Gemini Rue Adventure Game Released

Gemini Rue published by WadJet Eye Games came out today. Created by Joshua Nuernberger, an UCLA undergrad with sound design by Nathan Allen Pinard, Gemini Rue, a downloadable point and click adventure game, tells the story of Azriel Odin, a formerly ruthless paid assassin with a crime syndicate called the Boryokudan on the planet Barracus. Azriel’s perspective changes and he works with the local law enforcement to rid the planet of the Boryokudan. Nuernberger has included interesting characters like Delta-Six, Matthius Howard, Kane Harris, Epsilon-Five, Balder, Giselle and a mysterious “Director”. The game looks interesting. We will publish a complete review in a few weeks.

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Love & Order -Mystery and Dating Simulation Game

Love and Order Mystery Simulation Game Download

Winter Wolves released Love and Order, a mystery dating simulation game just in time for Valentine’s Day. The game opens you are Dana Larose, a new secretary at the Crowne Attorney’s office. On her first day on the job Dana finds an envelope containing a cryptic message about Case Number ML-265. As Dana quietly investigates Case ML-265 she meets her co-workers and the various bosses deciding whom to date and when (even though workers shouldn’t dip their pens in the company ink.) The game offers four datable characters each with a different ending. We will publish a complete review in the coming weeks. Winter Wolves created versions of this downloadable game for Windows, Mac and Linux for $19.99.

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Phantasmat Puzzle Game Download

Codeminion, publishers of downloadable puzzle game classics like Brunilda, Saqqarah, Stoneloops have released their latest puzzle game called Phantasmat through their own site. Codeminion offers two versions of the game, The Codeminion game development team has combined hidden object, match 3 and seek n find elements into one mysterious downloadable puzzle lover’s dream game. Codeminion offer two versions of Phantasmat, a regular edition for $9.99 and a collectors edition which extends gameplay for an hour with an epilogue adventure and contains a strategy guide all for $19.99.

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Mishap: An Accidental Haunting Puzzle Game

Namco, publishers of PacMan, have released a hidden object game called Mishap: An Accidental Haunting Hidden Object Game. The player take the role of Kelly and Brock Burton, a young couple who have discovered their newly purchased house is haunted and they hire Milton Hobblepop, a paranormal investigator who helps them to clear out all the haunted beings in their house. (more…)

Mystery PI Stolen in San Francisco

by Patrick Stephen Baker
Game Rating = 1/5

Game Review Summary: Spectacularly boring hidden objects puzzle game

Three Reasons to buy Game: Mystery PI Stolen in San Francisco

#1 Great looking
#2 Really like hidden object puzzle games
# 3 Easy to learn

Three Reasons to avoid buying the Game: Mystery PI Stolen in San Francisco

#1 Bores quickly
#2 Not much of a Story
# 3 Low replayablity

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You know the instructions on the shampoo bottle: wash, rinse and repeat. The downloadable game “Mystery P.I.: Stolen in San Francisco” is the hidden object puzzle game equivalent of those instructions.

The player acts as an unnamed Private Investigator who is hired to find $250,000 dollars worth of gold that has been stolen off an armored car. The P.I.s investigative technique seems to be to go from random location to random location in the City of San Francisco and find a seemingly unrelated set of objects. Finding these objects is supposed to get harder as the game levels up, but it never presents much of a challenge since the “hint” option is always open regardless of difficulty level. The game does throw a mini-game at the player occasionally to break up the monotony. But even the mini-games have an all too familiar look and feel and ultimately pall as the player goes through them. “Mystery P.I.: Stolen in San Francisco” does feature actually San Francisco locations which is something a bit new in the genre, but the story doesn’t really do much with the location as such, so the game developer could have saved time and money by using generic locations. The game play as game play is just intensely repetitive.

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The graphics are by far and away the best part of the game, the locations are just gorgeous and the player will wish that the developer could have done more with them. The sound is good pretty, with minimal sound effects, but at least there is not the usual annoying music track in the background.

“Mystery P.I.: Stolen in San Francisco” rates very low on creativity and innovation, playing much like every other game in the series and not showing the player anything much that is new.

At 19.99 American, the downloadable game “Mystery P.I.: Stolen in San Francisco” is just simply not worth the money, unless you just feel compelled to own every game in the series. Otherwise, it should be avoided.

NightMares Adventure: Witches Prison

Game Review by Wayne K Wilkins
Game Rating = 4/5

“Nightmare Adventures: The Witch’s Prison” is a first person puzzle game with a truly breathtaking horror movie style twist. Boasting beautiful graphics and an endless array of horror themed locations and storyline styles, “Witch’s Prison” has the potential to be a best seller with Halloween drawing ever closer.

Three Reasons to buy “Nightmare Adventures: The Witch’s Prison”

#1 – Stunning graphics.

# 2 – Unique horror themed storyline.

# 3 – Reminiscent of vintage first person puzzle games.

Nightmare Adventures: The Witch’s Prison

Three Reasons to avoid buying “Nightmare Adventures: The Witch’s Prison”

#1 – Somewhat short, basic and conventional horror storyline.

#2 – Perhaps too similar to vintage titles of the same genre.

# 3 – Older computer models may struggle to run it.

As the cold winter months are due to set in and Halloween right around the corner, one of the games that could truly become an instant classic this year is Nightmare Adventures: The Witch’s Prison. Boasting truly beautiful graphics, well made horror-themed music and an endless amount of eerie settings and surroundings that could make your skin crawl, the game’s best points are also reflected by the vintage and classic puzzle style gameplay reminiscent of such first person puzzle titles as the legendary “Myst” series.

The game play of The Witch’s Prison is fairly simple. After receiving a letter giving her details on her unknown family, Kiera Vale traverses on an adventure to the creepy Blackwater Asylum which is in a peculiar state of uproar. Using a simple first person point and click interface, the player has to find hidden items and locations, use equipment to solve puzzles and use their general knowledge and common sense to make progress in the Asylum in search of the truth in regards to her family history.

The graphics are potentially the most beautiful aspect of the game. With high quality first person locations, everything from the background settings, items and equipment alike are made in an eerie horror style that can prove to send a shiver down your spine with ease.

The music again is something that is flawless. Boasting a horror themed soundtrack, the music of The Witch’s Prison keeps you on the edge of your seat when combined with the graphics and storyline, thus creating a truly eerie and adrenaline fueled atmosphere.

Nightmare Adventures: The Witch’s Prison

When it comes to games that could rise to prominence and popularity in the 2010 year, “Nightmare Adventures: The Witch’s Prison has the potential to be a highly successful downloadable game with the cold winter months due to set in and with Halloween being just one short month away. With truly flawless graphics and a unique combination of horror-themed music that can keep you on the edge of your seat, the well-written storyline combined with the addictive puzzle style gameplay is something that can keep you occupied for days. With a reasonable price tag of $6.99, The Witch’s Prison is a beautiful bargain of a game that players and enthusiasts of the gaming and horror worlds should certainly not pass up.

Vera Blanc: Ghost in the Castle RPG Download

Winter Wolves released the next chapter of Vera Blanc called Ghost in the Castle. Feel free to check out our review of the first chapter Full Moon. The Ghost in the Castle, a detective mystery written in a comic book style finds the heroine Vera Blanc travels to a small town in Italy to discover who’s behind the ghost and a string of deaths scaring the locals.

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Hidden in Verona Puzzle Game Download

Game Review by Maria C. Collins
Game Rating = 1/5

Hidden object games are my passion and I eagerly anticipated reviewing this downloadable game “Hidden in Verona”. Unfortunately, the reality did not match my anticipation. Initially, all was well, the graphics were bright and cheerful and the sound good. The storyline loosely based on Romeo and Juliet was interesting and appealing. The game was creative and innovative. I completed and enjoyed the first two object searches although the hint feature takes ages to reload. Then to a match three game. It seemed to bear no relevance whatsoever to the story and was completely out of place. It appeared that the game designer put the match three game there to show his prowess rather than because it belonged.

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Hidden object games are my passion and I eagerly anticipated reviewing this downloadable game “Hidden in Verona”. Unfortunately, the reality did not match my anticipation. Initially, all was well, the graphics were bright and cheerful and the sound good. The storyline loosely based on Romeo and Juliet was interesting and appealing. The game was creative and innovative. I completed and enjoyed the first two object searches although the hint feature takes ages to reload. Then to a match three game. It seemed to bear no relevance whatsoever to the story and was completely out of place. It appeared that the game designer put the match three game there to show his prowess rather than because it belonged.

The first puzzle picture of the Cathedral was quite difficult to complete and there were insufficient instructions on how to move the pieces successfully. I could not get the “skip” feature to work at all. I solved the puzzle eventually and continued with the game. The game told me that I had unlocked more games in the trophy room, where more jigsaw type puzzles followed. I solved all the unlocked puzzles available, but every time I tried to get out of the trophy room, the game cut out and I had to re launch it. I could not return to the map of Verona no matter what I did or where I clicked and the game continually cut out.

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This game needs more work and I do not recommend that anyone spend hard-earned money buying this downloadable game. It is not ready for market yet. The spelling mistake in the help feature clearly illustrates that “Hidden in Verona” was not checked or tested sufficiently and, thus, is not ready for market; someone appears to think that the word “panel” needs an extra “n”. This game really disappointed me and I score it 1/5 because it promised much but never delivered. The game is inexpensive compared to similar games but even at 9.95 dollars US, it is far too expensive in its current state.

I cannot find three reasons to buy the game in its current unfinished state. However, if the designers were to remove the irrelevant “match three” puzzle, clean up the glitches in “Hidden in Verona” and make this downloadable game work properly, it is a promising and interesting game. I especially liked the jigsaw type puzzles they exercised my brain considerably and the pictures were interesting. I would have liked some quick facts about Verona. All game designers should understand that people who enjoy hidden object games find “Match three” puzzles boring and prefer puzzles that make them think.

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Vera Blanc Mystery Detective – Puzzle Game Download

Vera Blanc Game Review by Matt Bird
Game Rating = 2/5

You should buy this game if:

– You like a lengthy tale
– You enjoy applying logic to your gaming
– You like comic books

You shouldn’t buy this game if:

– You’re looking for innovation
– You’re bored of point-and-click games
– You hate reading

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Vera Blanc has it all: money, looks, a ritzy lifestyle… and, unfortunately, a tumor in her brain. This is enough to spoil anyone’s day – though when she winds up miraculously cured thanks to modern medicine, she’s suddenly able to add telepathy to her already magnificent repertoire…

Thus begins the story of Vera Blanc, a follow-the-story detective game that sticks you in Vera’s shoes. Having survived her operation and gained the ability to read minds, Vera is enlisted as a detective, teaming up with former FBI agent Brandon Mackey to solve crimes with her mysterious gift. And, in the case of this game, the major item on her to-do list involves a Werewolf – though who knows what the truth behind the monster may be…?

Greatly resembling a semi-classic comic strip, Vera Blanc is a point and click game. You proceed through the case, talking to people, making note of clues and trying to discover what’s up with this werewolf. Along the way you can use Vera’s claim to fame, her psychic abilities, to try and read people’s minds, or you can go the old-fashioned route and reason the crimes out with mere logic. It’s nice not to be forced to read minds all the time, as the mini-game associated with it – a little version of Hangman – gets tiresome.

Vera Blanc has less to do with exploration than simply following the flow of the story. What really matters in this game is how you proceed through the events, as they’ll change what happens; you’ll still probably wind up in the same place at the end, but how you get there can be drastically different from game to game. As such Vera Blanc bears replaying once or twice to see everything there is to offer.

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That said, there are some polishing problems with the storyline. Take the beginning of the game. While you’re riding on a train to investigate the werewolf, Vera may discover a bomb in her compartment, and she can disable it in a mini-game. Later on, however, she makes mention of the bomb having destroyed your compartment. Having the story change according to your actions is good and all, but only if the story keeps up with those changes.

Overall Vera Blanc is nice looking. The art is clean, consistent and for the most part good enough for the game. Static panels detract from the excitement of the events, of course, but that’s no new problem to comic strips. The story, too, is well presented and written, though there are occasional flubs within that hurt the overall package.

Is Vera Blanc worth the money? If you like a good detective story, yes. This is a solid title and at $20 won’t break the bank. It’s not the most innovative thing in the world, but it’s far from the worst tale spun. 3.5/5

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Brunilda and the Dark Crystal Puzzle Game Download

Brunilda and the Dark Crystal Game Review by Matt Bird
Game Rating = 2/5

You should buy this game if:

– You adore point and click adventures
– You like puzzles
– You like mini-games

You should not buy this game if:

– You’re bored of fantasy tales
– You dislike generic games
– You want to preserve your eyesight

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Fantasy stories are legion. Point and click adventure games are legion. Stick the two together and what do you get? Aside from something so common you’ve seen its kind a billion times before, you get Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal.

There is, apparently, a fantasy world that exists beyond our own, known as the Faerie Realm – and, for reasons most dire, the magic of the place is seeping away, which will result in some nasty implications. A demon has been sent out to look for the only one who can save the realm, a girl named Brunhilda, whose aunt is knee-deep in magical lore.

Accompanied by the vexatious demon Brunhilda must travel through a variety of locations, trying to discover the mystery behind the loss of magic – entombed within an artifact known as the Dark Crystal – and save the Faerie Realm. Sounds rather generic, yes, and it is: there’s little innovative substance behind this story, if you’ve read even one fantasy novel, and though the overall setting has some neat aspects there’s almost nothing new here.

But enough story. On to the game play. What makes Brunhilda tick? Unfortunately, it’s a mechanic that’s familiar to the extreme, as Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal relies almost entirely on point-and-click mechanics to get the job done. As she travels Brunhilda is propositioned by all manner of creatures to do something or other for them, from finding cheese to matchsticks to spider webs, and this requires the tried-and-true method of hunting through static environments and clicking until you find what you’re seeking.

And, unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot more to this game. There are some mini-games, true, but they’re not boisterous or inventive enough to save Brunhilda. It’s too simple. If you like these kinds of games you’ll probably have fun regardless, but for the rest of us…

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Nor does the presentation help much. Brunhilda isn’t UGLY, per se, but there’s something off about this game’s aesthetics. Everything looks blurry, which doesn’t help when you’re trying to identify items of importance. Your eyes will probably start to hurt when you strain to pick out important details.

This is all rather unfortunate, because Brunhilda’s programmers tried to be ambitious by including full voice acting. This would have been awesome had the writing not turned out rather poor: some of the storytelling is downright awkward, and even the spunky demon is boring as a sidekick. Add in the fact that most of the voice actors are bad (Brunhilda has no emotion at all) and, well, there you have it.

Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal is par for the course. It’s the same as anything and everything else you’ve ever seen in a point and click adventure. It’s not really worth the money unless you’ve never played a point and click before, and even then there are better titles.

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