|Game: Hidden Object Bundle 5 in 1
Genre: Adventure, Casual, Hidden Object
Developer: Alawar Entertainment
Publisher: Alawar Entertainment
Release Date: 27 Feb, 2015
Platform: PC / Played on Windows 7
Overall rating: 7/10
Replay Value: 3/10
Hidden Object Bundle 5 in 1 is yet another series of Hidden Object games. As such, gameplay is conducted in fairly the same way as all the others: You get a first person view of scenes and you navigate with your mouse by pointing and clicking. Through the story you will find hidden object games, puzzles where you need to move pieces, or find pieces, or find pieces and then move pieces, and so on and so forth.
The bundle contains 5 games, I’ll be quoting the store page here:
Behind the Reflection 2: Witch’s Revenge
A witch’s quest for revenge spells trouble for a young mother and her son in this haunting hidden object adventure! Guide the mother as she pursues the witch through time and space to save her son from a fate worse than death. Interact with a variety of characters, find useful objects, and then use the items to solve cunning puzzles. […]
Mountain Crime: Requital
Someone is killing the guests at a mountain resort, and you could be next if you don’t solve the mystery at the heart of this chilling thriller! Take the role of a doctor who’s summoned to a remote hotel to tend to a patient, and hold on to your sanity as you discover the first victim moments upon arriving at the retreat. […]
Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box
With a chilling crime at the center of its spellbinding story, Vampire Saga is not intended for the faint of heart. Join Matthew Ward as he steals aboard a cargo ship to escape the violence of the Spanish-American War, passes out and then wakes up to find himself alone with several sinister-looking coffins. […]
Weird Park: Broken Tune
Take the role of a private detective hired to investigate a rash of “accidental” deaths that befell those who worked at the park before city officials shut it down. Search for clues as you explore creepy carnival environments, solve puzzles as you pursue a mysterious joker down shadowy paths, and find hidden objects that can help you solve the mystery of a portal that leads to a realm beyond insanity.[…]
Twisted Lands: Shadow Town
[…] Welcome to Twisted Lands: Shadow Town, the first game in a new saga that will explore the emotion of fear. Guide the actions of a man as he searches a deserted island for his wife, who disappeared when their boat crashed on the shore. Along the way, gather hidden items, solve hair-raising puzzles and make one spine-chilling discovery after another as you draw ever closer to a shocking conclusion!
Because they’re all mostly the same in general terms, I’ll be reviewing them as one item.
The puzzles are extremely easy to solve. In fact, in one of them I was solving them so fast I kept glitching the game every time I would get the reward or need to move a piece – they would end up disappearing and I had to go back to the menu and back into the game to get the item.
Find aaaaalll the items!
You can tell some of the games are older. The game play where you don’t have a decent map in half of them, the graphic design as well are easy indicators, some don’t even have voice acting (and trust me when I say: that’s almost a blessing lol). This doesn’t mean they’re bad, but it makes them challenging and more annoying as you need to backtrack several times to find your way to things. this isn’t necessarily bad if you don’t mind all the back tracking, and in a way sort of makes up for the easy puzzles, but for me it just didn’t cut it. I missed having a map (I think only a few had them), and more than that, I missed using the map to fast-travel to locations. Those items were a looot of clicking away.
Story-wise they’ve done nothing new. Someone close to you gets lost, you’re trapped somewhere, gotta find them or/and a way out… and all of a sudden you’re a pretty dumb human who can’t do anything. “Gee, I’m trapped in this room in a creepy old house, and I think there’s a key under the ashes; but wait! I can’t just sweep the ashes by hand!! I need something to sweep them out of the way!”
Screw that, I’m sticking my hands in if that key can get me out. And if for some reason I didn’t really want my hands all ashy, I’d grab the nearst thing to get the key out, not go through 50 different things to get to a sweeper.
That, however, is a fault all HOG games suffer from (and I do mean all of them), so if you’re into them you should be used to it by now.
Visually speaking the areas and the hidden object scenes are quite lovely. I liked all the details, the items were neither too hard nor too easy to spot, and they didn’t go out of their way to hide them in ridiculous places, most the time. Characters, however, were rather hit and miss, leaning heavily on the creepy side of ‘miss’.
The music and sounds were fairly good too, but the voice acting was truly, truly terrible.
If you’re a fan of Hidden Object games, I would still definitely recommend this bundle despite its shortcomings. If you aren’t, they might still be a good enough place to start, as they are better than the average – and hey! you get 5 in 1!