Reviewed: June 23, 2011
Released: June 23, 2011
App Store Price: $4.99
Being a gamer I give all games a try before passing judgment but even before I started up Treasure Seekers 3: Follow the Ghosts, I knew from prior installments that I could expect high quality graphics, stunning sounds and of course the joy of never ending puzzles and I got exactly what I expected. As a newcomer to the series I had to learn the hard way that not all the levels are as easy as finding the items in the same location that the puzzle is located sometimes you have to find items in one room to advance a puzzle elsewhere. The old saying says “If it’s not broken, then don’t fix it” and it couldn’t be more right about the Treasure Seekers series.|
The game’s story follows Tom and Nelly on another mystery filled with such challenges as helping a ghost learn to move on with his “life” and even cheer up a very sad mummy. Throughout all the locations you visit the item hunting never stops but always with a purpose in mind. Thought at times I was questioning why exactly I needed antlers to fix a broken barrel and such other items in puzzles scattered throughout the game. The adventure never stops and transition seamlessly from one mystery to another.
When you start the game you are given the choice of the difficulty you would like to play on, normal or advanced; being my first time playing I decided on normal for the lower time restraint on the hint system which I knew I would be abusing shortly. Along with the lower cool-down on the hints you are also given certain in-game clues that advanced players won’t see and are able to skip some mini-games much easier. If you are a fan of the series and want a real challenge I would recommend advanced mode as it lets you really immerse yourself into the puzzles without any in game help finding certain clues and increased mini-game difficulty, perfect for the puzzle sleuths. While the game is difficult on the advanced setting it is by no means impossible to beat thanks to the clues you get when talking to the NPCs in each location, you just need to pay attention.
The game begins with you in a stupendously detailed home where Tom and Nelly are called to help a scientist with a paranormal problem. The first glimpse of the game’s graphics start to shine with a strikingly realistic cat being caressed by a scientist as he tells you how he wants to find the ghost in his house. For a game with such great graphics I thought the item hunting would be a snap especially with all the hints you get but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Due to the small screen of the iPhone and having only a silhouette of an item to go by I spent most of my time randomly touching the screen in hopes of finding the pieces I needed to move on, it wasn’t a game breaking issue but an issue nonetheless . Not all puzzles were solved in this fashion but the majority of them were.
Every level has its own persona with soft ambient music playing in the background as you find clues and solve puzzles, yet never annoyed or distracted me from what I was doing. Because this is an item hunting game you hear many sounds as you open doors, open chests and move rocks and not one sounded like anything from a stock sound effect folder. You hear the crackle of electricity as you fix the pump needed to clear the basement, the rustle of paper as you repair a shredded letter and the meow of a cat as it chases a toy mouse down the hallway. Due to the little dialogue that goes on in the game outside of the puzzles it’s quite understandable this game lacks any voice acting whatsoever.
Treasure Seeker: Follow the Ghosts is a must-have game for any fans of the series and a should-have for anyone with a taste for puzzles solving. With exceptional visuals and engaging touch-screen gameplay this is one of those games that can offer a challenge to those who think they can handle it and also make for a perfect casual gaming experience.