HIDDEN MYSTERIES – RETURN TO TITANIC

by GUNNAR GAMES; GAME MILL ENTERTAINMENT; BIGFISH GAMES

Jud’s Game Rating:

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

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

This game was good enough to buy.  It has Basic Options, with Casual and Expert Modes of Play, and fairly clear Graphics, though they are less so underwater.  Otherwise, the graphics are authentic to the Titanic, colourful and vibrant in the pre-crash scenes, but murky in those underwater.  The Tutorial is okay and always worth checking in case there are surprises.  The Ship’s Log is your Diary/Notebook, and also contains Blueprints which are a Map to all floors of the ship.

Opening with the usual Titanic/Iceberg scenario, the story is intriguing and just a little ‘left field’ to keep you playing, quickly taking a sinister turn when a Shadow-mist intrudes adding to the mayhem.  After the crash you find yourself under the water, alive in some form, and challenged to discover your identity and to try to rectify some of the events, and change history a little.  In order to do this you use time-portals to jump between pre-crash and post-crash scenes, taking objects, and influencing and changing situations in the pre-crash settings to make their access better in post-crash scenes.  This is quite a clever plot-line, opening up all sorts of possibilities.

The game is a little slow at first – you seem to wander in a fairly enclosed space trying to find what is required, and then when you know what to look for, trying to find where to look.  If that doesn’t make sense then you have an idea of how you feel during the first part of game-play.  You feel directionless, wandering almost aimlessly – but after a while you find that you are just working for your progress – taking tiny steps but actually slowly moving forward.  Eventually you settle into the rhythm of the game and begin to enjoy it.  Then your free trial hour runs out and you have to either buy the game or forget it.  I bought it!

NB:  Some of the clever Puzzles, that you have to do to open doors etc, are a pain but you can thankfully use the Skip button so you don’t have to suffer any FF.

(C) Copyright  Jud House 21/04/2012

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