I tried out the first Tales of Lagoona quite some time ago. This game is far more involved and has more than just the standard HOM format. Not only are we looking for objects, but we need to sell them, and stop the incompetent bureaucrats from seizing this family-run theme park under the sea for all the wrong reasons.
This game starts with a storyline similar to CakeMania, where the grandparents are losing their business to some fat cat Wall St. type, and their granddaughter decides to save the day. In this case, the family business is Posiden Park, and the family are all fish. The fat cat is a walrus not unlike the one in the tale of The Walrus and the Carpenter as told in the Lewis Carrol classic, Through the Looking Glass. His secretary that we never see talks like Rosemary, the switchboard operator, in the old Hong Kong Phooey cartoons. Even though is a HOM, it is not meant to scare are even be a thriller, but not to take itself too seriously, which is pretty refreshing when it comes to HOMs. We hunt through the various places and rides in the park, looking for items to sell, and food items to feed to the seahorses. We can sell their mane hair to a fishy textile tycoon to create fabrics from.
The problem with this game is that it tries to throw too many different kinds of games into one place, so you can never really focus on one particular thing. While I do like the hidden object games that lead to a yard sale, like The Crop Circles Mystery, the game gets repetitive when it has you going back to the same places to find more items and food for the horses. If you are a fan of Tales of Lagoona, you will really enjoy this, but I am going to have to pass on this.