Hidden Investigation: Who Did It?by Aethyna Nov 3, 2017 | 3 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 9.3 rate Join Agent Sarah and the Chief Police as they scour various crime scenes to search for clues that will help solve the cases they take on be it a homicide or a kidnapping. Do you have what it takes to bring these criminals to justice? Play Hidden Investigation: Who Did It? now and put your hidden objects-finding skills to the test! Play Now Similar Games Played
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Join Agent Sarah and the Chief Police as they scour various crime scenes to search for clues that will help solve the cases they take on be it a homicide or a kidnapping. Analyze the clues yourself through interactive and fun mini-games, experience exciting shootouts with the perpetrator, and interrogate suspects to push forward the investigation. Do you have what it takes to bring these criminals to justice? Play Hidden Investigation: Who Did It? now and put your hidden objects-finding skills to the test!
Like Criminal Case or other investigation-based hidden object games, having intriguing cases to solve is the part and parcel of this genre, and Hidden Investigation has a nice lineup of cases that will keep you engaged. They are separated into episodes and will bring you all over the map from the city outskirts into the very heart of the city itself.
As mentioned as well, you’ll be helping Agent Sarah, who is apparently a pretty competent and somewhat renowned investigator on the force, to solve her cases. However, after playing the first episode, I’ve noticed that the storylines in this game have some glaring plot holes.
For instance, in the Kidnapping Monroe case, (Spoiler alert, by the way!) even though you literally experienced a scene where the perp was holding the kidnapped victim at gun point, after the perp was actually arrested, he had the gall to claim that he’s innocent of kidnapping the said victim.
I can’t say the same for the other episodes since I have not played them yet, but the developers will need to polish up their storyline and make it more interesting. Even the dialogues seem to be a bit dull and the characters in the game seem to lack personality. This is an aspect that the game can be improved on.
That said, when it comes to gameplay, I’d say Hidden Investigation is definitely more entertaining and challenging than most HO games of the same theme. Each scene in this game is very well-designed, and although not many of the objects you have to find are incredibly small, you are still allowed to zoom in or out from the scene.
It’s also interesting to note that the game offers multiple scene types, which is a feature that many investigation-themed HO games don’t have. In addition to the usual word lists, you will also get scenes with object silhouettes or lists with scrambled words. There are times when you’ll be asked to search for a certain number of the same item in a scene.
Having varied scene modes, especially if it’s randomized, is a great way to keep things fresh and interesting. However, I’ve noticed that the game doesn’t really adjust its scoring mechanism to reflect the difficulty different scene types provide, resulting in very skewed scores depending on which scene mode you are “lucky” enough to get.
For instance, I’ve noticed that it’s incredibly easy to get a really high score by playing a scene that requires large amounts of the same item rather than needing to decrypt lists of sometimes long scrambled words before being able to start looking for the said items. The time bonus and combo effects don’t help either because it would be natural for players to spend more time in the latter scene rather than the former where no unscrambling of words is necessary.
In other words, the scores given is not proportionate to the difficulty of a scene type. This may make the players feel like they are not properly rewarded based on the effort they have to put in, and hence, they may come to think that the game is being unfair. Of course, if this happens, players will not continue to play the game.
The score you get is important in this game because it’s not only going into the leaderboard; it will also determine how fast (or slow) can you earn a star. Like most HO games, you can get up to 5 stars per scene and these stars are needed to unlock new scenes, tasks, or mini-games that will progress the storyline.
Aside from interrogations, which will basically include short dialogues, tasks are usually the sort of stuff you activate, wait out the timer, and complete, while mini-games are a whole lot more interactive. In fact, I absolutely enjoyed the fingerprint-matching mini-game where you are needed to find matching grooves with a magnifying glass. It’s pretty challenging and fun, and it feels just like another form of finding “hidden objects”.
There are also special shootout scenes where you need to have a quick enough reflex to tap the screen whenever the rapidly-moving indicator is within the target circle or within the green zone on a meter. This part of the game may frustrate some folks since you may need multiple attempts to get it right, and disadvantage some, especially the more elderly players.
As you might expect from a HO game, Hidden Investigation does provide its players with special items, namely Hint and Magnet, to help them find objects that are too well-hidden. The Hint will help by showing you the location of a random item on your list while the Magnet allows you to wave it around on the screen like a wand and it will collect any object that is close enough to its magnetic field.
The energy needed for you to play a scene isn’t too much either – just 10 energy points, and I like that the game offers multiple ways that you can use to earn free energy when you run out. Whether you invite a friend to play the game or give the game a rating on Google Play or even watch a video ad, you can get yourself a nice amount of energy. Of course, if money isn’t an issue for you, you can always buy foodstuff with cash (the game’s premium currency) to replenish your energy. In the game shop, you can buy more hints and magnets with cash too.
Hidden Investigation is a fairly new game and as such, its community is still growing. Considering that the game is designed to appeal to gamers like the fans of Criminal Case, the game does have a huge pool of players to tap into.
Hidden Investigation has stunning graphics for all of its scenes and I like how each scene has animated items or animals that will move from time to time, such as a falling maple leaf. In some way, these animations can distract you from your task, but it does make the scene more lifelike.
However, I do have a bone to pick about the avatar of the Chief Police. Unlike the properly designed Agent Sarah, I’m surprised to see a so-called chief of police wearing the sort of uniform that the common beat cops wear. This little visual error in addition to his odd, flip-flopping role in the game’s storyline made me feel like this character is more like a rookie cop that Agent Sarah has taken under her wing rather than being Sarah’s boss.
In terms of sound, I really enjoyed listening to the music in the game. I find the music to be well-varied and best yet, the music changes based on the situation you find yourself in. However, the game does like to reiterate during its loading screens that if you happen to dislike the music, you can always turn it off via the settings.
All in all, Hidden Investigation is a pretty good hidden objects game that is bold enough to innovate but yet, it falls flat on a number of aspects including its storyline, character development, and the scoring system. That being said, this game does have potential. If the developers are able to make the changes necessary to fix the more glaring issues that were brought up in this review, the game may be able to appeal to a bigger portion of the fan base for investigative-themed HO games.