European Mystery: Flowers of Death was the first in this series by Blam! Games that I have tried. While it has that historic feel and 18th century look, the voice acting was very North American. If it were not for the truly Dutch architecture of the time period, one would not know that this game had a historical setting. As to the mystery itself, we are a detective investigating a strange phenomenon of a town that has been taken over by what seems to be magically enhanced poisonous plants, mostly flowers and flowering vines.
We have a few allies in the town. A botanist who gave the town warning of what was to come, but he really has no idea of the shady dealings and corruption done by the banker with certain merchants and some of the staff in the police department (no big surprise there!). What the botanist has is a talent for finding things out through his science, and using his formulas and your keen senses, you will find the dirty low down on why the plants have gone crazy.
The problem with many of these European games is the bad voice acting that takes over when it reaches North American shores. This was the reason for the “3” score on sound. The music and other sound effects are outstanding, and would have given it a solid five on their own. The graphics are clear, and this version comes with an instant guide/walkthrough to help you if you get stuck.
Sadly, I found myself clicking on the “hint” prompt a little more than normal in this game, because it is easy to get lost with all the running a around you do. There is a travel function similar to that in the Guild Wars MMO, so you won’t have to go back forth to get trivial items to open crazy locks on door that you should not be unlocking anyway.
This is an okay HOM, but there are better and there are worse. The guide makes it a little easier to handle, and the setting is great for those whom like the opulence of 18th century Europe. If you like these, then give this a try.