Hidden Object Mystery Game with Puzzles easier 181 MB
Untimed Option PC Walkthrough not needed
Premise: You’re a detective sent from Seattle to help Eastville’s detective, Ms. Alex Hunt, investigate the murder of the female star of the Eastville Opera House. The crime had occurred sometime after the evening performance had ended, and the leading lady was found onstage lying amid the toppled baskets, fruits and vegetables of a European village market scene. The mystery takes some twists and turns as you uncover the secrets of the other cast members. To add to the drama of the game, each chapter starts with a flashback argument viewed as shadows seen through the stage curtain.
Hints: In each hidden object scene, drag the frame left and right to see items hidden from view. To do this, go to the blue line across the very top of the screen and click-hold-and-drag. ~ Also at the top of the screen is the menu button, which enables you to pause the game. ~ If you click wildly, a swirl will appear to alert you. ~ Some of the puzzles are a lot easier than they appear. For the others, you can skip without penalty and the skip button charges up very quickly. ~ If you can’t find the skip button, drag the screen so you can see lower and to the right of the scene. ~ If you want to start over for any reason, your progress will be lost if you click on New Game, so click on Profiles and give yourself a new name. ~ If you restart or replay the game, most of the objects on your lists will be different.
More Hints: When the game first opens, it may not be centered correctly on your desktop. Grab the top of the frame and push it as high as it will go. ~ If your desktop taskbar doesn’t disappear, it will block critical parts of the game, such as the dialogue and the action buttons. If you are unable to see the Play button on the main menu screen, you’ll have to leave the game and go to your control panel to make your taskbar disappear. To leave the game (since you can’t see the buttons yet), click around at the lower right corner of the screen until you‘re asked if you want to quit the game, and click yes. ~ If you’ve never gone to your control panel, it’s easy. Either click the icon on your desktop or go to the Start menu and click Settings, then Appearance and Themes, the Taskbar & Start Menu. Unclick Lock Taskbar. Also select Auto-Hide. Then Apply.
Spoilers: In this game paprika is not in powder form. ~ Scaramouche is a buffoon and a braggart who wears a starkly white mask with an incredibly long pointy nose.
My Review: This is a plot-heavy game so there’s a lot of dialogue to read, but it adds to the story and gives you clues and instructions. As for the detective work, there is no independent thought necessary — you are told where to go and what to do; as for the forensic work, you don’t do it — the collecting and testing are done off screen and you get the results in a letter. Try the puzzles before skipping them, even if you don’t usually like puzzles; some of these are fun and some are easier than they look, and the puzzles made me feel like I was helping the detective as I was working on getting around backstage. All in all, this is a pretty average mystery game and an average hidden object game… but to its credit, the plotline held my interest and made sense, the hos items were usually appropriate to the scene, and the puzzles usually fit into the story, all attributes you don’t always see in these games.
My Recommendation: I think this is a good game for new game players; unfortunately, its story line is not really appropriate for kids.
You can try it for free, here:
Eastville Chronicles: The Drama Queen Murder