It was only a matter of time before a hidden object game was based on the mystery surrounding the Bermuda triangle – and the good news is that Lost Secrets: Bermuda Triangle does a good job of bleding an interesting story, memorable characters and hidden object gameplay.
On this seafaring adventure, we meet the daring Rachel Broadview, who discovers her great grandmother’s name in a book about shipwrecks in the Bermuda Triangle. So she sets out to uncover secrets buried there, and of course how it relates to her ancestor’s involvement. Will Rachel reap the rewards of her curiosity or is she tempting fate? We won’t give anything away here, but the story is one of the game’s more impressive features.
The hidden object game takes the player through locations related to the story, such as ships, beaches, piers, a church and many underwater environments. If you’ve played these games in the past then you’ll pick up on your task quickly: you’ll see a list of a dozen or so well-hidden items to find in a busy scene. In most cases, these items, which are listed along the right-hand side of the screen, are irrelevant to the environment, such as finding a frying pan or telephone at the bottom of the ocean or a crayon on a ship; sometimes when you click on an item, though, it will be part of the story such as a note with a phone number or it, tin doubloons or a captain’s sextant.
There isn’t a time limit in which to solve these hidden object challenges per level, but if you click incorrectly too many times it temporarily depletes you’re Hint button so you can’t ask for help if you need it. Speaking of hints, instead of most hidden object games that simply tell you where a well-hidden object is, Lost Secrets: Bermuda Triangle turns your blue cursor into orange the closer you get to the hidden item.
Some of the items were confusing, such as two teapots in the scene but only one is correct and a flying fish that looked like an airplane. It’s frustrating to incorrectly click on an item you think is the right one, but it doesn’t happen too often. Also, if you were asked to find a “kokopelli,” would you know what to look for? Apparently, it’s a fertility deity depicted as a humpbacked flute player. Another beef is when you revisit the same area, more than half of the items were on your list before and they’re in the same place so it can be easy to pick those off by memory the second time around.
After every level are a few lines of dialogue between Rachel and other key characters, so those who want to soak up the story can read at leisure while less patient players can simply click to bypass and get to the next level. Every so often players will play a mini-game tied to the story, such as solving a Match-3 game to clean some gunk off a lockbox or a maze-like underwater submarine challenge where you must pick up treasure on your way to the exit. Some mini-games repeat themselves (though they get tougher), but overall they serve as a nice break to the main hidden object game-play.
Visually speaking, the game offers attractive graphics in both the game-play and during the narrative sequences, plus the mysterious music is fitting and the watery sound effects work well, too.
There isn’t much to complain about after playing Lost Secrets: Bermuda Triangle but it’s not the kind of game that blows you away either. Plus, with only one mode the game doesn’t offer the kind of replayability some might hope for. That said, it’s a good hidden object game with a great story and nice presentation. At the very least, hidden object fans should download and play the 60-minute free trial to see if they want to come onboard with this adventure.