The Stroke of Midnight
Options include separate sliders for SFX/Voice, Environment, and Music, plus an option for high quality FX. Windowed mode isn't available with my desktop resolution
Based on friends' recommendations, I bought this game right after it came out... and just now have gotten around to playing it
Considering that the game is from January, 2011, I wasn't expecting much graphics-wise. You can imagine my shock when I entered the game and saw how gorgeous they are! If you place your cursor around the edges of the scene during the adventure portion, it will pan to the sides and up and down a bit.
Hidden object scenes are indicated by very light sparkles -- they look more like gently sparkling glitter. There is no visible HINT button, but if you click on an item name on your list, light sparkles will appear around the item in the scene. You can do this as often as you want, with no waiting.There is a rapid misclick penalty. The last item you collect is the one that will end up in your inventory...
But wait! There IS no inventory! Every item that you pick up will be used immediately, and sparkles are incessant. They're not huge, but the game reallllly wants you to notice them
On the plus side, once you "acknowledge" the area by clicking on it, it stops sparkling, and you just need to remember that you can do something there.
Oh, but no sparkles on items that need to be found during the adventure portion. Did I not mention that, yet?
There are times when we have to search our surroundings for items, which we then use immediately. No hint button during this part, but your cursor will turn into a hand when you mouse-over what you need to find.
There is a journal, and it "travels" with us. We will first find it on the bedside table, then when we change rooms, it will be on another table. Mirrors will give us instructions, and if we zoom in on the mirror and click on the writing, we get additional instructions.
Mini-games are skippable. Watch for a candle to appear towards the bottom right side of the puzzle/game.
For me, the game is really all about immersing yourself in the interesting, beautiful graphics. The pace is very slow, and while I enjoyed the time spent playing it, I can't seem to make myself go back in and finish it right now.
Worth checking out!