PuppetShow 3: Lost Town
I love the main menu screen for this game
Robopuppets, very cool - I want it as a screensaver!
It has been over two years since I last played any PuppetShow (when #2 came out), so I will not be comparing Lost Town to the previous installments, as far as quality goes. I think that Lost Town could actually be played as a standalone, as far as storyline goes. Most of the game has nothing to do with the previous two in the series, and that which does can pretty much be figured out from the context of what's happening at the time. Clear as mud? I don't want to give anything away, ya know
There are separate sliders for music and sound, plus options for full screen and custom cursor. The HINT button is refillable during the HO scenes, but there is neither journal nor hint button during the rest of the gameplay.
There are two modes of play to choose from, Regular and Expert. Regular play will show you sparkles on "active zones", whilst in Expert mode you only have sparkles to indicate a hidden object scene.
Unlike most games of this type, we do not have an inventory bar at the top or bottom of the page, retractable or otherwise. Instead, we have a TOOLS button on the left that will fan out our inventory items for us to choose from. It closes automatically every time you use something, which can be a bit cumbersome if you have several items to use at once, but it still looks cool
Although we lack a journal, there are multiple notes and diaries that we find during gameplay. LOVE it! Extra story for those of us who enjoy it, and those who don't can just skip over these gems. The opening scene is voiced over, but most of the cut scenes are visual only. Be WARNED that the final cut scene is voiced, but with NO subtitles. Be sure to have your sound turned on before you finish the game!
The story is engaging, the gameplay is interesting, and the hidden object scenes... messy! Typical junkpile scenes with some interactive areas. While it's usually obvious what you have to do (ie. for "apple slices" you'd need to find a knife and cut an apple), sometimes you'll just have to mouse-over to find interactive areas. Of course, if you're on Regular mode, you'll have sparkles to show you where to look.
The graphics, whilst not incredible, are very nice. I was actually playing and watching TV at the same time, so I had the sound turned down - can't tell you anything about the music! Despite the multi-tasking, I still was able to immerse myself in the game and enjoy it.
This is a solid game that can stand alone, or play the previous two to expand on the story a bit.