Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion Haunts iOS Devices!

Paranormal Agency

I will have to confess that I missed playing the original Paranormal Agency when it first came out, and wasn’t a huge fan when I played it, finding it lacking compared to other genre games. However the sequel delivers a tense and engaging experience that is on par with some of the best games in the genre!

Type of app: Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure Game

Platform/where to buy: iPad (iPhone version here); available in the iTunes App Store

Developer: GestaltGames / G5 Entertainment


* Nearly 100 absorbing scenes to explore
* 12 puzzling mini-games to master
* 20 desirable achievements to earn
* Two gameplay modes: casual and expert

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Major features:

Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion puts you in the role of a ghost hunter whose car crashes outside a mansion, and you quickly find yourself in the midst of a chilling supernatural mystery. Once inside the gates, you are confronted by ghosts and other things that shake your normally skeptical nature and compel you to unravel the mystery.

In terms of the challenges, you encounter items in pretty much every room that will be useful in one way or another, including finding books laying around that will help you solve a puzzle to open a hidden passage.
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There are also hidden object scenes, rotating element puzzles, matching and reassembly, wiring and flow puzzles, and so on. There are also a couple of skill-based challenges such as pocketing six pool balls with one shot, and beating a card shark at a round of Black Jack.

The challenges range from trivial to difficult, but are always engaging and fun and interesting enough to keep you going. Like most other genre games you can skip mini-games, but in Paranormal Agency most things are either easy enough or interesting enough to complete without much difficulty.

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Ease of use/Overall performance:

The game follows all of the standard hidden object genre conventions – There is also always help available in the form of path highlighting, item highlighting and a rechargeable hint button. Depending on whether you play casual or expert the availability of these changes.

The only performance issue I saw was log load-times, particularly in some areas where you would expect quick transitions.

Would use again/recommend?: Definitely! For me, this game does a great job of blending an interesting story with plenty of great puzzles and challenges. The balance is tilted more towards the challenges, but there is enough going on in terms of story to keep you engaged. There are enough achievements that it is unlikely you will get them all at your first try!

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Suggested changes/wish list for updates: Load times are a bit long, and are most noticeable in quick-travel areas, such as traversing a maze at one point.

Source: Publisher provided review code

Price: Paranormal Agency is a FREE download with in-app purchase – $4.99 iPhone / $6.99 iPad (On sale for $2.99/$4.99 through April 5th)

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About the Author

Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!