Here we have another hidden object mystery with a dark theme, but this one is set in Italy. Sacra Terra: Angelic Night Collector’s Edition involves a character in an old asylum…. hmm, getting to be a common theme in these types of games. We see this person being driven down the halls by some medical “professional” on a gurney, then strapped to a table. These opening animations really need some more polish, as they make the beginnings of the game look just plastic, because the art graphics in the rest of the game itself, though dark, are stunning.
Most of this game is set at night, and your character has to find a way to send the demons of the Seven Deadly Sins (Greed, Arrogance, Lust, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, and Gluttony) back to Hell. To do this, he must find runes that represent the sins in the complex of Sacra Terra. The place is huge, but he is not alone. An angel, whom we know only as “Angel” is guiding him along, and showing him where he needs to go. As with most hidden object mysteries, there are many logic puzzles added that you must play to get keys, or unlock areas that lead you further down the path. Some of these you can skip after a certain amount of time. If you do play Sacra Terra: Angelic Night Collector’s Edition, you will have access to guides and walkthroughs with the click of your mouse.
The theme of using a Venice-style Carnival as a means of exorcism is unique, and nothing like I have seen before in games, books or movies. If this game is based on a book, I’d love to read it. As for now, you’ll be jumping all over the complex looking for items to get you to the next area, then back almost to where you started. This game is dark, somewhat graphic, with what could be bloodstains dotting the decor of the Sacra Terra complex, but at least there are no spiders. Arachnophobes, you are safe here. If you are in the mood for a demon-hunt, then go play Sacra Terra: Angelic Night right away!