Capture the criminal responsible for stealing a work of art with Insider Tales - The Stolen Venus 2 Deluxe, a brand new case for brilliant detective Francesca di Porta. While on exhibit aboard a luxury cruise liner, the famous Birth of Venus goes missing. There are little clues as to who committed the crime, but the famous investigator who first recovered the masterpiece, is called in to find out.
board a luxury cruise to solve a crime in this hidden object investigation
join the brilliant detective, Francesca di Porta, on a new search for a stolen masterpiece
explore the ship to collect clues and pick up the criminal's trail
visit beautiful Mediterranean locations like Crete and Palermo
The game is good until you get to the part of making the pizza. The repeating the colors to turn the temperature up and spreading the sauce on the pizza is not good at all. It does not repeat the pattern for the colors and I am still trying to spread the sauce on the pizza. The sauce is on the spoon but will not go on the pizza after following the spread lines.
jamier2712 | Added on: December 2, 2011
This game was enjoyable, but not exceptional. I struggled with the pizza sauce, too, and even with a walk through it took way too long to figure out what to do to get past that mini game. Found it difficult to find some of the Venus pieces. Just finished playing, and I'm glad I did play, but was hoping for more from this game.
croftchic | Added on: April 4, 2011
I liked this game because it actually made me think. I have played many HOGs where I didn't even feel like I was being challenged. There were times that I had to actually stop, sit, and think..."what should I do next". I would actually possibly replay this game at a later time. I would definitely recommend this to someone who has the mindset of HOGs. Not for beginners.
devi | Added on: April 7, 2011
I was loving this game until I hit a snag. Graphics, storyline and vocals were good. HO scenes were challenging as you needed to go from one location to another to get 'all the parts' for one particular item. Locations were limited, so it was not difficult to get from one point to another, just use the map. Here's my snag. Got to the section where I needed to use the lobster to do a task (no giveaway here) but it just didn't work for me. Don't know whether it was a glitch in the system or not. 4 stars only because I couldn't finish the game. I was so angry that I steamed that lobster and had him for dinner.
Love it! The graphics are well done and gorgeous. Animation cute and life-like. Game play isn't that original but is smooth and one has to mouse over precisely to discover the interactive areas which makes it challenging. The mini-games however are pretty original for the most part. So these are fun and refreshing to play. Got stuck momentarily more than once though. Overall an enjoyable game.
Linda1956 | Added on: April 7, 2011
I LOVED the 1st 3 Insider tales so I waited for and purchased this one. It has the scrolling screen, which I like, and a bit more difficult, which I like to a certain point. What I don't like is some of the very tiny objects and that you just about need a to consult a walk through to keep your place. I LOVE HOGs, but come on! I've got a Bachelor of Science Degree, so I'm not ignorant, I just can't enjoy any game that you seem to need a blueprint to get through.
If you want to be seriously challenged (read frustrated) then this is the game for you. There is no difficulty level, and the hints are very generic - not at all specific or overly helpful. It is often difficult knowing what to do next, where to go, where to look, and what to do with what you find. The graphics are well done, there are no voices, music is not really noticable unless you really turn up the volume. As well, it is rather disconcerting to have the screen go black between segments - the first time it happened i wondered if there was a problem with my computer or monitor! But, no, that's just one of the quirks of the game. Overall, I'd suggest giving this game a miss...sorry, it just didn't hit the mark.
This game I am rating in the middle, better than the last two games but still not grabbing me enough to want to continue past the free trial. Sometimes going back and forth is not always fun like in this case. Story line ok just slow paced. HO are not bad. Give it a try.
welshman | Added on: April 7, 2011
One of the better HOGs, this one! There is at least a certain amount of relevance to the objects you need to find, and even when you have found them you are still faced with working out how to use them - or you may have a problem in one scene which may only be solved with the help of objects hidden in another - nice! It took me a while to work my way through and I enjoyed it.
emi1 | Added on: April 12, 2011
talk about annoying!! i found myself talking out loud to this game-my frustration was overwhelming at times. it was like feeling your way around a dark room-i had no idea what i was supposed to be doing a lot of the time. the items were excruciatingly hard for me to see/find. i found having to do something over and over-if you clicked on the wrong item extremely frustrating. anyway, i hope you have a better gaming experience than me...