Suburban Timewaster

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Cadenza: Music, Betrayal and Death (Bigfishgames.com)


When a famous musician returns from the dead, he uses the power of music to paralyze the other members of his former band, the Dixie Peppers. Can you stop him and reverse the effects before everyone dies from malnutrition?

For those of you who subscribed to my blog, you already know that I reviewed the beta test. Now I’m going to review the whole game. This game takes place in the 1960s and the retro style shows, very well.

Not only that, but you get to see the history of a former fictional band. All I can say is that seeing it made me question the sanity of one of the members. There’s also a twist at the end that I can’t reveal to you but I will say that it’s either intriguing or disappointing, depending on your perspective. This is also a case where, instead of the villain just killing everyone that gets in his way in the most efficient manner possible, he uses methods that are so slow that the hero manages to escape.

This is a unique take on hidden object games. You go from scene to scene collecting items for your inventory. Some items require you to take part in hidden object scenes. I know that doesn’t sound any different from previous hidden object games I’ve reviewed but, in some of them, it’s not really collecting objects. It’s more moving them out of the way to collect fragments of the item you need.

In some scenes, you alternate between moving objects out of the way to collect notes and assembling them in order to get to the one item you need. You can also play mini-games and collect a note in every scene. If you’re stuck, use a hint. The map will help you get you where you need to go.

This game is retro and addictive. I give it 7 out of 10; a cool take on 1960s nightclubs.

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