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Voodoo Chronicles: The First Sign (PSN/PC)

Written by funkyellowmonkey (GP) on . Posted in Video Games

What do you get when you have a combination of genres of adventure, point-and-click, hidden object and puzzle games all rolled into one? Voodoo Chronicles: The First Sign that's what.

So, as the story goes, you're a detective, not just any geezer, you're special as you have 'magic' at your disposal, the dark kind, hence 'voodoo'. Your job, if you so wish to take it, is to investigate a murder of a wealthy bloke called aptly Mr Coins.

The game is presented through a series of classic adventure-styled puzzles and hidden object games. Most of the time you'll play a hidden object game and once successful, you'll find an inventory item you need in order to advance. So by playing the said game styles, you will find more clues and such to make it through the game.

The puzzle games are different and varied to say the least, they really make you think about them and how you go about solving them - you'd be trying to solve puzzles with cogs and gears with elastic bands thrown in, to a bit of DIY'ing such as rewiring an electrical box, that's all I'm going to say for now, the rest you shall have to find out yourself, I don't want to be spoiler! :)

Some puzzles can be a bit taxing on the old brain cells at times, fortunately, there are hints that help you along the way but you don't get them for doing nothing. You can earn them by completing certain tasks or clicking on the eerie creatures that follow you throughout the game (shock, horror!).

You may even find yourself lost at certain points of the game too, at this point you can whip out and consult your diary or notes like any good detective does right? A little more digging around usually remedies this, although it can be a bit of a drag, but hey it works!

Gameplay-wise, the game is easy to get into: click on things, search for things and solve things - plus it comes with an easy control and intuitive inventory system. The graphics are nicely visualized with a stylized theme about them which fits the game perfectly, mysterious and foreboding.

Overall, VCTFS is a enjoyable game coupled with plenty of hidden object and puzzle elements, along with a diverse amount of puzzles to solve too and with a mysterious aura and storyline to keep your interests flowing. It may not be as traditional as your standard point-and-click adventure game but for what it's worth, it does it well and that's what really matters.

7/10

(PS3 Review)

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