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Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings (Mac) Review

 
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At a Glance...
 

Formats: Mac
 
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Final Score
7.0
7/ 10


User Rating
1 total rating

 

We liked?


Engaging puzzles that don't make you think too much.

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Nothing really new or unique here.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Overall, Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings is a good game. The hidden object jumbles are interesting and challenging enough (and you can even replay them in free play mode if you like). The story won’t win any awards, but again, it’s interesting and does it’s job of moving the game along. If you’re searching for a few hours of casual gaming fun without having to think too much, then this is the game for you.

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Posted January 31, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Hidden object adventure fun – for your Mac.

Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings is the latest hidden object adventure from G5 Entertainment. With a spooky storyline, bunches of mini games, and tons of object finds, it has all the right pieces for a casual gaming experience. How well those pieces fit together, though, depends a lot on your preferred style of play.

Every good hidden object game has to have at least the semblance of a story to it – otherwise, there’s nothing to really keep you engaged as you move from one puzzle to the next. The story in Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings isn’t really all that unique, but it is interesting enough. I definitely wasn’t on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what would happen next, but I wasn’t rolling my eyes at it either, so that’s good enough for me. Basically, after a mysterious painting shows up at your door, your precious son gets sucked into it. In your endless quest to save him, you meet a fortune teller willing to send you into the portrait world to confront the evil wizard Ethiel, and subsequently rescue your son. Of course, you’ll have to jump through some hoops before you confront Ethiel, but such is the nature of gaming.

Each level in Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings is represented by a painting. You’ll jump into each painting in turn, in search of pieces of the enchanted painting that holds your son. Each painting is a separate world that has been oppressed by Ethiel, and you’ll have to right the wrongs in them before you receive your portrait piece. To do this, you’ll talk to a citizen of that world, who will tell you what needs to be done. Then, you’ll travel back and forth between severals areas in that world to find all the pieces you need to help them. This involves mostly hidden object jumbles and mini games, but you’ll have to do some mild searching to figure out where and what to do next. The puzzles are definitely the focus here, though, as the games makes it easy to figure out what you have to do.

The hidden object jumbles are of two different types: one shows a list of objects represented by words, and the other shows a list of objects represented by pictures. In general, the words are a bit harder, since a lot of words can mean more than one thing (for instance, a bat could be the flying variety, or the baseball variety, and you won’t know until you find it). For both, there are a small number of items that will require you to uncover them before they can be found. This is done pretty much just by guesswork. Is there something behind that pot? How about under that sheet of paper? The only way to find out is to click on them, but you’ll be mildly scolded if you click too often without results. If you get stuck, you can always use the hint feature, which refills on a timer so it won’t be overused.

Overall, Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings is a good game. The hidden object jumbles are interesting and challenging enough (and you can even replay them in free play mode if you like).   The story won’t win any awards, but again, it’s interesting and does it’s job of moving the game along. If you’re searching for a few hours of casual gaming fun without having to think too much, then this is the game for you.


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)