Treasure Seekers 4: The Time Has Come|
As an iPhone user, I am amazed with the amount of games the App Store has to offer. Itís the perfect platform for bringing casual PC based games to a whole level and even clientele. G5 Entertainment has been homing in on this by publishing adaptations and original casual games to the iPhone/Touch/Pad market for a while new and they seem to be doing great. Their newest installment in the Treasure Seekers hidden object franchise, Treasure Seekers 4: The Time Has Come, offers a cool twist to the series. This review will cover my experiences with the iPhone presentation, but it is compatible with the iTouch and iPad as well.
I've never played the titles leading up to this one so the overall story is a little lost to me. This newest installment follows siblings Nelly and Tom in an adventure that bridges continents and time. This time around the adventurous Nelly has been kidnapped by the seeming evil Totenkraft and itís up to her brother Tom to save her and the world from a impending disaster. This time traveling adventure spans 4 chapters as you travel from Paris to Jerusalem to Scotland and finally Mexico in search of nothing less than the Holy Grail.
Treasure Seeker 4's gameplay is among the most interesting that I've seen in a while. The biggest reason for this is the time traveling mechanism or rather the Ring of Time. You get this pretty soon in the game and you have to utilize it to solve a good number of the puzzles. For example you have to put a statue back together in the past, but you have to travel to the present day to find something to help put the pieces together. Getting that item is where the hidden object gameplay begins.
In a true blend of an adventure title and a object find you have to find a set number of items on a static screen all the while looking for the one item you need. But as I've noticed as of late they kick things up a notch again by making a seemingly object find not so simple. There are some really cool specially finds that require you to combine items found in the area to create a new one. There are also items and compartments that can't be seen without a little help from the X-Glass.
One of my favorite things about Treasure Seekers 4 is that there is a decent variety of puzzles to be found. For instance there are a couple of mirrors and light puzzles that are pretty fun as well as a musical based puzzle that reminded me of my first ever adventure game, Myst. Most are not that hard at all but I'll admit that I looked over a few crucial pieces to some puzzles more than once. For those that get stuck there is an integrated help system that works on a timer to give you clues on what to do next.
Treasure Seekers 4: The Time Has Come is a rather sharp looking title utilizing the Retina Display so that even the darkest of places are shown to great effect. Even with the well-designed levels itís still probably a good idea to turn your screen's brightness up all the way just in case. Besides using the Retina Display, The Time Has Come also uses the pinch-zoom to look closer as you look for the hard to find items. There are also a lot of little graphical details that I liked a lot. Little things like swinging lamps, smoking fires and cisterns and running water are but a few of the nice touches that make Treasure Seekers 4 more alive. The music that accompanies each of the 45 levels sounds really good and perfectly matches their locations.
Treasure Seekers 4: The Time Has Come offers the player 45 levels of puzzle and hidden object filled fun. For those looking for a little extra there are some bonus levels that can be tried after you complete the main game. While I really enjoyed the game there were a few problems that diminished the experience. Treasure Seekers 4 supports the iOS multitasking feature which I like but occasionally it messes up the game interface or the audio will be absent when you go between apps. There is also the slightly more annoying issue of having to start and entire level over again because sometimes it will not save your progress. On the plus side Treasure Seekers 4 supports up to 9 different user profiles so your family can enjoy the experience with out worrying about messing up each others progression.
I have to hand it to Artogon and G5 Entertainment for keeping the hidden object market fresh and innovative with this release. I really enjoyed the time travel aspects and somewhat complex means of finishing levels as well as the sharp visuals on such a small screen. If you love hidden object games then The Time Has Come to check out Treasure Seekers 4: The Time Has Come FREE right now for the iPhone.