Mar 30, 2012

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Treasure Seekers: The Time Has Come Review

Treasure Seekers: The Time Has Come Review

One genre that I feel is perfect for mobile devices is the hidden object one. The titles that fall under this genre can be played for as little as five minutes at a time or for the entire duration of the game in one sitting. G5 Entertainment has released the latest entry in the Treasure Seekers series, Treasure Seekers: The Time Has Come, or Treasure Seekers 4. If you never played the previous ones, will the story lose you or does it manage to do well on its own?

The story set within Treasure Seekers 4 will not leave you too confused if you are a newcomer to the series. The title starts with one of the characters, Nelly, cracking Mayan hieroglyphics that foretell of a catastrophic event in 2012. The villain of the series, who goes by the name of Totenkraft, decides to kidnap Nelly and use her knowledge to bring his evil scheme to fruition. Luckily for Nelly, her brother Tom is on the trail as he makes his way through four different locations. A twist to this is that not only is Tom visiting such locales as Paris, Jerusalem, Scotland, and Mexico, but with the help of a ring, Tom is traveling through time itself.

Suffice to say that if you have played any hidden object titles, the gameplay will come naturally to you. I played this title on the iPod Touch and while the small screen can pose issues at times, the controls work smoothly. Tapping the screen will either select an item, navigate through the different areas, or access the menus. To zoom in or out of a scene requires just a pinch and drag of two fingers. The dragging motion is also used when moving an item from one side of the screen to the other. There are two difficulty levels, casual and advanced, though the main difference I could tell between the two was the length of time you have to wait in order to use a hint. The game’s difficulty is not too hard nor is it too easy. I felt that it was just the right level for newcomers and fans of the genre alike. One thing that I feel the need to point out is the fact that upon closing out of the game, it is possible to have to restart an entire location regardless of the progress made within it.

The graphics are really well done. There is not much in the way of animation, but this doesn’t hurt the title in the least bit. The backgrounds are vibrant and fit in nicely with the era they are representing. The music that plays throughout the game also adds to the experience. Most times with titles such as Treasure Seekers 4, I will mute or lower the volume in order to focus more on the hunt for the hidden objects or figuring out the current puzzle. With Treasure Seekers 4, I actually had it turned up and felt that it helped to relax my mind.

It is possible to play through this title in one sitting, though the amount of time it takes for one to beat it will vary on a few factors. Using the hint button often can shorten how long it takes compared to those who prefer to avoid using it at all costs. I only used the hints if I got stuck on a certain part and managed to spend a couple hours in the course of twenty minute sessions before beating it. The promise of 45 levels does give the game a lot of meat to it. However, you will have to purchase the full game at $6.99 for it. There isn’t much in the way of replay. Once you beat the game, there is no new game plus.

Treasure Seekers 4 uses GameCenter to track your achievements. And you get the option to post to Facebook whenever you manage to complete a location. I think having the ability to share this information is nice if you are playing against someone else (on their own iPhone/iPad and their own copy of the title) to see who can be the first one done. There is no multiplayer in the game. But no one really expected that to be included with such a title.

Overall, I really enjoyed Treasure Seekers: The Time Has Come. The puzzles weren’t too difficult, yet they weren’t too easy. I definitely think that if you are looking for something to pass time with during train commutes and you are a fan of the hidden object genre, that you should get this title. If you’re on the fence, give the free version a go. And for those who worry about not playing the previous titles in the series, this one serves as a good entry into it.

Treasure Seekers: The Time Has Come
Platform: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (Reviewed)
Genre: Hidden Object
Release Date: March 8, 2012
Developer: Artogon
Publisher: G5 Entertainment
ESRB Rating: 4+
MSRP: Free; $6.99 to unlock full game


8.5