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iPad Game Review: Royal Trouble: Hidden Honeymoon Havoc Review
      #48974 - 01/05/16 10:04 PM

Royal Trouble: Hidden Honeymoon Havoc is the lighthearted sequel to the even more lighthearted Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures from a few years ago. As in the first, this game puts in the persona of not one, but two protagonists; the newly married Princess Loreen and former scoundrel, Prince Nathaniel. As in the first game, to be successful, you will need to switch back and forth between the two characters to solve puzzles and advance the story. All of the usual hidden object adventure tropes are here. You will be searching for hidden objects, playing mini-games, and examining your surroundings for useful things to help you with the puzzle at-hand. I found the puzzles and mini-games to be logical to the point of obviousness at times, but this didn't detract from my enjoyment or satisfaction when I solved them. Perhaps they only seemed easy because they are logical, which is far superior to a game that is difficult only because the solutions don't make sense. There are also generous hints available if you need them, and various difficulty settings to make things a bit more unforgiving for Hidden Object Veterans.

The premise of Royal Trouble HHH is unique to say the least. Our heroes are imprisoned on their honeymoon by a resort community that entices vacationers into their paradise, then steals their assets under the guise of an outrageous bill at the end of their stay; sort of like a medieval version of Uber surge pricing. Loreen and Nathaniel will be working alone at times, and at other times their paths will cross and they will team up. When this happens, be sure to manually interact with the passive character from time to time as inventories are not shared, and you may need something that the other character is holding. Royal Trouble HHH is a light and relaxing "beach book" of a game that is easy to pick up and difficult to put down. Loreen and Nathaniel are quite likeable, and (thankfully) G5 has crafted both characters as strong, capable, and independent. There will be no rescuing of damsels in this story; at least not without allowing the damsel (Loreen) to do some serious rescuing on her own, as well.

The graphics of Royal Trouble HHH are on par with what you'd expect from G5. Sharp, colorful retina assets (on supported devices) and a nicely streamlined interface. As with most games of the genre, the game is very sparingly animated, but there is always at least a little something moving on-screen to avoid giving you the impression that you are staring at a static image. Regarding sound, the effects are minimal but the music and narration do a great job of giving the game some atmosphere and tension (when appropriate).

Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):

Graphics: - 4 - Minimally animated, but beautifully rendered locations
Sound: - 4 - Effects are used sparingly, but the narration and music makes up for it.
Controls: - 5 - An interface that is clearly the result of lots of experience with the genre.
Gameplay: - 5 - For hidden object adventure fans, this is a must have game. Easy to get into, yet difficult to put down.

Playing Hints and Tips:

Most puzzles are logical, but if you are stuck, try using everything you've got before resorting to a hint (just in case). Don't forget to have your characters interact when they are together. One may have items the other needs to solve the current puzzle.

App Facts:

Developer: G5 Entertainment
Release Date: December 30, 2015
Price: Free to download with a single $6.99 IAP to unlock the full game
Buy App: Royal Trouble: Hidden Honeymoon Havoc

Reviewed by Tom Slayton


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