Developer: G5 Entertainment
Price: $4.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

The follow up to Masters of Mystery: Crime of Fashion, Masters of Mystery: Blood of Betrayal continues the trend of high quality hidden object gaming, even if it can’t feel as fresh as its predecessor did.

Much like the earlier instalment, Masters of Mystery: Blood of Betrayal isn’t just about the object spotting and casual puzzles to solve, it offers an interesting storyline. One that isn’t as obsessed with the supernatural as so many other titles in the genre. The Hidden Object scenes, rather than being an interactive distraction, form the basis of expanding upon the story, offering items that tie into the tale and the all important CSI style analysis tools. These include the UV Scanner, fingerprint brush and magnifying glass. Each has an important role to play in the player’s search for the many items listed, such as finding bloodstains or using the flashlight to illuminate a dark area. The items themselves are typical things to be found, such as an ashtray in a living room or a glass on a table. Everything is in proportion, too, so the finding process is quite logical.

At times, some objects can be tough to spot, especially when it’s not entirely clear what forensic tool is required, but that’s a small price to pay for a game that treats Hidden Object fans like adults seeking challenge as well as fun. The other puzzles, scattered amongst the Hidden Object scenes, might lack any real innovation, sticking to tried and tested formulas such as spot the difference but it fits into the theme of the game’s storyline well.

Masters of Mystery: Blood of Betrayal might not be particularly innovative but it’s a fun evolution for a series that has already demonstrated what can be done so well within the Hidden Object genre. Fans of such titles will be very happy indeed.

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