Name: Questerium: Sinister Trinity
Release Date: 01 October 2013
Developer: URSE Games
Questerium: Sinister Trinity was released as a Soft-Release on Big Fish Games right at the start of October. Normally, soft-releases are games of weaker quality or pretty average games. It is surely a surprise to see Questerium: Sinister Trinity being released as a Soft-Release, since it can easily be a solid Collector's Edition!
Questerium is a SE game that plays like a CE, it is developed by URSE Games - the team behind Mystery Heritage, out last year. Every aspects of the game is pretty solid except from the story. Questerium tells a story of a mad scientist who carried out a strange experiment and the whole town is in danger. There is nothing we have never heard before here and so, the plot is not very interesting. There are 4 characters in the game, but only two of them are actually important to the story. These characters are being portrayed by live actors, they did quite a good job but some animations are strangely slow and sometimes, laughable.
The graphics in Questerium are great, very detailed and all the locations look really polished. They might not be off the top-shelf but they are certainly beautiful to look at with good range of colors and shades. The music is again. nothing spectacular but still, of a good quality.
The gameplay in Questerium: Sinister Trinity is very straightforward even in the hardest difficulty of the four offered. There is also a useful interactive fast travel map to help guide you as well as a journal to keep track of the story. In many scenes, there are secret locations which contain bank notes and coins for you to spend at the shop to decorate your garden; these locations are not marked or highlighted so they are quite difficult to find but this feature does add some challenges to the game.
The Hidden Object scenes are expertly done with tons of interactive items. Plus, you have to visit most of the scenes only once! The puzzles, they are not really original but about half of them are challenging to solve while another half are pretty easy.
The thing that makes Questerium: Sinister Trinity so stands out among other SE titles is that it contains many Extras which some Collector's Editions do not even have! Apart from the garden mentioned where you can collect money to buy decorations, you also have a bunch of interesting Achievement as well as 15 Collectibles. As for the length of the game, 3.5 hours of entertainment is definitely worth the money.
For a standard price, Questerium is far beyond our expectations. It is really entertaining to play, the presentation is awesome; Questerium: Sinister Trinity is definitely one of this year's biggest sleeper hits!
Graphics: 4/5 Stars
Sound: 4/5 Stars
Story: 3/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4/5 Stars
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