Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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The original Letters From Nowhere was quite a fun if flawed Hidden Object game. It never deviated from the tried and tested formula of the genre but it was a cathartic and relaxing experience. Letters From Nowhere 2 continues this trend and suffers slightly from a lack of ambition but fans of the genre probably won't be too bothered by this.
The focus is very much on the hidden object scenes here, with action quite unchallenging. Players have a straight forward list of items to collect along with the option of finding a black cat and three stamps in each stage. It is these optional extras that extend longevity as the other items are quite easy to track down. They also go on to unlock new game modes such as the Unlimited Mode which is quite fun to play.
Other puzzles exist too, much like in the previous game, with challenges such as spot the difference and jigsaw puzzles keeping things slightly varied. Completing a mirror jigsaw puzzle, for instance, takes more time than most and is satisfying to finish. A steady trickle of congratulations stems from the various awards given to the player, such as when they reach a pivotal moment in the game or complete something particularly quickly.
Everything about Letters From Nowhere 2's design suggests keeping the player happy but to the detriment of any real challenge. Consistently, there's that sense that we've been here before. At a lower price than the first game, this would feel a worthy expansion pack of sorts, but at the full price of $6.99, it feels like time to wave goodbye to the world of Audrey and her search for her lost husband.