Redemption Cemetery: Salvation of the Lost is a quiet casual hidden object game that plays things a little differently than most games. Instead of going on some grand adventure to save your family from a horrible demon from beyond, your job is to put right what the ghosts of ordinary folk can’t fix themselves. All you have to do is go from place to place via magic portal, figure out what’s broken, then fix it. And hey, why not solve a few puzzles and mini-games while you’re there?
Redemption Cemetery is filled with unique and obscure items. You’ve got the usual array of tool-like objects to use, things like saws and keys and hatchets, but you’ve also got talisman fragments and jewels with no obvious purpose. To solve puzzles you’ll need to get click-happy with your mouse and investigate every corner of each area. Pack that inventory full, combine what you can, then see how those puzzles fare against your impenetrable sense of casual adventure logic!
Helping you in your quest is a raven, because what cemetery game would be complete without one? This raven is powered by the elements of water, earth, air, and fire. Each one grants the bird a new ability that helps you in your quest. Air, for example, lets the little guy fly further, while earth lets him dig in the ground. You’ll unlock new elements as the game progresses and even have to complete an abstract mini-game to recharge their usage meter.
Hidden object scenes aren’t all that common in Redemption Cemetery, so when they do come along you’ll be happy to see them. On the surface they feature little more than a list of items with a crowded screen above. Once you dive deeper, however, you’ll see how complicated assembling interactive items can be, and just how well-hidden some of the standard objects are. Mini-games are similarly rare but offer up a nice level of complexity and challenge when they do appear.
Redemption Cemetery deploys some truly bizarre puzzle solutions. In most games this would lead to instant frustration, but somehow this one pulls it off. An early example of this is the tree bark puzzle. You might think a saw, crowbar, or other prying type instrument would be a great tool for opening the hollow of a tree, right? Instead you put together pieces of a skeleton’s jaw and let it munch at the wood itself. It’s bizarre and not entirely logical, yet it works. And as a side note, it’s way fun to watch those teeth chomp away at the tree.
The entire Redemption Cemetery: Salvation of the Lost experience is understated and intriguing. The puzzles are well thought out and provide just the right amount of challenge. Mini-games and hidden object scenes are used sparsely so you always appreciate their arrival, and the game’s unique raven-element system is a nice touch. Redemption Cemetery also manages to avoid most of the cliches common in casual adventure games, freeing you up to enjoy some crazy items and even crazier puzzle solutions.