Hidden World of Art 2: Undercover Art Agent
Good mix of art and HO
In this game you try to find hidden objects in classical paintings. An art restorer works on various paintings and interacts with various people who want to hire her. She is also trying to help a detective find a master art thief who is behind the theft of many paintings. In all the HO scenes you have a list of object to find. In the middle of your search a bonus screen drops down and you get extra points if you can find those objects in the right order. You get a bonus for not using hints. There is a penalty for clicking too much. After each HO scene you get to decorate a room with the money you earn from restoring the paintings. There are different rooms to decorate as the game goes on. One of the things I liked best was looking at the gallery of art work. This is part of the opening menu, and you can click to view all the paintings. That's the basic game information. I enjoyed playing the game, but there are some problems with it. Some of the items were barely visible, either too dark or behind something or on the extreme edge of the screen. One other thing that I thought was a problem was decorating the room. If you spent money on a chair, chances are that you'll be buying a better chair later, which means that you wasted your money on the first one. This happens several times. But with even with these problems, I did enjoy playing the game very much and recommend it.
March 15, 2014
It was better than the first, but my gosh! It took forever when a yes or no question came up, and also at the end of a puzzle to just continue took forever. Glad I tried it before buying.
August 10, 2013
The idea is fine and could be fun BUT this stuff is too hard to find; muted colors, loaded scenes, object not fully visible, and must find items in specific order to get bonus. I only lasted through 2 pictures and it may get better. My frustration level was too high to continue. Sorry developer but this type of game should be fun. I prefer challenges of the brain not eyesight.
January 8, 2013
Original Game SOOOO Much Better
If you don't believe me, read my review. LOL.
Truly, this game had little to offer. No story line worth mentioning. Apparently, our grown up Lana has gone away on an extended vacation and is now back in a brand new ugly apartment that you get to fix up with the money you earn on your jobs.
Your jobs consist of .... you guessed it ..... restoring paintings. Except now she's working undercover for the FBI to catch these thugs. There are a variety of characters, who look worse than the paintings. At least Lana's character looks quite nice.
What I Dislike:
No variety in the HOGs (hidden object games). Just one itemized list after another. The original game had such a wide variety of games - why did the Developer lose that aspect? It made the game so much more entertaining.
The music was enough to put me to sleep.
The paintings were horrible. You couldn't tell where one thing started and another ended. Which brings me to .....
The HOGs themselves. You could only find items through hunt and peck until you cleared quite a few off the painting. If they weren't hidden in the painting by being the same dark and dreary colors, they were impossibly small.
Graphics - The paintings were horrible, the characters were horrible, everything was horrible.
What did I Like?
Lana's character looked much better.
The demo ended.
If I were to purchase this game, I'd definitely go for the original. This game is an artist's worst nightmare. If you have a need to see some beautiful art .... go visit your nearest museum.
September 7, 2014
Monotonous & Frustrating - Where's the Fun in THAT??
I downloaded this game knowing full well it was hidden object finding only. But, my stars!! How much monotony and frustration can one person take?
* The storyline sounds cool but the dialogue between characters is juvenile and silly. Of course, you can skip the dialogue but then you're just stuck with finding hidden objects, which are not interactive at all. Very old school.
* I played for an hour and a half and did not recognize even ONE so-called masterpiece. It would have been nice to see some familiar works of art.
* Graphics are poor & grainy. The paintings (HO scenes) are dark and objects are poorly drawn. They have drab, muted colors and everything just sort of melts all together. And if that's not frustrating enough, you get to listen to lullaby music in the background.
* Characters are cartoonish. At one point the main character comments on how handsome the police detective is. I thought he was grotesque and creepy looking, as are the rest of the characters.
* There was one additional feature which involved accumulating the money you earned to buy furnishings for your apartment. However, some of the furnishings were weird, like a ceiling light with a stuffed teddy bear stuck to it, and a strange shaped bean bag chair.
This is just one odd, boring game and it gets both thumbs down from me.
January 8, 2013
The concept for this game is great, however, I did not finish the game, and I am sorry I wasted a bonus on it. The objects are way, way too small, most impossible to find. The hints cost money (Bah). Having to find the bonus objects in order is a bummer. Having to find the bonus items before the other items is stupid. The conversation between the people is silly. Very disappointed in this game!!!!!!
January 15, 2014
Just like the first
In fact, I'm trying to see how Hidden World of Art 2 is ANY different to the first one. I enjoyed the first Hidden World of Art and was excited to see 2 was released but they are identical!
January 8, 2013