Secret Diaries: Florence Ashford - The Truth Changes Everything
Every truth about anything always changes something about it. The main character of this hidden object gama, Secret Diaries: Florence Ashford, is going to find out the truth that will change things radically in her life once again. Reading this short review may reveal some truth about this game and change your opinion of it.
You decide to get married to a marquis that you haven't seen to get him to deal with all your father's debts.
You start off with getting a little bit of the story that stands behind the game. The character you play as is a young beautiful lady full of dreams and hopes before her family goes bankrupt. You are now the only hope for your family. How are you going to help everyone out? Oh I didn't tell you that the story takes place when arranged marriages were still practiced.
So, yes, you decide to travel to a marquis to marry him. You haven't seen this guy ever in your life, but he is supposed to be rich and able to deal with all your father's debts. The key words in the previous sentece are about him being supposed to do all that since, as it was said before, you find out something about him and that changes things quite a bit. But who knows maybe another truth may change everything again.
Secret Diaries: Florence Ashford is a hidden object-adventure kind of a game. I would even say that those who are really fond of lots of interaction will be satisfied with the amount of going back and forth in the manor and accomplishing different tasks. Every time there is a task for you, you are not going to be lost and try hard to actually figure out what to do, but rather you will get it written for you at the top of the screen.
Some of the tasks are to be done along the way, like finding a way to get a cat off the chair. But some are like mini-games, where you need to solve some kind of a puzzle. Like one of the very first is to find the way to hang all of the keys according to their shape and ribbon color. These can be skipped if you don't get them and don't like. The game offers two modes to choose from. They differ in the difficulty level as usual.
The hidden object portions are very average offerring no innovations. You just get a list of items to find and then do the search. The scenes look preety good, but clattered with all kinds of stuff, some of which are animated. The graphics in general are not sofisticated in any way sweeping you off your feet with their beauty and detailed performance. The most beautiful part is the main character's face. Her dress looks a bit weird though with that one detail that looks totally detached from the dress.. But most of the rooms are colorful and pleasing to the eye.
Another thing in the game that annoys a little bit is that it takes a few seconds when you need to go to a different room or level almost all the time. You get these couple of seconds of a black screen saying "Saving...". It's not like it is a huge flaw, but you notice it right away and then kinda get used and know that you have this short break.
This was a little piece of truth about this game. You decide what it changes for you.
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