NightShift Legacy: The Jaguar's Eye
Underrated Hidden Object Sequel
This sequel to The Nightshift Code (itself a great game) is actually pretty darn good. This is the type of game that will not blow you away with its graphics or its sound, but the challenge and depth of storyline make it above average in my opinion, particularly for an older title.
The game is mainly hidden object hunting. The scenes are decently rendered, but you're going to be doing quite a bit of straining to see some of the items (silhouettes, shadows, etc.# In addition, there are several map-type scenes that require close scanning or a game-provided magnifying glass. If you like searches, this game will work for you. The most challenging part will be the end of each chapter, where you'll be required to search through several scenes in order to find the items you'll need to move on. The game does not tell you when an area's items have been completed, which I thought was a nice #though eventually tedious) extra challenge to your standard game.
You'll also repeat several puzzles, including a crossword-type cipher and a lockpicking puzzle. While they aren't hugely difficult, they are segmented into parts that go up in diffiiculty. The game is timed, so you will be up against the clock in some cases, particularly because when you guess wrong, time is deducted from you. These games were not groundbreaking, but made for an interesting diversion. I would have preferred a little less repetition, but it didn't detract from my overall experience too much.
Where this game really shines is the storyline. You'll travel multiple countries in multiple decades to get to the bottom of the secret, and get to visit some locations in different eras which makes for a deeper experience in my view. The story is advanced in comic strip style blocks, and while there is no voice acting, I found the dialogue and back story to be better than the usual for games of this type. That's important, since the music is grating and repetitive. No reason to keep those speakers on for this one!
The game also does a nice job with replayability by adding an "arcade" mode, where you can revisit the HO scenes and try to get through them all before time runs out. I thought this was a really good idea, although there's no chance you'll want to go back to those scenes right away after completing the game because you'll be tired of them. I also liked the degree of difficulty of the final chapter, where several of the previous challenges are grouped together and you only get one block of time for everything. Hints do recharge, but they are not fast.
All in all, I think this is an underrated game for those gamers that appreciate a challenge. If you're looking to be blown away by graphics, this is not for you. But if you're looking for a compelling and truly difficult game to try your luck on, this sequel is for you.
July 15, 2012
Based on the demo. Hidden object/adventure/puzzle game with good graphics. This game reminds me of the comic books I used to read years ago. For the most part, my problem with the game was the feeling of, "Been there, done that, many times before" Music wasn't all that great, either. But others might like it a lot. My advice would be to try the demo first, to see if it is your type of game.
March 29, 2012