infinity | Added on: November 29, 2011
So many strategy--hidden object games have the player wandering around doing inane things just to call it a game. This is the first strategy game I've played that actually made some sense, and is designed for the player to succeed rather than be frustrated and quit. Note that the HO part is minimal, fairly easy, and at least the hidden object games relate to the story. The game is player-friendly with prompts in each scene, such as arrows that indicate your next direction, and a magnifying glass that appears on its own to draw you closer for a look. But I especially liked that once you've completed your tasks in a scene a large bubble pops up that says "area cleared," so you're not wasting time wondering if you've gotten to everything. The platinum edition has a button at the top of the screen with a built-in walk-through which I didn't use, but did check out. (The clues in the pictures were a little hard to see.) But frankly the Hints button does a pretty good job of helping you along, which isn't always true in games. Likewise, the storyline does a good job of guiding you through the tasks, which are interesting and fairly easy to complete. Overall, this is a doable game for people who are good at strategy games, and those who are not. Just don't expect much HO action. Graphics and animations in some areas were not quite up to 5 stars, but I wouldn't let that keep you from giving this game a try.