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Annabel HD review (iPad)

March 14, 2012

“All the old paintings on the tombs
They do the sand dance don’t you know”

10 word description: 3D Hidden object / puzzle mini-games with ancient Egyptian theme.

Getting through that door is one of the first obstacles

10 word review: Not your usual hidden object game. Fairly gentle difficulty. Pretty.

Puzzles often involve a series of other puzzles, mini-games and object searches in order to solve them

You will like this if you enjoy: Hidden object games. Puzzle games in an attractive pseudo-3D environment.

The good news: Nice looking 3D views and story cut-scenes. Hidden object searches involve wandering around looking in different rooms, rather than the standard HO process of trying to pick items out of a cluttered background – it’s a nice change. The puzzles are not terribly hard and there’s a generous hint system.

The bad news: Possibly a bit too easy for hardcore hidden object players. There’s a fair amount of backtracking involved in several puzzles, although I didn’t really mind.

Arcadelife verdict: It’s nice to play a hidden object game where you’re not staring at appallingly cluttered rooms full of junk trying to spot ’20 wine bottles’ or ‘a talisman’ that could be anything. Annabel is a fairly easy game, but the variety of pretty locations and puzzles kept me interested. It’s not full 3D, as all you can do is swap between several predetermined view angles in each room; the movement between locations is in 3D but on rails, a nice effect and again a big improvement on flicking between static 2D images that you get used to in HO games.

Overall, if you’re after a hidden object / puzzle game where you’re highly unlikely to get stuck, set in a rather nicely drawn ancient Egyptian world, this would be one to consider. There’s a lite version if you want to have a quick look for free.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 8.5/10
Audio – 8/10
Controls – 8.5/10
Content – 8/10
Fun – 7/10
Final rating – 80/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.1
iTunes link

Nevosoft website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (OS 5.0.1)
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