Strange Cases - The Lighthouse Mystery
For those who like mostly HOG scenes, this is a fun game
For those people looking for HOGs that are mostly hidden object and less adventure, this series is for you. I have played both the first one and this one, and the play is the same in both--mostly HO scenes. From that perspective, the game play is good, the story line interesting, and the voice-overs well done. The music was repetitive, but could be turned down.
I tend to like more Adventure HOGs with much fewer hidden object scenes, so I got a little bored at times. So, to those people who get tired of HO scenes, this game and series is not for you.
December 20, 2011
A game that holds attention and leaves you curious to solve the crime.
Good but far from the best !
- Graphics are good
- Voice over are pleasant
- Sound is relaxing
- Interesting story (murder or suicide?)
- Plenty of HOS - good challenge (hint fills fast)
- Several enjoyable mini games
January 19, 2012
Good hidden object challenge
This is mostly about hidden objects; you find tarot cards in various locations, often more than one & collect items from the cards. These are shown as word lists, shadow pictures or fragmented objects; some of the items are quite small or well hidden so these can be pretty challenging. There is no choice of gameplay but there is only the odd sparkle here & there.
Occasionally there is a mini puzzle; pipes, circles of colour to match up, etc.; they are not the easiest I have played & I was challenged by some of them. There is a skip button available.
You get a 45 second hint recharge & it is fine when hunting for objects but if you want a clue where to go next it is not so helpful & occasionally it is difficult to work out what to do next.
There are voiceovers in the cut scenes but not in the main game, the music is not at all suspenseful which given the story I would have thought appropriate; instead it is bland & rather boring. The graphics are nice & crisp & the scenes well coloured.
There is a slow load time between new areas but all in all this is a good H0 with a decent storyline.
June 11, 2012
I'm a fan of MCF, but thought I'd try something different. This had a descent storyline, and was enjoyable, but doesn't completely measure up to MCF's quality game play experience. I guess they spoiled me!
If you like relax mode, easier puzzles that give a chance to skip and give clues, and more hidden objects than actual crime solving, this game is just that. Even though it does have a crime plot to it. I can see this game for a nice relaxing time for someone. It isn't high-pressured or difficult. I'm sure the advanced player could zip right through it rather quickly.
This has good background sound effects, but can't say much for the music, since I turned it off, like I usually do. Does have a somewhat interesting ending, if you're into the story, more than the game itself. You do have the option of skipping the story, if you like. Also, nice graphics, better then some HOG games, but not like the higher quality ones, I've seen.
I got this in a dual-pack Big Fish offered and glad I purchased it this way, instead of the full price. I'd recommend waiting to get this one at a discount. However, it was enjoyable while it lasted, which seemed to end rather quickly, too me.
December 14, 2011
Excellent, except for length
The story we've seen before. Agent dies under mysterious circumstances and partner must solve the mystery. I thought the graphics were quite good. The HOGs had a bit of a twist finding some by description and some by silhouette. Mini-games were few and far between and not that difficult. Voiceovers were OK, music got tiresome quickly. The only real problem I had was length. I finished 2 of 6 chapters in 45 minutes without hints. So even as an SE, don't think I'll buy.
February 5, 2012
trully a HOG
Pretty much HO game. I'm getting into the adventure games now with more of just HO. Not bad just I got bored looking for HO. Not much of a story.
August 13, 2012
I did like this game..visuals and sound was great..even though as most the music does get on the nerves a bit..game had plenty of challenges...HOS were really fun to play...loved the storyline and made you feel as if you really had to solve this case...I would recommend this game for all levels of play
October 17, 2012
Try the demo first!
Absolutely hated this game, the HOG scenes were tedious, and not intuitive, the changing scale of pieces of objects made them impossible to find, other items were so light they were transparent or too dark to discern so that they totally blended into other objects or the scene, also extremely tedious to find. If all you want to do is search tirelessly per scene for non related items and junk with tiny snippits of the story in between, then this might be for you. Shame, it sounded like a good story line, but not worth the aggravation to play it.
September 17, 2012
Fun game with interesting plot
I like the HO scenes that required a bit more challenge, like finding pieces of something and finding silhouettes. Good game with cool plot.
January 6, 2012
Not Very Engaging
Maybe I've become spoiled from some of the other really great HOGs, but this just seemed tedious and not very well executed. That's all I can report.
August 8, 2012