Free game of the day

9:07 am Games

I often download and play the free game of the day from gamehouse.com. I’ve been meaning to start reviews of them for a long while but the game from Feb 2 moves me to comment. The game is called “Dr. Wise, Medical Mysteries” and it sucks.

It’s pretty obviously a re-theme of a previous game. Or a re-graphicing. Not sure what to call it. However, that’s not the issue with it. The issue is the inconsistencies with in the game and the constant crashing.

The problems start with the icon as installed. It is labelled “Millionaire Manor - Hidden Object Show 3″. Not a big deal but it shows the lack of attention to detail by the game creators/publisher.

Once into the game it uses a pretty common layout of column of buttons and items on the right third of the screen and the scene using the left and middle thirds. No issues there.

The story of the game is two interns sent to the homes and work places of their patients to assist in diagnossing them. They receive their instructions from Dr. Paul Wise. I can only assume that Dr. Wise is a copy of some TV doctor as his dialog is insulting, rude and arrogant from the beginning.  This doesn’t endear the game to me to begin with. 

The concept of interns being sent away from the hospital doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. It is so fantastic, it escapes my ’suspension of disbelief’ net.

The most major problem: The game seems to crash after each level, unless the level is the chapter end. Yes I persevered all the way through the first chapter and into the next. Again, I’m pretty forgiving and the program crashing was a boost to get off the couch and do other stuff.

The next problem is the incorrect labeling of items. Towards the end of the second chapter, the doctor tasks his interns to find several ‘closeup photos of the patient’. The game requests “old closeup photos of patient” in the item list. There exists only one photo in the scene and clicking it had no effect.  What did have effect was selecting x rays scattered around the scene. That’s quite a closeup if you ask me. I clicked on an x ray because they were obviously out of place in the location. Players who are less experienced with these types of games, (read: less obsessed) might have been completely stuck.  Once four x-rays had been found, the game is willing to continue. Sort of. It crashed again.

I don’t think I’m being ultra critical here. The mis-labeling of items to be found is a common problem in casual games. It’s often pretty obviously a culture/language issue.  But in this case, combined with the crashing and general bad attitude of the dialog and story, it’s just a deal breaker. I won’t be finishing this game.

As a reviewer, I feel the need to have a rating system but I don’t really want to go with stars or some other standard one. I’ve been casting around for one that would fit my life but haven’t found one yet. (Laundry loads, dishwasher loads, cat box cleanings?) If you have any ideas, please feel free to leave a comment.  Regardless, this game blows chunks. No further rating needed.

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