We are examining the memories of a woman who struggled through the Great Depression, refreshing these memories via a series of photographs and interaction.
Calling this game a HOG with light interaction isn't exactly accurate, so I will explain: This is a story-driven hidden object game, with EVERY object you gather being not only pertinent to the story, but used
, as well. Story, hidden object scene (collecting items), placing items where they belong, then seeing the beautiful results. Repeat.
You don't have to guess where the items belong, but the game doesn't hold your hand, either. The items will briefly "morph" into view, letting you know where to put everything. Very well done, and I love the fact that we use everything we collect
The graphics are crisp and well done, and the hidden object scenes are especially nice. No forks in the clouds, no out-of-time objects such as microwaves... Everything
is relevant to the story, with nary a strangely-placed object to be seen. The scenes are naturally cluttered, but nothing overwhelming.
One little tidbit to be aware of: If you leave the game mid-hidden object scene, you will have to start the scene over, so be sure to find that last item before hitting the EXIT button!
I like the music used - it is pleasant, and if it's being repeated, I haven't noticed :P I wasn't as impressed with the sound effects, but lucky me, there is the option to adjust the music and the sound effects separately.
Hints are refillable, and they take a long time to load, but they do
This is not an exciting story - it is one of struggle and ultimately, of triumph. The story was lovingly researched and written, and it shows. Being story-driven, those who do not like a lot of story in their games, and/or are looking for an exhilarating adventure will not likely enjoy this game.
The rest of you, give the demo at least 30 minutes to see how you like it. It took me about that long to get "in stride" with the game, and I'm glad I stuck it out. I currently have 22 minutes left of my demo, and the story is sucking me in more and more.