Letters From Nowhere 2 HD in Review – Welcome To Nowhere, Population 2
Thereâ€™s an old adage that says â€œif it ainâ€™t broke, donâ€™t fix itâ€.Â Apparently the developers of Letters From Nowhere took that to heart, because the sequel feels identical mechanically to the first game.Â Thankfully thatâ€™s not a bad thing at all, as I have become just as engrossed in this one as I was with its predecessor.Â Since this is a sequel I will just highlight the finer points, but I suggest checking out my review of the original Letters From Nowhere, because everything pretty much still applies.
In the sequel youâ€™ve finally arrived at the town of Nowhere, but thereâ€™s still no sign of your husband.Â You do, however, run into a doctor who seems to know about your husband and about what happened to the inhabitants of this abandoned town.Â Now itâ€™s up to you to discover this mystery yourself by finding the pages of a diary left by this strange manâ€™s father.Â Youâ€™ll explore many locations in town across several chapters of the game, each one providing you with a special object to help unravel the ultimate mystery.Â Once again you earn points for each object you find as well as for 3 special stamps hidden in each level.Â There is also a black cat in each level that adds to your hint total.
Earning points is important because it lets you buy power ups such as a camera that reveals six hidden objects for a small amount of time and a thermometer that gets warm as you move it near a hidden object.Â If you collect 50 stamps you will unlock â€œunlimited hidden objectâ€ mode, which simply lets you visit each locale youâ€™ve seen in story mode and just search for all the hidden objects on that screen.Â Interestingly enough, this adds to your overall point total.Â Thereâ€™s also a puzzle mode that opens up when you collect a certain number of black cats, but I donâ€™t recall the number and I havenâ€™t gotten there yet. The different game modes are nice, but there is so much to do in story mode I donâ€™t see myself revisiting the locations to play the other game modes.
The visuals are among the better quality offerings for G5, with finely detailed backgrounds and characters that donâ€™t look goofy (sadly, this happens a lot with hidden object games from certain companies).Â The sound effects are standard hidden object fare, though the voices are good and Audrey doesnâ€™t feel stilted like she did in the first one.Â The music is ominous and combined with some of the locales can actually be somewhat chillingâ€¦ in other words, perfect for this sort of game.
There is one thing Iâ€™d like to clarify from my review of the first Letters From Nowhere.Â While this series might not make you sigh â€œwowâ€ under your breath, itâ€™s quite impressive both in depth and its ability to draw you in.Â Itâ€™s a perfect example of how a game can be greater than the sum of its parts, and I highly recommend it for any self proclaimed hidden object nut.Â Of course, Iâ€™d suggest starting with the original first.
|Title:||Letters from Nowhere 2 HD||Developer:||G5 Entertainment|
|Reviewed Ver:||Min OS Req:||3.2|