Strange Cases: The Lighthouse Mystery PC Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 7.9
Graphics 7.6
Sound 7.6
Value 7.0
Distributor: QVS
Classification:
G
Review Date:
Jan 2011
Reviewer:
Alex Smith

7.2


Strange Cases: The Lighthouse Mystery

The Lighthouse Mystery reminds me of the X-Files as it contains all the elements of one of their stories that includes a dead FBA agent, a mysterious ghostly apparition of a woman and a missing scientist. With all the right elements to a Noire type story, players take control of FBA agent Claire Ellery who awakens from a dream to discovers that her partner Tom is dead with everything she dreamt being real.

With suicide believed to be a precursor, you need to hunt down the alleged killer of Tom as you follow his clues by collecting items in the game to solve a variety of puzzles. By using the notes of Tom, these will require you to find specific objects in a variety of different areas from scientific laboratories to apartments and other eerie locales.

As with all hidden object games, searching for your clues can be quite difficult and if you do become stuck, the game does offer some assistance. There are some mini-games along the way and interactive items that must be used in conjunction with other items or things from the gaming screen to progress. It's a fun game but unfortunately was a little too short for me... a seasoned veteran of these games.

Graphically, The Lighthouse Mystery looks great on our PC with some wonderfully designed locations and characters. Some great attention to detail went into the creation of this game from the lighting to the careful locations of the items. Add that with some professional voice acting and a very  ambient styled soundtrack with a touch of X-Files and this is one of the better hidden object games.  

I had fun playing this game, even though at times, I became quite frustrated with the clues or direction that I was meant to go in. Thankfully there is a hint system that should only be used when in doubt... like breaking the glass to get the fire axe. It's also great that developers cater for the non-gaming market, more specifically the casual market with these fun games. Even though you'll probably only play it once, it is a game that you can come back to  another time to see if you can beat your record in solving the Lighthouse Mystery.

 






 
 



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