I tried out the first Tales of Lagoona quite some time ago. This game is far more involved and has more than just the standard HOM format. Not only are we looking for objects, but we need to sell them, and stop the incompetent bureaucrats from seizing this family-run theme park under the sea for all the wrong reasons.
This game starts with a storyline similar to CakeMania, where the grandparents are losing their business to some fat cat Wall St. type, and their granddaughter decides to save the day. In this case, the family business is Posiden Park, and the family are all fish. The fat cat is a walrus not unlike the one in the tale of The Walrus and the Carpenter as told in the Lewis Carrol classic, Through the Looking Glass. His secretary that we never see talks like Rosemary, the switchboard operator, in the old Hong Kong Phooey cartoons. Even though is a HOM, it is not meant to scare are even be a thriller, but not to take itself too seriously, which is pretty refreshing when it comes to HOMs. We hunt through the various places and rides in the park, looking for items to sell, and food items to feed to the seahorses. We can sell their mane hair to a fishy textile tycoon to create fabrics from. Read more...(329 words, 31 images, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)
Anyone who was a fan of REO Speedwagon back in the day or even still is now, will heartily enjoy this fresh take on a hidden object mystery. It features music from the band as we follow the misadventures of a rock magazine reporter that has been shadowing the band for quite some time. There are all kinds of puzzles to solve, and you not only need a keen eye, but a sharp ear, because you will be playing a rock version of Simon, and putting together puzzles that give you access to some great tunes. Read more...(232 words, 32 images, estimated 56 secs reading time)
If you are looking for a varied challenge, then please, swing by BFG and download Antique Road Trip: American Dreamin‘ right now! While it is a hidden object game, it has none of the dark tones of many of the games out there, and since it is free to play, you will only be losing the time you put into to it, unless you want to purchase little side items to make it run quicker. this is no rush to the end of the game, because, like LOTRO, it is always being updated. In fact, they just tied up their Thanksgiving holiday special, and I am really looking forward to the one for the winter holidays. Read more...(522 words, 31 images, estimated 2:05 mins reading time)
Today we are looking at the game Royal Riddles, available from Big Fish Games.
The learning curve on this game is rather steep for a casual game, especially when you are used to other types of games that tend to give you step by step hands on tutorials and help. In this game you are given a grid that you must then either block or keep open depending on the information that is given on the edges of the board. The tutorial that you are sped through tells you to click on certain blocks but does not explicitly tell you why. It is a very confusing game to start out with.
There are help informations in the options of the game that are almost as bad as reading stereo or DVD player instructions, but those I would understand. They are not intuitive at all and once you do figure it out, I had to ask my wife for guidance since she had played those kinds of games before, you realize that it is a mosaic game that plays a lot like Sudoku would be played. Read more...(436 words, 31 images, estimated 1:45 mins reading time)
I had downloaded this game awhile back, but just now had the opportunity to test it out. I played just the hour trial, and even though the hour went by quickly, this is not a match 3 game that is going to keep you up all weekend like Heroes of Kalevala or Imperial Island: Birth of an Empire.
You have been locked in some kind of manor house by a demon king, and you have to get through many different locks to find your way out. Unlike some of the bizarre locks we might find in many HOM games, these are broken by using a match 3 puzzle grid. You match up icon using the switch method. Matching up ice blue gems on the grid gives you powerups. The upgrades can be used on a small scale, or you can hold out and get one thousand gems to just solve the puzzle, but it will take about three puzzle grids to get that many, maybe more. You might find the lower cost powerups to be more efficient, depending on the theme of the puzzle. With each room you get out of, you get bonus gems to add to your stash, but then the puzzles change, and what worked for the last lock is completely different from the previous one. Read more...(368 words, 31 images, estimated 1:28 mins reading time)