There’s an old adage that says “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Apparently the developers of Letters From Nowhere took that to heart, because the sequel feels identical mechanically to the first game. Thankfully that’s not a bad thing at all, as I have become just as engrossed in this one as I was with its predecessor. 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 you’ve finally arrived at the town of Nowhere, but there’s still no sign of your husband. 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. Now it’s up to you to discover this mystery yourself by finding the pages of a diary left by this strange man’s father. You’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. Once again you earn points for each object you find as well as for 3 special stamps hidden in each level. 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. If you collect 50 stamps you will unlock “unlimited hidden object” mode, which simply lets you visit each locale you’ve seen in story mode and just search for all the hidden objects on that screen. Interestingly enough, this adds to your overall point total. There’s also a puzzle mode that opens up when you collect a certain number of black cats, but I don’t recall the number and I haven’t gotten there yet. The different game modes are nice, but there is so much to do in story mode I don’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 don’t look goofy (sadly, this happens a lot with hidden object games from certain companies). The sound effects are standard hidden object fare, though the voices are good and Audrey doesn’t feel stilted like she did in the first one. The music is ominous and combined with some of the locales can actually be somewhat chilling… in other words, perfect for this sort of game.
There is one thing I’d like to clarify from my review of the first Letters From Nowhere. While this series might not make you sigh “wow” under your breath, it’s quite impressive both in depth and its ability to draw you in. It’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. Of course, I’d suggest starting with the original first.
|Title:||Letters from Nowhere 2 HD||Developer:||G5 Entertainment|
|Reviewed Ver:||Min OS Req:||3.2|