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Let us step back in time with a quick detour into the future with this next game.
Guard Duty is a graphic adventure game developed by Sick Chicken Studio.  This game started life as a hobby project back in 2014 when Nathan Hamley and Andy Saunders-White decided to realise a childhood dream of making a graphic adventure game.
When I first saw the subtitle of this next game, it reminded me a little of the Mumbo Jumbo title of the Clockwork Man game I reviewed a few years ago.
But Duskless – The Clockwork Army, as well as increasing the mechanical force as its focus, is a different kettle of fish. Rather than an adventure game, Duskless – The Clockwork Army is a Match 3 game. With a cast list that includes King William, Hiro a young inventor, Jane a fighting warrior and the evil Professor Bazel, this steampunk game challenges you to save Etherpoint City from Professional Bazel’s plans involving his band of killer robots.
A Match 3 journey is complicated by the appearance of various creatures and disadvantaged inhabitants.
Alchemist’s Apprentice 2 – Strength of Stones is a Match 3 game developed by Quick Click Games that take you on a journey to find a missing uncle.  As the “2” part of the product’s title might suggest, this is a follow-up offering.  Unfortunately as I missed the original title, I do not know how closely this title follows the pattern set by the first game.
Transported from the past, your on-screen detective, with paranormal skills, has crimes to solve.
Classified as belonging to the Hidden Object genre, Paranormal Stories has been developed by e-FunSoft Games.  In this game you take on the role of Esther, a private detective who has built up a reputation of being successful at completing her cases.  Her reputation is such that she is often called in to help by the local police.  However we are getting a little ahead of ourselves.
Put away your fishing rod as this sea-based offering involves mermaids and pearls.
I have to confess to never having actually met a mermaid.  I do not suppose that you have never had this type of meeting either.  Perhaps, like me, you would like to attempt to rectify this particular omission in your life experience by playing a game entitled “League of Mermaids”.
You may have heard of the golden age of gaming. Now you can experience it for yourself or pay a return visit.
A few months ago I took a look at several gaming units which were based on those machines that ate up our pocket money and loose change as we spent time in various establishments such as cafes and social areas.  These gaming devices, offering opportunities to play classic titles that included the Pac-Man™, Dig-Dug™ and Galaja™ blasts from the past, were table-top units with dimensions of 115 x 175 x 105 mm (W x H x D).
This next title comes from that hot bed of creative gaming talent known as FIVE-BN Games.
Forming part of the Lost Lands series of game episodes, this offering is sub-titled Mistakes of the Past and deals with a dark sorceress who was buried centuries ago but now walks among the inhabitants of the Lost Lands.  Your role in this game is to put right this mistake of the past and restore harmony to the Lost Lands. The game, which belongs to the Hidden Object Adventure genre, is available in Collector’s Edition format featuring a number of bonus items.
Just over a year ago I took a look at Secret Investigations: Nemesis. Now it is the turn of a follow-up offering in the series. This is Secret Investigations: Revelations.
As with the original title, Revelations belongs to the Hidden Object genre.  I will not bore you too much with the story line behind this game but it starts with a Wedding scene and involves a number of locations initially represented by decorated furniture shields or they might be free-standing paintings.
Classified as a Hidden Object Mystery game, Dead LinkPages Torn, has been developed by Phime. The game opens with a disturbing scene as a young woman is captured when taking a late night run through the countryside. Fortunately this video sequence can be skipped in order to move on to the main title screen.
Before embarking on Dead Link – Pages Torn you can create profiles for different players and adjust some of the gaming environment settings.  Adjustments can be made to the volume levels for music, sound, ambience and voice delivery for the game’s dialogue.  You can opt to play in full screen mode with a custom cursor that changes shape when different actions are possible.  The game has four levels of difficulty that range between Easy and Expert plus a Custom level.
If it is hidden then find it and you might end up at Atlantis.
Developed by Domini Games, Mysteries of Ancient Inventors Atlantis is a Hidden Object game with a fair sprinkling of mini-game puzzles to help break up the steady diet of Hidden Object action.  In this game you are cast in the role of a young woman archaeologist who, with the aid of her grandfather, sets out to discover the lost city of Atlantis and the mysteries this hot bed of inventors produced.
Checking your ancestry can cause problems as this next game reveals.
The Fuzzy family needs help. Are you up to the task?
Gems of Magic - The Lost Family is a Match 3 game that has been developed by Graphium Studios.  When playing this game you can create profiles for individual players.  These profiles will record the progress of the specific player as they progress through the various levels.  You can also adjust the volume levels for sound effects and background music plus opt for full screen mode and use of the game cursor.
Even 45 years later, the Rubik effect continues to be felt.
1974 proved to be a challenging year for those of us who enjoyed the thrill of solving puzzles.  In this case the puzzle, that was dominating the brain power of users in 1974, was the creation of the Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture, Emo Rubik.  As you have probably already guessed by now, the puzzle was the Rubik Cube, originally known as the Magic Cube until it took on the name of its creator and become a must buy product.
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.