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Publisher: Gogii Games    Genre: Puzzle & Trivia
Min OS X: 10.4

Hidden Secrets: The Nightmare
September 24, 2008 | Charlie Fletcher

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If I were to design my idea of the perfect game of mystery and enigma, Gogii Games' Hidden Secrets: The Nightmare would be it. Everything that I would hope for in a game of this type is covered.

It's compelling. It's absorbing. It's fun.

In Hidden Secrets, you play Flora Dale, a married woman in her mid-30s with a husband and young children who suddenly finds herself confined to a hospital bed. The game opens with Flora in a hurry to get ready and leave for a meeting. Suddenly, it appears that she falls down the stairs. You see her feet and some very concerned people standing around looking at her.

Well, suffice it to say, Flora is in a coma. The gameplay begins with a view of her hospital room, and you (Flora) are lying on the bed. You can see her feet covered by a blanket. Next to you is a bedside table, and across the room is a supply cabinet and to television mounted on the wall near the ceiling.

You may ask, how can you see anything if you're in a coma? And the answer goes right to the heart of the problem. You are trying to come out of your coma, and as you will soon see as you play through the game, nothing in this dreamy world behaves as it should. It's all a puzzle, and in order for you to wake up you have to figure it out.

Hidden Secrets is a truly absorbing game. The artwork is stunning and the soundtrack, though a bit repetitive, is suitably spooky and in perfect context with the situations you are presented with in the game.

To break out of your nightmare, you have two different types of puzzles to solve. About 20 of these are what the developers of the game called puzzle scenes. In these, you have to find objects within the scene and put them together with other objects in the scene to solve mysteries, such as reading diary notes or newspaper clippings.

These can be extremely challenging, in spite of the hints that you get along the way. Sometimes the things that you have to find are quite small and unremarkable, even when you are planning in full-screen mode. These puzzles are very similar to those that you would see in another recently launched game, Dream Chronicles.

For me, the puzzle scenes were the part of the game that really got me hooked. I really enjoy playing games that have an element of mystery and discovery. It makes me feel as though I'm reading a novel and participating in the storyline.


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