The Blacklist: Conspiracy

by Aethyna
Mar 11, 2018 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews Your vote
The Blacklist: Conspiracy 9 rate Based on the TV show The Blacklist, The Blacklist Conspiracy is an investigative-themed hidden object adventure game that seems to merge the appeal of law enforcement-style hidden object games like Criminal Case with the secret and often morally-ambiguous world of spies, FBI agents, and whistle-blowers. Play Now Similar Games Played Post a Review

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Summary


Based on the TV show The Blacklist, The Blacklist Conspiracy is an investigative-themed hidden object adventure game that seems to merge the appeal of law enforcement-style hidden object games like Criminal Case with the secret and often morally-ambiguous world of spies, FBI agents, and whistle-blowers.

Plotline


If you have seen the show before, then you should have an idea of who the characters are in the game and how the story, generally, goes. However, if you do not, the game does a pretty good job of laying the foundations. Through dialogues, you know that you play as an FBI agent who had spent 4 years trying to track down the terrorist group known as The Invisible Hand.

For some reason, a mysterious person called Raymond Reddington, who also happens to be a known criminal, approached you with shocking information that needed to be acted upon immediately… You had no time to consider the implications of accepting intel from a very much wanted criminal. Soon after, you realized that you are forced to take credit for uncovering the information, and are promoted to a classified FBI unit which operates out of a black-site location called the Post Office.

From here, the storyline puts you in the difficult position of trying to fulfill your duties as an FBI agent while juggling the downsides of working with shady people like Raymond and his associates.

Gameplay


As interesting as the storyline sounds, the gameplay might just be even better. The game typically plays out a lot like a Criminal Case game. You’ll search location scenes for Objects of Interest and then bring them back to HQ for analysis. Sometimes, you’ll get to do the analysis yourself, such as piecing together a torn document, while at other times, you simply need to wait to receive the results.

Scenes in this game are fairly easy to play. You can zoom in and out of the scene as necessary. You can tap and hold on an object’s name to see what the object looks like, and there are up to 5 hints per game that you can use if needed. That being said, the trick to getting more points is to capitalize on its combo system. You can do that by finding hidden objects consecutively and as fast as you can. Incorrect taps will unfortunately break your combo streak so make sure to tap on objects as accurately as you can.

Unlike some games, The Blacklist Conspiracy provides you with boosts that you can buy to maximize the points you get per scene you play. These boosts include Slow Drain, which drastically slows down the combo drain in between finds; Max Combo that will let you start off with a full combo meter; and +3 Hints, which will give you 3 extra hints. You can also get a free random boost by watching a video ad.

Like most games, new scenes are often unlocked as you uncover more clues, but sometimes, you’ll get to unlock a new scene simply by earning stars. These scenes are often bonus scenes where the gameplay is quite different. For instance, in Countdown, you’ll need to find as many items as you can within the 30 seconds provided. You’ll also need stars for analysis and chatting with your contacts.

Playing scenes will also cost you 15 energy each. Energy is, as you might expect, limited since they can take a while to regenerate, but if you have good friends, you can gift each other more energy just so you can play the game longer every day. Energy can be earned by solving puzzles as well. Sometimes, during a scene, you may tap on a “gadget” which will trigger a special, timed challenge that will grant you bonus energy points if you do manage to complete the challenge within the very limited time.

You can even get a nice energy boost whenever you level up, but unlike in Criminal Case, you only get a fixed amount of energy and not a full refill. Of course, if you really need more energy, you can always buy more using real money, or watch some video ads in exchange for some.

You may also encounter an interrogation situation where you, and not the other character, is in the hot seat. In this situation, you will usually be asked about something related to the case you have just previously worked on. Thankfully, aside from relying on your memory alone, the game allows you to revisit the scene (presumably in your mind) as you try to remember the answer the interrogator wants.

Ultimately though, what makes this game a lot more interesting than most of the other hidden object games so far is the decisions you will need to make. Your decision will affect how the story plays out. In essence, you’ll be actually playing a rather important role in the story and not just being dragged along for the ride. Also, I personally think it’s a nice touch that you know how many percent of players choose to make the same decision as you did.

However, I do have a bone to pick with the game when it comes to starting a scene. In my opinion, it would be better if the game has a “Ready” screen that players have to first tap on before entering a scene. This would be immensely helpful to players who like to do something else while a scene is loading, so as to not “waste time”.

Community


As mentioned, The Blacklist Conspiracy is a pretty social game in the sense that it encourages players to help each other by gifting energy. Friends may not play as critical a role as in Criminal Case, since you’ll also need them as your partners to get more hints, but they are still important enough for you to be motivated to add a ton of them to your list.

Graphics/ Sound


The graphics in this game are pretty astounding even for a hidden object game. I like how clean-cut all the objects and scenes look in this game, and if I’m not mistaken, the backgrounds used for dialogues looks hand-drawn. Sound-wise, the game has a nice combination of sound effects and music that bring the spy-thriller-like atmosphere of the game to live.

Conclusion


All in all, The Blacklist Conspiracy is a really fun hidden object game that truly brings out the darker side of this sort of investigative-themed games. I’d sum the game up as a darker and more serious version of Criminal Case with a decision-making element that allows you to forge your own storyline, along with some other interesting and unique features like the interrogation mode or the special timed challenges triggered by certain gadgets.
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by Aethyna Mar 11, 2018
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