The History of Mortimer Beckett

First introduced in 2007, Mortimer Beckett quickly became a casual game favorite to fans looking for a deeper, more polished hidden object game experience. At the time, most hidden object games centered around simple scene searches for lists of items, whereas Mortimer's adventure took advantage of its setting to have players explore multiple scenes and put items together to reach the objective.

In his first adventure, Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor, Mortimer is called to his uncle's house to rid it of ghosts by finding pieces to a special ghost-removal machine. The game was hand-illustrated in 2D scenes, with 2D cutscenes outlining the story progression in which Mortimer ultimately finds all parts to the machine and uses it on the house. It wasn't a lengthy game, but it did open a richer world that allowed players a deeper search experience.

In 2008, the sequel Mortimer Beckett and the Time Paradox was released. This title immediately followed the circumstances of the first game wherein after using the device to remove the ghosts from the manor, a Mortimer into a time-travelling adventure to find the pieces of the bomb. This game introduced a 3D Mortimer, but still 2D cutscenes, and a larger scope of game- play through many different epochs. The grand presentation, a clever mix of searches and puzzles, and an even deeper experience led to the game's 2008 Game of the Year Award, and a larger fan following.

2009 was a quiet year for the Mortimer franchise as it began building steam for the final release of the trilogy in 2010, when Mortimer Beckett and the Lost King was released. After safely securing the time bomb, Mortimer believes he is on his way home, only to find that he has landed in a magical world full of strange creatures. The only way to really make it home, is finding the Lost King. This game continued the progression of the Mortimer series into full 3D, meaning it finally had 3D cutscenes, and was also the first title from the series to be sold with a Platinum label. The Platinum features included a Strategy Guide and a bonus Mortimer Beckett Jigsaw Puzzle. While the game was shorter than previous titles in the series, fans were overwhelmingly pleased with the experience and made it the #1 game on GameHouse for 2010.

For 2011, fans of the series get to see Mortimer in a brand new adventure, this time travelling across the globe in Mortimer Beckett and the Crimson Thief. This fourth episode promises to build on the hit franchise while retaining all of the qualities that made it such a fan favorite.