DinerTown: Detective Agency
Disappointing attempt at a Hidden Object Game
I love the DinerTown series and I love HOGs, so instead of wisely downloading the free trial, I trusted that I would enjoy it. Big mistake. The format is tedious and repetitive. Among the regular list of clues, each scene has you find three "invisible" clues that consist of you taking the fingerprint brush (etc) and randomly clicking the screen. While finding clues, Bernie pops up and makes the most asinine conclusions. "You found keys at the scene of the crime? The culprit must love jingly sounds!" What? The point system was also completely inconsequential. Time Bonus: eleventy million points, no hints used: 500 points. I felt like I was on Who's Line is it Anyways. Each case is the same format of a hidden object scene, a seemingly random game to reduce the suspects, and then finally interrogating the townspeople. It's dull, the puzzles were a real let-down, and for being a game about a detective solving cases, the connection between the story and the game is terribly tenuous.
A few good points:
Some of the levels had you find pieces of items and when you completed them, you were fit them into the scene to unlock more items. I liked the puzzle solving aspect of those, but it was still weak.
I also like the ending of the story. Throughout the game, Bernie's cases are at best, ridiculous, (Someone's putting broccoli in the cereal boxes!), but the end has a twist that I thought was clever and almost made up for the hours of wasted life I invested into this game.
March 5, 2013
What I Always Wanted... Untill I Played It
I'd been waiting so long to find a DinerTown Hidden Object Game so I jumped on the chance to play this one, and it let me down terribly.
The only things good about this game would be the graphics and the suspect minigames.
I liked how Ernie was getting something of his own, but I hated how they HAD to invlolve Flo.
Terrible cases. They were all so stupid: "Someone's breaking the no camera policy in the gym" or "Someone filled a tomb with food." Please, these aren't even real cases.
The hidden objects were so heard to find.
Having to find fingerprints and objects that needed a magnifying glass dragged the fun rating of this game down.
No puzzles whatsoever. I think that Every hidden object games needs at least one puzzle.
On top of super hard to find objects, the hint took forever to recharge, and I could find nothing, so I was sitting here waiting.
Overall, there's nothing to recommend about this game, even if you love the Dash series, I can't recommend it. Possibly the worst hidden object game I've played.
June 4, 2012