Casual games such as "Mortimer Beckett and the Time Paradox" and "Mortimer Beckett and the Lost King" combine hidden-object gameplay with puzzle elements. Each of Mortimer's adventures revolves around a mystery, with hidden objects serving as clues and tools. Fans of the Mortimer Beckett games may enjoy other series that employ similar strategies.
"Mystery Case Files"
In this game series, you play as a detective conducting an investigation. In "Prime Suspects," you're trying to track down a jewel thief, and in "Madame Fate," you're asked to solve the murder of a fortune teller before it actually occurs. The plots in "Mystery Case Files" are a little darker than those in the "Mortimer Beckett" series, and the gameplay is a little more difficult. A Gamezebo reviewer describes "Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst" as "one of the most polished and challenging" games of its genre. "Mystery Case Files" computer games are available for both PC and Mac, while "Agent X" is designed for mobile phones, and "MillionHeir" is available for the Nintendo DS.
The "Dark Tales" series is based on the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe, including "The Black Cat" and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." Here, you serve as an assistant to a brilliant detective named "C. Auguste Dupin." The collector's editions of the "Dark Tales" games include strategy guides and bonus chapters that become available after you complete the main game.
"Echoes of the Past"
The fantasy series "Echoes of the Past" involves magical elements as you travel through time and attempt to foil the efforts of an evil witch. The "Echoes of the Past" games include both finding hidden objects and replacing them back into their proper locations in scenes. A reviewer at the casual-game website "Jay is Games" notes that "Royal House of Stone" can be completed in just a few hours, while "The Castle of Shadows" is a bit more substantial.
Faye, the heroine of the first three "Dream Chronicles" games, is a human who faces off against an evil fairy, who continually casts sleep spells on the population and kidnaps Faye's husband and daughter. The emphasis in the "Dream Chronicles" games is on puzzles, which are reminiscent of those in point-and-click games like "Myst." Each game in this series builds on the plot from the prior entry, and "Dream Chronicles: The Book of Air" begins a new trilogy with Faye's daughter, Lyra, as the protagonist.
In the "Samantha Swift" games, Samantha, an archaeologist, travels the world searching for artifacts. Samantha hunts for the Fountain of Youth in "Fountains of Fate" and treasures from a lost city in "The Mystery from Atlantis." If you're new to hidden-object games, the "Samantha Swift" series may be appropriate for your skill level, as you can click on the name of an item in the list, in order to see a silhouette of that object, in addition to the standard hints that pinpoint an item's exact location.
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Mortimer Beckett and the Time Paradox is an adventure game that involves solving puzzles and exploring different time eras. Developed by Paprikari...