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Mind Snares: Alice’s Journey (iOs) Review

 
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7.5
7.5/ 10


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An interesting story line, and a nice variety of game play.

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Fairly standard for the genre - not much in the way of innovation, and the end is a bit of a letdown.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Join Alice on a spooky journey through her own mind, as she fights to find her way back to reality. Mind Snares: Alice’s Journey is the latest hidden object adventure from G5 Games, a company known for providing some of the best games in the genre. This time, the action turns more than a little […]

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Posted February 23, 2015 by

 
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Mind Snares: Alice’s Journey is the latest hidden object adventure from G5 Games, a company known for providing some of the best games in the genre. This time, the action turns more than a little bit weird, with the creepy store of a woman named Alice. As we meet Alice at the beginning of the game, she is a successful and happy person – but that wasn’t always the case. As she is being interviewed about her thriving business, Alice tells of how not so long ago she was stuck in a rut with seemingly no way out. She hates her job, doesn’t see much of her family, and is generally pretty miserable – but then, a terrible accident occurs, and Alice wakes up strapped to a hospital bed.

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But this is no ordinary hospital. It’s like something out of your favorite horror film, with creepy little Alice dolls everywhere and a floating phantom who continually taunts Alice, asking why she could possibly want to go back to her miserable life. Playing as Alice, you must fight your way through your own personal demons and find your way back to consciousness. To do this, you must complete four separate levels, each of which will give you a totem to unlock the way home. Of course, the totems aren’t just lying around for the taking. There are characters in each level who will give you tasks to complete in order to earn their totem.

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The various story elements are interspersed with pretty standard hidden object action. There is plenty of wandering around, searching for usable items that you must then figure out how and where to use.  This involves a lot of back and forth action, as you uncover something in one area – a locked box, a picture that is missing a few pieces, etc. – and then must find the missing items in one areas and bring them back again to be used. A handy map feature allows you to instantly go from one room to another without actually wandering around, if you don’t want to.

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In addition to finding objects within the environments, there are also a number of standard hidden object finds to enjoy. These involve finding a list of items amidst a jumble of objects within a fixed screen. They are fairly challenging without being overly so, and there are enough of them scattered throughout the game to keep things interesting. To add variety, there are also a few mini games. These fit in well with the story line, and are generally of the puzzle variety – reassembling broken items, or completing a circuit within a jumble of wires. If they aren’t your thing (or just get too hard for you), they are able to be skipped after a short time.
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Mind Snares: Alice’s Journey is an interesting take on the standard hidden object adventure story line. You’ll  fight your way through the depths of Alice’s own mind, rather than grappling with an outside source. Regardless of the enemy, the game play is fairly standard for the genre, offering a nice mix of games to keep you engaged.  Mind Snares: Alice’s Journey is appropriate for gamers of all ages (although young players may be a bit creeped out by the phantom).


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)