A new series is being born here with The Curio Society: Eclipse Over Mesina, the game created by Domini Games and one that introduces to us the secret society of Curio, a group of adventurers fighting evil all over the world. You can be part of it and apparently there’s more evil in the world than you can fit in one game – so you should expect to see more of it. And if we’re getting at least the same quality that we’re getting from The Curio Society: Eclipse Over Mesina, you’ll have no reasons to complain!
The Curio Society: Eclipse Over Mesina tells the story of an evil magician Ignotus who comes back to life after spending a couple thousand years in his tomb and is pretty pissed! He plans on taking over the world, but he starts by taking over the city. He’s got a nice way of doing things, too, as he brings to life all the gargoyle statues in the city (apparently Mesina has a ton of them) – but the people living there are not as impressed. Therefore you have to prove you have all that it takes to join the Curio Society and save the day. Oh, and the city too!
The game does have all the cliche’s you can expect from in a hidden object adventure game, starting from the story and settings, the secret society and the magician, the fact that a hot air balloon crashes before you can start your adventure – every cliche is there, but that’s the only downside. And, in the end, as long as everything else is done well, I can accept getting the same dish every day. As long as it’s my favorite dish, why complain?
And you will really have very few reasons to complain about in The Curio Society: Eclipse Over Mesina, unless you’re extremely demanding. The hidden object scenes are really nice, with big items that are easy to spot and enough variety to make things interesting. They are also slightly interactive, but if you don’t like them, you can easily switch to play Match-3 games. I never skipped them, though, and probably you won’t either.
I don’t have many words of praise for the hidden object scenes, but I do have a few for the mini games. Even though many of them are pretty easy, they all play well and are captivating enough to keep on playing. Plus, there are a few that are a bit more challenging and extremely fun, so you’ll get the complete deal from the game.
The graphics in The Curio Society: Eclipse Over Mesina come like a breath of fresh air after the games that I played recently, all focusing on a single color. The graphics in this one, though, use the entire palette and do so masterfully. The game is warm and bright, perfect to contrast the cold weather that we have outside (at least at the moment of writing this), and the artwork is more than decent. I absolutely loved the graphics and this rarely happens with such games! Too bad that the music doesn’t rise up to the standards set by the graphics and is monotonous and uninspired.
Is it worth buying the Collector’s Edition or should you wait for the Standard one? It’s up for you to decide, but I did enjoy the extra chapter that the Collector’s Edition offers, as well as all the other goodies that you get from such a purchase, especially the Strategy Guide which did come in handy. Apart from these, you also have collectibles (relics that you can buy with coins you collect throughout the game), achievements, wallpapers, artwork and so on. It’s exactly what every other Collector’s Edition offers, nothing more, nothing less. So if you enjoy the game as much as I did, it makes sense to get it – at least for the extra chapter, which is the biggest value here.
Domini Games didn’t manage to release, until now, games that I could consider to be my favorites and I am still unsure if The Curio Society: Eclipse Over Mesina will get on that list. But it definitely marks a promising start for a potentially amazing series and it has its great moments, which are required to make a great game. Overall, I enjoyed playing it and I can’t wait to try even more!