[PS3 Hidden Object Review] Paranormal Pursuit: The Gifted One Collector’s Edition
Big Fish Games are a pretty well-known games company for the mobile platforms. Their catalog is vast and mostly consists of hidden object games. They let you try games for free and then buy them at full price if you like them, but that is not the case with Paranormal Pursuit: The Gifted One Collector’s Edition, published on PS3 by Alawar Entertainment. This is a full priced game with no microtransactions to worry about so you can purchase the game without having to pay for anything extra. If you like hidden object games with an immersive interactive story, then you are in for a treat!
The game is a paranormal adventure about a woman called Samantha Evans who is in a race against time to protect a young boy called Kevin who has amazing mental abilities. She must help him escape from the clutches of an evil politician and his henchmen before it is too late! Players must solve mind-bending puzzles and find hidden objects using the kid’s abilities to manipulate time and matter. Every chapter always ends in a choice-based sequence with a cutscene to evade capture. Can you make the correct choice and help Samantha and Kevin escape?
On lower difficulties, players who do not like cutscenes and would prefer to skip them have that option by pressing the circle button, but that option is unavailable on expert difficulty. I would recommend watching the cutscenes as they are great since they look like scenes from a CGI film – really amazing stuff!
Once you complete the Gifted One campaign, there is an additional campaign for you to unlock and play called ‘On The Edge.’
The campaign mode has three difficulty settings. The casual setting is for beginners – the hint and cutscene skip buttons recharge quite quickly. The advanced setting is for experienced players since the hint and cutscene skip buttons recharge more slowly. The expert difficulty is for the master puzzle solvers because the hint and skip buttons are not available in this setting, leaving players on their own! For the purposes of this review, I played on expert difficulty.
Pressing the L1 button brings up your notebook, which can be used in the event that you get lost or are unsure of where to go or what to do for your next task. Pressing the L2 buttons brings up your map showing a list of available places to visit. The green marker shows your current location and the square button brings up your inventory.
The game is not your average hidden object game since it’s a fully immersive interactive game, where players will be able to review everything in each scene, almost making you feel as if you are part of the game, which is the best thing about this experience. Paranormal Pursuit: The Gifted One Collector’s Edition includes 25 collectible coins for you to fin throughout the game, which will surely keep you busy for a while!
The puzzles in the game are not very easy and will require some creative thinking in most cases, but they are all very much doable. As mentioned before, the hint button is available on lower difficulties just in case players get stuck. Some puzzles are set up as mini games. For example, there is one where you have to line up all the nodes until the color turns red, and you must find the right combination to succeed.
The game is pretty short since the whole campaign can be completed in around 4 hours or so. I enjoyed playing Paranormal Pursuit: The Gifted One Collector’s Edition, which is interesting since I’m not a big fan of hidden object games. The story is great, and the cutscenes are amazing, which is a nice bonus on top of the rest.
[review pros=”Clever puzzles.
” cons=”Campaign is very short.” score=78]