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Where Angels Cry (Mac) Review

 
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At a Glance...
 

Formats: Mac
 
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Final Score
6.0
6/ 10


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A unique storyline and challenging play.

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Story is not well developed, and gameplay is often more random than challenging.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Where Angels Cry is a game that, with better direction and a more fully developed storyline, could have been superb. All the elements are there, but they unfortunately not put together in the best way. Still, if you are looking for something a little different (and don’t mind some imperfections here and there), it’s a solid choice for hidden object fans who want.

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Posted June 5, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

In a distant monastery, word has spread of a miracle.WAC_slides_Mac_en-01

It seems an angel statue in the courtyard of the monastery has begun crying tears of blood. Is it really a miracle…or something more sinister? The Cardinal is convinced that all is not as it seems, and so you – a monk – are sent on a secret mission. You will ostensibly be coming to the monastery as a replacement for Brother John, a fellow monk who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. While there, you must covertly investigate both the disappearance, and the new head of the monastery, who is not what he seems.

Of course, all this investigating requires a lot of sneaking about, and picking up random hidden objects. I say random, because a lot of the time, that’s really all that it is. Rather than sticking with the list of items to find on a set screen, Where Angles Cry goes with another method for hidden object searching. You have a variety of different areas to search through, and the items you need to find can be anywhere, on any of the screens. This can be challenging, which is a good thing when done right. While the story gives direction on what to find some of the time, others you are left with random tapping objects until you find what is needed – and that says less challenging and more happenstance to me.

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Even when you do know what you are searching for, the game turns it into chance with the execution. For instance, when searching for things like tools or a shovel, there may be several of them laying all over the place. When asked to search for the items, no distinctions are given that will distinguish one tool from another, and so you must tap each and every one to find which are the tools you are looking for, an annoyance for someone who is used to using skill. Even when it is all about your skill, it isn’t always done in a way that is engaging. For instance, when you are tasked with changing a horseshoe, you are given the task of finding nails. Even on the large screen of a computer, most of them are near impossible to actually see (a familiar annoyance from the iOs version), and given that they can be hidden on any of eight different screens, it just leads to frustration.

Still, all is not bad with Where Angels Cry. For one thing, I really like the concept of the story. It is a departure from the standard ones, and there are several twists and turns to keep you engaged. While it is not as developed as I would have liked often leaving you with questions (and an ending that is downright disappointing), it is still interesting in its own right. The mini games peppered throughout the game are done well, providing variety in play (and also the option to completely skip them if that isn’t your thing). At the times when the game actually gives you clues as to which direction to head next, or which items to find, it is challenging and interesting to put together the proper items in the right sequence, and some of the annoyances with this that arose in the mobile version are significantly better on a larger screen.

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Where Angels Cry is a game that, with better direction and a more fully developed storyline, could have been superb. All the elements are there, but they unfortunately not put together in the best way. Still, if you are looking for something a little different (and don’t mind some imperfections here and there), it’s a solid choice for hidden object fans who want.


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)