European Mystery: Flowers of Death was the first in this series by Blam! Games that I have tried. While it has that historic feel and 18th century look, the voice acting was very North American. If it were not for the truly Dutch architecture of the time period, one would not know that this game had a historical setting. As to the mystery itself, we are a detective investigating a strange phenomenon of a town that has been taken over by what seems to be magically enhanced poisonous plants, mostly flowers and flowering vines.
We have a few allies in the town. A botanist who gave the town warning of what was to come, but he really has no idea of the shady dealings and corruption done by the banker with certain merchants and some of the staff in the police department (no big surprise there!). What the botanist has is a talent for finding things out through his science, and using his formulas and your keen senses, you will find the dirty low down on why the plants have gone crazy. Read more...(376 words, 31 images, estimated 1:30 mins reading time)
I have not read the Penny Dreadful story of Sweeney Todd, nor have I seen the 2007 movie, but if this game is in any indication of might be awaiting me in the other forms of media that have taken on the retelling of this grisly tale, then they might be worth a look.
This game features some of the music from stage production, and it does a good job of telling the story through interludes between your basic detective HMO gaming. Some of the hidden object puzzles are not for the squeamish, as they sometimes contain what might be body parts or other kinds of human remains. Yeah, 19th Century London, gotta love it! I do like the fact that you are given access to a real help log/walkthrough when you get stuck, and being able to map travel through the city helps cut out much of the go get this thing to open this puzzling lock on the other side of the street/river/lake, etc. The areas are more localized, and your log book will also help you out when you might get lost. Read more...(263 words, 31 images, estimated 1:03 mins reading time)
As a casual game player, I just can’t stand it when I want to try out a new game, only to find out that it is a sequel to a previous game I had never heard of. Such was the case with Secrets of the Dark: Eclipse Mountain
We are in Thailand on some kind of adventure with our friend, someone we’ve gone on quests with before, when a local legend about an ill-fated demon comes back from its stony prison to exact revenge. It turns out, and this I did not know, you and your questing buddy have been through this kind of supernatural trial before on the other side of the world in Mexico. There are special secrets to be found by simply bending light and shadows, and as the Barenaked Ladies said, “It’s All Been Done”
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Another Free to Play game comes to us, and this time it is from ERS Games Studios, the Cadillac of HMO-style games. They have brought us many hours of mysteries through the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, and yet again we are working with C. Auguste Dupin, a young Parisian detective, and his crew. Our work is cut out for us, too, because you never know where things might be or whom might be controlling them. There are many Poe games and the one constant is Dupin, but we really don’t see much of him as we are running around mid-19th Century Paris working our own cases, getting to know everyone from the local laundress to the chef at everyone’s favourite cafe. We even help out the crew of various dirigibles and hot air balloons that work their way over the city. We are not much a detective as the go to girl/guy for everyone, not unlike Dolly Levi. All kinds of people are looking for us to help them solve various cases, from the original Murder in the Rue Morgue to chasing down mummies, werewolves and escaped convicts. All this work does cost energy, and there are various ways to get it. Resting, as in not playing the game for a few hours. Eating, consuming pixelated noms and drinks to give you a boost, or working towards the rewards that will also give you those boosts. Read more...(451 words, 31 images, estimated 1:48 mins reading time)
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. Read more...(329 words, 31 images, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)