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iPad Game Review: Mind Snares: Alice's Journey Review
      #47749 - 02/25/15 07:09 PM

Mind Snares: Alice's Journey is a classic hidden object adventure game from G5. Why reinvent the wheel when the one we have works so well?

The hidden object adventure genre is somewhat unique on the app store in that it is still dominated with premium titles rather free games loaded with timers and microtransactions. This is a testament to the fact that most players of these games seem to be able to see the value of paying up front for a game rather than continually sinking money into it as you play. If only the rest of mobile gamers could figure this out... Anyway, If you're a hidden object adventure game junkie looking for a healthy dose of hidden object adventuring to feed your habit, you're in luck because Mind Snares is most likely exactly what you're looking for. According to my checklist, Mind Snares has it all: Multiple difficulty levels, retina display support (more on that later), mini games, a generous hint system, and the ability to disable in-game timers. You begin your adventure as Alice, who wakes to find herself in an abandoned



Gameplay

and nightmarish hospital somewhere between life and death. With 80 levels spread through 5 dream worlds, 21 mini-games, and 17 Game Center achievements, Mind Snares will keep you occupied like a good beach book for hours. Crafted by Artifex Mundi, the creator of other highly-rated hidden object adventure games, Mind Snares features the high level of spit and polish that we have come to expect from them. This is the classic hidden object adventure experience, and it doesn't diverge from that tried and true path so if you're looking for a game that reinvents the genre, keep looking. If, however, you are a fan of the genre and are looking for something new yet familiar to fill your leisure time, Mind Snares: Alice's Journey will fit the bill nicely.



Graphics

Mind Snares features retina graphics on supported devices, and it looks great. As is typical with these types of games, animation is minimal so don't expect a lot of special effects. There is enough activity on each level, however, to keep you from feeling like you are looking at a static image. Water flows, objects sparkle with light, tv screen flicker; there is plenty here to keep you subtly engaged as you play.

Sound

The sound effects are appropriately subtle as this is generally a quiet game genre. They work well, however, to let you know that you are successfully interacting with the game. The soundtrack is a bit repetitive but is strangely hypnotic, and I actually left it playing as I adventured.



Conclusion

Hidden object adventure aficionados will likely find Mind Snares: Alice's Journey to be exactly when they are seeking. It hits all the high notes and doesn't really stumble at anything. While it doesn't bring anything new to the genre, its execution is perfect and I can easily recommend it.

Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):

Graphics: - 5 - Vibrantly colored retina graphics.
Sound: - 3.5 - The effects and music get the job done, but don't particularly stand out.
Controls: - 5 - A well-organized interface with solid touch controls. No mis-taps here.
Gameplay: - 5 - Fans of the genre will want to pick this one up. Very well done.

Playing Hints and Tips:

Be sure to select the proper difficulty level to ensure a great gaming experience. Remember that hints aren't consumed if you tap the icon on a screen where there is nothing to do. This is useful for leading you to the general location where there are things to do, and will help you avoid wandering around randomly tapping on things.



App Facts:

Developer: G5 Entertainment
Release Date: February 12, 2015
Price: Free with $6.99 IAP to unlock the full game
Buy App: Mind Snares: Alice's Journey

Reviewed by Tom Slayton







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