latest "casual" game arrives on the PC in the next
instalment of the Mystery Case Files, the 13th
Skull. Even though the core of 13th Skull is a
traditional hidden object game where you need to
find certain objects and sometimes link them
together, the inclusion of a decent story and
mini-games transcend the game from dull point and
click to something rather unique and interesting.
favourite aspect to the 13th Skull is the inclusion
of live action scenes as actors are superimposed
into the environments as you interview locals to
discover. It's such a 90's premise that lends itself
quite well to this over the top story set in a
rundown mansion in Louisiana.
the game, you play need to investigate the
disappearance of Mr. Lawson who according to his
daughter has been kidnapped by a vengeful pirate who
is seeking to protect his treasure. Just like a
Scooby Doo game, you need to talk to the locales,
gather the clues and discover just what on Earth
happened to him.
ghosts, lots of spooky locals, some of the people
that you talk may be forcing you onto another
direction. As you search for the objects and if you
do become stuck, there is a hint system that will
help you should the need arise. The fun part of the
game are the puzzles that help give the user a break
from pointing and clicking. The game is also a
little bigger than most hidden object games as the
player is sometimes required to backtrack to other
locations which at times can be a little confusing.
Graphically, this is a relatively good looking game
with some wonderful almost painted like backgrounds.
With the rendition of real actors into the game, it
does add an almost B-Movie element to it. Add in a
wonderful soundtrack and some sound effects and the
13th Skull comes together nicely. The only let down
is that some of the actors are a little over the top
and gave me a giggle on more than one occasion.
is one of the better hidden object games and proves
that this genre is still alive and quite healthy.
For most veterans of this genre, it will take them
around 6 to 7 hours to successfully complete
and for newcomers, a little more, depending on how
often you use the hint system. Nice graphics, fun
gameplay and something a little supernatural is what
Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull is about.