Shattered Minds: Masquerade
The game play was incredibly easy. The mini puzzles were quite easy. The hidden object scenes were difficult, though. Some of the items were very hard to see.
During the other parts of the game, I felt as though I did not have to find anything on my own. If I needed an object to complete a task, I was sure to find it almost immediately, with little effort. There was no challenge.
The artwork and scenery was really great, but that isn't enough to make the game worth the time.
The theme of the game is really neat and interesting, as well as incredibly creepy. I liked the creepiness, but I would not recommend anyone under 16 years of age play this game. There was some very macabre subject matter, which I liked, but I would recommend young or susceptible people avoid it.
The music consisted of a several minute loop that played every once in a while. I found large portions of the game were silent. I like the ambiance of the music, so that was a big deal breaker for me. The music was fitting to the story and theme, and very unique and interesting, but it was the same short piece over and over with lengthy bits of nothing in between. I felt like the game went on for a long time, but I think that was because I was forcing myself to finish the game.
I suggest you play the trial version for an hour and see what you think. I ended up paying for the game before playing it because I downloaded the trial and then paused it and my trial time ran out.
April 5, 2013
Strictly for Hidden Object Beginners
I am afraid this game did not live up to its promise, as the trial was ok, but it progressively got worse. You play the detective trying to stop the dastardly magician Visage, who has unleashed a fog depriving all citizens of their faces. There are also the devious Bourdeaux family to contend with, who had supposedly burned in their mansion fire years ago .Soon however, the promising start descends into a farce with a comic book cast of characters, who act and talk just so, not serious enough for an investigation, just silly really. The graphics are just barely ok, and unfortunately there is only one mode of play, which I found to be very easy. There were too many HO's and too few puzzles, and even they were too easy to do, with the exception of the very last puzzle which was of medium difficulty. On top of that, items found were used too quickly sucking all the fun out of this game.
January 6, 2013
If you're just starting to play HOG's, this game is good for learning the basics. But for more experienced players, it's way too simple. Each area is segregated so that all the objects you find only apply to that one area. And the skill level required in finding and using objects is low. The only nice thing I can say is that the puzzles are decent.
January 29, 2012