It has been some time since Musings has reviewed a hidden object mystery game, and this 19th century period piece is filled with lots of twists and turns and stunning artwork. Even though the names of some of the places sound very North American, the places themselves look to be Central European, not unlike the Grand Hotel Pupp in the movie, Last Holiday.
In this tale, you play as Ethan Black, and happily engaged young man, and your father has called you home to take care of some family business. This is great opportunity to have him meet your fiancee’, so you take the next train to Grand Rapids, and along the way, the steam engine explodes while you are traveling over a stone bridge. This is the beginning of a series of supernatural events that involves your small family and those that are going to be part of its future.
There is much traveling from district to district, as in many hidden object games, and this definitely has a European flair to it, as we can see in the design of the period transports and buildings. Grand Rapids looks very much like St. Petersburg, but considering it is made by Alawar Games, a place that is famous for this format, can you expect anything else? If you do choose to purchase Dark Strokes: Sins of the Fathers, the collectors edition is worth the extra price, because you have instant access to the walkthrough and clues, plus bonus features the regular game does not have. It is very much worth it. The only problem with the wonderful mysteries the developers at Alawar creates is that we eventually have to solve them. Sometimes they give us a sequel. I do hope we get more adventures with Ethan soon!