This puzzler is a modified version of PC point %26rsquo;n%26rsquo; clicker The Scorpio Ritual. The plot (religious artifacts, untold powers, sinister cover-up) remains, as do most characters (feisty lady archaeologist, crusty professor), but a lot of the pointing %26rsquo;n%26rsquo; clicking has been excised in favor of seeking %26rsquo;n%26rsquo; solving, followed by yawning %26rsquo;n%26rsquo; wishing you%26rsquo;d bought something else.
The Story mode can be polished off in two hours, with a generous hint system speeding things up. The game%26rsquo;s played for points, however, and you%26rsquo;re meant to play several times to beat your previous effort. That%26rsquo;s unlikely, as the plot%26rsquo;s generic and badly written. Activities are a disjointed mix of point %26rsquo;n%26rsquo; clicking, item-finding and touchscreen minigames - the latter two being available in separate modes. Had the game focused on just one (at a push, two) of these disparate bits it might have been okay, but as it is it%26rsquo;s a flimsy mess.
Jan 25, 2010