The world is full of wicked witches. If they aren't luring kids into their tooth-rotting candy houses, they are tangling your earphones or hiding your socks (you know witchcraft is the only logical explanation). So when a good witch comes along, you feel obliged to encourage her law-abiding ways, which is why you will help her find a solution to her current predicament. You see, in Habla Kadabla, the newest point-and-click adventure from Carmel Games, the title character is a young sorcerer who owns a nice little ghoulish gift shop. One night, some dastardly blackguard steals her enchanted cash register along with all her money. Habla must find the thief before she goes out of business, or else she just might be forced to start cursing people for a living.
Use your mouse to interact with the townsfolk and to click on anything that looks useful. The gameplay is as straightforward as can be – visit the few locations listed on your map, snoop around, pick up items and use them on different objects around town. The cursor changes when you mouse over a clickable item, which is a great help, and the sharp, pleasing graphics make the hunt easier. The story is appropriately nutty, as are Habla's investigative methods, but it all works in its magicky setting and makes for a charming game. Habla Kadabla is quite short and nicely intuitive, so it could be a great first experience for players who are unfamiliar with the genre. That's not to say that it won't please the seasoned audience; it can easily be finished in one sitting, but it's good, clean fun, with its cartoonish sense of humour and goofy logic. So, if you have a bit of time for a round of point-and-clicking, and especially if you can't wait for Halloween, this is a game for you.