The HdO brand of games is a great resource for taking classic books and bringing them to the hidden object mystery format, yet the stories are really never too dark, and follow the books fairly well. Such is the case with The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan and the 12 Jewels . This game follows the trail of D’Artagnan as he heads to Paris to join the King’s Guard and become a musketeer like his father before him. The young man is quick with both blade and wit, and often finds himself running into problems that tend to be settled by dueling. He also tends to find himself in the fleeting company of the king’s enemies from time to time as he learns more about the corruption on the part of Cardinal Richelieu and his Machiavellian style of intrigue as he plans to take over the rule of France.
The time is the 1620’s and Europe is still reeling from the Renaissance, and massive changes are sweeping over the Continent in science, religion, and culture. The air is ripe with evil plans, and war is always going on somewhere. Richelieu and his agents are working to bring a war against England, and it is up the gamer, D’Artagnan, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis to hunt for the Queen’s diamonds to stop the evil Cardinal from bringing his plans to fruition. HdO is a common brand of game that casual gamers might be familiar with, and their style of game play is consistent. The graphics are beautifully rendered, as always. The music could be a little more upbeat, since most of the game is played by reading dialogue, the overly light background music tends to be more of an irritation than an enhancement. Still, it was a fun adventure, and made me want to watch the movie again, so I popped in the 1993 version, and it made the game more enjoyable. It was a fun night and a fun game.