I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hidden object adventure game that asks you, as soon as you start playing, to select how intense you want it to be. I surely went with the more intense option, hoping for gore and true horror, but that wasn’t the case. So even though I don’t really know how light the lighter version of The Unseen Fears: Body Thief is, I would recommend you to play the intense version no matter what because there are some good and spooky moments that might be missing from the regular version.
So what is The Unseen Fears: Body Thief about? It’s about a private detective with some special skills who is called for help in Amsterdam. The authorities are facing a seemingly deranged killer that leaves their victims skinless and they have a feeling that it might be a bit supernatural.
And since you’ve dealt with this in the past – as you’ve been saved by a supernatural being that gave you unique powers, they feel that it’s your help they need. For once, the authorities are right and you’re up for an amazing adventure with quite a few jump off your seat moments.
Although definitely darker than your usual hidden object adventures, The Unseen Fears: Body Thief is still not insanely dark and won’t send cold chills down your spine too often. It is intense, it is well done, but there’s nothing in it that even the lightest hearted adults couldn’t handle with ease. And the story itself is nice and gripping, so you have a great mixture overall.
Gameplay-wise, things are looking equally good. You have your regular hidden object scenes that are varied and well executed. Although there’s nothing really special about them, they give you no reasons to complain either so you will have fun playing them. The minigames also follow the theme of the game and are just as difficult as they have to be to keep you entertained, without getting you frustrated. A good balance overall between HOS and puzzles, combined with a great story that flows nicely into place.
Visually, you know that you’re up for a treat before starting the game as it is created by GrandMA Studios, the same developers behind the Whispered Secrets series. Make sure to read my reviews of Whispered Secrets: Song of Sorrow or Whispered Secrets: Golden Silence if you want to try out some other great games by the same studio.
Back to the graphics, I was saying that they deliver real eye candy and I mean it. They seem a bit more cartoons-like than your usual GrandMA Studios games, but they’re still up there in terms of quality and you’ll have nothing to complain about. The same can be said about the audio section of the game: although not brilliant, nor something to write home about, it fills the gaps quite nicely and doesn’t bother at all.
I played the Collector’s Edition of The Unseen Fears: Body Thief and it delivered everything you would expect from an enhanced version of the game. We get collectible symbols that are hidden in the game and you have to spot them, it has the regular extra chapter and all the other goodies like artwork, screenshots, wallpapers and so on. The bonus chapter alone is worth the extra money as it gives you even more play time in the game.
In conclusion, The Unseen Fears: Body Thief is a brilliant game! It’s pretty obvious that the developers tried to deliver something new and unique and for the most part they managed to do so. A dark game that takes us out of our comfort zone on many occasions, The Unseen Fears: Body Thief is impressive, creative and well executed. I personally loved this game!