‘City of Secrets HD’ Extremely Polished Puzzle Game for iPad 2

City of Secrets HD iPad

Rating: ★★★½☆

City of Secrets HD is a great looking puzzle game that takes presentation to another level. Join Mr. Mole and a dog named Rex in an underground adventure where you venture under Mr. Mole’s basement to the City of Secrets. You will face many characters along your journey as you are tasked with tapping your way through numerous puzzles.

The story begins with Mr. Mole and Rex ice-fishing when Mr. Mole’s line breaks and he loses a magnet in the water [App Store]. They decide to use a metal hook to get the magnet back so Rex goes to Mr. Mole’s basement to get the magnet. Rex mysteriously vanishes and the madness starts. It is small turns in the story like this one that transition from puzzle to puzzle and keep the game fun. The gameplay can seem a bit repetitive if you have played a lot of games from this genre but this one seems to have a visual flare that most lack.

The controls for this game are dead simple. You simply follow clues and tap objects on the screen to interact with them. Like any good puzzle game the complexity lies in the puzzles. It starts simple like any game and continue to get more and more difficult as you go. Everything from finding special uses for objects, noticing subtle hints and even combining objects for a particular use help you manage the puzzles that are laid out at your feet in this game. Several of the puzzles serve as mini-games that help change the way you control the game. Forcing you to tilt the device to get through a maze is a way they build in puzzles to change up the game play and keep it nice and refreshing.

City of Secrets HD iPad 2

One extremely refreshing feature of this game and perhaps its diamond in the rough is its humor. There is a humor in the characters and the story that is not necessarily overt but is quite funny. I found this very pleasant in that most games that attempt humor come off as cheesy and canned humor. The characters are fun to interact with as they just seem very well thought out. I will have to go ahead and say that I thoroughly enjoyed playing as Mr. Mole as his character just had me laughing and intrigued throughout the game.

The presentation of this game was outstanding. I was very impressed with the visual aspects of this game and the audio was just as impressive. Right out of the gate I was intrigued by the visual aspects such as the environments and the characters. The iPad screen does wonders for this game and the way they utilized the space to not make the environments seem too busy but still seem unique was great. I enjoyed the voiceovers and the sound effects more than probably any puzzle game I have reviewed to date. I can’t stress enough how much the visual and audio representation of the characters helps you get a grip of just how unique each one is. This may seem secondary to some but these things play a huge role in a game such as this one.

City of Secrets HD Review

Overall, I do feel like this game can get a bit monotonous at times but the story and presentation help carry you through those times and come out at the end with a solid game. I would love to see a little more change in the style of play from time to time but the puzzles that force you to play a different way help break it up a bit. I really liked how the characters stand out and help make this game a fun play. I was able to play through this game and really enjoy it. I definitely think that it is worth a shot if you are looking for perhaps one of the most visually appealing puzzle games out there.

Pros

  • Great Characters
  • Good Story
  • Visual & Audio Presentation are great

Cons

  • Gameplay was a bit monotonous at times
  • More diversity in puzzles would be nice

$4.99 City of Secrets HD - Aidem Media
Category: Games
Released: Mar 23, 2011
Version: 1.0
1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 341 MB
Language: English
Seller: Aidem Media Sp. z o.o.
© aideM Media
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later

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