I haven’t had so much fun with a hidden object mystery in such a long time as I have had with Surface: Mystery of Another World Collector’s Edition. Even though it was a mystery, there was not really a horror element to it, but there was very much a story that needed to be told and uncovered. It definitely had an Olde Worlde feel to it, with the steam train and the nondescript town that we end up in.
While on the train, our role is as mother to a fair-haired boy of about ten. A dark-haired woman enters the train cabin with a boy of about the same age dressed in satin robes, and asks if the kids can play together. The kids seem to like each other, and have no problem with the idea. So, we agree, and the boy’s mother goes off while we babysit the kids. It turns out that the woman was not the boy’s mother, but a sort of nanny, but the kid is some kind of magic-using mystic from another world, and we have a sinister villain out to get him, and our own kid. Oddly, enough, boys look like they could be twins!
Soon the train stops, and the kids run off the train, and the story really begins. The graphics were clear and bright, hidden objects fairly easy to find, and there was not to much running back and forth between areas as is common in hidden object mystery games. The fact that the secondary characters were portrayed by real actors was an added plus, though they did not really match with their artistically rendered likenesses. I did not play all the way through as of yet, because many of these games tend to be long, and guess what! Clisair and I went out and got a new car! So I’ll be coming back to give you all an update on Surface: Mystery of Another World Collector’s Edition very soon. It’s just that good!