Jud’s Game Rating:

Graphics *** Player participation (PP) ** Satisfaction Factor (SF) ***

Frustration Factor (FF) ***   Fair Play (FP) ***  Tedium Factor (TF) ***


What was intended as a relaxing vacation to Savannah, Georgia for Claire Donnelly, quickly turned into one of adventure and mystery! Upon her arrival, Claire started experiencing unusual visions, which grew to vivid depictions of evil forces living among the citizens of Savannah. Help Claire explain these terrifying visions in Hidden Mysteries: Vampire’s Secrets, a dark Hidden Object Adventure game. (BigFish Sales Blurb)

As you can see, I have rejected this game.  It’s a shame as I usually like Hidden Mysteries games, and have bought a couple of them.  But this one annoyed me from start to Exit!  The Graphics are so dark you can barely see what you are doing or looking for.  Despite the AutoTutorial this game leaves you floundering around a little too much.  There is a Map, but not accessible from the screen – only as it pops up to move you to another building.

The Puzzles give very basic instructions, causing FF, TF and time-wasting.  The Inventory changes to the List bar for the Hidden Object sites.  I hadn’t even played for half an hour before I wrote: ‘I’m a bit bored – quit for now!’

See what you think.  Try the free hour trial – you may disagree with me.

Jud House  8/12/2012

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About judsartwork

I write reviews of Adventure and Hidden Object games that are Crime, Fantasy, SciFi, Renovation, Travel, Quest and/or Mystery by genre. I have a Masters in Writing (2006) and have been writing novels, both crime and fantasy for many years; plus Haiku, verse, and prose both fictional and literary. I am also an artist of modern, Acrylic, textural and hard edge work, underwater, fantasy, expressionist, and Cosmos paintings. I use mixed media (Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastels) in textural Monoprints, finding surprises to expose within each work. Having both an analytical and creative mind has meant that I have strong powers of observation, and the persistence required to follow computer problems through till I solve them. Of course I am not always successful, but am willing to ask for a little help in order to then unlock the main problem myself. My Troubleshooting Blog, 'Problems and Solutions', was the result of my tenacity.
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