yikes is all i can say. they offer a tutorial but dont tell you anything, finally by clicking the magnifying glass I find the HO List. No very interesting at all.
May 30, 2012
This game just stinks. choppy graphics, hints are not helpful, cursor movement is ridiculous, and having to select the magnifying glass to access the HOS is just dumb. Not a good game, stopped playing after a few minutes.
May 30, 2012
The Ending Was The Worst Part (No Spoiler)
Very short game, too easy, bad ending. I started the trial & within that hour had unknowingly pretty much finished the ENTIRE game. I liked the storyline about catching a cheater and was curious about how it would turn out, so I purchased the game. I had about 15 mins left of play after the purchase. Needless to say I was very disappointed. Overall, it actually wasnt a BAD game. Many of the goals require you to find objects in multiple screens, so theres a lot of back & forth between screens (which I actually like). I find the interactive HOGs much more interesting than those that youre literally just searching for objects. I started the game over just to see if the objects needed to be found would change, they dont. So the game is pretty much useless to me unless I wait for a long enough period of time to forget where each object is hidden. That being said I wouldnt recommend this game & I regret purchasing it.
June 5, 2012
Doesn't get any worse than this!
Downloaded the trial and managed to play for around ten minutes before the banal,dreary gameplay & graphics got to me!
It's simply awful.....don't bother!
May 31, 2012
It is very clunky and does not flow easily. The graphics look like a game from several years ago. The drawn pictures aren't always identifiable and the descriptions get cut off. For example, I couldn't identify one of the drawn pictures, the description said butter. Turns out it was a butterfly net.
There are much better games out there.
May 30, 2012
OK game, but I won't be buying it.
I played the entire hour of the free trial, so I lasted longer than many reviewers. I agree with other reviewers that this game feels like a throwback.
The story is that a woman hires a detective to find out why her boyfriend suddenly is able to buy expensive presents that she had found receipts for (but hasn't received from her boyfriend).
First, I suggest that you use the tutorial. It basically tells you what the icons mean and how to interact throughout the game. Also, it mentions to click the magnifying glass in the bottom right to see the list of objects that need to be found.
Every location has a HO component. The list is presented as pictures and if you hover over the picture, you will get a description of the item. The magnifying glass keeps track of the number of items found and counts down to zero as items are found. Every HO scene provides one object that you need to use elsewhere.
There are sparkles on the areas where you will need an object to interact and.the sparkles are very easy to overlook.
The map is the nicest feature of this game. You can click on an area and be there immediately.
There are some puzzles, but they are not much of a challenge and you can skip them immediately (no waiting for the skip button to charge).
There are many areas where you take a picture as evidence. You have to click on the snapshot to go back to the main scene. I can only assume that you (the detective) will present these to the girlfriend at some point as evidence of what the boyfriend is up to.
The translations could be better as well. The grammar is atrocious and some items are labeled strangely- for example I hovered over an item in the HO list that looked like a broom and was told that it was a "besom"
Overall, this is an OK game. If you are looking for a game that is mildly interesting and mildly challenging, then this is for you.
May 30, 2012
Overall, just another unremarkable game...
The free trial was enough for me. This game has okay artwork, albeit some of the HOs are tiny...that is a deal breaker for me, as I get headaches from squinting. The music is just average, but unobtrusive. Good map and hint system that recharges quickly. Very easy, quite linear game, even the mini games. I guess I'm just getting picky about the games I will actually buy. I prefer games that are more like an interactive movie, which this isn't. The story line didn't really capture my interest enough to buy, even as a free credit game. There is really nothing to make this game stand out, and memorable. Good for newbies or kids.
June 17, 2012
An OK Time Killer Game - It's Not THAT Bad
This review is for the whole game.
The story: You take on the role of a detective to find out if a woman's boyfriend has been cheating on her.
1 play mode and there are sparkles for areas of interest for use of inventory items.
No voice overs
No journal however there is a map that you can use to travel in this game. As you complete a HO scene for an area a new location will become available on the map.
Game play: You find the items by drawings however if you hover your mouse over the drawing it will be labeled with the name of the item.
To get the drawings to find, click on the magnify glass down at the bottom next to the lighter which is the hint to get the drawings of the items to find. Hint also charges up pretty quick less than a minute.
Once you complete the area you don't visit it again as far as HO scenes go cause if you click on the magnify glass again it will tell you all items found.
You also get an inventory just like with other HO games. Pretty much used right away but not always used in the same scene however this isn't a "wandering around" all over the place type of game. In some scenes you also have to take pictures
There's also a few puzzles to this game. The skip is also pretty quick on charge up.
My overall impression of the game;
Well this is definitely far from one of the best I've ever played however I didn't find this to be as bad as the reviews I've read for this game. I didn't have any trouble navigating this game at all. I found the game play to be pretty easy. I had to stop and think on a couple of the inventory items but far from frustrating.
The graphics yes I'll agree these are definitely dated but they weren't fuzzy to me. I only had to use a couple of hints for the HO scenes to my surprise cause I'm not usually into finding items by silhouette /drawings but didn't mind it for this game. I also didn't find these to be Sanford & Son junk piles.
Puzzles: If you've read any of my other reviews then you'll know I'm not a fan of these however I found these pretty easy as I only skipped one of them to my surprise.
Where this game went down the hill is I think the developer could of worked more on the story and had more story as it was off to a good start then just went away for awhile and then a little more story. Just very vague in my opinion and just ends abruptly. I also didn't understand the purpose of the picture taking as there is no journal and not used for anything??
Game length: Well this game is a record for me as I completed it in about 2 1/2 hours and I'm a slow game player and take my time.
Overall I give this 3 stars as I knocked this down two stars for story but still found this to be an OK time killer game as I liked the game play as I found it relaxing. While I like the games where there is more "adventure" the back/forth using inventory well every once in a while I like a break from that and I found this game to be an OK time killer for that.
Thanks Big Fish and developer for an OK game here.
As always definitely give it a whirl and decide for yourself.
May 31, 2012
I found this game was awful and definately wont buy it.
May 30, 2012
hidden object game
I thought that the instructions for this game were somewhat unclear. Storyline was hard to follow and tiresome to follow.
I purchase a lot of hidden object games but this will not be one of them. I did not enjoy.
May 30, 2012