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Left in the Dark: No One on Board (Mac) Review

 
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A spooky storyline and engaging puzzles make for a fun, casual experience.

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Pretty standard for the genre - not much in the way of innovations or surprises.


Final Fiendish Findings?

G5 Entertainment brings thrills and chills to the App Store with the release of Left in the Dark: No One on Board. Hidden object adventure fans will find plenty to explore in this spooky new game. Playing as an old school detective, you are called to a town to investigate a mysterious long lost ship, […]

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Posted August 22, 2014 by

 
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G5 Entertainment brings thrills and chills to the App Store with the release of Left in the Dark: No One on Board.

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Hidden object adventure fans will find plenty to explore in this spooky new game. Playing as an old school detective, you are called to a town to investigate a mysterious long lost ship, which has suddenly returned to the town with no one aboard. The people of town feel it is just another manifestation of the curse that has plagued their little village for years. You, trained detective that are, feel there must be another solution – both for the missing people *and* the missing treasure, and quickly set out to look for clues. Of course, there is the matter of the ghost girl and the spooky hooded figure that keep popping up to attend to as well, ensuring that this will be far from a routine investigation.

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The gameplay in Left in the Dark: No One on Board is pretty standard for the hidden object genre. You have a couple ways to uncover objects for you to use in the course of your investigation. There are tons of environments to explore, and many of them have usable items just laying around, with little to distinguish them from background objects. You’ll have to be very thorough in your searches, as well as paying attention to clues as to what is needed, to uncover which items can be used and where. You also get to play a number of traditional hidden object searches. In these, you are given a list of items to find on a fixed screen. Once you’ve successfully finished the search, you are given one of the objects you found to use.

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Oftentimes, this sort of game can be difficult for young or inexperienced players, but Left in the Dark: No One on Board has a number of features that ensure you won’t get stuck – and using them or not is entirely each player, so those who like a challenge can keep it that way. The hint feature can be used to point you in the right direction, highlight a usable object, or help you find that last tricky item on a search list. It needs a short time to recharge in between uses, but isn’t otherwise limited (great for the young hidden object fans in your household). There’s also a handy map feature that both serves as an additional hint and to keep things moving quickly for impatient players. You can view the map at any time, and it will show you areas that have actions available. You can also use it to instantly move to any area on the map, keeping the wandering back and forth between environments to a minimum.

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Left in the Dark: No One on Board is a great choice for both hidden object adventure fans and anyone looking for a fun and casual gaming experience. The story line is suitably spooky and not too predictable, the voice acting is done well, and the difficulty level is easily tweaked for different players. Whether you’re looking for something to pass the time on your next road trip, or just a fun game the whole family can enjoy, you won’t be disappointed in Left in the Dark: No One on Board.


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)