Dead Reckoning: Brassfield Manor
Reviewed by Cherie Jung
It was supposed to be an annual murder mystery party but there were very few guests (six including one butler and two guests who claim they weren’t planning to be present; they claim they had intended to leave before the party started. Seven, if you count the dead host). As the detective, the game player later discovers someone else who pops up in an unexpected place. But overall, it’s not much of a party, even before its host was killed. And there’s a merry-go-round and Ferris wheel around back, near the gardens, for some reason. Then there’s the matter of a missing will, rounding up suspects, interviewing them, etc. just like in a real mystery genre setting but the story and the game never rise to fulfill the potential. I ended up wanting to go back outside and play on the merry-go-round instead of apprehending a killer and hauling him or her off to jail. (There are other games in this series but I have not played them. I did play a beta test version of a game in this series that hasn’t been released to the public yet, which I enjoyed.)
This is a Hidden Object/Adventure game. I consider myself to be an intermediate computer games player.
Hidden object puzzles within games vary. Puzzles may involve not only the traditional lists of “hidden” objects to find but some lists show only the outline or silhouette of the “hidden” object, in others, the task is to locate “pairs” of items that are covered or hidden behind other objects. Some of the hidden object puzzles are interactive; find certain items on the list then combine them with another item then use it to find yet another hidden item.
The price is listed at $19.99 USD however discounts may apply depending on the player’s account. For example, I received the game for no charge because I used some of my credits.
You can download a free sample of any game and play it for an hour before deciding if you want to purchase the entire game. I strongly recommend that you do so. There’s no sense buying a game and hating it when the Big Fish folks will let you try it for free. Also, reading comments in the forum area (each game has one) can also give you an idea about what other players think of the game. I consider myself an intermediate level player. In the forums there are a wide range of player comments from novice players, expert players, and in between.
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windows XP/ Windows Vista/ Windows 7/Windows 8
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