Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Tarot's Misfortune Game Review

The Tarot’s Misfortune by Big Fish Games takes you on a quest to find the missing tarot cards of the fortune-teller Rosalie and to defeat the mysterious drifter that suddenly appeared in the town of Luzio. Armed only with her wit and resourcefulness, she tries to recover all of her precious tarot cards that are filled with mystical powers to warn and save the villagers as the peril draws near.

The game starts off with Rosalie receiving a late-night visitor that is asking for his fortune to be told. As she reads the mysterious man’s fortune, she is somehow put under a spell and put to sleep. She then wakes up only to find that she is trapped in the village prison and finds that her deck of tarot cards have been scattered all over town. The objective is simple: gather back the tarot cards and warn the villagers by solving various puzzles and finding clues to help her unravel the mystery of the Tarot’s Misfortune.

The Tarot’s Misfortune is a Hidden Object game wherein you try to find various items in a given area. Finding all of the listed areas will allow you to proceed to the next area where you will then have to find new objects hidden amidst the confusing scenery and scattered items. The game itself is far more engaging than it appears to be with the inclusion of various other puzzles that rely on your keen eyesight and wit as well.

The Tarot’s Misfortune is different from other games of its genre by making the game more dynamic. You will not only have to look for the listed objects in one area sometimes, two or more areas are interconnected and you have to find the objects in other areas to unlock the other items. Sometimes, objects cannot be found unless you do something to make that object appear or accessible. Another dynamic of the game is that once you find certain clues, you can store them in your inventory and can be used to interact with the other areas to unlock various secrets.

There are also other games and puzzles such as spot the difference games and the like which, upon completion, will give you valuable hints on how to proceed. The scenery itself is beautiful and is reminiscent of an old European village at night. Areas—or in the game’s case, levels—are also beautifully designed so as to make it pleasing to the eye. Objects are well hidden and merge with one another making the game not too overly simple but is not too difficult since one object is still distinct from the other. The game is itself is rendered in a seemingly 3D perspective wherein posts and fences will sometimes impede your vision if viewed at a certain angle and you will have to move left or right to see the objects behind them.

Accompanied with a good musical score, great graphics, and dynamic game play, The Tarot’s Misfortune can certainly get you addicted as you spend a couple of hours trying to solve the riddles and puzzles to help Rosalie find her tarot cards and save the village of Luzio as well.

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