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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2011
I really enjoy hidden object games and point-and-click adventure games. I play both genres on the NDS and in PC versions. This was my first try at either genre on the Wii. I found it painfully slow--waiting for each new scene to load as I was clicking around the "island" setting. (Thank goodness you can access the island map to move from one general locale to another. But there is still a lot of clicking around each scene and every time the scene changes there's a loading delay.) I also found the controls to be somewhat glitchy.
The hidden object scenes seem to be a rather minor part of the game. Each scene had 10 or 12 items to find and didn't take long at all. The majority of the game time was taken up with wandering about trying to gather the clues that let you solve the various puzzles that let you advance in the game. The puzzles themselves were entertaining enough, but a few were frustrating simply because there was no explanation of what the goal was. That leaves you trying to give an answer when you don't know the question.
After completing the game and letting the credits roll, you can access "free play" mode and go back to replay all the hidden objects scenes you've already found plus 2 bonus hidden object scenes that weren't available during the main game play. Even with the free play, however, I don't think the game was worth the list price. There just isn't enough game time to it to justify that price, to my mind. The half price sale that Amazon had made it worth trying, though. But even at that price, I still find that it wasn't as much fun as playing similar games on the DS.