After Jenny Carlyle runs out on her wedding, she comes across a young woman named Jessica Carlyle who takes her to Primrose Lake. Not only do the two have a similar look but they have the same last name. They also find themselves entangled in the mysteries of Primrose Lake and the most famous family that defines it, the Carlyles.Read More »
When a princess’s fiancé goes missing, she begs the sea witch for help. Only problem, the sea witch might have unwittingly been responsible for his disappearance by freeing a siren. Can the sea witch find the siren and set right what she’s done wrong?
That’s right, it’s another evil magic seductress woman story. For those of you unfamiliar with Greek Mythology, sirens were women who sang to sailors and bewitched them so badly that they would sail to their deaths. In this version, the siren uses her magical voice to control the men of the town similar to how Poison Ivy uses her pheromones. Personally, I hate this trope. Not only does it villainize women comfortable with their sexuality, but it takes what is essentially rape and sexualizes it. One example, other than the previously mentioned Poison Ivy, is in Agents of SHIELD, an Asgardian named Lorelai used her magic to bewitch men into becoming her servants. Sif, the Asgardian sent to capture her, justifies it by saying that men are weaker willed, which is why they are affected but it’s still rape. One man abandoned his newly made wife under Lorelai’s influence and another man killed his girlfriend under the same magical influence, something they would never do if their minds were intact. However, it can be done well, such as with Poison Ivy who has more character to her than being a simple vixen. Also with Kilgrave, a man who can make people follow his every command and enjoy it, but he’s not only given more depth, the horror his power causes on the innocent is not glossed over. Yet I will admit that there does seem to be some hinted depth with this siren character from what little I’ve seen. Perhaps, if the game does not acknowledge the obvious rape, they will at least develop the villain.
Other than that, there are some intriguing factors of the storyline. Not only does the story borrow from Greek Mythology, but it also borrowed elements from the fairy tale, The Little Mermaid. A woman confined to the sea asks the sea witch to give her legs to meet the prince. Only, in this version, the woman is the siren in the game and she’s stolen a prince away from his loving princess. It’s a nice twist with the sea witch being the hero and the mermaid being the villain.
Game play is that of your typical hidden object, with you collecting various items that are needed to advance throughout the game. Some items require you to go through a hidden object puzzle, collecting a bunch of useless junk until you get the item you want. There are times when you’ll have to play a mini game in order to advance through the story and you might have to backtrack but, thankfully, you have a map that can transport you to the very place that you need to get to.
This game is intriguing, despite the evil seductress cliché. I might buy the full version when it comes out.
When the husband of a paranormal investigator goes missing, it’s up to her and her team to track him down. Can they save him from the forces of evil or is he the evil they’ve been fighting?Read More »
When a series of grisly murders occurs in the city of a podcast reporter, she sees an opportunity to make it big. Unfortunately, this mysterious killer is on to her, and she must find them before they find her.
Wasn’t expecting an opportunity to beta test again this quickly, but I’ll take it. What’s even better is that this game stars a podcaster and I’ve actually been thinking about going into podcasting myself. Anyway, the game is a murder mystery and, believe me, I’m a sucker for those. You play the main character, Emily Smith, a reporter who recently went into podcasting. I can’t say much about the plot because I only played a fraction of it, but I will tell you that the fraction I did play ended on a startling cliffhanger.
The game play is that of your typical hidden object. You collect items as you explore different scenes and then use them to advance through the plot. There are also mini games you can play, though one of them is a slide puzzle. Since I’m hopeless at those, I had to skip it. Like other hidden object games, you can use a map though the map comes in the form of a GPS app. However, not only can you use your phone to get around but also to record any messages that might be helpful towards the case. You can also replay the messages you record any time in the game.
This game is quite intriguing and left me wanting more. I plan on buying the full version when it comes out.
It’s Christmas, which should be a time of joy but, unfortunately, a hard year has zapped everyone’s Christmas cheer. The only hope is a young boy named Jacob who, with the help of a taxi driver named Nick, must spread the Christmas spirit, and remind everyone what the holidays are about.Read More »
Someone murdered the strongman of the circus, the mayor of Grimville and his daughter have disappeared, and the main suspect is a werewolf. The Secret Society sends a detective to investigate what happened. Will he save the town or give in to temptation?Read More »
After a strange therapy session, a devoted gamer finds themselves at a mysterious bar. The owner is Mistress Eve, who not only sees the trauma the gamer’s been through but offers to help them out through their number one passion, video games. Unfortunately, these video games are not what they seem.Read More »
When a mysterious plague threatens Persia, it’s up to a young apothecary named Tara and a mysterious man named Darius to save their land from evil.Read More »
When a reporter visits her childhood friends, she finds herself in the middle of a murder plot. Can she find out who did it without becoming the killer’s next victim?
The plot is your cliché murder mystery, with a friend of a prestigious family trying to figure out who the murderer is. Be prepared for some slight spoilers about the game. For starters, one of the servants is romantically involved with the family’s wealthy daughter. However, clichés are not always bad as I found myself intrigued by the secrets of this very family and wanting to find out who the murderer is. In addition, it’s the closest I’ll ever get to attending an interactive murder mystery play. One thing I had a problem with was when you come across a red herring where a woman who loved the son poisoned him for spurning her. When you confront her, she confesses that she did poison the son, but she meant to give him the antidote later. Whether or not she meant to give him the antidote, the law still needs to punish her. If you shoot someone, the police won’t pardon you because you meant to take the bullet out and heal the wound later.
The game is your typical hidden object with you exploring various locations and collecting items to progress further in the game. Some items require you to participate in hidden object scenes and you can even play mini-games. You also have a book filled with information about each of the characters that you add to as you find out more about the story. If you’re stuck, use the rechargeable hint. I actually didn’t find the game hard to understand, so I rarely used it.
This game is addictive and intriguing. I am most definitely buying the full version when it comes out.
When a little girl falls ill, she and her brother imagine a childlike world where they can escape their troubles. This world stars their stuffed bunny rabbit as he tries to find water for a dying flower.
The game is unique but, other than that, there’s not much to say about it. I like the creative telling of the storybook world, filled with wonder and possibilities. Meanwhile, we have the painful reality of a little girl having a terminal illness. The story itself has the style of an interactive picture book, with no words and only pictures to guide you.
Unfortunately, the game play does not live up to the design. It is your standard hidden object, with you having to locate certain items and use them to advance the story. Sometimes you have to play mini-games in order to advance the storyline. If you’re stuck, use a hint. Unfortunately, this game is so confusing that I found myself spamming the hint button more than once.
This game is unique, but that’s about it. I have no interest in buying the full version.