Frankenstein: Master of Death 2015: Review
March 9th, 2015
Help restore the course of nature and save Victor and his wife, Elizabeth!
A new look into a classic story
Solve fantastic puzzles
Stunning 2k HD graphics
Frankenstein: Master of Death is one of those lighthearted adventure games with a hidden object aspect. The plot of this game is based on Mary Shelley’s classic novel: you play as a hero who must assist Frankenstein in confining a monster made by his assistant Igor.
Victor Frankenstein, an old friend, and a brilliant scientist has succeeded in bringing the dead back to life! The line between life and death, on the other hand, is delicate, and Victor has learned the hard way that this delicate balance should not be tampered with… Face terrifying beasts, conquer challenges, and decipher clues. Stop the baron Igor from subjecting unhappy beings to a horribly inhuman experiment.
Frankenstein: Master of Death is a fantastic JetDogs title that has made its way to Steam, and it’s a welcome addition to the hidden object genre. The notion is intriguing, if a little cheesy, as an alternate take on the Frankenstein narrative. Granted, HOGs aren’t recognized for having fantastic tales because they’re typically merely a foundation on which to build a game, but for us, that’s usually enough. The period provides an incredible background for beautifully created scenes and artwork, which is one of our favorite aspects of these games.
There are keys, keys, and more keys in Frankenstein: Master of Death. Finding different keys for lockboxes, doors, and just about anything else is a big part of the game. Some unlock puzzles, while others grant access to new rooms and map sections. While it can get tedious opening box after box, we were able to relax and appreciate the game for what it is after we realized that’s pretty much the whole point. Frankenstein: Master of Death contains plenty of riddles to solve, but none of them are particularly difficult or mind-bending. The hidden object scenes are unique in that many of them feature mini-puzzles, which is a nice touch that you don’t see very often. The scenes themselves are well-drawn, with no deceptively hidden elements and just enough difficulty to keep your eyes sharp.
The plot of Frankenstein: Master of Death isn’t dull, but it doesn’t add anything to the original. This is a shame because the Frankenstein machine raises some fascinating ethical questions, which are only briefly addressed. The music is pleasant yet forgettable, and the sounds are appropriate.
The term that comes to mind when describing Frankenstein: Master of Death is “pleasant.” There are no logical leaps required to progress, no mind-boggling puzzles, and nothing about the presentation that we found tedious or annoying. However, if you’re looking for something a little more difficult, you might want to seek it elsewhere. However, if you’re looking for a leisurely experience with some minor puzzle solving, this could be the HOG for you. Although the game is on the pricey side due to its length (it only took us 3 hours to complete it), full Steam integration adds some value to the package. At the very least, it’s worth keeping an eye out for a good deal.