Saturday, August 1, 2009

News: Mystery in London for $2.99!

Today, we look at a noteworthy hidden objects game: Mystery in London!


Today's $2.99 Daily Deal (from the Big Fish toolbar) :
click an image below and use coupon code london299 at checkout
Category: Hidden Objects
This is not your ordinary hidden objects game, and therefore it deserves some discussion.

Overview

  • Hidden objects scene graphics: 3D realism
  • Timed?: choose between timed and untimed modes
  • Hint system: unlimited, slow refill
  • Music: unobtrusive; sets the mood well
  • Theme: History - Jack the Ripper; murder mystery; educational
  • Objects per scene: number varies, as do the types of things to look for
  • Extras: sometimes there is a special unlisted object to find as part of the mystery
  • Penalty for wrong clicks: no; at least not in untimed mode
  • Mini games: yes

The family man's thoughts

This game surprised me. The developer obviously put in a lot of work to make this game unique. In this hidden objects game, you're not just looking at a single image while you search. No, in this game, you're placed in a first-person seamless 3D environment. You are given 3 different ways to control your 360-degree rotation, both horizontally and vertically. You are really in the scene. This interface took me fondly back to that golden age of 1990s adventure games like Black Dahlia and Zork: Nemesis.

The scenes are photographic images of real places. Then using computers, the developer added clutter to each scene to make searching more difficult, but they blended these extra objects in very well.

Now, two cautions. First, if you are the kind of person who gets queasy watching or playing games with a 3D rotational environment (like many modern platformers and first-person shooters), it's probably a good idea to avoid this game, because you will be rotating constantly. Second, the hidden objects scenes are a bit trickier than many common hidden objects games. Fortunately, you have unlimited hints and they refill pretty quickly.

My personal issue with the game is the theme. As I've mentioned before, I'm a bit worn out on murder mysteries. While the game takes place in modern day, the story involves the mystery of the infamous serial killer of the 1800s - Jack the Ripper. It also incorporates Robert Louis Stevenson's book, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This theme just doesn't interest me, otherwise I'd give the game all high marks.

If you want to try a game with quality higher than the norm, some history and education, and a bit of a new perspective on the hidden objects genre, definitely give Mystery in London a try while you can. For today only, you can get it for $2.99 from Big Fish Games.

Board game parallels

Did you know that there are 3 well-liked board games that tie into this theme? Check this out:



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