Price: FREE ($6.99 in-app purchase to unlock full game)
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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Famous for keeping Hidden Object and Time Management gaming fans busy, G5 Entertainment may surprise its plaudits with the addition of a title that isn't quite Hidden Object based or anything to do with managing time either! Instead, Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures is more of a simple mystery adventure game and much less focused on collecting items listed to the side of the screen.
Following the tale of two royal heirs as they attempt to escape a secluded island, Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures offers a reasonably entertaining tale of jealousy and bickering thanks to the heirs hating each other.
To help Princess Loreen and Prince Nathaniel make their way off the island, the player must guide them through numerous puzzles from escaping prison cells to putting a lift together and finding lost pet rats. None of these conundrums are hugely challenging, making it an ideal game as an introduction to the adventure genre. While there is a hints system available, I rarely found the need to consult it. For the novice gamer though, it's no doubt an immensely useful tool to have at one's disposal.
Overall, Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures is a light hearted affair through and through, and despite the suggestion in the App Store description, it's not really a Hidden Object title. Such puzzles are broken up with mini games that are similarly simple yet fun. Some may require piecing together a torn up note while others involve picking locks.
The crucial thing here is that it's all fun. The puzzles aren't overly taxing but the experience is enjoyable. It's not overly long which, given the $6.99 price tag, is unfortunate but it's still worth a play for casual gamers. It makes quite a good bridge between regular Hidden Object games and something more adventure focused such as the Broken Sword series. Those used to more obtuse puzzle games will need to look elsewhere for a challenge.