“The Tudors” is a hidden object- adventure game based on the television drama of the same name. Although the environments and hidden objects are authentic to the sixteenth century (no hotdogs or computer mice) the human renditions are a bit ludicrous and are not authentic. Why is the red-haired Henry already becoming obese and lame from an ulcer in his leg portrayed by a handsome dark haired young man? Why is the exceptionally plain Jane Seymour rendered as a gorgeous babe with long blond hair? Thomas Cromwell with his piggy eyes and double chins has a complete metamorphosis, too. Ah well, I suppose most people would rather look at beauty rather than the beast, but my sensibilities are attacked. Henry just isn’t Henry with black hair and lean, sexy face and Jane is so far off base I put her in the category of a fairy princess.
You are the intrepid girl Elena Sedgrave who becomes ensnared in palace intrigues because of your insatiable appetite for adventure. Henry VIII has killed off Anne Boleyn and has married Jane Seymour. Elena saves the life of one of Henry’s courtiers so the king asks Elena to accompany her father William Sedgrave while he acts as ambassador to various courts in Europe including France and Italy. Elena is to go along as Henry’s personal spy, and is ordered to keep her eyes and ears open and uncover nefarious plots against England.
As King Henry's spy, you'll quickly become enmeshed in a tangled web of political intrigue, poking your nose into old clammy castles, heaving ships, beautifl gardens and even the Vatican. You exercise your most unmaidenly skills such as picking locks, constructing a ladder, and unraveling and deciphering cryptic letters while you navigate the treacherous waters of political intrigue, alliances, and scandals. This is a world of lies, murder, conspiracies and deceit (just like today).
The artwork in the game is top-notch, including both the backgrounds where the hidden objects are concealed and the characters. Although I do not approve of the game designers’ interpretation of the real life people as noted above, the graphics are beautiful. And prepare to really scrutinize the settings because the hidden objects are often minuscule, camouflaged in dark scenes lit only by candle light. The mini-puzzles are fun: you’ll be mixing potions (tricky and hard to figure out what you’re supposed to do) comparing scenes for differences (devilish, tiny differences) doing jigsaws, and in one environment swapping expensive items for cheaper ones, rather a neat wrinkle. The mini -games are all optional but you'll enjoy doing them even if potion-mixing isn't your bag, There are 18 chapters and this game takes a long time to play out.
The beautiful environments and music will help propel you into Henry’s world. Great for Tudor buffs if you don’t mind Henry’s metamorphesis into a dark handsome man and Jane’s amazing transformation into a femme fatal.
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