With a bargain basement approach, this next offering consists of five separate titles.
Belonging to the Hidden Object game genre with game play aplenty, this next offering consists of five separate titles. Appropriately entitled "Hidden Object Stories 5 in 1", these five titles are not connected apart from the style of playing. Each of these five games allow the player to turn off background music, sound effects, check out a brief Help feature and reset the game's default settings.
Are you up to the task of completing 200 levels of Match 3?
Heart of Moon – The Mask of Seasons is a Match 3 game. Developed by UNIKGAME, this title places you in the company of Clara and her adopted father as they set about on a journey to recover an ancient artefact known as the Mask of Seasons. Before setting out on this Match 3 adventure, you can adjust the volume levels for music and sound effects plus select from options to include a tutorial and play the game in full screen mode.
How are your Match 3 game playing skills? You will need them as you set about restoring your world.
It is a cold and desolate world that faces you when you first enter the game of Jewel Match – Naturescape. This is a Match 3 game that has been developed by Suricate Software. As with some other Suricate Software Match 3 titles I have looked at, Naturescape is spread over numerous levels with each one containing connected rooms filled with decorated tiles populating grids. Profiles can be created to help record the progress made by individual players.
Is it an electronic book? Or is it a carry case? No it is Leap Frog’s new learning tool.
Leap Frog, well-known for its educational based electronic products, has recently released its LeapSmart 3D offering. Developed for the 2 – 7 years age group, this product provides on-screen animations to enhance learning. It has been designed to work with all LeapStart books of which there are currently 25 offerings covering various skills that are important to the development of the young child.
Perhaps it was a mistake to start checking on this next title on Halloween as it might encourage a deluge of late night callers. Actually I got off light in this respect as just a pair of “trick and treaters” arrived on my doorstep to interrupt my playing of the game of Sinister City.
Become a New York Police Detective to solve the mystery of a French hotel.
With multiple floors, rooms, corridors and facilities, a hotel is often used as an ideal location for an adventure game. In the case of the obviously named “Hotel” title, the location is the Bellevue Hotel built on the same site as a medieval castle long ago. Throw into the mix a New York Police Detective, named Bridget Brightstone, some historical characters and you have a game to challenge the player.
The bond between a boy and his dog is the subject of this next game.
With the title of “Fetch!”, the main subject matter of this next game should be reasonably obvious. To avoid any confusion regarding this matter, the central character of this particular game is a dog, named Bear, who is kidnapped by an evil fire hydrant. Just in case you are worried about being cast as a dog, I should explain that your role in this game is that of Milo, a young boy who is the dog’s owner, best friend and would-be rescuer.
When the Fairy Godmother calls. You come running to help with the tidying-up.
We are now off on a trip to Albian where the most powerful wizards, sorcerers and magicians dwell. Your arrival will coincide with the start of the preparations being undertaken for a grand meeting of those involved with magic at the Convention of Magic Masters. The site for this year’s meeting is that of the castle belonging to The Fairy Godmother who just happens to be your Aunt Gwendolyn.
Along with juke boxes and slot machines, these full sized gaming devices dominated many social locations in recent times.
Like many gamers of a certain age, my earliest digital gaming experiences were heavily influenced by Bandai Namco titles. Those were the days when many hours were spent tackling various addictive games on a chosen platform. In my case it was a Video Genie computer that was a clone of the popular Tandy TRS80 system of that time. Sadly Radio Shack and Tandy’s time in the spotlight has long since passed as has some other brands of yesteryear.
When Stonehenge explodes you are called upon to rescue your sister and stop a dual threat.
"Domini Games","Labyrinth ofHaving visited Stonehenge once, by dawn’s early light on the way to a folk festival at Falmouth, I was drawn to this title of Labyrinth of the World – Stonehenge Legend. Combining the development skills of Domini Games and Big Fish Games, this title belongs to the popular Hidden Object Adventure genre. I have been looking at the Collector’s edition of the game which comes with a number of bonus items.
When your sweetheart is kidnapped by cold-hearted twins, you must defeat the odds with the help of a ferret.
There are “Dark Days to Come” or so warns the subtitle of Witches Legacy. This Big Fish developed game belongs to the Hidden Object Adventure genre of game play. I have been looking at the Collector’s Edition of the game which features a number of bonus items but more on these a little later. As usual with games of this type, profiles can be created to record the progress made by individual players.
With a mixture of match 3 action and other tasks, this next game sets you the challenge of saving your world.
Described as a magical Match 3 Adventure, Rune Lord is a Unity developed game featuring a battle for who owns the world.
With a touch of New Orleans, this next title asks you to solve various crimes
It is time to step back to the year 1844 and enter the world that encompasses the environment of Lamplight City as developed by Francisco Gonzalez. This is the same person who was also responsible for “A Golden Wake” and “Shardlight”. Set in an alternate steam punk-like Victorian past, the game of Lamplight City is described as a detective adventure played out over various borough areas of this city with its mixed population.
Prepare yourself for a game of arrows – not the throwing kind but more the pull back the draw string and take-out-the-enemy type of weapon.
With this product Thumbs Up! has combined old and modern technology into a product that has been released under its Orb Gaming trademark. The product is entitled the Virtual Archer. Forming the main part of the Virtual Archer product is the collapsible classic bow unit.
Following a brief spell in hospital, I decided to embark on a Challenging Journey.
As a nation of pet lovers, this next game features a case of bird-napping.
Sometimes an outside influence can direct me towards a specific game’s title. In this case it was an article in a daily newspaper reporting on the escapades of a macaw named Jessie. It seems Jessie decided to take a break from her comfy perch and took up residence on a neighbour’s rooftop in Cuckoo Hall Lane – where else would you expect a female bird to decide where to squat even if laying eggs was not on the agenda.
Did you know that penguins like garden furniture? Me neither till I played this next game.
A Nanogram is a puzzle game based on the creation of mosaic type images laid out on a grid. Originally featuring monochrome images, more recent versions of this type of game play have introduced the use of colour to add to the use of logic to solve these puzzles. A recent example of this popular genre is Fantasy Mosaic 28 – Treasure Map. In this 28 edition of the Fantasy Mosaic franchise, you are involved in helping a family of penguins.
Step into the Makoan world and embark on a rite of passage to become a legend.
According to Phoenix Online Publishing, “Every Game was a Story” and, in this case, the story concerned “A Rite from the Stars”. Based on the concept of a “rite of passage” found within various tribal communities, this point and click adventure game is the debut offering from the Spanish developer Risin’ Goat. Versions of this game are available for the PC, Mac and Linux platforms. My review is based on the Windows PC product offering.