Name: Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind
Release Date: 18 December 2013
Developer: Alwar Entertainment/Epic Star
It has been a while since we came across a real-solid standard edition Hidden Object Adventure game. Alex Hunter from Alawar and Epic Star is a dark theme HOPA inspired by a classic detective story.
In Lord of the Mind, you play as Alex Hunter, a famous detective which takes on the case of a missing professor. The story is not specially exciting or captivating but it sets a nice base for what to follow. There are no cute animals, fantasy creatures, fairies or magic spells - Alex Hunter is one mature game with dark and gloomy environment which should be appreciated by fans of this genre.
The game is visually impressive, although we think that the graphics are a little too muddy. The scenes are highly detailed with stunning shades and effects. The voice overs are nice as well as the music. We love the 3D elements Alex Hunter has from 3D characters and dimensional environment.
There is nothing special about the gameplay of Alex Hunter, it plays like other HOPAs but being done in a good way. It is not really a straightforward game, which makes it fairly challenging to play. Puzzles are fun and tricky while Hidden Object scenes are few and far between, they are standard and well-cluttered.
Being only a Standard Edition game, it is quite a surprise to see Collectibles and Strategy Guide included in the game - anyways, that is surely a big plus. Furthermore, it also has a long playtime which means that your 7 bucks spent on this game would not be wasted.
Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind is an atmospheric adventure, heavy on adventure, light on HOs. It might not be groundbreaking, but as a Standard Edition, it has done an excellent job!
Graphics: 4/5 Stars
Sound: 4/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4/5 Stars