Not particularly sinister, and not particularly fun, either.
By Ned Jordan
Sinister City: Vampire Adventure is a hidden object game with a bit of a
deceptive title. The 'sinister' implies that you're in for something dark and
scary, but what you actually get is something a little goofy. The game begins
with the abduction of your fianc' by a vampire lord and your banishment to the
astral plane, but from there the story takes an odd turn towards satisfying
vampire vanity through television movie production. The 'adventure' part of the
title is also a bit deceptive in that I'd hardly call a game that can be
completed in under an hour an adventure.
The game consists of collecting items to advance the story and unlock new
locations, with hidden object puzzles being the primary way to collect those
items. These puzzles aren't too difficult as the screens that you need to search
are relatively sparse in terms of objects. You'll also revisit screens a number
of times and each time that you do the objects that you previously found are no
longer there, so with each subsequent visit the puzzles become even easier. The
biggest challenge comes from the fact that some items are small and made to be
nearly the same color as the background, but this feels less like a puzzle
challenge than it does a cheap trick.
The other puzzles in the game are all pretty simple ' completing jigsaw
puzzles, connecting lines, that sort of thing. There's nothing here that will
give even the most average of puzzle players much challenge.
All in all, Sinister City: Vampire Adventure is a subpar hidden object game
that will be over pretty quickly. The attempt at humor misses the mark, the
artwork and graphics are below average for the genre, and the puzzles are simply
too easy. Look for your hidden object fun elsewhere.