If you’ve a itch to play a Sherlock Homes type of HOM, then Brink of Consciousness: The Lonely Hearts Murders Collector’s Edition is exactly what you are looking for. Set in a late 19th century British town we never learn the name of you follow is the step of Owen Wright to find your missing daughter. You have help from a local inspector, although his underlings are not all that bright. Your daughter, Olivia, is a distraught young woman in the fall of a nasty broken relationship, and she is the perfect target for the Lonely Hearts Killer. This dangerous figure preys on those on the outs of of love, and now that Olivia has disappeared, she might be next in line for this monster to take down.
While this game has a great plotline, and some clues are rather easy to follow, the background is a muddy nighttime grey just about all the time. The hidden object puzzles are not like this, however, and this kicked the fun factor up a bit. I actually found myself chuckling when I click on a mouse squeaky toy and ten cats popped up, although I only had to find the black one. Cute little diversions kept what might be an otherwise really dark game lighter and more fun that its other game in the franchise, Brink of Consciousness: Dorian Gray Syndrome. These games, however do keep me curious to see what the writers will come up with next.