Price: FREE ($6.99 to unlock full game)
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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Continuing the trend of enjoyable Hidden Object games, Mystery of the Opera HD is quite the entertaining hit for those who like more casual fare.
This time around, an Opera singer has been kidnapped and it's down to her fiancé to find out what has happened. It sounds reasonably conventional, but as usual there are some supernatural happenings thrown in, too.
Besides the fact that the storyline is actually pretty interesting, it's the interactive features that ensure Mystery of the Opera HD is entertaining to the end. Hidden Object scenes provide some of the fun, offering a mixture of easily spotted items and ones that require a bit more thought.
More significant are the adventuring scenes, requiring the manipulation of various items and talking to other characters. It's fairly typical stuff but satisfying too, with many of the conundrums proving quite logical to solve. More interactive flourishes stem from needing to use gestures to complete certain tasks, rather than simply tapping on items.
Elsewhere are more complex puzzles, again adding to the variety. Some might be familiar to those who have played other Hidden Object games before, but they seem to be the cream of the crop. Even the jigsaws can take a bit of thought, veering away from being too simple. In every case, a hints and skip button ensures that no one will be stuck for any great length of time, but it's certainly more rewarding to keep at it the 'correct' way. A journal of sorts keeps most information tidy and easy to browse, anyhow.
It's a fun mix of some comfortable ways of gaming. While Mystery of the Opera HD might not be revolutionary by any means, it's still fun to play through with a refreshingly entertaining story to keep one interested.