Royal Detective 1: The Lord of Statues
Options include separate sliders for Music, Environment, SFX and Voices; slider for Brightness; Full-screen or Wide-screen; Custom Cursor and three Difficulties, which can be changed at any time.Story
The statues in Martlet have come to life, and are waging a war against each other whilst the townspeople cower in fear. To top that off, local craftsmen have been disappearing and the Crown wants answers! Cue your dispatch -- the Royal Detective -- to solve this mystery and save the town.
Our narrator speaks very slowly, but he has a bit of a Morgan Freeman vibe to his voice, which makes it less irritating. You CAN click through the dialogue to speed things up if you like.
There is NO Journal
, but only one instance where you'll have to remember a sequence that you saw in another room in order to solve a puzzle. Luckily, the solution was only a room or two away.Gameplay
There is a nice balance of adventuring and Hidden Object Scenes
, which are very lightly-interactive lists.
During the adventure portion of the game there is a LOT of backtracking. Thank goodness for the insta-transport MAP,
which can show active areas (depending upon which difficulty you are currently using). HINTS
will have your narrator tell you exactly where you need to go and what you need to do there (even if it's a location you haven't been to yet).
As mentioned above, there are statues at odds with one another. Some of them are on your side, and are amazingly-helpful! I became very attached to one of them in particular. haha!
nicely-varied, and not just the same-old, same-old we long-time HOG players are used to. Some of them are quite complex, although they can be SKIPPED
: There is ONE mini-game that is timing-based. You can pass it by memorizing the order in which you need to do the sequence, but you'll fail if you don't make that move in time, requiring you to start over >_<Sights and Sounds
The graphics aren't as stunning as some of the more recent titles, but I was really impressed by the amount of work they put into their animations. They showed a lot more than they technically needed to, which is something I really noticed and appreciated.CE Content
- Integrated Strategy Guide
- In-game Achievements
- Bonus Chapter
- 11 Wallpapers
- 16 Concept Art
- 4 Music Tracks
- 13 Videos
The extra chapter gives us a little wrap-up, and has two of my favorite scenes from the game. It was, however, very short. It felt like it was about 30 minutes, and it was heavier on the hidden object scenes than the main game.Verdict
There are TWO different endings, depending upon the last decision you make in the game. They do not affect the bonus chapter, nor (I'm guessing) future games in the series. I got the bad ending by accident, and looked up the good ending on YouTube so that I didn't have to replay the whole game. ;)
Although I didn't find the story to be all that compelling, I found myself enjoying the game a lot more as I progressed. A very nice start to the series.