Jud’s Game Rating:

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

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


It is so good to be able to review a game I can give Excellent status to, after the run of disappointments I’ve reviewed lately.  On the whole Elepant Games are well designed with coherent storylines, fantastic imaginative well-conceived graphics, and plenty of PP to get players involved and provide the SF.  The Options menu is really good, and you have the choice of Casual or Expert Play Modes.  And the Tutorial is informative and rather fun.

You have been summoned to save the alpine village of Martlet in Royal Detective: Lord of Statues. Martlet has been taken over by statues! What made these statues come alive, and how can you stop them from destroying Martlet? The answer lays in the story of Princess, a young girl who was left on the statue maker’s doorstep at birth. Find out who enchanted the statues and why in this charming game set in a small European town.  SALES BLURB.

Apart from the usual Hidden Object sites, there are plenty of items to locate and use scattered around the locations.  Plus you need to find 26 Miniature statues also scattered throughout the scenes.  There is a slight delay during the HO sites in the collection of the ‘blue item/s’ in the list – these require the action of other item/s before you can pick them up.  But after a while you get into the rhythm glitches and they are not too FF.

The HO sites are fairly clear, though they could be better, and the HOs could be a little less merged with their backgrounds.  But on the whole they are cleverly hidden, and when not constrained by the ‘time limit’ of the free trial hour, you will have plenty of time to really explore them and find the HOs.

I found that several times I needed to use the Strategy Guide, accessed from bottom Left on screen (very handy), but once again that was due to time constraints.  This was mainly to find out what came next and what I had missed, as there are moments where you seem to have done everything and are stalled.  With plenty of time to play these minor play issues would not matter and you could eventually resolve them and move on.

I highly recommend this game.

Jud House  19/06/2012

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