People keep mysteriously disappearing in Maple Creek and it’s up to you to try and get to the bottom of it. However, things end up being a bit more mysterious than you expected, and as a result you may just end up going deeper into this mystery than you were planning to.
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek follows a detective who was on the case of a missing girl but is struck by a sudden storm and ends up losing her memory. She manages to remember enough to get back on the case, following in the footsteps of the detective who came before her. The town holds a myriad of secrets though, and solving them all may end up proving to be a tough case.
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek’s story is good enough for what it is, though thinking back on it nothing overly sticks out to me from it. Your main focus here is the puzzles after all, so the story is sort of just… there.
The main different element, compared to other Hidden Object Games, presented within this game is the Deduction segments. This is where you need to gather all of your evidence together to unlock more story to allow yourself to progress further. You’ll head to your deduction board several times during the game (thankfully easily accessible from the D-Pad menu), piecing together everything bit by bit until you can see the whole picture. This is an interesting concept, though I do wish you could more easily tell what each piece of evidence is so you can more accurately place it.
The Hidden Object puzzles are plentiful, and you’ll frequently be returning to the same locations to find more items. This causes a fair bit of backtracking through the various screens, and it would have been nice to see more unique scenes spread throughout. Besides that fact, I found some items in several scenes pretty hard to spot, and it didn’t help that there were times where I WOULD be hovering over it and it’d insist I wasn’t due to being off by a few pixels.
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek is an interesting Hidden Object Game, though nothing from the story really sticks out too much in my mind. I do wish some of the puzzles were a bit more spread out in location, as it did get a little annoying revisiting the same Hidden Object scene several times. If you’re into Hidden Object Games though, Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek is a decent playthrough and features a decent enough length, and if you’re simply looking for achievements or trophies then it also features some easy ones.
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek Review Score
I was provided with a free key for PS4 by Artifex Mundi for coverage purposes.