G5 Entertainment, 1 player, $4.99 iPhone, iPod touch.
As the Hide and seek genre becomes more and more complex in nature, it is nice to see that it keeps its relaxing style of gameplay with the added bonuses of quick pick up and play, added mini games and puzzles that are starting to define this style of game and give it shape, providing a deeper and less repetitive style of gaming that we see on most iOS games.
Easy to play and wonderfully done, Treasure Seekers II is a great addition to your portable device, providing you with a break from the tension of most gaming out today. I remember when this style of gaming first game to the PC, and I have to tell you, I was not a fan. Boring still images with no movement, cluttered with items for random reasons that have no purpose to what your actual doing and a just plain bad story that makes no sense when compared to what you’re doing. Treasure Seekers II has effectively taken what so many have done wrong with this style of game, and made it right. You will not feel like most of this is at random, instead you will be given tasks to find things in the environments and solve puzzles that are more than practical in to the troubles that fall on the character while she tries to find her missing brother, how is looking for the philosopher’s stone.
The game itself is beautiful and smooth, everything seems in its place and it’s easy to pick up and play. The hint system makes it easy for players to decide how much time they want to spend looking for each item as well as set there difficulty they want to experience the game at.
The story is simple and laid out for the player through a set of paintings, which the player will go in to and explore. Each area being just enough time that it needs to be, and not to heavy handed on complexity, as to lose the player, but enough to draw their attention.
The sound is simplistic and may be the low point of this game, making you wonder if they could improve it without ruining the relaxing experience. But even with that said, I feel I would have liked a little more in the way of sound.
To me, a simple and relaxing time is well worth its price, easy to use, with enough diverse mini games and puzzles to keep you playing without getting sidetracked. We also have to look to see if this game is for everyone, and how they would react to how this game works, which might mean this game is not for them.
So what’s the verdict?
While it does limit itself by the genre that defines it, it is still a fine game, and fun to play. A lot of verity breaking up the main mechanic gives it more of a all around appeal. I would have to say this would be a welcome addition for anyone that likes simple and relaxing game play. For them I will have to say Buy It.