[Review] Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek (Android)

Looking for a good hidden object game to play on your Android tablet this weekend? I picked up Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek on Google Play last week and I have not been able to stop playing it!

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In the Ghosts of Maple Creek, you play a detective who wakes up with amnesia after an accident during a violent storm. As your memories flood back, you realise you are in a small town in Vermont investigating the disappearances of several women from the area; one of them you are trying to find in the hope that you find her alive and can save her. Meanwhile, you have to pilfer through condemned homes and ominous churches looking for clues.

As usual, the clicheed-sounding plot of Ghosts of Maple Creek may lower your expectations of the game. But stick around – there are some interesting takes on the whole amnesia-stricken-oh-I-finally-remember plot line. The mini-games are a variety of hidden object and puzzle-put-togethers – some are actually very challenging. About the only thing I didn’t like was how the game reused hidden object scenes and even clues to find a few times (hint: you will be looking for those John Lennon eyeglasses a lot so pay attention!). In fact, the first HOG you come across will become very familiar throughout. And weird too, because you get to stare at people’s gitch while searching for objects, like you are looking for your keys after an eventful frat party.

IMG_20140618_085353The graphics in the Ghosts of Maple Creek are well-produced. The game uses still imagery with voice acting and didn’t look cheesy. The story takes place sometime in the Fall, so you get plenty of falling leaves that you have to sweep out of the way, rainfall, and even what looks like a tornado in the distance. Combine that with an eerie soundtrack, and you have the perfect ambiance for a creepy game. This means if you don’t like seeing graves, dead bodies, zombies and skeletons, this game is not for you (but who doesn’t like a zombie in their games? C’mon now…).

In terms of the gameplay, I was very impressed playing the Ghosts of Maple Creek on my tablet. Smooth delivery without any glitches made for a breezy gaming experience. All my finger touches were recognized on my tablet’s screen, which was impressive. I highly recommend Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek for the android tablet. The game is also available for the PC, Mac, iPhone and iPad if that’s your preference. Happy gaming!

Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek
Developer: Artifex Mundi / Publisher: Big Fish Games
Released: 2011

Credits: 1. 4.bp.blogspot.com / 2. personal screenshot

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