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Twin Moons (Mac) Review

 
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An unpredictable and spooky story line keeps you hooked.

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Hidden object searches are at times more about random tapping and luck than actually knowing what to search for.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Twin Moons blends a creepy storyline with expansive environment to create a game that keeps you guessing till the very last frame. With tons of rooms to explore and ghosts of the past to unearth, it is a game that will keep you engaged even when it isn’t as challenging as it could be.

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Posted September 5, 2013 by

 
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G5 Entertainment’s creepy hidden object adventure game makes its way to the Mac App Store.1

As any good hidden object adventure fan will tell you, it is usually the story that makes or breaks the game. Naturally, the method and execution of the hidden object searches must be well done, but it all starts to run together if nothing serves to move the action along. With Twin Moons, the creepy and unpredictable story line is a main draw of the game – you’ll be playing along just as much to see what happens next as you are to find the objects needed to help our hero understand his past. While the story does lean towards paranormal cliche at times, it is presented in a way that logically unfolds, yet keeps you guessing.

You play as Jack, a man who has completely lost all memory of his past. After years struggling to put the pieces back together, you see a vision of a girl who finally leads you in the right direction. As you realize that you are a scientist who took part in a mysterious project, you explore your former workplace in search of clues to how it all played out. As you advance in the game, you are met with similar visions of your former coworkers, each unfolding more and more of the story, until Jack realizes that the truth is even more unbelievable (and sinister) than he could have imagined.

The game play in Twin Moons forgoes the standard hidden object formula of a list and a fixed screen. While sometimes you will be given clues as to what type of objects you need to find by the story and environments, often it is exactly the opposite. You really have no clue what objects are useful to you, and the only way to figure out which items can be interacted with and which are just background noise is to attempt to pick them up. While this seems like it would add to the challenge, it felt more like I was just randomly tapping than actually trying to puzzle out what would be needed to solve the mystery.

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Still, there is a different type of challenge present, as you’ll often have to work for the items once you figure out where they’re at. For instance, there is a marble you need hidden in the crevice of a wall – but you’ll have to find some way to distract the rat who has claimed it before you can pick it up. These little puzzles both make you search for other objects, and challenge you to think outside the box to put all the necessary pieces together. Twin Moons also treats you to a selection of mini games throughout the game, which add variety to play in the form of things like piecing photos together properly and timing a series of switches.

Twin Moons has a lot to offer in terms of surface area – there are a lot of rooms and areas for you to search through, and any item could be used or found in any of the areas. There is by necessity a lot of running back and forth, but the game makes it easier on you with a map feature that allows you to simply select an area and go instantly to it. This can also be useful if you get stuck, as the map marks areas where action is possible with a large yellow exclamation point. In addition to that, there is also a generous hint feature for a quick nudge in the right direction, as well as the option to skip any or all of the mini games. This is a game that is as easy or hard as you want it be, with three skill levels available that make it accessible even to novices and children.

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Twin Moons blends a creepy storyline with expansive environment to create a game that keeps you guessing till the very last frame. With tons of rooms to explore and ghosts of the past to unearth, it is a game that will keep you engaged – even when it isn’t as challenging as it could be.


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)


  • Ian

    any has idea how to solve the grave puzzle