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The Cursed Ship (iOs) Review

 
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At a Glance...
 

Formats: iOs
 
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Final Score
7.5
7.5/ 10


User Rating
2 total ratings

 

We liked?


An interesting story line coupled with an expansive environment makes for engrossing game play.

Not so much?


Loads of wandering back and forth.


Final Fiendish Findings?

The Cursed Ship offers an engrossing story that serves well to pull players into the plight of the Ondine and its inhabitants. There is a lot of wandering back and forth, which takes some time in a game with so many areas to uncover, but the many plot twists keep it from becoming too tedious for the most part. While the game play is mostly appropriate for players of various ages and skill levels, the spooky scenes and mysterious black figures may be a bit much for easily frightened young gamers, so keep that in mind if your children like to play as much as you do.

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Posted May 2, 2014 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

The Ondine was a majestic ship – luxurious, massive, and very expensive. So when it disappeared, many wondered about its whereabouts for a variety of reasons. The Trident Corporation has hired you to find the Ondine, and bring back whatever is left of it. But you’ll soon find there is far more to this mystery than a ship that steered off course.

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As the game begins, you locate the Ondine within the midst of a mysterious green fog – and instantly lose contact with the outside world. As you board the ship, you are met with more green mist, and the spooky flickering of featureless black forms. Are the inhabitants of the Ondine dead and gone, dead and still here, or something else entirely? A magical mirror allows you to travel back and forth between the worlds of then and now, but exactly what you’re seeing is left to the imagination. One way or another, you’ve got to find the captain and restart the engines, battling off the seemingly insane engineer all the way. In order to bring back the Ondine, you first need to uncover what happened to it and its inhabitants, and that’s a task that will send you all over the enormous ship many times over.

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The gameplay in The Cursed Ship consists of a variety of puzzles. You’ll see a number of standard hidden object jumbles, where you must locate a set list of items amidst a fixed screen. There is also plenty of time spent exploring the many areas of the ship in search of usable items, as well as how and where to use them. As in many games of this sort, you will spend a great deal of time wandering back and forth, uncovering items in one room, finding things to interact with them in another, bringing them back to combine the two, only to find you’ll need something else in another area entirely. There aren’t aren’t shortcuts to this, so you will spend a lot of the game play just trekking from one place to another, but there is a generous hint feature in place for when you get stuck on where to go next.

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For added variety, there are a number of mini games sprinkled throughout the environments to keep things fresh and test your puzzle prowess. These are pretty standard for this type of thing, requiring you to do things like putting pipes in the proper configuration or reassembling objects. They aren’t terribly challenging, but enough so to be interesting – and they fit well with the storyline (which is honestly quit interesting, and with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing as to what really happened on the Ondine). For those not interested in mini games, each of them is skippable after a short time using the hint button.

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The Cursed Ship offers an engrossing story that serves well to pull players into the plight of the Ondine and its inhabitants. There is a lot of wandering back and forth, which takes some time in a game with so many areas to uncover, but the many plot twists keep it from becoming too tedious for the most part. While the game play is mostly appropriate for players of various ages and skill levels, the spooky scenes and mysterious black figures may be a bit much for easily frightened young gamers, so keep that in mind if your children like to play as much as you do.


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)