Harlequin Presents: Hidden Object of Desire
Extremely solid HOG offering.
This is a very standard HOG--light on "adventure", heavy on junkpile hidden object screens, in love with minigames like "spot the difference," all of it propelled along by a decent little Harlequin romance-novel storyline about a reporter investigating a Mediterranean mystery and catching the attention of a dissolute prince in the process.
The graphics and music seem perfectly fine, though I don't like junkpile screens overmuch. The characters and their story are what really make this game fun to play; the prince is of course very dashing and masculine, though his interest in the heroine is almost entirely arbitrary and inexplicable, and a hint of danger draws all the "good guys" together.
Overall, this is what I'd call a "solid" game. It doesn't throw me any unpleasant curveballs, it's not too hard and not too easy, it's got hints and skips where I prefer them, the mechanics of play work like they should, and the storyline does its job without being irritating or laughable. I also actually liked the nostalgia factor of the game--it really feels like playing along an 80s-era romance novel (though without the overt stuff--this is definitely an adult's game, but it is pure as Ivory soap)! I recommend it for any adult player who wants a more lighthearted, straightforward HOG than the super-dark, grim, life-or-death offerings popular at the moment.
September 6, 2014
Liked that there are realistic looking characters, rather than cartoon type, and most of the scenes are realistic looking, but very pleasant, attractive, interesting, and not dreary. Nice music. Like games where characters solve mysteries. Relaxing, not taxing -- I don't work hard at something unless I'm paid or earning college credit. Want more of these type games.
April 27, 2013
IT'S PRETTY GOOD
This is a pretty good HO game with a great story line but it was too easy for me. It is mostly HO's and very few puzzles. The scenes and setting are beautiful but I like more of a challenge. If you are looking for a short, easy layed back kind of game this is the one.
March 23, 2013
Short and easy
I only played this for 50 minutes, then I went to a walkthrough page to scroll down and see how much game time was left. Looks as though I completed more than 3/4ths of the game so most likely this game would be about 1.5 hours worth of play.
Also one of the easiest hidden object games I've played, although some of the objects are pretty small, so it can sometimes be a bit of a strain on the eyes.
The story seems decent though. Really the graphics could be better, but for some reason games based off of other franchises tend to be sub par.
November 26, 2011
Very simple game
This game is very simple and short. I completed it in less than 3 hours. The graphics are nice and some of the HO scenes are fun, but overall it is way too short and easy.
December 28, 2011
Just like Their Books: short & simple
My Grandmother LOVED Harlequin Romances--they are always the same formula, however, but clean and easy to read...sort of popcorn for the mind. I should have kept this in mind, but got sucked in from the download sample and bought the game...and got about 45 more minutes of playing time out of it! Yes, the storyline was formulaic--boy meets girl, impossible love, a 'situation' arises, couple are thrown together, overcome situation and impossible--LOVE CONQUERS ALL!
The game play was very traditional HOS, well done, and for the most part, central/linear to the storyline. It does include a Harlequin Romance novel to read, as well (but I skipped that). It was worth the price I paid (Spring BOGO sale), but $6.99? Not unless you are addicted to Harlequin Romances like my Grandmother and can't abide the newfangled games with overt and occult themes.
Great for those of us who LOVE HOS, too!
April 10, 2012
A Harlequin novel you don't have to read.
What a novel idea making a game out of a Harlequin book romance. You pretty much know how it's going to end. Come on, it's a Harlequin - lol. I don't read them, myself, but was looking forward to a nice game of HOGs and romance. Boy, was I ever disappointed.
The storyline is weak. But, again, we're talking Harlequin not the Great American Novel here. The graphics are horrible. I turned out the background music so I can't comment on that.
This game is nothing but a little (or a lot of) conversation and then a HOG (hidden object game). Unfortunately, the items are very, very, very tiny and impossible to find in the scenery.
The one I came across in the 20 minutes I played this game was cumbersome and, well, a bit stupid. A message that "you may have to backtrack" was inane in that I didn't have to backtrack at all, it was just THAT easy.
I quit after 20 minutes and 3 or 4 HOGs because my eyes just couldn't take any more.
I cannot in good conscience recommend a game that makes the items so very difficult to find. It takes all the focus and fun away from the game. Not a purchase for me at all.
August 4, 2014
Story drags, oddball items to find
I found the storyline dragged, especially since this is promoted as a game with a story. The graphics were pretty good, but some of the hidden objects were on the small, impossible-to-see side, and many of them had nothing to do with the story. So you have to wonder: what was the point? I also prefer HO games where the objects in the scene make sense. In these scenes, there was an oddball assortment of items. For example, a fancy hotel hallway contained a car muffler, sea horse, tomahawk, Swiss cheese, bowling pins, and gas mask. Huh? It just felt like the whole game was a mishmash of things thrown together. A book editor would have demanded a rewrite!!
February 15, 2012
Not worth it
VERY short game (I bought it after trying the demo, and it only took me 15 min to finish). Graphics weren't the best, story line was rushed. Big disappointment.
October 24, 2012
Way to short
Story line good, but the game was way to short.
95% of the screens were hidden objects.
Items to find were very small.
February 16, 2013