The Cross Formula
Mark Cross wakes up in a seedy motel room with no memory of who he is. The only clues he has are text messages sent to him by a stranger and formulas that pop into his head.
That summary made the game sound more awesome than it actually is. In reality, you’re just going to random places and doing stuff for different people. Some of the stuff you have to do for different characters make you question their intelligence or they just appear to have a bad case of laziness. For example, there’s a waitress who can’t figure out the doll mini-game to get the jukebox working. The doll mini-game is basically playing a button pushing game of Simon Says. She also needs your help sorting out the differences in a picture book in order to win a trip to Hawaii. Let me just say that you’d have to be blind not to see the differences in the pictures.
The gaming style is very much like Dark Parables and Reincarnations in that you have to collect various items. You also have an unlimited number of hints that recharge fast. The only thing is there is very little backtracking done in this game. You also have to solve formulas, and the hints are not going to help you on that. Don’t worry, if you get stuck you can just consult the Big Fish Games walkthrough here. I’ll admit that if it weren’t for the walkthrough, I’d never get past the formulas.
Despite the game’s concept, it is quite simple to beat. There are some unanswered questions, so I think there might be a sequel to this game. I give this game 6 out of 10, fun and it does have some promise of mystery.