English skills.

I'm not strongly recommending this game, just as a "meh okay".

Note: The Kiloclick achievement, which should unlock when 1000 hidden objects are found doesn't work for me. I completed the game 4 times which contained 4 x 39 scenes x 12 items = 1404 hidden objects, but the achievement still didn't unlock. Apparently other people have this issue too :/ (After months of trying to solve this with utterly unhelpful support from both Square Enix and Steam, SAM came to my rescue ;))
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A breath of fresh air from the last hidden object game I reviewed, Season of Mystery: The Cherry Blossom Murders is a fairly decent, and lovely hidden object game! You play as Irene Pemberton, who moves to Japan with her beloved husband, Richard Pemberton, to enjoy the calm atmosphere of the land of the rising sun. However, tradgedy strikes when her husband is found dead in his office. Police are quick to rule it as a suicide, leaving it up to you to find out who killed Richard, and why.

The storyline is quite good, and paced very well! A murder mystery, plenty of characters, and settings help to keep things fresh and interesting. Clearing rooms and puzzles is rewarded with more story, as well as character interacitons to keep the driving force going, and there is even a skip button for those who are not interested in the storyline. Interactions between characters is very good, and the characters have different personalities and views: Which may not sound like much, but I've seen some hidden object games with horribly bland characters that you wouldn't be able to differenciate between them if their names weren't listed.

The art? Lovely, absolutely lovely. It's easy to tell that love and work was put in to the different characters, to make them look unique and ensure that they don't 'blend together'. Yet another issue I've seen in some hidden object games, and even in other genres! So it's quite a lovely sight to see. It certainly made it more enjoyable to observe interactions between characters, something that would be a lot less fun if characters looked too similar to one another. Takes a lot of the individuality out when characters look like they were made from the same cookie cutter.

The scenery is yet another thing that was gorgeous to look at. Scenes were well crafted, and dare I say challenging with some, to find the objects scattered across them. I've seen hidden object games where the items just absolutely choaked the scene, making it hard to tell what was underneath even! However, here? You'll have issues finding some items, with how they blend in! Which does increase the difficulty, but certainly makes the items take a little less away from the scenery. Looks a lot less like someone took all their belongings and threw them around the area.

The music is pretty good too, nothing overly memorable, but it is nice, albeit repetitive at times. It doesn't sound so much like Japanese music, so much as mystery music. Had they made more of a effort by adding some music with a violin and/or flute, it would set the mood a bit more, as well as provide some extra soundtrack to cycle through. But, if all else fails, there's always muting it and then playing Zen music in the background for that oriental feel.

The objects hidden amongst the scenes is actually well done! And, thankfully, they are randomized too! Sometimes the game'll give you a pretty easy deal, with pretty obvious placements. But if you get that, then expect tough-as-nails placements up ahead, making getting the "No hint" achievement more difficult to get. Playing cards are THE worst offender for "Most annoying to find" in this game... Or any game for that matter. The game does like to also mix up what you look for too, so if you're looking for three apples... Then expect maybe two apples, and the word 'apples'. Thankfully, there's silhouettes for the items when you click on their names on the list. Making it nice for beginners who could make use of it, or decent for those looking for a challenge, who can decide not to use it.

Minigames are also a blast. They certainly have a variety, making it fun to solve them! But there's always the skip button for those who can't solve them, however that forfeits getting certain achievements. There's one puzzle that repeats itself twice, but it's not that big a deal. Just a memory game where you flip the cards/shells and try to match them. The other puzzles are plentiful, and spice things up.

The fact that this game had achievements made me jump for joy. I absolutely love getting achievements in game, and this one was no exception. I got all the achievements in about two playthroughs, of which I would complain that it was a bit too easy... But, that's probably just because I've played these kind of games a lot, and am pretty dang good at them. It really depends on the person who plays, it'll provide a tough challenge for beginners. However with veterans to these kind of games, they'll probably breeze through it. So your mileage may vary there.

I was quite a bit surprised to see that Square Enix made this game, as they're more for making RPGs. However, it's not a unwelcome change, it's nice to see that they stepped out of their comfort zone. Though, I will say one thing: They didn't take a very professional approach to it. This is the one bad thing I have to say about this game really, is the item textures. Some of them kinda have a white edging on a few, making them obviously different from the background. That one problem aside, it's all good.

I definitely suggest this game, for new people trying out hidden objects. And for hidden object addicts, looking for a new hidden object game to clear through. And for 5 dollars? I'd say it's worth it. About as expensive as maybe a gallon of milk or so, depending on where you live.
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2.9 ώρες στο μητρώο
Αναρτήθηκε: 29 Ιουνίου 2014
Oooooh, boy. Normally I love these hidden object games and am happy to suspend my disbelief for the genre's usual missteps (like cartoonishly large objects that defy the law of gravity, random anachronisms, lackluster characterization, and the whole "I've found the crucial piece of evidence I needed to solve my husband's murder, but first I need to find three more butterflies and an artichoke!" thing). But the story here is dull, the puzzles in between are easy but tedious and repetitive (time for a matching game! time for a slightly different matching game! hey, let's do that first matching game again!), and some of the Japanese characters are so stereotypical they make Mickey Rooney's character in Breakfast at Tiffany's look like a nuanced, sensitive performance.

Other issues: a hint meter that's really slow to recharge (which normally wouldn't be an issue for me but some of the artwork is so bad you literally can't distinguish one blob from another blob), a repetitive soundtrack, and the occasional need to click an object in exactly the right spot (which is annoying if you're trying for the achievements involving precision). Basically, this is a really lazily- and poorly-assembled game in almost every way. I spent around $1.25 on it and that was still way too much.
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Hidden Object game with a handful of easy mini puzzles thrown in, like assembling a torn note. The scenes are definately prettier than most HO games. Female central character. Very enjoyable. Highly recommended!
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