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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

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Travelogue 360: Paris Reviewed
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Applelinks recently posted a new review of Travelogue 360: Paris. The puzzle title challenges players to discover hidden objects in scenes from locations around the famous city. Applelinks gave the game a score of 3 out of 5.

From the review:

Other hidden object puzzle games give you a static picture, but Travelogue 360 Paris gives you a panorama so you can look up to the sky and down to the ground. Some of the items you have to find are in the distant sky, and others are right at your feet. The quality of the graphics is very good—even zoomed all of the way in. They did a good job at transporting me to those locations, which include a bakery and grocery store, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysees, a hidden cave, a windmill, and other famous and not-so-famous Paris landmarks. Keeping with the travel theme, you receive a telegram every so often, and you're asked your opinion of Paris, which gets added into a magazine article you get when you win.

To spice up the gameplay, there are three mini-games at the end of every level: a puzzle, a Mah-Jong type game with a pile of postcards, and a game that requires fitting items into a suitcase so they don't overlap. The mini-games are a nice addition, but they're at the same level of difficulty as the rest of the game—not very hard at all.

I liked the inclusion of Mac instructions that told you to use the space bar to rotate the pieces if you are using a one-button mouse. I also liked the fun facts you get when you complete some levels, and the fact that they're easily accessible in the passport from the main menu and during gameplay. It was neat learning a bit more about the places I was visiting, although I would have liked more of them; after a while, they stopped showing up. These fun facts, in addition to the low difficulty level, makes me think Travelogue 360: Paris is geared for younger children as an educational tool, even though it's not marketed as such. Although more could have been done to be educational—such as showing the same locations but without the items just to indicate what they really look like and having more fun facts.
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