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Review: Hidden Expidition Titanic





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Quick Information

Rating: Not much fun
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Age Rating Suitable for children 6 years old and older
License: Commercial
System used: Martha
Available From: Steam

Game Screenshots


The dead bartender


Patching up a torn photo


Today's reason for looting the wrecked ship

General Notes

Having played through a number of hidden object games over the years, this one was a real disappointment, and I'm sorry to say I can't really recommend this game.

While playing it, I get the impression that the developers were either on a very limited budget or just didn't care about the quality of the product they were creating. It feels like too many shortcuts were made in the design of the game, resulting a subpar title.

Story Summary

Unlike a lot of hidden object games, there isn't an overarching story to tie everything together. Instead, you're making several dives to explore the wreck of the Titanic. During each dive, you're searching out various random items and some gemstones that are scattered about.

Roughly once per stage you'll revisit a level to collect specific items for somebody, but that's the closest thing to a story as there is.

Gameplay Summary

The gameplay is fairly standard for a hidden object game, but it feels very generic as there's almost nothing beyond the hidden object scenes themselves. In each part of the game, you're given a choice of several rooms that you can explore, and you're free to switch between them as much as you like until everything in a room has been located. However, you don't have much time to hang around, as there's a limited amount of oxygen in your tank and this time limit is shared between every scene in a stage. Using a hint or clicking on something that isn't collectable results in a small loss of oxygen, reducing the amount of time you have to find everything.

Each scene also has a number of gemstones hidden throughout it. These are optional, and while they are usually easy to spot, there doesn't appear to be a benefit in collecting them.

There are two brief minigames: one involves reassembling an old photo, and the other is the final chance to break into the captain's personal safe. Both seem out of place as nothing else in the game deviates from the scavenger hunts.

Pros

When you find something, you watch it float away
This is a neat little effect. When you click on something other than a gem, the item gets a little balloon and it floats away like it's being sent to the surface.


Roughly 2 hours of gameplay
Although it only takes about two hours to find everything and clear the game, it feels like a lot more than that.


Cons

Lots of repetition
There are fourteen stages, but you'll find yourself searching through the same scenes multiple times per playthrough. Worse, the items list seem to be pretty limited for each scene, so you'll frequently end up looking for the same thing several times. This gets old rather quickly.


Even the music gets repetitive
The background music is nice enough to set some atmosphere, but after a few scenes it becomes what is better described as an upset whale and you'll find yourself turning the sound off so you can stop hearing it.


Animations get in the way
While the animations are neat, the game ignores all input while they are going on. This means that every time you find an item, you're stuck waiting for it to float away before you can continue. This just drags an already wearing game out even further.


Item names are often strange
Hidden object games are basically a scavenger hunt. Understanding what you're supposed to be searching for should be a vital thing. Here though the item list is often a bigger puzzle than finding the object. For example, you could be asked to find a "sand powered clock". Most of us would call that an "hourglass".


Your list can also describe multiple items in the scene
For extra annoyance, sometimes the objects described in your list actually describe more than one object in the scene. It's up to you to guess which item is meant, and you'll be penalized if you guess wrong.


Concerns and Issues

There's one corpse
Naturally, since this adventure takes place on a shipwreck you can expect to find someone's skeleton. As shown in the screenshot above, it's found behind the bar, still dressed up to serve drinks for eternity.


Clean otherwise
Aside from that possibly unsettling sight, there isn't anything offensive worth mentioning, save perhaps the potential moral dilemma in taking stuff from a shipwreck.