Victorian Mysteries®: The Moonstone
By SQUARE ENIX INC
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
Back in time to Victorian England and help Detective Cuff solve the mystery of the missing Moonstone diamond! With numerous suspects that need questioning and crime scenes that need investigating, only you can stop the thief from getting away with the ancient diamond.
Explore multiple rooms and find the hidden clues as you narrow down your suspect list in this classic adventure, puzzle game.
Four stars? Really?
I really don't know why this game has such high ratings. Joel Bowers' review sums up pretty much what I wanted to say: storyline, gameplay, and graphics are all lacking. There pretty much was no suspense - or even a storyline for that matter; you're not "solving" anything, more likely you're just guessing. The actual hidden object parts were okay but the little mini games got repetitive and dull. However, the thing that irritate me the most were the drawings of the characters - especially the still scenes when they are talking. Whoever drew them really doesn't have a understanding of how to draw the human body, and I have no clue how they got this job. Honestly, it looked like it was drawn by middle schoolers, but that's an insult to them; I've seen plenty of middle schoolers who are 100times better than whoever did these illustrations. I'm giving this game 2 stars because I did enjoy it for the little while I was playing it, but it really fell on its face in the end.
With such a big name on this game, I am shocked by how bad it is. The game is yet another carbon copy of the search&find murder mystery games.
The storyline is shockingly bad. The writing is uninspired and extremely predictable. The minigames are repetitive, tedious, boring, and have nothing to do with a murder mystery. They even screwed up the mechanics for the memory game they throw in way too much. You can only see one tile at a time. Um, have you guys ever actually played memory? You flip over two cards... That'd be how you know they're a match or not. None of the minigames are interesting and they are all screwed up in such a way that you wonder if the people behind this game have ever played any game ever.
The art is so bad looking that I wonder if square just let the interns draw it all. The art style of the characters is drastically different from the scenery and is so incredibly bad. Characters are cartoony and doofy while scenery goes for a much more realistic feel without actually landing the mark.
Big fish is the master at these kinds of games. This is trying to be like a Big Fish game but fails so miserably. What a huge let down. I had high hopes for this game.
Best of the HO games
I've played a lot of hidden object games, and by and large they all have the same weakness: a completely implausible, incomprehensible storyline. This game, however, has a coherent narrative that really serves to drive gameplay forward. The minigames are pretty lame, but the purely HO parts are surprisingly well thought out. It was nice to see rooms looking like rooms, with objects having reasonable placements (though still tricky to pick out) and dependent on the laws of gravity. Overall a big win.
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- Category: Games
- Released: Jun 22, 2011
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 202 MB
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Seller: SQUARE ENIX Ltd
- ©2011 Freeze Tag Inc. Victorian Mysteries is a registered trademark of Freeze Tag, Inc. The story and characters in this game are based on the classic mystery novel The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, first published in 1868. SQUARE ENIX and the SQUARE ENIX logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Square Enix Holdings Co.Ltd.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.