Story:  The once glamorous Gatsby Mansion is now wrecked and seemingly deserted. Judy, a talented architect, is given her dream job when she is asked to restore it to its former beauty. Just as she is about to begin, Gatsby’s criminal past intrudes and she finds herself caught up in a kidnapper’s scheme to discover the notorious socialite’s secret treasure. Immerse yourself in an adventure full of puzzles and hidden object scenes entwined with Gatsby’s devoted love and criminal dealings in The Great Gatsby: Secret Treasure!  (BigFish Sales Blurb)

Options:  Both this and Main Menu are basic.  The Tutorial is well-devised giving clear information.

Play Modes:   Casual; Expert.

HOGs:   The Graphics of these are blurry making objects hard to see – this is disappointing.

Puzzles:   Some quite cool puzzles, particularly the Maze Puzzle.

Graphics:   The Art Deco Graphics are gorgeous, colourful, authentic, delightful, but their couterpart in the derelict mansion scenes are sadly dull and blurred by atmospherics – partially understandable, but they don’t need to lack light and colour to show delapidation.

Map:  In the Mansion this is Not Interactive; at the Florida Keys it is Interactive.

Game-play:   This follows usual Hidden Object pattern with much Back & Forth and Point & Click.  You take snapshots of clues, which you then arrange to make sense.  The Mouse action is a little faulty at times which is annoying.

Player Participation:   This is average.

Frustration Factors:   Mostly minor irritants – like the faulty Muse action and the blurry Graphics in the HOGs.

Satisfaction Factor:   This begins with great promise, but becomes underwhelming.  However, despite the above mentioned frustrations, the story is well embedded into the game-play, and is gripping enough to make you want to keep playing.

This is worth a trial for all Crime buffs, but as yet I haven’t bought it.

Jud House 7/04/2014

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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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