By Eric Pankoke on Wed, 03/07/2012
Tom and Nelly are back for the fourth installment of the treasure hunting, bad guy thwarting hidden object series Treasure Seekers. Check out the links after this review for my thoughts on parts 2 and 3 of the series. Fans of the series will feel right at home with this iteration of the franchise, and newcomers should be able to jump in fairly easily as well, though references to older adventures might not make much sense to them. Overall it still provides a decent balance of game play mechanics but there isn’t really a lot of what I’d consider mini-games this time around. It’s not my favorite of the bunch, but I don’t regret hanging out with the treasure seeking duo again.
This time around it’s Nelly that’s gotten herself into hot water, and it’s up to Tom to save the day. So far there’s been no real indication that you’ll get to play Nelly at any point, but that’s okay because Tom’s doing a pretty good job of finding things to do. The hidden object scenes take two flavors. The first is your typical “find the list items” mode. Some items on the list are blue, which means you’ll either have to move something, look in something or possibly combine multiple items in order to find what you’re looking for. The other style requires you to first locate a “key object”, at which point you’ll then be given pictures of objects you need to find in the stage. After that you know the drill.
There are a couple of new features in part 4 that make things quite interesting. Early on you find a ring that allows you to travel between time periods. Many puzzles will require extensive travel between times in order to solve them. You also have something called an X-Glass. I don’t recall them ever explaining this, though it might be a relic from part 3 which I haven’t finished yet. In any case, this device is roughly the equivalent of X-ray glasses, allowing you to find items that you’ll never see just by staring at the room. Sure these things are a bit gimmicky, but they still offer something different from the norm. There are occasions where you might have to do something like swipe a broom back and forth to clean something off, but the one thing that seems mostly absent is the now common hidden object game staple of mini-games.
As I’ve come to expect from this series the visuals are extremely well done. The backgrounds are quite detailed and exquisitely drawn, and for the most part the objects you need to find are easy to pick out. There isn’t a lot in the way of animation, but enough that things don’t feel dead. When you’re close to an “invisible” item a white ring will appear around the glass of the X-Glass, and if you just happen to catch it you might see a green glow on an object that can be looked in. The sound effects are nothing extraordinary but they do they job, and sadly there are still no voices. Again the music is nothing really special, but it is well written and nice to listen to.
Overall this is a fine continuation of the Treasure Seekers saga. There’s plenty to do, and it plays just like you’d expect one of their adventures to play. Story wise it’s not as intriguing as the last couple of outings, but all in all I’ve enjoyed this latest trip with Tom and Nelly. At least it didn’t turn out like Indiana Jones 4.
Overall Score: 8/10
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This game was reviewed on an iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1.