Developer: G5 Entertainment
Price: FREE ($4.99 to unlock full game)
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

The Cursed Ship is a pretty green Hidden Object game. I don’t mean in terms of it being young and inexperienced – it covers a lot of the ground we’ve seen in such games previously. I mean in terms of visuals, it really is pretty green. Fortunately it won’t make fans of the genre feel green around the gills as it’s a pretty entertaining (if familiar) mishmash of casual gaming elements.

cursedship7As is presumably compulsory for the genre, supernatural elements are abound here. The player has been sent under the sea to figure out why a huge cruise ship sunk. There’s so much more going on than simply a mechanical error though, with a mysterious mirror allowing one to navigate between two different parallel worlds.

What this really means is plenty of chats with ghosts as well as solving various puzzles. The puzzles are the usual bunch of obstacles that we’ve all come to expect of the genre. There are logic puzzles, such as one requiring the player to light up a series of electrical circuits, and then there are simpler fare such as jigsaws and tangram style challenges.

cursedship4Hidden Object scenes also play a part with the usual bunch of items needing to be sought out. Added challenge comes in the form of certain objects that are hidden behind or within other things, requiring a bit more thought and planning. For the most part, these Hidden Object scenes are better than most and fairly varied. The Cursed Ship offers a particularly forgiving regular mode full of hints, so this isn’t a title to tax unless one switches over to expert mode.

The Cursed Ship might not be the longest of games, but much like others from G5 Entertainment it’s quite fun. It treads a steady path that many will have walked along before but it’s a reasonably entertaining one.

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