I’m not sure exactly when this game came out. While the graphics in the artwork looked great, the storyline looked it bit washed out and lines seemed broken. This story is about Lana Vassari, a talented art restorer that is suddenly up to her ears in work when art thieves hit her hometown.
It seems that everyone in Lana’s loop has an angle. From the museum and gallery directors to the auction house. Old friends that just love art, and the odd buyer here and there. Even the FBI agent is keeping her busy in this hidden object mystery, but on the upside, this is not nearly as dark as many of these kinds of games are, and finding the little anachronisms is classic paintings from the Renaissance and Baroque periods is pretty fun. The background music sets the tone for whatever painting you are working on, including street noises and animals. Some of the hidden objects might be nearly impossible to find, but hints come at a price. Also, the focus was pretty much on the hidden object aspect of the game, and there were logic puzzles or weird locks to figure out. This was a big plus.
Making money to furnish you new apartment along the way is not so easy when you can sometimes lose bonuses, and sadly, the objects you can purchase are not all that appealing. Just like in Sims 3, they tend to be overpriced. While I enjoyed the aspect of the work itself, the shopping could have been left out and made the game get a better Value Score. I’ve not tried the original, but Hidden World of Art 2: Undercover Art Agent, while it has its perks, has its problems, too.