The Curio Society: The Thief of Life Collector's Edition
December 7, 2016
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Hidden Objects Vs. Match-3
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Morphing Objects
Soundtracks & Concept Art
Achievement & Collectibles
Replayable HOs and Puzzles
If you have been following our reviews, you probably would know that we were never big fans of The Curio Society series. The Thief of Life, however, took us by surprise. In this installment, you are on the quest to stop a rouge agent of the Curio Society, who are out seeking revenge after he was expelled from the agency some time ago. With the help of gimmicky technological inventions, can you protect the society from this criminal?
One of the reasons we never liked a Curio Society game that much was because the storylines were often all over the place. It is to our delights to find the story in The Thief of Life to be relatively more focused, although still feels generic and not very engaging. As mentioned, we found all the gadgets in the game to be gimmicky. Some prove useful, but some are totally unnecessary and drag the game out for no good reason.
We are on the fence about the visuals in The Curio Society: The Thief of Life. While the graphics are far from the worst we have seen from recent HOPA titles, they could have been a lot better. Many scenes are fuzzy, filled with odd color combinations and artificial-looking art style. Nevertheless, the animations and the videos in the game are actually very solid, which kind of make up for the grating in-game graphics. The audio is not perfect either. On one hand, the background music is pleasant and appropriate for the situation. On the other hand, the voice-overs can be annoyingly overly-dramatic.
What we enjoyed about The Curio Society: The Thief of Life is the plethora of puzzles the game has to offer. The game is stuffed with puzzles, several in each scene. Many are quick, simple and fun, while few are more challenging and creative. Additionally, the hidden object scenes are also very entertaining. They are not groundbreaking by any means, but are all excellently designed.
Length-wise, The Curio Society: The Thief of Life lasted four hours, a solid length for a HOPA. The Collector’s Edition also comes with a decent bonus chapter, as well as a strategy guide, wallpapers, concept art, soundtracks, replayable hidden object scenes, replayable puzzles, achievements, three sets of collectibles, and morphing objects.