Vampire Saga: Pandora's Box Review

By , on August 13, 2010

Vampire Saga: Pandora's Box
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3 out of 5


  • HOG scene zooming and item-list highlighting.
  • 'Regenerating' hint button.
  • Interesting story with easy-going gameplay.


  • Fails to address core problems with 'clutter' HOG style.
  • Visual style can be difficult to enjoy.


For those after a light adventure challenge, 'Vampire Saga: Pandora's Box' presents an interesting story while keeping things short enough to not get repetitive.

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Vampire Saga: Pandora's Box by Alawar Entertainment is another attempt to fuse adventure elements with a basic hidden object puzzle system and while it may not have found the magic formula, it's interesting storyline will keep casual game fans busy until the end.

It's great to see developers playing with the hidden object game (HOG) formula, however for those interested this title is of the 'clutter' variety, with each of the object-finding scenes being littered with objects. Thankfully most of these scenes are populated by items that make sense, but when a game sets out to be based in realism it's hard to buy the ever-present clutter that some pack-rats would consider over the top. Adventure elements drive the story, with players needing to discover objectives and even backtrack to solve puzzles with tools that are usually earned via the HOG scenes.

The visual style is somewhat unfortunate, with most of the pre-rendered 3D scenes looking fresh out of Poser, but a lot of effort has gone in to giving each scene a distinct mood and the attention to detail in some is not entirely lost. The story isn't the best, but it does grab you long enough to complete the relatively short game that will take most players a few short sessions to complete.

'Vampire Saga: Pandora's Box' does an admirable job of being a 'lite' adventure title and while it may not be the prettiest game around, fans of HOGs and casual gamers alike will enjoy its easy-going gameplay and tense storyline.


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