Hidden-object games (HOGs) have got a firm foothold in the App Store. For those of you not familiar, these are games that centre around the necessity of finding specific objects on the screen and tapping on them. And while the whole concept doesn’t seem that intriguing at first look, the genre has blossomed in the last few years and found the iDevice in particular an ideal fit. Enter G5 Entertainment’s recently released Mushroom Age.
Mushroom Age is a typical example of a hidden-object title. The story follows the adventures of Vera and her quest to find her fiancée a day before the wedding. On arriving in his lab she finds instead a cell phone with a curious address book. Trying to call one of the most recent numbers she instead finds herself transported almost a thousand years into the future – only to find a holographics recording on the grave of her beloved telling her she must return three dinosaur eggs stolen to their rightful place or the timeline will be altered forever.
The gameplay of Mushroom Age is a mix of scrutinizing scenes in search of shapes outlined at the top of the screen and solving puzzles. The former, naturally, gets the most of attention. Each stage usually consists of 2 locations where you’re going to do the searching. The locations are fairly interactive, with stuff like movable vases and openable cabinets often concealing the artifacts you’re questing for. And if you’re stuck finding that last thing you can always use the hint system, which is limited only by the time required to recharge it. The puzzles and minigames, thrown in for good measure, vary in mechanic but don’t offer any mind-boggling challenges.
One of the most important aspects of HOGs are, of course, the graphics. After all, if you’re going to spend your time examining the scenery pixel by pixel it should look good, right? Here Mushroom Age doesn’t fall short one bit. The landscapes are drawn with attention to detail and even when zoomed in the quality is excellent. On the audio side a nice feature is complete voiceovers for the story dialogues. The main character’s voice acting, however, is simply horrid, which made me turn off the sound almost immediately.
Mushroom Age is a typical hidden-object title powered by a nice story and beautiful landscapes. The game doesn’t open any new doors, though the puzzles and minigames thrown into the mix do offer a nice distraction from the tediousness of scrutinizing the backgrounds in search of various stuff. In short, if Hidden object games are your fancy, you won’t go wrong with Mushroom Age.
With this I declare Mushroom Age officially touched!
|Title:||Mushroom Age||Developer:||G5 Entertainment|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.0||Min OS Req:||2.0|
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- Ankh – the Lost Treasures in Review – Have you seen my ankh?
- The Last King of Africa in Review – A trip to paradise that just went terribly wrong …
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