A Royal Honeymoon
Royal Trouble – Honeymoon Havoc is the follow-up title to the original Royal Trouble offering from Orchid Games. Both titles feature the same two main characters as they embark on Hidden Object Adventure escapades. The first title introduced game players to Loreen and Nathanial who found themselves imprisoned in the same dungeon. After some early differences, which turned into attraction, these two escape from confinement and discover the reason for their capture as they explored 23 locations and eventually marry. This event brings us to the follow-up title of Royal Trouble – Honeymoon Havoc as the young royal couple arrive at the Merry Castle, which takes the form of an amusement park with a difference, to spend their honeymoon.
When playing this Hidden Object Adventure game you can create profiles for individual players. You can set the volume levels for background music and sound effects which includes a spoken narration linking together the various stages of the royal adventure plus decide whether to play in full screen mode. Three levels of difficulty are available with a choice of Casual, Advanced or Expert. The main difference between the difficulty levels is the speed at which the Hint and Skip features recharge themselves and whether glimmers are used to identify active areas.
While the game’s main characters, including the newly weds, have plenty of dialogue, this is presented just in printed format with numerous mouse clicks being required to move through the different segments. In most cases an option will be available to skip a session of dialogue if you are in a hurry to get back to the main action which sometimes involves Loreen and Nathanial working together or as individuals when the storyline requires them to be separated as they go their separate ways within the park.
The game is portrayed in comic book style with bright bold colours and characters that have the appearance of being shop window dummies taking up static poses around the various scenes. Real-life situations do not come into it with this game as any dialogue is printed across the bottom of the current scene. As the linking sequences do contain spoken narration, it is disappointing that the actual dialogue of the characters does not benefit as well.
Running across the bottom of the various scenes is an area set aside for the tools at your disposal. In the usual manner, the inventory takes up a central position as it displays the items collected throughout the game. Some of these items can be combined to form objects you will need to make progress in the game. To the left of the inventory is a headshot showing which of the two main characters is currently under your control. A rechargeable Hint feature sits to the right of the inventory. As you move your cursor around the different scenes, it will reveal labels identifying items with which you might be able to interact with in appropriate ways.
Unlike other games belonging to the Hidden Object genre that I have played, this particular offering does not feature any Hidden Object scenes as such. Instead the hidden objects are dotted around the main scenes waiting to be discovered as you help the honeymooners escape from the clutches of the amusement park as the game spreads out over six chapters.
Appearing throughout the game is a selection of mini games involving a variety of puzzles, some more innovating than others. Some effort has been made to fit these mini games into the flow and style of the storyline so, for example, you need to select the necessary keys that will be required to open a prison cell in which you find yourself. There is a reasonable mixture of mini games that each come with a brief description as to what is required. A Skip option does become available if the challenge proves too difficult although I feel it will rarely be required by many players.
I downloaded my review software from Gamehouse.com where this game is available for a payment of $9.99. The game would not rank amongst my favourites and failed to impress me. System requirements call for a 1.4GHz processor with 1024MB of RAM and 500MB of hard disk space running Windows 7 and later.
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