Name: Forbidden Secrets: Alien Town Collector's Edition
Release Date: 12 October 2012
Developer: Alawar Five-BN
Forbidden Secrets is a new Hidden Object Adventure game from Alawar Five-BN, the same team who developed the amazing House of 1000 Doors series, Eternal Journey and Sacra Terra!
Since all of their past HO games are amazing, we know what to expect from the studio. Forbidden Secrets: Alien Town is a horror/Sci-Fi themed game, it has a very captivating storyline of a biosafety agent wandering into an abandoned town to solve the mystery! The idea of town full of people being turned into stupors is really creepy, and the dark, gloomy atmosphere of the game will make you chill to your bone!
Graphics are sharp and clean. Artwork is really well done and most locations are full of interesting stuffs and a lot of tasks to be done. Forbidden Secrets should be able to keep you very busy. Thanks Alawar for providing us a useful transporting map, if there’s no this map provided, there would be too much running around for anyone’s taste. The map not only allows you to jump directly to locations, it also tells you which location has available actions and where you are at the moment. If you found the map to be too helpful, you can switch off the ‘available actions’ mark at any moment!
Moreover, music is really nice and suits the creepy environment of the game very well. Sound effects and voice overs are well done too. The amount of Hidden Object scenes and Puzzles in this game is nicely balanced. HO scenes are on the easy side and contain a few interactive objects, the scenes often include ‘zoom-in’ box for you to search for more objects. You have to play each scene twice, some might find this a bit too repetitive but we are fine with it! Puzzles are mainly not original but with enough twists to keep them interesting and fun to play.
As Extras to the Collector’s Edition, the game includes a Strategy Guide, 40 morphing objects, Wallpapers and Concept Art as well as a Bonus Chapter. The Bonus Chapter is a prequel to the main game and it includes both old locations and new locations, it is fairly well worth playing and lasts around 30-40 minutes for advanced players and might take up to 1 hour to 1 and a half hour for beginners! The main game also has a good length around 3-4 hours.
Forbidden Secrets: Alien Town is another great piece of work from Alawar Five-BN, the game is really creepy and very entertaining, a very good game to play in the anticipation of Halloween!
Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 4.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4.5/5 Stars
Extras: 4/5 Stars
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