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Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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Despite the suggestion of Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion HD being a sequel, there's fortunately not much need to have played the previous installment. This is a title that stays close to its Hidden Object/casual adventure gaming roots, proving quite accessible to all. As usual it won't be one for the more hardened of gamers, but those looking for a fairly relaxing experience should enjoy what's on offer.
Involving a spooky mansion, some supernatural events, and a fair few talking ghosts is really quite run of the mill for the genre but The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion has a few tricks up its sleeve. For instance, there's the chance to enjoy a tea party with a group of ghosts, as well as play Blackjack with one. It's all part of a tale that promises to offer more varied puzzles than most.
These puzzles - besides including a game of Blackjack - also offer logical conundrums and everyone's favorite selection of jigsaws. Some puzzles are harder than others, although few are overly tricky. There's always a skip button on offer for those truly stuck, although I'd be surprised if many needed to opt for it. Elsewhere are some Hidden Object scenes which are similarly a little easy for the genre but pleasant enough. It's all quite logical and well laid out.
What isn't so great is that there's a fair amount of backtracking within The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion. Players often find themselves needing to return to previously investigated rooms to find something that has changed slightly, enabling them to pick something up. It gets a little repetitive at times, especially as sometimes one has to traverse through many rooms at a time.
That doesn't stop Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion HD from being a mostly enjoyable romp, but it is something that will remind players of how relatively short the game is. Take out the backtracking and it'd be a pretty brief experience. In terms of value for money it's not quite all there, but for fans of the genre it should at least entertain.