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Set for release later this summer is Melissa K and the Heart of Gold, a casual adventure game that’s hoping to be a cut above the rest. I was lucky enough to check out a preview build of it to see just what we should expect.

melissa4The team behind Melissa K and the Heart of Gold initially worked on mystery game, LA Noire, being responsible for the real-time animation system within it – and it shows. Melissa K and the Heart of Gold is immediately more attractive than many other adventure games of this type. It’s the little things that shine through, such as how a small twitch of the iPad in any direction causes the game’s screen to move a little, adding a nice sense of fluidity to things.

Such pleasantries continue, ensuring that Melissa K and the Heart of Gold feels a more interactive experience than the usual titles in the genre. Objects can be manipulated by twisting them around, treating them like real 3D objects, and it works well.

melissa7Of course, the real meat for such games comes from its puzzles. Melissa K and the Heart of Gold offers plenty of hidden object scenes, but also a number of puzzles. In my short time with it I wasn’t overly challenged, but I was interested. The puzzles are clearly laid out and interesting enough. They’re reasonably different too, such as one requiring you to move a flower from one side of the screen to the other, without knocking the other items down. Figuring out how to unclasp a gem from a dragon statue was also a highlight, requiring more tactile controls than most.

Melissa K and the Heart of Gold should be out later this summer. It’s shaping up to be something that casual adventure gaming fans like myself should be anticipating. We’ll have more on it when it’s released.


Enigma Express Review

Enigma Express Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hidden Object fans will enjoy what's here, but they won't enjoy the restrictive energy bar.

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Dream Catchers: The Beginning HD Review

Dream Catchers: The Beginning HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Some insensitive controls aside, and Dream Catchers: The Beginning is a fun enough Hidden Object games for fans of the genre.

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Left in the Dark: No One on Board Review

Left in the Dark: No One on Board Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The requisite elements for a Hidden Object game are there, but Left in the Dark: No One on Board lacks that certain something.

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The Ghost Archives: Haunting of Shady Valley Review

The Ghost Archives: Haunting of Shady Valley Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Explore an abandoned mining town in this spooky but fun casual Hidden Object game.

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The Cursed Ship Review

The Cursed Ship Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
The latest in the popular series of casual adventuring games, The Cursed Ship offers exactly what fans would want, and nothing more.

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Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Lair Review

Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Lair Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Treading a safe path, Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Lair is a dependable casual adventure game.

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Time Gap Review

Time Gap Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
With a mixture of different casual gaming elements, Time Gap is pleasant enough even despite its control issues.

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Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion Review

Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A fairly dependable Hidden Object/casual adventuring game, Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion is fun, if short.

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Hidden City: Mystery of Shadows Review

Hidden City: Mystery of Shadows Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Lacking a gripping storyline, Hidden City: Mystery of Shadows still offers some satisfying Hidden Object play but with some significant freemium elements in tow.

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9 Clues: The Secret Of Serpent Creek HD Review

9 Clues: The Secret Of Serpent Creek HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Offering some enjoyable hidden object searching moments, as well as plenty of puzzles, 9 Clues is a solid title.

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Disney: Hidden Worlds Review

Disney: Hidden Worlds Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Disney: Hidden Worlds is a fun, challenging, but unspectacular hidden object game that nevertheless manages to captures the spirit of Disney in a way that kids will love.

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Nightmares From The Deep: The Siren’s Call Review

Nightmares From The Deep: The Siren’s Call Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Offering a satisfyingly entertaining adventure experience, Nightmares From the Deep: The Siren's Call is worth checking out.

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Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery Review

Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Letters From Nowhere will last Hidden Object game fans a long time, but that's partly down to its restrictive energy system.

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Elixir: The League Of Immortality Review

Elixir: The League Of Immortality Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Offering a fun mystery in need of solving, Elixir: The League of Immortality is an entertaining casual adventure game.

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Numerity Review

Numerity Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Find numbers and create landmarks, people, and more, in this surprisingly compelling Hidden Object style puzzle game.

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Mystery Of The Opera HD Review

Mystery Of The Opera HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
With a theatrical flourish, this casual adventure game proves quite entertaining.

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Silent Valley: Mystery Mansion Review

Silent Valley: Mystery Mansion Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Spooky thrills and some entertaining puzzles await those who check out this casual adventure game.

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Treasure Seekers 3: Follow The Ghosts Review

Treasure Seekers 3: Follow The Ghosts Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
A fairly solid entry to the Hidden Object genre. At least it is for those who haven't already played an earlier version.

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Temptation Episode 1 Review

Temptation Episode 1 Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Part Hidden Object game, part adventure title, Temptation Episode 1 is a fine introduction to a new series. If only it didn't look so dreary.

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Rooms Of Memory Review

Rooms Of Memory Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
A freemium-focused Hidden Object game, Rooms of Memory is a little slow going but at least it's possible to keep it free.

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Darkmoor Manor Review

Darkmoor Manor Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
With a wide array of puzzles available, some of which may leave players clueless, it won't be easy escaping Darkmoor Manor.

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Everlove: Rose Review

Everlove: Rose Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The game mechanics might be quite familiar but Everlove's message and storytelling is quite original and all the better for it.

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Righteous Kill 2: Revenge Of The Poet Killer Review

Righteous Kill 2: Revenge Of The Poet Killer Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Entertaining enough if somewhat uninspired, Righteous Kill 2 is a fairly straight-forward hidden object style game.

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Alchemy Mysteries: Prague Legends Review

Alchemy Mysteries: Prague Legends Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Lacking a great story and logical pathfinding, Alchemy Mysteries: Prague Legends offers some fun puzzles and Hidden Object scenes, but lacks panache.

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Dark Manor Review

Dark Manor Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's a little stingy on game time, but Dark Manor is a satisfying Free to Play Hidden Object game from Big Fish Games.

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Mirrors Of Albion HD Review

Mirrors Of Albion HD Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Occasionally a little messy, and keen to take one's money, Mirrors of Albion is a freemium-focused Hidden Object game that still offers some casual fun.

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Isla Dorada – Episode 1: The Sands Of Ephranis Review

Isla Dorada – Episode 1: The Sands Of Ephranis Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Isla Dorada - Episode 1 isn't the greatest example of the Hidden Object genre. It'll pass the time but remain quite forgettable.

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Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged To Kill Review

Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged To Kill Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Offering quite the murder mystery, Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged to Kill is a great example of the Hidden Object genre.

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Red Crow Mysteries: Legion HD Review

Red Crow Mysteries: Legion HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
It's not a must-buy Hidden Object game, but Red Crow Mysteries should still prove quite fun to fans of the genre.

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