I have really not come across a hidden object mystery from Elephant Games I did not like. They are definitely hold the platinum standard when it comes to HOMs. I had been looking forward to this game for some time, and so when I saw that the demo was out, I downloaded it then and there, at 4 A.M. in the morning, when I should have been reading the headlines at Slate Magazine. I would have to wait until afternoon to play the game, and I was elated and disappointed at the same time.
This game is a wonderful mystery, and we are playing through the POV of a Royal Detective in some Olde Worlde nation in Europe, possibly on the North, Baltic, or even the Adriatic Sea, since it is a port town . The town we have come to check on is Martel, and our guide is a small, sentient wooden sculpture of a sea captain, but then with the many statues coming to life in this town, it seems to have a bit of the shades of the House of Wax, but sort of in reverse. People are not dying to become statues, but statues are coming to life, kidnapping prominent people, and causing chaos. Some follow orders and serve their purpose, such as an archer that merely needs to be shown a target to shatter a door to splinters, or a friendly rooster that runs on steampunk-style gears. You will find allies and enemies in these statues, and they are all the work of one local artist, and they are also here to protect this artist’s adopted daughter. This little girl has a mysterious past of her own. All your puzzles and trails lead to her.
The only disappointment I had was that the game cut me off with a “Thank You for Playing the Demo”, to which I responded, “Oh, no you didn’t!” You will most definitely be seeing a more in depth review of Royal Detective: The Lord of Statues Collector’s Edition later on.