It would seem that the Crimson Thief has been stealing artifacts from the museum and Mortimer Becket must set out on a quest to track down and restore them. That’s the premise in this brain twisting point and click adventure from GameHouse.
Mortimer Beckett and the Crimson Thief Gameplay
Unlike some point and click games where finding objects is the objective in and of itself, finding objects is only half the adventure here. The objects you find throughout the many locations can be used and indirectly combined to open doors, discover treasures and travel to other locations. There are many environments (China, France and Philadelphia to name a few) and each of them have their own distinct feel.
The many puzzles are suitably challenging, if a little hard at times. Some of them will have you scratching your head and counting down the seconds until the next hint.
The art in Mortimer Beckett and the Crimson Thief is well done. Every character has their own distinct personality and the scenery is a fine thing to look at, which is good because looking at the scenery is one of the main things you’ll do in Mortimer Beckett.
Where the game falls short, however, is in the repetitive puzzles. Nearly every country location has the same type of puzzles with the same type of objects (e.g. picking a lock). The changing scenery helps battle the repetition, and new challenges are introduced, but it’s clear that there’s a limited amount of innovation here.
The price is also a shortcoming. It’s a bit expensive for a point and click adventure, especially if you want to play all the Mortimer Becket games.
All in all, Mortimer Becket and the Crimson Thief does not disappoint. It delivers some fun, and in some instances, original point-and-click adventuring. But it is a game not without its limits.
Genre: Point-and-Click Adventure
Pros: Many locations, good sound effects and animations, some ingenious puzzles.
Cons: A few repetitive puzzles, can be extremely difficult at times without hints, a bit pricey for what it is.