Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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Playing it safe, Hidden Object adventure game, Red Crow Mysteries: Legion won't revolutionize the genre, but it will offer a suitably entertaining experience for casual gamers, even if certain links are a tad vague.
Following a mystical theme that has worked so well for such games in the past, Red Crow Mysteries: Legion players find themselves out to stop the evil Legion in a distinctly atmospheric experience. The looks might be a tad dated these days, but the atmosphere is consistently foreboding, even if the game does end slightly abruptly and only a few hours in.
Three difficulty modes are available, each progressively more difficult than the last. These mostly affect things like how much help is offered or whether certain highlighting effects have been initiated. Even Easy mode's Hints button is quite slow to recharge, although it's more satisfying to avoid its use.
Alongside the story, there's a mixture of different puzzles, such as Hidden Object hunting moments, a series of mini-games and some good old-fashioned item combining in the inventory. The mini-games are the highlight here, remaining suitably varied flitting between jigsaw puzzles, Match Three puzzling, as well as some more logical and lateral thinking conundrums. Most might be simple but it's still a good feeling progressing through them correctly, rather than being lured in by the Skip Puzzle button.
The only significant place that Red Crow Mysteries: Legion falls down is through how it links everything together. At times, it doesn't feel quite as well explained with players simply completing a task because it's asked of them, rather than because it makes sense.
Persevere, though, and this ghostly tale is suitably fun if occasionally disjointed. It's not the finest of Hidden Object games out there, but it's still worth a look for fans of the genre.