The mysterious case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (PC) Review
Hidden object games have always held a certain curiosity for me. They are titles I’ve always meant to get around to playing as they look like a reasonable time waster but they also seem a little like watching paint dry.
Well with the review copy of The mysteries case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde landing on my doorstep I could finally talk a walk in to the genre and see what all the fuss has been about.
This title was initially released last year through distributors online like BigFish etc. It’s download nature shows by the small install and the fact it ships on a CD rather than the traditional modern standard of a DVD.
As the title suggests the game follows a re-telling of the much replicated Jekyl and Hyde story. Here you are an inspector who, along with a gaggle of cohorts, sets about locating the notorious killer, Hyde, who has been causing mayhem on the street of London town.
What the game actually boils down to is a graphic novel of sorts with puzzles and spot the item mini-games thrown in between chapters to keep things moving along. With over thirty scenes and a reciprocal number of mini-game puzzles the title certainly manages to retain some longevity. Initial play through could take you anywhere from three to five hours. Further play throughs will present you with no new puzzles or scenes but the items you’re required to located in scenes is varied slightly each time so a limited number of combinations are possible here.
Graphically the game is pleasant enough. The rendered backgrounds and objects are all well crafted and look like they should. There is basically no animation to talk of unless you include things like the occasional rain effect on certain scenes. This game does what it needs to to get by and it does it well.
As the story element features heavily it’s worth noting that it has been reasonably written. Some parts are heavily derivative and over explained but all in all it manages to serve the purpose of driving you forward to the next scene – just don’t exepect to be compelled by it or return for a second “read” through.
The mysterious case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a pleasant enough diversion. For an RRP of under £10 and an actual sale price of between £5 and £8 it servers it purpose well. The hidden puzzle genre may well be a certain niche crowd but it does have a wider appeal. Don’t expect the game to blow you away but for what it is you can expect a serviceable and likeable title that will suit your needs.