Entwined: Strings of Deception
Options include separate volume control for Music, Effects and Voices, plus Fullscreen, Widescreen Correction and Custom Cursor.
This is a HO-heavy murder mystery with cringe-worthy 3D graphics, substandard voice acting and a confusing map. Despite all of that, the game is still engaging, so read on!HIDDEN OBJECTS:
As mentioned above, there are a LOT of hidden object scenes to complete before you find your killer. The HO scenes are pretty much junk piles, but the graphics are nicer to look at than the too-perfect 3D models used in the rest of the game, AND some of the items are cleverly-hidden.
There is a misclick penalty if you click around too quickly.
are refillable, but don't show you exactly where to look. Instead you'll get a pop-up picture of the general area on the scene, with the item highlighted... You'll still need to find it afterwards, so look at the pic well - The hint refill takes (I think) a full minute to recharge.
Heads up to the arachnophobes that there is ONE spider in a HOS, but you'll visit that scene twice.GAMEPLAY:
There is a non-interactive MAP in the game, but it's pretty confusing because of the steep angle they chose to use to depict things. You'll spend a lot of time to-ing and fro-in, but I found it kind of refreshing to NOT have all of the answers right at my fingertips. The map isn't so big that it was a slog to revisit all of the scenes to look for active areas.
HINTS used during the adventure portion of the game will not require refill - you can have as many hints as you want - but this is not the type of hint most HOG-lovers are used to. Instead of giving you a directional hint or pointing out something on the scene at hand, it will instead give you an indexed list of tasks that you can choose from. For instance, you can click on "Fix electricity of the kitchen area", and when you do, it will tell you exactly where to go to find whatever-items you need, and the steps that need to be taken to accomplish the task at hand.
I saw no achievements, but there are Collectibles
- 20 pieces of jewelry
- 17 fingerprints
We keep a detailed journal with evidence we've collected on each and every suspect. This is what makes the game worth playing. Who-dun-it? What's really going on here? The story was enough to keep me playing despite the super-dated graphics and overabundance of hidden object scenes (not really my thing anymore).FINAL THOUGHTS:
I would not have lasted more than five minutes in this game if it had not been for Feena's recommendation
to give the game a try. At first, the hidden object scenes made me feel nothing but impatient, and the graphic-style was definitely a put-off. I'm glad that I stuck with it, as I really did end up enjoying my time in the game - even the HOS!
Recommended for those who enjoy a good, casual murder mystery... As long as they can stand finding a LOT of hidden objects along the way!