Off The Record: The Art of Deception Collector's Edition
February 08, 2015
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Concept Art
Soundtracks & Cutscenes
Achievement & Collectibles
Souvenir Room & Painter's Den
Photos & Making Of
Replayable HOs & Puzzles
Off The Record: The Art of Deception feels like a breath of fresh air to us. Finally, a game that sets in the reality, not in a cheery fantasy world with princes and princesses or a dark and gloomy world with monsters and curses. The storyline in The Art of Deception also has the potential to be a very solid one, if not for its slow pace. At times, we found The Art of Deception to be painfully slow; with not enough exciting events happening and the little-too-relaxing environment.
Nonetheless, the sights and sounds featured in the game are more than impressive. As said, The Art of Deception sets in the reality, and all of the locations are satisfying realistic. Accompanied by the soothing background music and the sounds of nature, Off The Record: The Art of Deception can certainly provide a truly delightful experience.
On the other hand, the calm environment can do more harm than good, especially if the gameplay is not very thrilling either. The Art of Deception feels like a game for beginners, with mundane tasks to do and a lot of backtracking without any real challenges. Luckily, the hidden object scenes are fairly complex, with multi-layered scenes which make up for the straightforward adventure part of the game. As for the puzzles, there are some of the usual and some twisted ones, ranging from easy to difficult.
On the easiest difficulty setting, we finished the main game in just under 4 hours and the bonus chapter in around an hour, a pretty decent length. And as with all Eipix games, we have to acclaim the amount of bonus content included in the Collector’s Edition; from the gallery items, to some of the more unique ones – the full list can be found above.