Drew Bower0 comments
Tags: G5 Entertainment, Orchid Games, Room Escape, Hidden Object, Casual
One finds oneself in a right royal predicament
When the latest press release from G5 Entertainment dropped into my inbox and declared the imminent arrival of their latest hidden object game, I have to admit, a small part of me died inside. It’s not that I don’t enjoy hidden object games, but there have been rather a lot of them released recently and they can be quite samey.
However! When I began to play Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures I was delighted to discover that the hidden object description was doing the title a great disservice: It’s actually a nice blend of the room escape and point and click genres.
Royal Trouble begins when Princess Loreen and Prince Nathaniel find themselves locked in a dungeon without any idea of how they got there. One could suggest something about the general intelligence levels of royals, but we won’t go there... Despite an instant dislike for one another, the pair must work out how to escape and discover just what the heck is going on.
To do this, you must poke at standout objects in the hope that they might assist you in some way. If an item is of use, it gets added to your inventory along the bottom of the screen. Here you can combine objects to create new ones, or use them on your surroundings. Once you have escaped from one room, you invariably find yourself trapped in another and thus the process begins again.
Each new part of the story is portrayed in Disney-esque colourful screens with a friendly American accented narrator. The rooms and areas you find yourself in are very nicely detailed and remain sharp when zoomed in. Most areas are fairly small and generally only fill up a single screen but this does help to avoid needlessly tapping dozens of objects in the hope they are useful.
Most of the time your main objective in a room will be obvious enough and you can look for useful items accordingly. If you get stuck there is a full hints system in place that offers suggestions in stages so as to avoid giving the whole solution.
Occasionally you will come across locked doors or cupboards that ask you to solve a logic puzzle to open. These are mostly fairly simple slider/switch pressing puzzles that shouldn’t stump you for too long. Other puzzles include working out a maths equation and weighing out ingredients for some medication. Should any puzzle prove too difficult, you can happily skip them entirely once a certain amount of time has passed.
Royal Trouble offers a nice gently paced experience with witty banter and dry humour that will keep you interested right until the end. The 22 colourful locations are all kind on the eye with nice lighting effects and the occasional puzzle helps break up the repeated gameplay. It won’t take too long to complete, but for something not massively strenuous to keep you occupied for a few hours Royal Trouble is well worth a download.
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