Dubbed a hidden object adventure, Hidden Expedition -
Devil's Triangle is reminiscent of those old point and click
adventure games and involves around a 400-year old mystery as
players embark on a game of puzzles and exotic locales. As you lead
your expedition into the heart of the Bermuda Triangle, you need
to find a member of your team who has gone missing as you
explore a very colourful and interesting storyline that would
give stories by Jules Vern's a a run for his money.
Targeting the casual gamer, it's these little games which have
become so popular and to assist in the overall experience, it
helps that it features a very interesting story as you search
for your lost pilot. The gameplay basically displays an
where you must search for clues, pick up items and use them with
your inventory to solve a variety of puzzles. Sometimes it's
easier said than done but fortunately there is a hint system and
a magnfying glass.
Apart from searching the environment for clues, you need to
interact with other characters in order to uncover more clues and to
progress the story. By speaking to the lively characters in
the game, you will uncover more information and although you can
skip through these dialogue scenes, it goes a long way in making
the experience quite immersive. The menu system is also quite
easy to use and is not too convoluted as some of these games.
though I'm not a casual gamer, I prefer to be called a hardcore
gamer, the biggest issue with Devil's Triangle was the
completion time which I managed to knock over in around three
"casual" nights. Don't get me wrong, I had fun but once it finished, I
was like what the? I want more! It's even created like a TV
series because the ending doesn't answer all the questions and
leaves the game open for a sequel. Another slight issue is that
some of the clues were a little tricky to solve and even though
they were in your face, it was sometimes a little too abstract.
But then again, you have a hint system.
Graphically, the game is quite good with colourful, almost
painted like environments that is a staple to these games.
Personally, I would love to visit this world as 3D but then
again, this is not a first person shooter. Add
in some impressive musical scores and some sound effects and
everything comes together quite well. Consider it game art for
the 21st century.
the end of the day, Hidden Expedition Devil's Triangle is an
addictively entertaining game with relatively well thought out
puzzles, gorgeous locales and an interesting storyline. It's just a
shame that it ends so fast and the ending felt a little too much
like a money making exercise than I liked. Even so, if you
enjoyed the previous games from this developer, you'll
definitely get a kick out of this.
Check it out!