Monday, June 14, 2010

One Hour Game Review 1 - Midnight Mysteries 2 Salem Witch Trials

I'm downloading demos from Big Fish games, so I don't play an of these for more than an hour (sometimes less, depending upon the demo).

In this game, you meet the ghost of Nathaniel Hawthorne, who in this reality was brutally murdered, and you have to catch the killer.

The art is solid, true to itself, and the opener is nicely done, transitioning well into the first scene - which takes place in your study.  The dialogue is simple, but not flat, and there is no voice acting.  The puzzles are well laid out, if simple, and the story compelling.

The hidden object portions have objects in relatively logical places (no sky camels), and I have few nitpicks about the item names (a recorder is NOT a flute, flour SIFTER - there's no such thing as a 'flour filter').  A few things are mislabeled, but not deal breakers (clicking on a rifle, rather than a musket, for instance).

The transitions are interesting and short, with no huge loading lag.

I admit, I do have a soft spot for the paranormal and 'creepy' games, and this one has a nice gothic feel to it without being too scary for a general audience.  The historical bits are put in as interesting asides, rather than feeling like you're being force fed history.

Soft recommend.

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