About the Game
Mortimer Beckett and the Time Paradox is largely a search and find game, but with added twists that turn it into a more complex puzzle game as opposed to other games of its genre. Most likely released because of the popularity of its predecessor, Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor, this game promises to pick up where the first game left off.
Created by Paprikari, Mortimer Beckett and the TIme Paradox is a casual game of manageable size (108.63 MB) and affordable price (6.99 USD).
Storyline (5 out of 5)
After having expunged his Uncle Jerome’s manor of all manners of ghosts and undesirables, Mortimer Becketter returns to Spooky Manor to face an altogether new challenge – a time portal. A series of unfortunate events follow as the Time Portal in unleashed into the world, and the only thing that can close it, the Time Paradox, has been scattered in 8 different locations and epochs around the world.
Will Mortimer Beckett make it in time to solve this conundrum or will the world be thrown forever into a time loop, with no hope of escape in sight. So Mortimer must travel the planar system, skipping through time as he strives to recover and piece together the broken Time Paradox.
The storyline is pretty good actually, hence the five stars. Mortimer Beckett and the Time Pardox has done what few search and find games (save for the Mystery Case Files series) do and that is to create a simulating plot to go with the casual game play.
Graphics and Sounds (4 out of 5)
Attention was paid to technical details in this game. The graphics for Mortimer Beckett have improved, still 2D but with more depth. It’s cartoony and yet not quite so. A good number of the points for the graphis though is the colour palette. Thee graphics are great and with hidden object games and a supernatural bend, the graphics engine has to be up to showing some things realitically and some others, hyper realisticaly, so to speak.
The sound, while repetitive, does not offend the ears. You can however choose to have your playlist running in the background, should you find the time what with being addicted to this game.
Gameplay (5 out of 5)
The gameplay here warrants a solid A+. The universal hints system means that players never get stuck on an area or level, because there’s a little nudge that will help you out when you need it. Items found in one area are moved one you come back to it the second or third time. This deliberate randomness of items make the game slightly more difficult and definitely more entertaining from a replayability perspective.
Overall (4 out of 5)
I rarely give practically a full star review for search and find games, as MCF has really kept me at a high standard. But Mortimer Beckett and the Time Paradox did give MCF a run for its money. Had it been more difficult, and with more intense graphics as in the MCF games, then maybe it would have ranked equally or even surpassed it.
As such, Mortimer Beckett and the Time Paradox is a great game for casual gamers and even hardcore gamers looking to unwind. You can play this straight through and finish it in a matter of hours, which is fine for the price and genre. With the different object locations though, this is one game I’m likely to play over and over again.