Take the Toymaker's Challenge: play 10 unique mini-games!
Over 600 hidden objects to find!
13 detective achievements to unlock!
FANTASTIC HIDDEN OBJECT PUZZLE ADVENTURE GAME FROM THE CREATORS OF ENIGMATIS AND GRIM LEGENDS! Deadly Puzzles: Toymaker is an adventure game that blends together elements of both psychological and crime thrillers, aimed at fans of hidden object games.
A quiet town is shaken by a series of murders. The victims are all young women and the killer remains at large. The local media nicknames the murderer the “Toymaker”, in reference to his grim calling card: the bizarre toys he leaves at the scene of the crime.
The detective in charge of the investigation feels increasingly hopeless as her chances of capturing the madman slip away with each passing minute.
A breakthrough arrives in the form of a video tape sent by the killer, pulling the heroine into his dangerous game.
Will she succeed in determining the identity of the Toymaker and preventing another murder, before it’s too late?
• A gripping crime story with life-or-death stakes! • Take the Toymaker’s Challenge: play 10 unique mini-games! • Over 600 hidden objects to find! • 13 detective achievements to unlock! • High-end, immersive gameplay, optimized for tablets and phones! • Amazon GameCircle support!
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The Toymaker is about as close to a purely h.o. game as you can get. Highly formulaic, the detective player visits a location to find a puzzle box, which she takes back to the office to put on her desk. Then she (you) goes to several other locations to find missing pieces for the box, which is unlocked (very easy mini game) to find a video-taped message from the killer. Repeat until game is complete.
If you like h.o. games, this one is totally for you. I enjoyed it, for the most part, but it IS very very basic. The atmosphere is not nearly as creepy as the cover art would suggest, thank goodness (not a fan of super horror creepiness, myself); the music is enjoyable; the bad guy's voice-acting is great.
A silliness: the game is all about being led by the nose by the evil serial killer who's playing a game to see if you can catch him. Which, of course, you do, by following the path he lays out, and he's supposedly surprised to have been caught, at the end. Oh well. We don't play these for well-thought-out plots, do we?
An annoyance: In order to get ALL the achievements, which are very easy, you have to complete the game in BOTH casual and difficult modes. I liked it, but not enough to play it a second time.
I was thinking this would be an exciting murder mystery where I'd get to visit suspects and places, do searches, do some HOs, and puzzles, and try to figure out who the murderer is. Sadly, it's very passive and they didn't even do graphics of the suspects, locations the detective visits: when she goes anywhere you never see the place, you just get another HO to play. It's primarily the female detective saying what she's doing but you don't really have to pay any attention to what she's saying, or watch the creepy videos she keeps finding from the killer as you are never required to have to try and deduce anything, as all you do is play HOs, then take the pieces you win to use to complete some other puzzles, most of which are fairly easy even playing at the casual level. The quality of the HO games vary with some very sharp HD and others are a bit blurry. Gave it 3 stars for the creepy videos left by the killer, the creepy music, some of the puzzles, and the overall idea. But wish it had been a more interactive game. Not a very long game either.
So this game, out definitely gives you the hidden objects scenes in high quantity, one after the other, but, that's about it. It takes you from the mall top the hidden objects scenes, back and forth and that's how you get your clues. It's not much of a thrill, or a challenge. I like the games that have you go from room to room, or, time travel from time to time, where you look for clues by piecing objects together, finding the next clue, under things, behind things, etc etc.
So needless to say, for me, this game is missing the fun of the adventure in getting to your final destination. I'm getting a bit bored.
Don't get me wrong, I am going to finish the game, because it is really not a bad game (just not for me), and I want to get to the end of it to find out who did it (lol) but I'm looking forward finishing it already so I can play my next puzzle/hidden objects mystery.
Meh, it's OK if you are a lover of HOPs. You play as yet ANOTHER woman detective. Your clues to the mystery are on a cork board in your office. You travel around to other places by car to solve a HOP which gives you a piece of a clue.Then you have to return the piece to your office desk to "examine" it. Only to find out you need to chase down another piece by completing another HOP in some other location. You return that piece to your desk and go off HOPping again. Finally you get the complete clue, attach it to your cork board, and off you go HOPing to find pieces for the next clue, returning to your desk time after time again as though you were shackled to it. Seems to me that Artifex just needed to get a game out very quickly. They threw together a lame story line and some old HOPs they found sitting around collecting dust, put a $4.99 sticker on it, and ripoff mission accomplished! Don't waste your money unless you love to HOP!
I have played many hidden object games including several from Artifex Mundi, I thoroughly enjoy this type of game so I was very disappointed when I played this one. Part of what I like about this type of game is that you are progressing through the story and exploring new scenes, however in this game you stay in the same room the entire time and you click on a picture that takes you to a hidden object scene, no exploration, just finding objects. Normally I have a hard time putting puzzle/hidden object games down, but I had to force myself to finish this one in the hopes it would get better (which it did not). Fortunately I bought this game on sale. If you want to play a good game don't waste your money on this one.
You are a detective, you have an office and you have a murder to solve. You get clues from the killer and you drive to the scenes and do hidden items games (sort of boring after awhile); once you find the main clue (puzzle), you find the pieces to fix the toy and open it. You go to different places on the map until you find all the pieces of the puzzle to get another message from the killer. Not a bad game, I completed the game within an hour and one half. There are no bonus games, however it is a fairly long.
Mostly Hidden Object scenes that get Annoying and Boring after awhile. Unlike most the other Great and Satisfying Artifex Mundi Aventure games, this one is a definite DISSAPPOINTMENT that I would not recommend unless you are just looking for Hidden Object challenges.
This was not my favorite Artifex Mundi game but in no way does it deserve these few bad ratings. I have yet to play a bad Artifex Mundi game.....from the excellent artwork to the original storylines they are all well worth the cost. It is like emerging yourself into another world:....the ability to truly do that is priceless. Have fun with great graphics, truly enjoyable storyline, fun mini games, and great hidden object games, and as I said before the feeling of being part of another world/story. Have fun....ARTIFEX MUNDI games are by far the best out there.