01st Apr2021

‘Faircroft’s Antiques: Home For Christmas’ & ‘Heir of Glen Kinnoch’ Review (Switch)

by Phil Wheat

Faircroft’s Antiques: Home For Christmas

Mia Faircroft’s Hidden Object travels continue! With her friend Maria Wise in tow, Mia returns to her family for a well-earned break. But home is not without its fair share of problems, and soon she gets to work to rescue the holidays! Explore vividly realized hidden object scenes, restore works of art in fun minigames, and bring joy this season in Faircroft’s Antiques: Home for Christmas!

Faircroft’s Antiques: The Heir of Glen Kinnoch

Mia Faircroft returns in this thrilling new hidden object adventure! When the untimely demise of one William MacDougal leaves his castle without an heir, Mia is called on to the humble little town of Glen Kinnoch to retrace his past and find his relatives. Uncover long-lost secrets through beautifully rendered hidden object scenes, piece together art and history in engaging minigames, and help the townsfolk find a new future in Faircroft’s Antiques: The Heir of Glen Kinnoch!

My Thoughts:

Faircroft’s Antiques: Home For Christmas and Faircroft’s Antiques: The Heir of Glen Kinnoch are both point and click, hidden item adventure/puzzle games from developer BoomZap and publisher Ocean Media – the latter of whom specialise in such titles, previously releasing the likes of Myths of Orion, Black Rainbow and the Tales from the Dragon Mountain games.

The gameplay in both these Faircroft’s Antiques games are essentially the same. You’re presented with a scene and you have to navigate your way around, locating objects and solving puzzles – typically by finding items and using those items to unlock other items and/or areas. You can also, like typical RPGs, combine items in your inventory. Thankfully the Switch’s touchscreen is built for games such as these – such a shame then that the screen size hinders your discovery of items. I honestly found myself either squinting at the screen or using the “show objects” hint waaaay too many times. Though in terms of graphics it’s VERY hard to not do these types of static hidden object badly; and to be fair to both games they do look good, with pin-sharp detail throughout.

Whilst the touchscreen works well, playing both games in docked mode is just… odd. The developers have chosen to replicate mouse-like controls using only the right joycon: the right stick is the pointer control and the ZR trigger is a mouse click. Though the ZR button was, in both games, incredibly unresponsive and light years from the smoothness and responsiveness of a finger on the touchscreen. Though the biggest question has to be why just ONE joycon? And why not one of the regular A/B/Y/X buttons for a mouse click? Using the ZR trigger works, it’s just an odd choice. Not a game-breaking choice but a strange choice nonetheless.

I’m a sucker for the hidden-object puzzles that fill these titles, and there’s plenty of those here. It’s relaxing gaming for all ages, and being able to sit and merely press the screen to solve these puzzles is a lot of fun. With both titles you get a myriad of puzzles, mini games and quests that are easy to jump into, and if you like this kind of thing, will tick the right boxes. I know these point-and-click puzzlers aren’t for everyone, but they have their audience, and these are two of the good ones. With plenty of new and fresh gameplay mechanics to set it apart from the various similar games out there, yet is similar enough to appeal to fans who want more of the same. The story is enjoyable, and the puzzles, which come thick and fast, offer varying degrees of brain twisting difficulty, with some being as easy as you like, and others causing you to sit and think for a while before jumping in.

Faircroft’s Antiques: Home For Christmas and Faircroft’s Antiques: The Heir of Glen Kinnoch are both available on the Nintendo eShop now.

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