Forbidden Secrets: Alien Town is a hidden-object adventure game. In the role of Clarisse, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Biosafety, you arrive to Fort Nightingale to investigate a series of strange phenomena.
The town, which once was a beautiful place to live, is now almost completely in ruins due to an epidemic that caused people to fall into stupor. You soon discover that children are affected in a different way; a TV program is turning them into zombies. Clearly, something scary is going on, and it is your responsibility to find out.
Your search starts up in an abandoned railway station and takes you to explore a large area with the goal of collecting objects and clues. The elements found will help you solve the puzzles you come across, and this will let you advance in the investigation. Most of the time you will be looking for keys to unlock doors, trying to fix old mechanisms that need oiling, and interacting with people and the environment.
The game will walk you through the different locations by means of cursor changes that indicate clickeable spots. The area is really vast and there is a lot of backtracking; fortunately, the interactive map will help you move around and jump from one location to the other faster.
A variety of mini games are part of the challenge, and solving them will grant you additional objects and tools for your search. HOG scenes are also pretty interesting as there are some variations; for example, you may have to drag objects from the list to their appropriate location in the scene. Hints, on the other hand, will help you spot objects in HOG scenes, and can also be used as a guide all around the game area.
The game looks excellent all the way through, with graphics and music that create an atmosphere of suspense and mystery, and with some impressive cinematic cutscenes.
In short, Forbidden Secrets: Alien Town is an enjoyable puzzle adventure with a well-told story and all the elements that casual players expect in a game of this type.
- Interactive map
- Many areas to explore
- Excellent graphics and music
- Different types of HOG scenes
- Collector's Edition includes the strategy guide and other extras
- Excepting a few variations, the gameplay is exactly the same to the rest of titles in the genre