G5 EntertainmentDeveloped By:
12+ (Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence, Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References, Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes)Release Date:
December 5, 2012 Screenshots: LinkiTunes: Buy Now!Written By:
Marcus PruntyJanuary 6, 2013
- G5 Entertainment is at it again with their latest hidden object adventure game with Redrum: Dead Diary. Redrum: Dead Diary has a creepy story that will engage you, however the gameplay is a bit lacking. When I saw Redrum as part of the title I instantly thought of the movie “The Shining”, so I knew it would be creepy but wasn’t sure that it would fit perfectly within the hidden object genre.
You play as Rose; a girl who is condemned by her father to an asylum that happens to be filled with the ghosts of the dead, a la the Shining. Rose can see these ghosts and she agrees to help them fulfill their wishes and have their gruesome murders solved. There is also this evil Dr. Fraud who is aware of Rose’s ability and wants to use her as part of some evil plan. Ghosts of the dead, an evil doctor and a little girl with a mysterious ability; the makings for an awesome game.
As gruesome as some of the imagery gets in the game, the gameplay is actually quite basic. There are seven chapters and a lot of hidden object challenges. The challenges vary from the normal pick out items that are on a list, to picking several items or so of the same kind and lastly type is matching tiles with a picture. There’s nothing wrong in itself with these variations. The problem lies with the difficulty of the game as a whole. The puzzles are easy and if you can’t find the items all you really have to do is click on the screen. There are no repercussions for tapping on the wrong place or item so tap away till you find what you’re looking for. Heck there is no timer to make you seem like you’re in a rush to get this done. So you can literally just sit there and let the hint meter refresh and use it again and again and again because there’s no timer.
The scenes are pretty interesting with the help of I believe to be an amazing story. However, since it’s so simple and not as complex as the story would warrant, you will beat the game in a few hours without any need to replay the game. It’s currently free with an in-app purchase of $4.99 which I believe is on the high side. I would try it if I was you and see if you like it enough to fully unlock the game. 6/
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