Suburban Timewaster

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Alice in Wonderland (Bigfishgames.com)

When a young woman named Rachael buys a house, she discovers many secrets hidden within its walls. One of them being that it holds a secret world called Wonderland where a little girl named Alice rules, holding ten little girls hostage. Can Rachael save those girls, or will it be off with her head?

That’s right, I’m back and I’m not dead. I also read both Alice in Wonderland books and truly have a feel for the story. Let me just say that I love the new take on Alice in Wonderland. I love the creepy aspects of the storyline and I love how a magical world used as a child’s fantasy to get away from their life is now used as a prison that enslaves children with no hope of escape. It’s very similar to Once Upon A Time’s version of Neverland.

The gameplay is your typical hidden object. You go around, collecting items to add to your inventory. Some items require you to participate in hidden object scenes. You can also participate in mini-games, such as spot the difference and connecting pieces of a puzzle. If you’re stuck, use a hint or skip the mini-game.
This game is entertaining and slightly creepy. I give it 6 out of 10, a nice little distraction.

Secret Trails: Frozen Heart (Bigfishgames.com)

All you wanted was to visit your little sister, Emma, in Bloomingspring, a town where it’s warm and sunny all year long.  As soon as you arrived, someone’s kidnapped your sister and changed the weather to a snowy winter.  Can you save Emma and return spring to Bloomingspring?

This is your typical save the damsel in distress from the evil villain.  Again, we have a storyline where the villain is easily forgiven because he wasn’t in control of his actions and gets everything he wants.

This game is another typical hidden object game.  You go from scene to scene collecting items for your inventory.  Some will require you to take part in a hidden object scene.  You have to travel throughout the game using the items in your inventory to progress forward.  If you’re stuck, use a hint.

This game is simplistic and dull.  I give it 3 out of 10; a few points for the fantasy element.

Left in the Dark (Gamehouse.com)

Many years ago, a ship was lost at sea.  Now the ship has returned with no cargo or crew on board.  It’s up to a detective to discover what happened.

The game starts out chilling with a mysterious hook man lurking in the shadows.  A ghost guides you throughout the game.  At the end, the hook man starts talking, which takes away any creepy appeal he had.  The ending also felt a little rushed.

This is another typical hidden object game.  You go from scene to scene collecting items for your inventory.  Some items require you to take part in a hidden object scene.  The detective will write her thoughts in her journal from time to time and a map will guide you through the game.  Use a hint if you’re stuck.

This game is creepy yet simplistic.  I give it 6 out of 10; something to do when you’re bored.

Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters (Bigfishgames.com)

A detective has just discovered the secret place of the Order of Red Riding Hood Sisters.  Unfortunately, the Wolf Queen has captured them.  She also wants to send her wolves to our world.  Can the detective save the Red Riding Hood Sisters and stop the Wolf Queen?

This game is my favorite entry to the Dark Parables saga.  I really love the Order of the Red Riding Hood Sisters and Briar Rose from the first game gets a cameo.  Like the last game, you can also learn the back-story of the group and of certain characters.

The game play is the same as any standard object game except you don’t have to collect an entire list of crap just to add two objects to your inventory.  You have to travel the map and collect objects by assembling the pieces.

Each object has a use in a specific location.  You have an unlimited number of hints and you can collect cursed objects if you want the hint meter to speed up.  You can also play various mini-games to advance the story.  If it’s too difficult, you can just skip it.

As for what I said earlier regarding back-story, collect various items to read the notes in your journal that will help you understand the characters.

You can also play a separate story about the boy who cried wolf.  The story serves as a prequel to the game, explaining how the situation came to be.  The only problem I have is with the beginning where the boy’s father locks him up in the basement for lying, but I guess punishments were more extreme back then.

This game is fun and addictive.  I give it 8 out of 10; an original take on two classic fairy tales.

Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box (Bigfishgames.com)

Tyler’s grandfather calls him for help.  Before his grandfather tells him what it’s about, he reveals a secret he has kept from his family for many years.

The story flashes back to the 19th century while having interludes in the 1950s.  In the 19th century, Tyler’s grandfather fled the war in Spain by becoming a stowaway on a ship called Pandora.  After a while, he wishes he boarded a different ship.  Tyler’s having trouble believing this but goes along with what his grandfather tells him.

This is actually realistic because no matter how crazy a loved one may sound, we still want to give them the benefit of the doubt.  One thing I don’t get is that in the second segment Tyler tells his grandfather that he believes him and in the last segment writes in his journal that he should be calling the police.  It seems like they screwed up the timing on that.

This is the classic hidden object game.  You collect random crap just to add one item to your inventory.

Then you play a few mini-games and press hint or skip when you’re having trouble.  There’s a journal in the corner that will give you access to the character’s thoughts.  The further you get in the story, the more you discover.

The game is addicting and spooky at times.  I give it 7 out of 10, back when the Vampire Saga games were actually good.  I swear that made me sound like an old woman.

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