Blam! Games is back with the third installment in the popular detective-themed HOPA series, European Mystery. In Flowers of Death, several prominent citizens of the Netherlands have been killed by some exotic flowers that spread through the town like wildfire. Can you solve this deadly case before there are any more deaths?
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Name: European Mystery: Flowers of Death Collector's Edition
Release Date: 15 October 2015
Developer: Blam! Games
From our experience with the previous European Mystery games, we kind of know what to expect from this new sequel. European Mystery: Flowers of Death does not deliver a particularly exciting storyline; it is captivating as it is, even though we have seen this theme of 'poisonous flowers' a million times before.
The slightly lackluster storyline is made up by the stunning production. The graphics are of top-notch quality, the artwork is incredibly classy and definitely era appropriate. Not only that, the characters are also nicely animated and actually have some human appeal, they are also very well-voiced. At the same time, the soundtracks sound satisfyingly glorious and certainly fitting.
The gameplay in European Mystery: Flowers of Death is not revolutionary by any means, but there are some nice aspects worth mentioning. Apart from the walking back and forth, collecting inventory items and completing tasks; you are also given two useful tools, a Pollen Collector and your own mini Botanist's Lab. Unlike the useless extra features in some other games, these two features mentioned actually helped improve our experience with the game. Moreover, the hidden object scenes are cleverly-done, with some interesting formats and smart interactions. The puzzles are slightly disappointing, most of them are pretty easy and are not exactly innovative.
It took us just a little bit over 4 hours to complete the main game, which is considered a fair length. The bonus chapter, which is equally great, took us another hour or so. The Collector's Edition featured a nice array of extras: a strategy guide, a secret room, wallpapers, concept art, soundtracks, replayable puzzles, achievements and collectibles.
While European Mystery: Flowers of Death does not break any grounds, its exquisite visuals and effective gameplay definitely make the game worth playing.
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4.5/5 Stars
Extras: 4/5 Stars
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