Mystery of Mortlake Mansion
hidden object game with repetitions
"Mystery of Mortlake Mansion" is a hidden object game with an "adventure" story, drawn in a comic-book style. Usually I prefer not to play drawn hidden object games, since the hidden object scenes are not as much fun in them in my experience, since the objects are too obvious, or so badly drawn that it is unclear what the object is suposed to be. Not in this game: The visuals are actually very good, and the hidden object scenes are well done and clear.
First the things I really liked in this game:
- You have a lot of different rooms in the mansion you can discover and unlock, which gives the game a nice length.
- All rooms have a "shadow" side to them you have to unlock, when the room then suddenly changes and you are in the past and have to fulfill tasks there.
- The visuals and sounds are good. The characters are very well drawn and fun! It has a good sense of humor to it.
- In the easier version/mode, you get a map and you can switch between scenes by clicking on the map - neat! This avoids random walking around. The map also tells you where you still have things to do.
Things I didn't like too much:
- Especially in the "shadow" rooms, many of the hidden object scenes are in the same shade of colour (often blue-green). This adds to the atmosphere, makes things much harder to spot, though.
- My biggest criticism is the repetition factor: Especially after the demo version, the mini-games start to repeat themselves over and over, which is unfortunate. Most of the mini-games end up being matching symbols or untangeling nets of different complexity. I felt sort of cheated when I bought it and the rest of the mini-games were all the same style.
In general, I recommend this game, especially as the weekly deal. Although there is no hint available for the mini-games (to help you figure out what you are supposed to do), they are straightforward enought to figure this out on your own, and they could also be skipped. There are two different modes of difficulty (neither affects the general "hint" button though which recharges extremely quickly). In the easier version, you get a map, in the harder mode, the map in unavailable.
I would like to give this game 3.5 stars, but since this is not possible, I decided for 4 stars for the well executed visuals and the fun and length of the game.
March 15, 2012
back to old school! and FUN!
Ever look at the concept art of the games? well this is like a comic book, graphic wise. This makes it challenging but not overly so.
The character or unusual, you choos female or male voice over-you can skip through the dialog, but why?
It's a fun game & probaly the original on note to meet at abandon mansion of the town.
somewhat humourous & just a delightful casual somewhat easy gane
February 6, 2012
Nice long casual game
The game has a consistent story line. Visuals are interesting. The contrasts between the real world and the shadow world are well done and really add to the atmosphere of the game. Lots of hints and interactive help. I often refer to walk-throughs to make it through games, but not this one. Their use of maps to go directly from place to place should be in most games.
January 24, 2012
Great Hidden Object/Mystery Gate
I really liked the combination factor in this game. It does better than most I have played. I was playing to enjoy the game not to beat any records, etc... For that reason I LOVED this game. The hidden object puzzles were different and the mini games were challenging enough w/o being a major pain. Had a good storyline, some humor, and the graphics were also good. Didn't even need to look elsewhere for hints. I liked it (48) and my girls liked it (12). It really held our interest, too.
December 30, 2011
I found the game a good one with an excellent environment and sound. The challenge of it was not exceedingly great but there is some fun to be had. Some of the HO objects were "hidden in plain sight" so when I actually spotted them it was like "oh...duh".
Overall a good game
November 10, 2011
Great HOD game
when I first played this game I was stuck for a little while, then when I went back to it a couple of months later, I finally figured what I had to do, then I did not want to stop untill I finished the game.
It was a game u had to remember where & what u have to do (with your inventory).
I really enjoyed.
February 18, 2012
Hard to give raving review. One of those "good but not great, not bad" Hard to put my finger on it. Graphics were good, not great. Voice overs (wonderful to have in any game) were good. The puzzles were too simplistic (I love puzzles). HOS were monochromic which made it difficult to identify objects at times. Again with language differences, looking for football, found soccer ball (foosball maybe?) there were a few others that were notable. The map made it very easy to go from scene to scene. Whenever I take a break I always forget what I was doing. The map had icons that showed what was going on at the time. Overall a great deal for $2.99 (DD), but would not have been thrilled if paying full price, entertaining, good for a slow day. Personally, I wish they would put a skip button on the HOG for those of us that play the games for the adventure and investigation.
March 17, 2012
This was a pretty good game. It wasn't too hard and I was able to finish it without a strategy guide. But the graphics are not very good, some are drawn, and some hidden object scenes are all green or blue, so you just have to click around or use hints. I fairly enjoyed it, but it was a little strange for my taste, and I didn't care for how it kept going from the present world to a shadowy, ghostly world.
March 16, 2012
I'm having a LOT of fun with this game. At first I wasn't sure I'd like it, but the more I play, the more I get drawn in. Although I don't time game play, I think it's a fairly long game. I am about half way through, but wanted to get this review in before the sale goes off.
Very original, so far I've seen nothing to compare it to.There is a lot of stuff to do, but it can be confusing. It took a little time to get used to the map. Most mini games were on the easy side, some without instructions, but I thought they were obvious. Graphics are old school but they seem to fit with storyline. Only one game level. Sorry, I can't speak to voice overs or music as I keep mine muted. If you want something different, then you have to try this game. It's definitely worth the price!
March 16, 2012
Enjoyable game but...
This game was fun and entertaining, however...
I didn't mind the cartoon graphics at first, but when I went to play it again they were bothersome. Maybe that's because I have since played some games with really great graphics. From the beginning I found the voice overs particularly annoying and began clicking through them soon after starting the game. The HOs were average, and the puzzles fairly easy although I did enjoy some of them. I did enjoy the demon, he was very cool. The map was helpful but keep popping up when you changed locations which I also found somewhat annoying.
I also experienced a delay while playing which made me think I had done something wrong. So keep clicking.
In spite of all this I did enjoy the game as it was different and entertaining; however, if I had to do it again I would only buy as the DD.
With the right graphics and voice overs this game would get a 4 or 5 rating, but for now I can only give it a 3.
I would recommend this game for beginners or someone who wants something a little different from the norm.
January 15, 2012