Mobile puzzle adventure games is not just about gameplay, but also the story and the adventure itself. While having to be a deep experience, it must also be light enough to take on the road so that players can always go in and out of it without too much trouble. There are developers that have honed in on this have feature a library full of such games. For those who are into playing such games, they are spoiled for choice, especially with the addition of yet another title to the list.
Left in the Dark is a hidden object adventure game by G5 Entertainment that is all about solving a mystery. It looks and plays much like other hidden object games from G5 like The Ghost Archives: Haunting of Shady Valley, Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Lair, 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek, and many others. While that may not sound like much, Left in the Dark does feature its own story that you may want to get into.
You play as a detective who has been called to a supposedly cursed town, wherein a long lost ship reappeared with no souls on board. The locals think that it is due to a curse that has plagued the town for many years. As a gumshoe, the protagonist doesn’t put much faith in superstition, so he seeks to investigate what caused sailors and treasure to go missing. Despite his skepticism, an eerie atmosphere still looms in the air throughout the game.
The whole game features 7 characters through 68 levels, letting you play through 14 kinds of mini-games and unlock 13 achievements. That’s quite a bit of content for a mobile game, so it will last you quite a while. As always with G5, the hidden object and puzzle adventure gameplay are quite solid, albeit without a lot of twists and turns. It still should be engaging enough for a playthrough or two. The voice acting for the characters are actually pretty good, which brings the story to life and work towards suspension of belief.
While there are a good amount of hidden object sequences that are not too many or too few, they also seem not that important in the plot since they don’t really trigger anything interesting in the story. Hidden object mini-games are mostly for finding a key item that will unlock some other area or locked container that may yield yet another critical item, and it should play alright for the most part. But in this case, the puzzles do a lot more to represent the story than having to find specific object amidst many other objects.
As for the visuals, they aren’t as good this time around, even though it’s still pretty much the style common with other G5 games. The artwork looks good, but the interface looks rather rudimentary this time around while still being functional enough. There are also quite a few items that end up being reused throughout the game, which is something that puzzle adventure games should be able to balance out. But then again, it’s neat to see something you worked hard to find being useful more than once, so that’s not too bad either.
With a good amount of content and a fair story that combines mystery with a dark ambience as well as a mobile game ever could, Left in the Dark is a solid hidden object puzzle adventure game that should keep you occupied and best played with a compatible iPad. If you’re a puzzle adventure fan, then this should fit well in your collection.
Tested in iOS. Final Score: 7/10