Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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Sinister City: Vampire Adventure isn't the most exciting adventure game, even for fans of Hidden Object games such as myself.
Following the story of a man whose fiancee has gone missing, there's the opportunity for frights and thrills. Somehow though, despite the name, Sinister City: Vampire Adventure never really excites. Instead, it's all very lacklustre in terms of puzzles, storyline and visuals.
Action comes in the form of two types - hidden object scenes and puzzles - with players wandering around areas to discover the next section. Despite the relative ease of the challenges, Sinister City: Vampire Adventure doesn't really guide players around, leaving them to figure out where to go next and what needs to be done to complete a puzzle. At times, this is fine and certain sequences are obviously deciphered. At other moments, players will find themselves reliant upon the hint button just to tell them where to go next.
Fortunately, hints are unlimited with the recharge speed adjusting depending on the difficulty level. Given that some items within the hidden object sections are hidden behind others, and it's not always clear why, players will be using the hint button frequently. The Hidden Object sections are reasonable enough otherwise but there's nothing that makes them stand out from other titles other than those obtuse very hidden objects that occassionally feel unfair. For the gamer keen to avoid using hints, this isn't the game for them.
The puzzles might not have any guidance, but are at least simple enough to figure out with a focus on jigsaws and matching up games. They won't really excite though.
Throw in the weak and dated graphics, and the very short game length and Sinister City: Vampire Adventure isn't one of G5's best titles. There's always a better Hidden Object game to play than this unless you're a true vampire obsessive.