This game definitely had the potential to be very good. The concept of finding things for a group of Jetsetting clients is novel. Sadly this potential is unachieved thanks in large part to the fuzzy hidden object scenes themselves. There are "chips" used as the help resource, again a novel idea, and you gain chips by playing casino games when on vacation, another novel idea.
But some of these chips are practically worthless. One is supposed to circle the next object on the list, but is so quick the player is likely to miss what was circled unless they were specifically focused on that part of the scene.
The scenes are also somewhat fuzzy and have dark colored objects on darker colored backgrounds making it next to impossible to find the items.
This review is based on the demo alone, as I deleted the game after only 30 minutes of playing time. Definitely try before you buy on this one.
July 11, 2012
Good Premise, Bad Execution
REVIEW BASED ON DEMO ONLY
because I couldn't even play the entire hour demo this game was that horrid! The idea of being a procurer for the rich &/or famous was a good one--lots of HOS to be had, rushing about finding items your clients demand. Unfortunately, no matter where your clients (or their items requested) were--be it backstage at a Paris fashion show, a grocery store or a nightclub--the items NEVER CHANGED! Find 3x keychain; 3 bottles; 2 headphones, Christmas ornaments (referred to as 'balls' not Christmas anything, just "2 balls" in the game). Items could have been & should be specific to the client and to the location. The 30-something Paris Hilton-esque tabloid rich 'bad-girl' had the SAME list of items (& same photos of those items were used) as Hilda the fashion model--and the items were the same with very little variation between the scenes/locations. DISAPPOINTING to say the least. The scenes themselves were poorly executed--too dark, tons of tiny items, dark blue items on black backgrounds--you get the idea.
There are 'chips' like casino chips you can use to do several things in lieu of a hint button--a golden pen chip, for example, allows you to erase 2 items from the bottom of your list. There are chips for eliminating 10 items you do NOT need from the scene, to make it easier to spot what you are actually looking for...there are altogether 6 or so chips you can get. You start out with one of each, I believe, and one chip is hidden in each scene--they were the easiest things to find!
The visual quality was so poor, it made searching for anything frustrating. I found myself with my nose 4" from the monitor in order to find the last key chain and bottle...and a 'thermos' that was a thermal carafe.
The best part of the game was the VACATION you got to go to between clients. You are at a casino and can play Slot Machine game, Black Jack or Roulette with your earnings to try to increase them. You can then buy more of the hint chips.
There were also a couple of mini-games, one for each client that I played.
One positive note--you got to select whether you wanted to play with a countdown timer or just free play. Good thing for me!
DOWNLOAD the demo and try it for yourself. Just because I thought it was horrid does not mean you won't love it. I thought (& still do think) this idea/concept has merit for a HOS, if properly done with good graphics, client or location specific items and some variety. Also, foreign developers should have American or English people Beta test their games SPECIFICALLY for language issues. A 'roll' is a kind of bun or bread, NOT a roll of paper towels or toilet tissue--just FYI...
June 10, 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed playing Jetsetter
March 3, 2012