Mystery of Mortlake Mansion
Magical art and concept
You've been summoned to Mortlake Mansion by the mysterious R -- and get trapped there! As you try to find your way out, you explore the rooms one by one -- living room, study, bedrooms, an observatory/lab. What's especially fun is that every room has a counterpart, the shadowy parallel of muted colors and decrepitude. The counterpart to the bathroom is literally splitting apart to reveal interstellar space beyond! Along the way you encounter HO games and puzzles, collect strange things and mix up magic potions. Yes, thank goodness for the map which shows you where you are and where actions may be taken -- and helps you navigate quickly around.
This is a wonderful game with a well-integrated narrative and magical art -- sometimes you just want to stop the play and admire the moving branches outside the window or the universe below your feet.
May 30, 2013
This is a good combo of a game. It has a balance between puzzles, HO and tool search. Music non bothering and VOs which aren't bad. Some comic relief here and the but just enough to give some flavor. A great change from the badly cropped and repetitive photo objects. Objects clear outlines (even tho some are hard to see sometimes.)
Interesting story line. Moving between worlds and time /dimensions, much like Sherlock Holmes-hound-Baskervilles.
Fun, interesting, good graphics.
November 23, 2012
Best VO's of any HOG I've played
Fairly typical story line with a decent amount of 'attention to detail'. I absolutely loved the voice overs and cannot remember another game with the same quality (I chose male gender). The entire game is hand drawn but graphics are high quality....the mouths of the characters do not move when speaking, but it didn't matter here. I would have given 5 stars however the draw back in this game are the difficult HOS....too many pieces to find, all the same color, some very small and cleverly hidden. Well, it just plain tired me out and took away some of the fun. Too bad! Also, puzzles all on the easy side and some repeat but this was not a problem to me...I do not like difficult puzzles! Overall a very good game so I hope you will give it a try.
June 11, 2012
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