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Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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The latest entry in the Hidden Object genre, Alchemy Mysteries: Prague Legends has its moments, but a little too often it turns illogical and confusing.
The storyline is a pretty typical one for the genre, involving a young woman who inherits an ancient mansion from a distant relative before finding out that it's not as empty as it initially seems. This sets about a chain of events in which the player finds themselves exploring antique shops, cemeteries and other spooky places, before discovering a very dark secret within. Like I said, typical stuff.
What this means for players is a plethora of Hidden Object scenes, jigsaw puzzles, and logic based conundrums. The former is what one would expect, with a selection of objects in need of finding and a smaller group involving the initial combination of a few other objects. It's simply done, with more items available for those playing on Advanced mode. Similarly, other puzzles won't particularly tax the average gamer. Jigsaws play quite a prominent role throughout, but they're really pretty easy to complete. Other puzzles consist of things such as spotting patterns or rotating discs to line up.
Throughout, Alchemy Mysteries: Prague Legends keeps it simple and perhaps a little safe. What it doesn't do consistently, though, is demonstrate to the player exactly what needs to be done next, often resulting in some confusion. There's always the Hints button to help one out, but it can take away any immersion factor. Backtracking plays a pivotal role, too, and it feels disjointed unlike in other games where it feels fluid and logical.
Despite that confusion, Alchemy Mysteries: Prague Legends offers sufficient puzzles to keep one interested, but it's not the finest example of the genre. It's more one for those desperate for another casual adventure gaming fix, rather than something to go out of the way to pick up.