Not a bad hidden object game and very cheap on sale. Took four hours to beat it. The settings are visually interesting and animated and most of the mini-games at the end of each level are fun (though four or five rounds seemed excessive). There are little mini-mini-games in each level like solving a really easy to solve riddle and catching ghosts by moving your mouse around the screen (which is even easier than solving the too easy riddles). Still these little touches mix things up away from just object hunting.
All the objects look like they should, meaning when it says find a cookie, it looks like a cookie. You aren't left wondering "how is that a cookie?!" The game doesn't allow you to randomly click all over the screen to find things, which is good. Otherwise, I'm sure I'd have done it at times. If you click too many areas that aren't objects, a ghost pops up and the screen fills with a green fog, making it even harder to find objects.
The story is very basic. There's a haunted house. Various objects on the item list are used to form a machine that is used in the "boss fight" mini-games. Each of the four rooms in each of the eight levels has a letter or notebook or something to drop in some more story. I stopped caring about the story after a while. Each little scene between levels consisted of the ghost hunter guy telling you to go hunt more ghosts in another part of the house. The short animation at the end is a happy ending with a little plot twist, what little plot there is to twist.
I haven't played a lot of hidden object games, so I'm not sure how this stacks up in the genre as a whole. I don't see me ever playing it again, but I doubt I'd ever replay a hidden object game.
Posted: 4 elokuu(ta) 2013