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Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion (Mac) Review

 
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Formats: Mac
 
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Final Score
7.0
7/ 10


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1 total rating

 

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A spooky story line lets players uncover the ghosts of the mansion, talking with and even helping the spirits.

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There aren't as many traditional hidden object jumbles as you might like, and the ones that are there seem rather short.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Things are getting decidedly creepy around Wayne Mansion. As you are sent to explore the place, it becomes immediately clear that this is not your ordinary abandoned mansion. Spooky things have been happening around the place, and it’s your job to uncover the secrets of the mansion – and hopefully help a few souls find […]

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Posted September 1, 2015 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Things are getting decidedly creepy around Wayne Mansion. As you are sent to explore the place, it becomes immediately clear that this is not your ordinary abandoned mansion. Spooky things have been happening around the place, and it’s your job to uncover the secrets of the mansion – and hopefully help a few souls find rest at the same time.

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Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion is a hidden object adventure set entirely in and around Wayne Mansion. You’ll need to wander back and forth between the many rooms of the mansion, as well as the gardens and grounds, in order to slowly piece together what has led to the mansion’s creepy reputation. Along the way, a variety of ghostly inhabitants will ask for you aide, as well as providing you with more pieces of the puzzle.

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In most ways, the game plays like other games in the genre. You wander around whatever environments are currently open to you, searching for items that can be interacted with. You’ll collect a number of items to keep in your inventory, and figuring out how and where to use them is part of the fun. The difference in this game, though, is that the items will not be able to be picked up until after you have uncovered certain parts of the story. For instance, you may note poker chips or books lying in suspicious places, but be unable to pick them up. Later on, once you’ve met the card dealing ghost, or uncovered the room with the bookshelf, you can go back and pick the items up. In some ways, it makes things interesting – but it also seems a bit unnecessary, as you end up going back and forth to uncover the item you’ve already tried to click numerous times.

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The gameplay otherwise is pretty standard. You’ll pick up items, and use them in their appointed places (once you can, anyway). You’ll also play a number of mini games that correspond  well with the game. For instance, you’ll play a competitive game of blackjack with a ghostly dealer, and reassemble various broken items around the house. These are all somewhat challenging but not overly so, and all are able to be skipped after a very short time. There are also some standard hidden object finds spread throughout the game, where you’ll be given a list of items to find amidst a jumble of objects on a fixed screen. There aren’t as many of these as I would like, and the ones you do get seem pretty short, but they do add some puzzling aspects to the game.

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The story line in Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion is a pretty interesting one, and I really liked the aspect of talking to the different ghosts that were killed there to figure out their stories while you try to piece together the larger one. It was spooky enough to keep things interesting, but not so much so that kids will get frightened, and that makes it a game suitable for hidden object fans of all ages.


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)