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Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.0
Value 8.0
Distributor: QVS
Review Date:
April 2010
Reviewer:
John Sudukis
Classification: PG

8.0


Vampire Saga Pandora's Box

Another hidden object adventure game arrives on the PC (not that we're complaining) which has the gamer hunting for clues in order to solve the mystery of the ghost ship Pandora.

Probably one of the better hidden object adventure game stories, Vampire Saga Pandora’s Box is an interesting premise as the story is being retold by Tyler Ward, the grandson of Matthew Ward who is the main protagonist of this tale.

It begins with Matthew Ward finding himself stranded in a port and in order to get home, he sneaks himself onto the ship called Pandora. Although he successfully makes it aboard the Pandora, when he wakes, he soon finds himself to be the only person on the ship and to compound the situation, he is surrounded by strange dark visions. Your goal is simple, help Matthew Ward get off this mysterious ship before he ends up as one of the victims.

With elements of horror and even Lovecraft, Vampire Saga Pandora's box is a fun adventure game that even has a few scares along the way and shocks as gamers embark on a very left out of centre hidden object adventure games.

Using a tried and true premise, Vampire Saga Pandora’s Box is a classic point and click adventure game that has the player attempting to find certain objects in the gaming environment to assist with our character's dilemma.

Once you find an item, it goes into your inventory that can be used on the current screen that you are investigating or for a clue later on. Thankfully the interface is quite self explanatory and if you should get stuck in the game, there is a hint system that can assist you to move on.

The hint system reminds of those puzzle games like Bejewelled which flash around the next gem or for this game, the object but thankfully its quite subtle and not too in your face. You still need to be vigilant when you use them and if you use the hint system too much, you'll need to wait for it to be recharged but this is not really an issue. As this is a casual game, the difficulty of the title is probably around midrange but with the hint system, it allows for less experienced gamers to enjoy the title.

Where the game does shine is through the story which gets more intricate and really draws you into this interactive world. To compliment the story and give the player a break, there are some cutscenes to help you progress and of course the almost painted like graphics which only adds to the atmosphere. The musical score of Vampire Saga Pandora’s Box perfectly suits the premise, especially in relation to the mystery and the suspense of the story.

At the end of the day, what better way to unwind then sitting back and playing Vampire Saga Pandora’s Box which although is quite relaxing, gives you a good balance between challenges and suspense.

In conclusion Vampire Saga Pandora's Box, it goes beyond most hidden object games, thanks to the story which is very well written and contains enough twists and turns to pay homage to mystery horror novels. The only downside which is the common theme of these games is that you’ll finish this game in under ten hours, more if you’re a veteran. Of course, the replay value is also gone but hey... for the price, you really can't complain.

 






 
 



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