My first experience of digital game play was an offering entitled Pong. This console game required the use of a television set to provide the monochrome display as you played against a computer or human opponent.
Recently I have had the opportunity to step back in time and indulge myself with some retro game play. This period of nostalgic game play was brought about by the arrival of a Retro Handheld Console from Thumbs Up to review. This handheld device has dimensions of 92 x 56 x 21 mm (H x W x D) and weighs just 76g (with batteries inserted). As a result the device can be slipped easily into a pocket or bag without weighing you down too much or causing an unsightly bulge.
What with the steady stream of various Match 3, Hidden Object and Adventure games that have come my way recently, I have had little opportunity to put my puzzle skills to work with one of my favourite game genre. That situation is about to change with this next title.
Developed by Awigot Studio, Rainbow Mosaics – Treasure Trip 2 is a puzzle game from the genre that is sometimes known as Nanograms. This genre is also referred to as Griddlers or Hanjie. Nanograms present the player with a series of square or rectangular grids made up of columns and rows that need to be inked in based on numeric clues. This process will have the effect of creating an image.
The mythical kingdom of the Eleven Islands has been deactivated by an erupting volcano. You have been assigned the task of putting things to right.
Developed by Joyful Software, the game of 11 Islands belongs to the Match 3 genre. However, unlike some other titles of the same genre that I have looked at recently, the developers of this game have opted to use a basic style of graphics that was familiar a few years ago. Rather than grids made up of small tiles, those appearing in this game are much larger, in most cases featuring types of fruit.
Rushing to help an old school friend, you must defeat an evil force in this next game.
Entitled The Secret Order: The Buried Kingdom, this is a Hidden Object Adventure game developed by Sunward. In this game you are cast in the role of Sarah Pennington, a time travelling member of the Griffin Order. Following Sarah’s latest successful mission, the authorities take the decision to ban the use of time travel, leaving your character with plenty of free time to catch up with family members and friends.
Like London Big Red Buses, games of a similar type can come in pairs or even larger groups. In this case I had no sooner finished restoring a destroyed Hobbit village with plenty of Match 3 game play than I was immediately faced with more Match 3 action involving an alchemist trying to rescue a dead sister.
Entitled The Enthralling Realm: An Alchemist’s Tale, this game was developed by Sunsoft Games. It contains a back story of two sisters and wraps them with more than 70 levels of Match 3 grid solving. The two sisters, named Coral and Iris, grew up as orphans in a remote village until they met Avis, a master alchemist, who took them in and started training them in his school of alchemy.
Put your skill at Match 3 game play to the test as you assist a witch and a young hobbit in their task.
The Enthralling Realms – Curse of Darkness is a tale of redemption based on an age old story and packaged as a Match 3 game. Your role in this game, developed by Funsoft Games, is that of an assistant to Alice and Sam who set about restoring the Hobbit Village that had fallen prey to a dark curse which caused it to fall into ruin. But just how had Alice and Sam become involved in such a difficult task of restoring the Hobbit Village.
Deep down, under the ocean waves, is a pleasure park for the aquatic inhabitants. Now is your chance to join them.
While you might expect a game’s title to give you a clue as to what you might be faced with – but this is not always the case. Take for instance Tales of Lagoona 3 – Frauds, Forgeries and Fishsticks. Set 20,000 leagues beneath the sea, this Hidden Object game offers little explanation with regards what to expect as you set about rescuing Poseidon Park. So lets take a look at what this enigmatic title has to offer, starting with environmental adjustments.
I have to admit that I struggled to get to grips with a foreign location based initiative.
While reduced travelling time (although the same could not be applied to airport arrival and departure establishments which tend to operate on the tortoise principle) have made the geographical world seem smaller for would-be travellers, not everybody can take advantage of this facility. Work considerations, family circumstances and health issues can all play a part in keeping individuals in close proximity to their home environment rather than travel the physical world.
Ever been to Brazil? This next game might provide you with a suitable alternative to a physical overseas trip.
Developed by “What Day Is It Games”, Brazilian Adventure belongs to the popular Hidden Object Adventure genre. In this game, set in 1959, you take on the role of a freelance airplane pilot who is contracted to fly his passenger, Mr. Hanari, to his destination. However engine problems cause an emergency landing and your passenger is less than pleased by this development and refuses to settle his bill.
It has been said that there is a dastardly plot afoot and you have been chosen to thwart the evil plans of the Dark Lord. But are you to up the task?
Developed by Shaman Games Studio, “A Plot Story” had been classified as belonging to the Hidden Object genre of titles. The game is spread over more than 90 levels of game play as you work your way through various screens and challenges. However before entering this world based on a medieval appearance, as you attempt to foil evil deeds and stop the stealing of a soul, you are given the opportunity of making some adjustments to the game’s playing environment.
Are you sitting comfortably? Then let me tell you a story to help ease your journey on the road to slumber.
Mind Candy, with its vision to create worlds that fire the imagination of the child with products such as the company’s flagship brand of Moshi Monsters, has now released the Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories.
Pack your bags, you are off to visit worlds where everything is possible.
Mundus – Impossible Universe is the title of a game which takes the player on a journey encompassing a kaleidoscope of worlds to explore and populate with elements. Developed by Rumbic, Mundus – Impossible Universe is a Match 3 title which makes us of a variety of playing styles, each with a particular set of rules based around achieving designated set targets within a specific period.
Some people collect trivia by the bucket load. Now you can dip into their collection.
Having recently finished taking a look at a game with the word “Hidden” in its title, I was unsure of what to expect when another game with “Hidden” in its title found its way on to my computer. I quickly realised that this second offering was totally different. To give it its full moniker, “Einstein’s Diaries: Hidden Facts: The Hawaiian Island” was developed by Point8 Games.
With the tag line of “There’s a thin line between the living and the dead”, Mystery Tales: Her Own Eyes belongs to the popular Hidden Object Adventure genre.
Developed by Domini Games, Mystery Tales: Her Own Eyes casts you in the role of a recipient of a lens transplant procedure. However, as can sometimes happen with operations, as I discovered myself recently, unexpected side effects can occur. Following the surgical procedure you find yourself being afflicted by visions of the dead which then leads you to begin an investigation into strange events that include a mysterious disappearance.
Are you ready to enter a ghostly hotel to rescue your partner who has been ghostnapped?
Hidden Fears is a Hidden Object Adventure game developed by Rosen Studio. The game is based on a story of a young couple who initially embark on a honeymoon only to find that their chosen destination was not as they would have expected and, in fact, leads to a hellish ordeal that they must survive in order to prove their love for each other. But we are getting ahead of ourselves a little and need to backtrack a few steps or so.
Entering somebody else’s dreams can be a nightmare as your character discovers in this next game.
Classified as a Hidden Object game, Dream Walker takes you into an environment where you need to battle the evil Sandman. Shaman, the developers of this game, has adopted a similar approach to that which formed the Catch the Witch title reviewed earlier on this site. The storyline may be different but the greater part of the game revolves around Hidden Object scenes, jigsaw puzzles and reforming pictures cut into strips as you travel through various levels.
Visit a strange world in the Clouds as you try to rescue a kidnapped brother.
The Artifex Mundi title, Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends belongs to the popular Hidden Object Adventure genre. This title takes the intrepid gamer above the clouds to a world inhabited by mysterious creatures gathered from Slavic myths as you set about reviewing the ancient covenant between humans and the Clouders. As usual with such games, you can create profiles for individual players and adjust the game’s environment.
Grandma, so they say, knows best, so will you take her advice and enter the Fantastic Worlds.
Developed by Grandma Studios, Reflections of Life: Dark Architect is a Hidden Object Adventure game. It takes you on a trip to the Fantastic Worlds. You will arrive as these worlds are under attack from an evil force and are cast in the role of Queen Clio who is also one on the Guardians of this enchanted environment. I have been looking at the Platinum version of the title which contains a number of bonus items classified as Extras.
Fortunately the downfall of snow that struck recently had cleared by the time I took a look at Winter Wonders.
Winter Wonders is a Hidden Object game. Let me repeat that Winter Wonders is a Hidden Object game. Just in case the message has not impinged itself on your consciousness, Winter Wonders is a hidden Object game no matter which of the various modes of game play found in this title. Developed by Tamajaki, Winter Wonders allows you to create named profiles to record the progress of individual players as they tackle the different types of game play on offer.
Are you up to the task of joining the Myth Seekers? Now is your chance to find out.
Developed by Sunward Games, The Myth Seekers: The Legacy of Vulcan is a Hidden Object Adventure offering. Along with the main investigative game, this title comes with a number of bonus items that are immediately accessible by the player from the Extras option on the product’s title screen. You can actually play eight Hidden Object scenes or try out eight mini-game puzzles before you encounter them in the Legacy of Vulcan.