Mortimer Beckett and the Lost King (Big Fish Games)
Mortimer Beckett just fixed time and now he’s in a magical kingdom. His new mission is to complete the crown and find the missing prince. Can he save the kingdom from tyranny?
I’m sure many people who’ve played games like this know how this will end. Still, if you want to go into this game fresh, skip this paragraph. The lost king is Mortimer’s uncle Jerome, which means that Mortimer is the prince. However, this makes very little sense in terms of story telling and lineage. For starters, no one seems to remember a sibling disappearing with the king. Another thing is that, when the ruler has no children, the sibling is next in line for the throne. I assume Mortimer’s father and grandfather must have died for him to be next in line for the throne. Don’t worry; he turns down living in a magical kingdom in order to go back to a normal life. However, it would have made more sense to make Jerome, Mortimer’s father instead. Other than the confusing ending, the style and plot are your typical fantasy story, which is rather enjoyable.
The game is a typical hidden object and, this time, you’re not looking for fragments. You have to find the item whole and use what you collect to get either more items or pieces of jewelry for the crown.
You can also play mini-games to help further the story. Like the last game, you get to use a rechargeable hint. Unlike the last game, clicking the hint button actually directs you to where you’re supposed to go instead of just finding objects and trusting you to figure out the rest.
This game is beautiful and addictive. I give it 6 out of 10, two points off for the confusing ending.