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Shutter Island is an adventure game for the PC based on the movie which was released on DVD a few weeks ago. Teddy has been assigned to Shutter Island which is a Hospital for the Criminally Insane. One of the patients has gone missing and it's up to Teddy to try to find the missing patient. In the game you will meet various doctors and characters that appear in the film. The game is a Hidden Object adventure game, in which you have to find and collect evidence to uncover a web of deception. The longer you stay in the hospital the sooner you will realise that you don't just need to find the escapee's; you also need to find a way to escape Shutter Island.
I watched Shutter Island a few weeks ago and loved the film, and a friend at work was telling me about this game and being a fan of Hidden object games I couldn't wait to play this game.
* Windows XP, Vista, 7
* Processor Clock Speed 1.0GHz
* RAM (MB) 512 MB minimum, 1GB recommended
* Hard Disk space needed: 150MB
* DirectX: 8.1 or later
* Keyboard, mouse, sound card
I purchased this from Amazon and it cost me £5.39 with free postage. This is also available to buy on the Nintendo DS for about £28.
***PLAYING THE GAME***
The main game-play will take you to different scenes in and around the hospital, where you will meet various characters that appear in the film. In each scene there are hidden objects to find and these are pictured along the bottom of the screen. It's hard to tell what some of the items are but if you put the mouse over the picture it will also tell you what you need to look for as well. In some scenes some of the objects may go into your inventory on the left hand side and you may need to use the objects later to seal door's shut or to fix things. The game is timed but you can choose to play this un-time by going to the main menu on the first screen when you first load the game. You do get hints in the game which is represented by a torch; this will show you where one hidden item is and once the torch is charged again, then you can use it for more hints. It does take a few minutes to re-charge though. There are a few mini games, but not many and I was actually quite disappointed by this. I think through-out the game there were probably about 3-4 mini games and that was it. I thought these were fairly easy as well. There are a total of 7 levels on this game which includes 20 detailed environments and an immerse game-play that pulls you into the secluded, 1950's mental institution.
The graphics in the game aren't bad how-ever some of the items are hard to make out and some of the scenes can be quite dark. Quite often I found some of the items but you have to click in just the right places for them to be crossed off your list. There is some music in the game but this is kept fairly quiet and it's relaxing. There are some scenes where you will hear screaming.
I have to say that I was very disappointed with this game. I have played much better hidden object games than this one and this has to be the worse one I have played. Although there is a total of 7 levels it felt a lot less than this and I wouldn't have said there are 20 detailed environments to discover either. I was disappointed that there was only 3-4 mini games throughout the whole thing and some of the objects hidden in the scene are hard to make out. How-ever this does make the game slightly harder. I'm not too sure how easy this game would be to play on the Nintendo DS. I was shocked at how quick I finished this game and how the game ended. It felt as though the game was made in a rush and they didn't give the ending any thought. I can't remember exactly how long it took me to complete this game but this is the fastest game I have ever completed. I personally wouldn't recommend this game as it didn't think it was anything special!
(review also on ciao)