Developer: G5 Entertainment
Price: FREE ($6.99 to unlock full game)
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

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

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

The latest Hidden Object adventure game from G5 Entertainment, Redrum: Dead Diary offers a creepy and interesting story, but suffers a lack of particularly inspiring gaming.

Seeing dead people is a common problem for Rose, a girl whose father has, unfortunately, condemned her to an asylum. These dead people are pretty unhappy as their mortal wishes have been left unfulfilled. Worst of all, an evil Doctor there wants to use her for, well, evil. It’s down to the player to solve these issues, outwit Dr Fraud, and solve a variety of gruesome murders.

Gruesome is an accurate word for Redrum: Dead Diary as, unlike other titles in the genre, it can be a little unsavory to look at. The story is pretty intriguing, though, and quite distinctive.

Unfortunately, gameplay is less distinctive and more run of the mill. Throughout the seven chapters, players are given a variety of Hidden Object based challenges and not a lot else. There are typical scenes in which players have to pluck out a variety of items, according to a written list. Then there are ones that involve picking out objects according to the silhouettes available. Another form of Hidden Object scene involves picking out 20 or so items of the same kind, such as a tooth or bone. Finally, and most original of all, are scenes in which players are presented with a gridded picture and a selection of tiles that must be matched up to their twin.

These scenes are enjoyable enough but it’s a little too basic with no sign of any real logic puzzles or conundrums. There’s no punishment for tapping in the wrong place too often, no scoring, not even a timer to keep players on their toes. Even the achievements are quite limited in number with a mere nine on offer. Due to this, there’s no reason to replay once finished, and it only takes a few hours to complete. Priced with an in-app $6.99, Redrum: Dead Diary is a bit too expensive for most players’ taste, even despite the compelling story.

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