Another Monday. Another need to find distractions from the hum drum return to work, or quality time in a robe and chores, depending on your situation. Maybe you can’t roll over and reach your favorite console. Maybe you only have a limited time before your boss realizes you haven’t done any work. Whatever the case, I’m here to help shift through those endless games popping up on your computer that only allow an hour trial time before you have to decide if it’s worth buying or not.
And as usual, I turn to Big Fish Games to provive me with my choices of downloadable PC games.
Featured New Release
There's a endless slew of new releases. And because I am a bit of a lazy gamer at times, I decided to just try the first one advertised to me on Big Fish's homepage.
Would it be unprofessional of me for this review to just say ‘no’? I’m not as much of a time management enthusiast as some, but this was one of the few cases in which I couldn’t even finish the hour trials, opting to quit after fifteen minute. The graphics were outdated to say the least and the premise made me cringe. Working on a cruise ship, you have to match couples based on the most trivial subjects such as fruit and hat preference. And at the end of each cruise, the goal is to get as many couples together. Bonus points if they have two of the same interest; guaranteed marriage, more tips for you.
Skip this one and retreat to the safety of the many versions of Diner Dash you can get your hands on.
Cause there’s always way too many new releases all the time, and I’m mostly a lazy gamer, I thought I’d try on the first one Big Fish told me was released.
This Week's Deal
For the next week this one is being offered at a reduced price.
Defenders of Law: The Rosendale File
A standard hidden objects mystery game, but this time, you’re a lawyer. Why a lawyer is running around collecting evidence like a detective and hanging out in a crime lab is beyond me. But let’s suspend the realistic logistics for a moment. It was fairly fun to play. I especially liked the added complexity of having a magnifying glass, a uv light, and the option to turn lights off and on and open cabinets when needed. And the court room scenes were full of laughs to say the least. My only qualm was that the parts that didn’t involve searching for objects were a bit on the extra simplistic side. In the crime lab, almost everything goes to the magnifying glass and rarely anywhere else. And in the court room, you simply click on the option they tell you and watch it play out. It took away from the mystery aspect but I’d still recommend this if you just want to play the hour trial.
Current Top PC Download
Yes, sometimes I do go with the pack and see if the most popular is worth it. How else will I be able to talk nerd with the best of them if I don’t spend extra time online and keeping up with the latest trends?
Drawn: Dark Flight Collector's Edition
I’m going to have to side with the popular vote this week. I loved this game. It was the first time I didn’t mind sitting through the pre-recorded scenes, the graphics and music kept me interested and the puzzles themselves were nicely challenging without being silly or unrelated to the overall plot. Moving through caves and in and out of interactive paintings, the player has to solve the mystery of a village controlled by dark forces. And unlike other puzzle games, this one was completely explore and solve puzzles without any cluttered rooms to find a long list of random items just to get the one you need to solve a puzzle.
My only problem was that since this was the collector’s edition of the game, I wasn’t able to move past the first stage because it needs to be purchased before the entire game can be unlocked. Though, in the end, I didn’t mind since I would gladly pay to play the rest of this intriguing mystery game.
If you're looking for a challenging and serious game, go with Drawn. The price is a bit on the higher end of PC downloads, but it'll be worth the time, and probably make you feel like Sherlock Holmes when you solve a puzzle. Though if you're just in it for a quick fun distraction, I'd play the hour trial of Defenders of Law for a safe bet on a well known hidden object genre game.