Faircroft’s Antiques: The Heir of Glen Kinnoch Collector’s Edition is another fun entry in the series. While this hidden object game might not be as unique as its predecessor, it remains an upbeat adventure with an enjoyable cast of characters.
If you’ve played either of the previous games, you’ll see some familiar faces. But what’s nice is that the town of Glen Kinnoch seems a bit more diverse than Treffenburg. Unlike what I said in my last Faircroft’s Antiques review, this town isn’t “full of good-looking people who are all too happy to help Mia learn about their town’s history.” Instead, it’s only mostly full of good-looking people. There are also a couple of characters who straddle the line between polite and curmudgeonly, at least for a spell.
The story has a solid measure of charm and variety to give it a satisfying flow. In contrast to Mia’s last trip, this entry shows she’s best while on the job. Being a conservator hunting for a castle heir brings some welcomed substance to the proceedings.
The hidden object scenes do more than just list items through silhouettes, giving clues, finding collections, and more. The puzzles are also more varied than the jigsaw and mahjong types seen prior. There are more minigames like finding items in pictures that don’t belong, for instance. This helps lessen the sting of returning to locations five or six times.
The locales themselves offer some attractive eye candy. The manor garden is an area where I’d tend to linger with the evening glow of the moon washing over falling leaves and a running fountain. Light animations like these give the game a bit of extra life.
Sadly, while I don’t recall bugs from the series first game, this follow-up shares some of the glitches David found when reviewing the last installment, primarily image errors. I’m not going to list them all, but the Barn level had several on its own that constantly distracted. Coupled with the times when the dialogue would jump and load times that are a bit longer, the game seems to lack the final layer of polish.
Thankfully, I noticed more of an effort to connect the messy scenes with the story, which made me more involved. This is something many games in the genre struggle with, so it’s nice to see an improvement here.
Faircroft’s Antiques: The Heir of Glen Kinnoch Collector’s Edition delivers a 10-plus hour hidden object adventure that’s just as fun as the initial game in the series: Treasure of Treffenburg. More variety with minigames and puzzles is welcomed, as is better incorporation of hidden items to the plot. Only a handful of bugs knock the game down, but not enough to stop me from recommending it to genre fans. I hope to see more of Mia Faricroft.