Game review: Escape The Museum

While it may not seem like it, I did stop playing casual video games for a couple of days. That meant that I had a lot to catch up on. I decided to start with Escape The Museum, a hidden object game. This was probably the most interesting hidden object games I have played in a long time. Instead of just being a straight-forward game requiring you to find a list of objects in a location, there are different levels to each location. Your character has been trapped in a museum by an earthquake and she is trying to get to her daughter, located in a different area of the museum. Unfortunately, parts of the museum have been badly damaged by the quake and, therefore, you need to figure out a way to get to the next room. This is the part that makes the game interesting. You do get a 'shadow list' - where your list is just shadows of the objects you need - of objects that you need to open the door. In some cases, it's the key to the room; in others, the objects work together to lift a heavy object out of the way. Of course, some of the objects are needed to interact with objects in the room in order to find ANOTHER object. For example, you'll need to find a coin to use in the soda machine to get a soda to spray on an electrical box to short out the door lock. See? You need to do a little more thinking for this game!

There are also traditional hidden object pieces in the game. The museum curator will call you on your cell phone asking you to save some of the museum pieces. Then you will get your traditional list of objects to search for. I found this part to be a little more difficult than other hidden object games. Mostly because some of the items were so small, it was difficult to see them - especially in some of the messier rooms. But you can always call for help if you need it.

I thought this was a really great game. It kept all of the aspects of a hidden object game but changed them up a bit to make it more interesting. This isn't a game that kids would be able to play easily. However, it is a good game if you are an adult looking for a little more oomph in your hidden object game.