Type: Hidden Object Game
Developer: Merscom Games
Download Link: Big Fish Games Description
In "Masquerade Mysteries: The Case of the Copycat Curator," you take the role of a private investigator, Joy, who is trying to catch a gang of museum art thieves. Joy's approach to solving the crime is to don different disguises. You follow the story of Joy's investigation with short written dialogue scenes throughout the game. The story is not too engrossing and you can skip some of the story scenes. The game is mostly a hidden object game with some unique types of puzzles included. The hidden object scenes have mostly contextual items but some may be in inappropriate locations. The lists of items are long and some scenes have several lists of objects to find. The graphics in most scenes are clear with sharp, natural colors. A few scenes have drab and dull graphics but these are appropriate for the museum setting. Most objects are moderately easy to find but there is a rechargeable hint button available. However, the button takes a moderate amount of time to recharge. In some scenes, you need to use inventory items to find objects or to do tasks. These items are marked in blue on the hidden object list. Some hidden object scenes include items for Joy's next disguise or costume. These scenes are usually followed by a puzzle in which you dress Joy to match a picture using the items found. Sometimes, instead of dressing Joy, you create gadgets from items found in the hidden object scenes. This part of the game can be skipped. Some of the puzzles in "Masquerade Mysteries" are unique types. For example, there are riddle puzzles in which you have to locate and photograph objects based on a riddle description (e.g., find "steps without stairs"). Some of the puzzles can be difficult but the skip button charges quickly so you do not need to complete all the puzzles. Although hints are available for completing tasks and using inventory items, these are not always helpful, especially if an object is hidden in another location. You might get a general hint to "search in another location" with no additional help available.
"Masquerade Mysteries: The Case of the Copycat Curator" is a very long game and it can become monotonous. Moving back and forth between the same locations can get tedious, especially since this is a relatively easy game with mostly just hidden object scenes. The unique types of puzzles, however, add variety and enjoyment to the game. This game is probably best for beginning or intermediate level players as more advanced gamers might easily get bored with the game.