Everest: Hidden Expedition
It's a race up Everest in this delightful and time consuming iPhone app.
Last month, we heaped tons of praise on Big Fish Games' exquisite object finding game, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir. Although the company has yet to release its popular series on iPhone, it just launched the next best thing: Everest: Hidden Expedition. With multiple images to examine and a sweet .99 price, this is one of the best apps you can buy.
Similar to Mystery Case Files, Everest challenges you to locate a list of objects cleverly hidden within an attractive image; simply touch the object with your finger to strike if off your list. Items include ice cream, toy soldiers, a sombrero, a cat, a balloon and snowflakes. Some are easily seen, while others will take an eagle's eye to locate. If you grow frustrated, you always have the Hint button (it needs to recharge after use, and you have an infinite number of uses), but come on. Don't cheat.
Instead of just throwing a bunch of puzzles your way, Big Fish Games crafted a fun and simplistic story. In this case, you're an adventurer that must lead your team to the top of Mount Everest before your opponents. Each team seeks to complete the same puzzle, and you can see everyone's progress along the bottom of the screen. If someone jumps out in front, it's time to put on your glasses and put those eyeballs to work.
As we expected, the game has gorgeous imagery, some of which are actual photographs. And to help you get up close and personal, Big Fish Games allows you to pinch the scenery and expand it with your fingers, as you would with a standard iPhone picture.
All told, it's hard to find fault with Everest: Hidden Expedition. Big Fish did a marvelous job designing a thoroughly entertaining app that looks great and is incredibly fun to play. And at .99, you'd be a fool not to cough up the dough. Download it and enjoy. Let's hope this isn't the last object finding game we see from this very talented company.
What's Hot: Gorgeous scenery, varied stages, tons of objects to find, neat premise, excellent touch screen controls, only costs .99.
What's Not: Playing it for hours will most certainly kill your phone's battery.