‘Royal Trouble: Hidden Honeymoon Havoc’ lands on Android

‘Royal Trouble: Hidden Honeymoon Havoc’ lands on Android

Mar 11, 2016

G5 (with Orchid Games) has a whole new hidden mystery game out — this one a sequel: Royal Trouble: Hidden Honeymoon Havoc.

Help a newlywed royal couple in this hilarious sequel to Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures!
Just married! Loreen and Nathaniel are on cloud nine on their honeymoon when they decide to make an ill-fated detour to the Merry Castle, touted for its rollercoasters and magic tents. Who would have known it was another trap that will land them in hot water yet again?
Take control of both the Prince and Princess and try to turn the tables around. Explore the castle, pick up useful items, solve tricky quests, help other captives and play witty mini-games while making your escape. Find out what’s really going on in the castle and test the marital bond like never before in this light-hearted hidden object adventure!

TRY IT FREE, THEN UNLOCK THE FULL ADVENTURE FROM WITHIN THE GAME!

● 29 delightful locations to search
● 10 tricky mini-games to conquer
● Lively and endearing characters
● Humorous mysteries and a dose of romance
● Google Play game services support

The game is available on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Agent Alice Review

Agent Alice Review

Jun 5, 2015

A hidden object mystery game with hidden talents? Sure, Agent Alice… sure.

The artwork is what defines the game, and this makes use of a lot of still art in the form of cutscenes to carry along the dialogue. There is a lot animation, but not so much as to distract from the gameplay, and the developer uses color to get the scenery across. The find-it artwork is nice, and makes use of shadows and perspective quite capably.

As for the backstory, the game is titled after our heroine, Detective Alice Wallace; she stumbles headlong into a mysterious series of events which involve more than a few corpses and a heavy dose of the creepy supernatural. There is weird presence hellbent on capturing actresses, unnerving love triangles and the knowing government agency in the background.

As a hidden mystery adventure, most folks will have an idea how it works. Playing as Alice, we get to survey stills with random objects set in them; there is a list at the top of the screen, and when one finds an object listed, one taps it to register it, and so on, till all the objects have been found, and whatever special clues registered. When a level is found, a performance quotient is applied (based on speed, accuracy, etc) and points are awarded. If one gets stuck, there are exhaustible hints that can help with finding a particularly well-hidden item.

In a nutshell, the game is a series of the above; one scene leads to another and so on. The developer does do a good job of wrapping the core in layers of game logic.

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To explain, the game employs an energy requirement; energy is required to do basic tasks like searching and interviewing; energy units are continually replenished up to the max amount, and when it (energy) is completely depleted, one has to wait for it to regenerate… or use real cash. Energy can be gained as an reward for completing other tasks. There are other pieces to this (gems, game money, etc) but they all revolve around the same concept. Now, I do dislike energy requirements, but I have to admit that the implementation in this game does not feel too bothersome.

My favorite aspect is the unending gameplay. The developer sees fit to toss in strand of CYOA; they are brief, and don’t seem too deterministic, but they do help the player feel like they have some control over outcomes. New chapters are added periodically too, so the game can get a bit addictive.

All in all, it is a bit different from your average hidden mystery game; Agent Alice shows character and depth, and that’s why it can be fantastic in the right hands. It’s not just game; it’s a great story.

The Secret Society Gets Winter Update

The Secret Society Gets Winter Update

Dec 17, 2014

G5 and MyTona are giving hidden mystery title The Secret Society a winter-themed update.

Per the press release:

G5 Entertainment and MyTona are happy to bring a winter wonderland to The Secret Society® – Hidden Mystery with 1.12 update for Google Play, Kindle Fire and Fire Phone today. Download for free the latest version of The Secret Society and add a dash of joy to your favorite hidden object adventure right away – winter holiday decorations and a new charming avatar are included.

The 1.12 version brings with it two new locations that are awaiting your keen eye, 100 additional quests that are ready to challenge your inquisitive mind, and 16 new collections, ready to offer tons of specials for you. Magic will start when you gather enough Christmas ornaments, dancing elves, gingerbreads and candles – the Winter Street will be unlocked for your intense exploration. When you find Santa’s amulet, rest assured that new scenes will open faster and easier for you. Daily check-ins to the game, in addition to your regular bonuses, will give you holiday bonuses, like Christmas puddings, punches, candy canes and gingerbread houses! It’s too awesome to put it off any longer. Go check The Secret Society 1.12 now!

What’s New in Version 1.12:

Happy Holidays to all Secret Keepers!

Holiday magic is around the corner. Update your favorite hidden object adventure game to continue the endless adventures and prepare yourself for special gifts and wondrous surprises!

PYRAMID OF WONDER – collect 500 snowflakes to get this unique award that will give you loads of special items such as holiday balls, carrots, Cupid’s Arrows, pumpkins and more!
NEW LOCATIONS – plunge into the fascinating “Excavations” and “Winter Street” locations
NEW QUESTS – 100 new quests will keep you engaged for weeks!
NEW COLLECTIONS – 16 new collections, can you fill them all?
HOLIDAY TALISMAN – complete all holiday quests and the unique holiday talisman will increase your energy restoration!
NEW AVATAR – get a unique holiday avatar to make your game even more festive

The game is free (with in-app purchases) on the Play Store and Amazon Appstore.

[Source: G5 Press Release]

Nightmares from the Deep: Davy Jones Arrives on Android and Amazon Appstore

Nightmares from the Deep: Davy Jones Arrives on Android and Amazon Appstore

Nov 27, 2014

The third installment of the hit G5 hidden mystery thriller Nightmares from the Deep is finally here.

Officially titled Nightmares from the Deep: Davy Jones, this new game pits our protagonist against Davy Jones himself.

Excerpts from the press release:

Bold Sarah Black dared to dare Davy Jones and lost. As a result, her daughter had to sign a lifelong pact with this fearsome sea devil! Now you must aid Sarah in launching a rescue mission in the latest adventure, Nightmares from the Deepâ„¢: Davy Jones, Collector’s Edition, from G5 Entertainment and Artifex Mundi. Download this spectacular gem of a game on Google Play or Kindle Fire and find out how your favorite hidden object adventure series of games ends!

Museum curator Sarah Black would never have imagined where her study of Davy Jones’ legend would take her. After mentioning his name during a lecture, the infamous ghost pirate’s ship suddenly appears on the horizon, and Davy Jones himself breaks into the museum to kidnap Sarah and her daughter. Now, in order to save her mother’s life, Sarah’s daughter Cory has agreed to a lifelong deal with him.

You’ll have to join Sarah in this unbelievable journey to escape the wrath of Davy Jones and rescue Cory. Discover surprising secrets about the otherworldly origins of the pirate’s island and awaken strange stone creatures, the guardians of Davy Jones’s memories, to delve deeper into the sea devil’s past. Is Davy Jones as evil as legend makes him out to be? Or is he himself the sad victim of circumstances? Find out for yourself in this heart-pounding odyssey!

Nightmares from the Deep 3 preserved all your favorite features of the series and is even more polished than prequels. Mahjong mini-game as an alternative to regular search for hidden items, and silhouette type scenes that hide items which are parts of puzzles and help you find the clue on the same scene are here too. The fantastic locations pop with color, tricky, pirate-themed mini-games, like navigating a galleon across the board, so that it burns all the harbors or sorting hats on eerie skulls, ooze with a proper atmosphere, voice overs and sounds are just top-notch. Wrapped in an immersive story, Nightmares from the Deep: Davy Jones will take you on an unforgettable adventure for hours of gaming enjoyment. The game is developed by Artifex Mundi and published on Android by G5 Entertainment.

Key Features:

68 diverse and majestic locations to explore
29 addictive mini-games to master
32 achievements to unlock
12 mysterious statues to awaken
Three collections to gather – 12 sea horses, 10 pirate cards and 24 puzzle pieces
Cool extras such as the concept art and game music
An additional adventure to reveal the shocking truth about Davy Jones’s island

The game is available for free (with in-app purchasing) on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

G5’s Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery Gets New Update

G5’s Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery Gets New Update

Sep 27, 2014

Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery has just received a new update.

Version 1.4 b brings new scenes, mysteries, quests, items and more. Per the official press release:

The fresh 1.4 update of Letters From Nowhereâ„¢: A Hidden Object Mystery has arrived on Google Play and Kindle Fire today! In this exciting update, you will reveal more mysterious secrets of Hazewich, experience three new scenes, a new mini-game, 150 additional quests, 54 new items for eight different collections, social sharing, improvements and tweaks.

After updating this grade-A, hidden object adventure to its latest version, you will get to explore the Mansion Yard, the Dining Room and the Bathroom in its new location – the Sinister Mansion, and find new clues about the fog that covers your town. Collecting key items along the way is crucial for your progress, since the more collections you compile, the more hints and special tools you earn. If you are hunting for more challenges, this update will satisfy that wish as well – a new mini-game “Stone Puzzle” has been added for some intense entertainment. You’ll have to move tiles and put together pictures that become more difficult every time you succeed.

And now you’ll be rewarded for bragging too. Share your mastery with your Facebook or Twitter friends and get bonus stamps to progress even faster! Weeks of involving gaming experience are awaiting you with these additions. Check it out for yourself! Download the Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery 1.4 for FREE to your Android device now.

What’s New in Version 1.4:

MORE QUESTS MEANS WEEKS OF FUN – 150 exciting new quests will keep you on the tip of your toes. Do you have the skills to discover the truth behind the mysterious events?
EXPLORE FASCINATING NEW SCENES – Search three engaging scenes in a new location – the Mansion Yard, Dining Room and Bathroom. Unlock these scenes and share with your friends!
LOADS OF NEW ITEMS IN NEW COLLECTIONS – Track down 54 new items for eight different collections. Find them all and enjoy even more rewards!
TACKLE AN INTRIGUING MINI-GAME – Get ready for a challenging new mini-game called the Stone Puzzle!

Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery is available for free (with in app purchasing) on the Play Store.

[Source: G5 Press Release

The Secret Society Review

The Secret Society Review

Jun 7, 2013

G5 pounds out yet another hidden mystery game, this one cloaked as a shadowy thriller. Welcome to The Secret Society.

This first person adventure starts with a somewhat cryptic message from my Uncle Richard’s personal secretary, Christy, telling me he has disappeared, and asking me to come the mansion as soon as possible to retrieve a note left for me.

The tutorial reveals I have this special power, like my uncle, to move inside of magic pictures. While learning the ins and outs of discovery, I do learn from Uncle Richard’s mysterious letter that I have control of the mansion… and his seat on the shadowy Order of Seekers.

The gameplay itself is a mix of hidden objects, puzzles and the completion of tasks. In keeping to the backstory, I secret1get to visit parts of the house to find objects, or to complete tasks gently given to me by uncle’s butler. The finding sessions are timed, and the different parts are scenes that had individual rankings; going through them several times increases the mastery rank and increases the action points and game money needed to unlock further levels. There is also a system of energy that has to be accounted for.

The time factor makes the game interesting. With this system, speed is ultra-important, and too many bad guesses hurt.To help counter the the dwindling time, I did have access to a limited number of guesses that helped ferret out hard-to-find items. It’s a great idea, as it (along with the occasional silhouette searches) distracts from the somewhat repetitive use of the objects.

Looks-wise, it is just about as fantastic of a game that one can expect from a G5 effort; the artwork is superb, and it has beautiful animations. The intricate nature of the scenery does help to enhance the gameplay a great deal.

Only G5 can continually reinvent a genre it practically created on Android, and in this game, it does it relatively well.

Righteous Kill Review

Righteous Kill Review

May 21, 2013

G5 hits us with another hidden mystery thriller, this one called Righteous Kill. It details the investigative adventures of Officer Vasquez and NYPD’s Vigilante Unit as they hunt for clues to prove the guilt of Terry Collins, who is suspected of perpetuating an extrajudicial execution of a criminal who escaped justice. It is loosely based on the movie of the same name.

It’s similar to a few other G5 games, but this one caught my eye because the premise is interestingly different. I was a detective tasked with solving a heinous crime by collecting clues.

This is where the hidden object element that the developer is renown for takes center stage. The clues were hidden in the scene right1mosaics that made up most of the game. I used an inventory list to assist me in the collection of the clues, which were all hiding in plain site. Every time I found an object, it was struck off the list automatically.

I think what sets the game apart is how the objects are hidden. The developer uses line perspective and projected lighting to create some well-camouflaged items. Graphically, the scenes were very intricate, with plenty detail which made seeking stuff a bit more of a challenge. For especially hard-to-find items, there was a rechargeable UV utility that highlighted the item, and the game had excellent cutscenes as well.

I especially liked the mini-games that popped up at times. They broke up the monotony of object-finding and enhanced the story.

My biggest complaint? Repetition. I got to a point that I felt the mystery got lost in the camouflage itself. I could have done with less doubled or tripled hidden bats. I think there was a major opportunity to really tie in the clue finding with the overall premise of the game, and I think, unfortunately, that gets lost as it progressed.

Still, it’s a pleasant game that taxes the brain function in an especially exciting way.

Art Mogul Review

Art Mogul Review

Apr 30, 2013

When it comes to hidden object games on Android OS, G5 Entertainment pretty much holds the patent. It’s offerings in that category of games truly run the gamut. Now, I would guess it’s more a question of retaining quality and keeping new titles interesting. Art Mogul is definitely a chance to see if G5 is able to do these things.

It is an adventure into high-stake world of art ownership; the ego, the taste and even deception. With cash to spend and an eye for fakes that would make Thomas Crowne sniff with jealousy, I was tasked with making a fortune, and crashing spectacularly otherwise.art1

So, it was G5 making an art game. It wasn’t too much to ask for some intricacy, and, as expected, the venerable development are delivered. I like art, and this game is an art lover’s dream, with the excellent visuals providing a most appropriate backdrop.

The gameplay was straight-to-the-point, with a quick tutorial leading me through the basics. Most tasks were based upon finding hidden objects in paintings. For example, to get started, I had to show art expertise by finding objects in the paintings to get discounts. Selling required similar. To find true gems, I had to be able to discover fakes. A keen eye and attention to detail were my greatest assets.

I absolutely loved the check mechanism for finding fakes. It used a copy layover that I could switch to continually. Every variance I found decreased the value if the portrait and increased my reputation, and I could buy or move on. Thus, I was able to increase my net value via the ability to find objects. I could travel around, finding high priced items requested by auction houses, and unlock more cities.

While I found myself entranced in the game, I can see where monotony can set in; I found myself wishing there was a bit more flesh to the story. Even an animated cutscene or two would have been welcome. Still, if anything, G5 did a good job keeping the game familiar and creative at the same time.