Story:   Welcome to the wacky world of the hit television series, Psych! When a prominent planner is murdered at a local wedding expo, Shawn and Gus jump in to help out the Santa Barbara Police Department. But it turns out the murderer is just getting started! Use Shawn’s heightened observational skills and Gus’ eccentric expertise to solve the crime in this hilarious Hidden Object game! (BigFish Sales Blurb)

Desktop:   Menu (Left); Pjus’s Inventory/Shawn’s Memory (Centre); Hint (Right).   

Options: Basic.

Music:   This becomes rather irritating after a while – I turned it right down.

Play Modes:   Easy; Casual; Expert.

Map:    None – so lots of Back & Forth/ Point & Click.

Graphics:   Well designed; good layouts; colourful – suits crime locations.

HOPs:   Interactive but straight-forward.  Graphics okay for these, but seem to recall some of the items being rather small.

Puzzles:   These took the form of Evidence processing – I think – I didn’t make any notes of this which is unusual.

Collections:   None – other than evidence in usual game-play manner.

Game-play:   The game opened stright into the game, then belatedly the characters were introduced.  Because you go into Shawn’s memory, you merely click on the Items to lock their image into his part of the Inventory Bar, rather than actually collecting them. Although the game-play is rather disjointed, and consequently frustrating, not to mention far less sophisticated than other Crime games like CSI and NCIS, it does draw you in.  You can use Hint to show you the next needed site if you get lost due to lack of Map and Info.  Also the concept of the real Inventory and the Memories is a little tricky to sort out – the problem is knowing when to use which inventory, and this causes confusion.  This gradually settles down.

Player Participation:   Due to lack of Map this is quite full-on, but not in a good way – just lots of going Back & Forth as mentioned which is tiring.

Satisfaction Factor:   I think it’s fair to say that I didn’t find it very satisfying at all.

Frustration Factors:   An under-supply of story info causes confusion and frustration; the lack of a Map is frustrating and so is the repetitive Music.

I was debating whether to use a Game Coupon to get this, or whether it’s just not good enough but I’ve now decided on the latter.  It really doesn’t live up to the other Crime games, and is just too basic to hold my interest.  Give the trial a try by all means.

Jud House 1/07/2014

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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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2 Responses to PSYCH

  1. Sarca says:

    I wonder what the difference is between Easy and Casual…?

    Also, Jud, I was wondering if you have ever used Legacy games to buy games and what your opinion is on them? I am familiar with Big Fish and I think you are too – are they similar?

    • Hi Sarca – I mainly use BigFish these days. The PSYCH game is by Legacy but I bought it through BigFish. I have used Steam as well though you don’t get a free trial with them – and in the past GameHouse who are similar to BigFish. Ithink that Easy and Casual are interchangeable – I always play using the easiest Mode possible – and Custom where it is offered – in order to avoid the stress caused by Timed game mode and also if poss Overclicking Penalties. I believe both of these are unnecessary and interfere with the enjoyment of game-playing. Give me Relaxed/Casual/Easy any day. 😀

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