Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings is one of the more recent additions to the Hidden Object stable of games on the App Store. Like many others, it's far from challenging and it is a little on the expensive side but there is something quite soothing about playing it.
Continuing the frequently supernatural nature of many Hidden Object games, Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings focuses on any parent's worst nightmare: the loss of a child. A mysterious painting placed in a child's room has caused the player's son to go missing. Why is it the painting's fault? Because the boy's image is now captured in it and the player must explore various enchanted paintings to rescue him. Spooky stuff, eh?
So begins a fairly formulaic tale of simple puzzle solving and hidden object gathering. The hidden object side of things is pretty clear and easy to solve with many spooky and curious scenes to navigate. Even the hint system is very generous so it won't take long to negotiate them. Other puzzles involve a little more thought but they can be skipped making it almost pointless to pursue them. Some can be quite enjoyable though despite their simplicity. Another typical trope - piecing items together to solve a bigger puzzle - features here which again adds to the simple but pleasant enough experience.
That sentence sums up Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings perfectly. It's never overly gripping or challenging but that genteel pace keeps things enjoyable for those not fussed about being challenged. It won't take long to complete, even for those that spend the extra for the Collector's Edition, which makes it a little expensive for what it offers. But for those checking out the genre for the first time such as children, it'll be an ideal introduction to a strangely relaxing genre.