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City of Angels 

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With this next title, you can join tourists visiting Los Angeles but do not expect an abundance of background information.

For the next episode of its Amazing Vacation series of titles, Lazy Turtle Games has decided to take us on a tour of the City of Angels.  Classified as a Hidden Object title, Amazing Vacation – Los Angeles spreads its field of operation over 20 locations covering different aspects of the host city. When playing this game you have a choice in deciding whether the game operates on a 3 or 10 minute time limit in which to complete appropriate searches or, as in my case, opt for no time limit when progressing through the game’s tasks.

While the game’s 20 locations are laid out in a set path which you can follow, if you so wish, or be more selective and impulsive, some will be locked until certain progress elsewhere has been made.  When visiting a location you will be presented with a fairly standard arrangement.  An appropriate scene will be paired with a panel that combines available tools and some information regarding the items that will be required.  The tools on offer will be made up of a Hint feature which will require time to recharge itself after each use and a magnifying glass enabling you to zoom into areas of the scene.

The list of required items set out in the panel could make use of one of four different methods which you get to select.  The choices are made up of standard text, silhouettes, jumbled words and a mirror mode.   With this latter mode you will be shown the scene reflected as occurs with a mirror and the required items listed backwards.  As each location has been packed with far more than the required 15 items needed for a search, you do have the opportunity to revisit a location several times and change the method choice. 

As each collection of 15 items is found, you will be awarded a number of points.  Unfortunately, as with previous titles in this series, I was unable to find any method of using these points within the gaming environment.  In fact the game was extremely light on any information regarding the City of Angeles and its locations that included such possible tourist attractions as the California Science Park, Venice Beach, Zoo, Joshua Park, Little Tokyo, Griffith Observatory and the Museum of American West.

 At least I did not detect the occasional spelling mistakes noted in an earlier entry in the series but I did struggle to get the software to accept the piece of cinnamon required to complete one particular search.  I was disappointed with this title, especially with regards to the lack of its information regarding interesting facts about the City of Angels.

I downloaded my copy of the game from Gamehouse.com where it is priced at $9.99.  You can also download the game from Big Fish Games priced at £8.08.  The game require a 1.0 GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 363MB of hard disk space running Windows 7 and later.

Amazing Vacation - Los Angeles | Big Fish Games

Amazing Vacation - Los Angeles | GameHouse

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