Phantom Mansion 2:
The Black Sea
Spiky-haired Hector, hero of the previously reviewed Phantom Mansion: Spectrum of Souls, has returned in a new Phantom Mansion series beginning with Phantom Mansion 2: The Black Sea. Having found a map, complete with a glowing red X, Hector is sailing the first sea, the Black Sea, in search of treasure. Before he can get to the treasure, he must first find his way through a maze of locked doors, moats, and puzzles. The Black Sea offers 20 new and challenging levels and fun for all ages.As before, control Hector using the [arrow] keys. The goal of each level is to collect all of the glowing skulls and find the exit. This isn't as easy as it sounds, though. Many skulls are hidden behind secret passages or in the middle of dangerous waters. By pushing boxes around, Hector can create bridges or trigger switches. Be careful! There are many ways to push a box in the wrong spot or to open doors in the wrong order. If you get stuck, you can restart the level or return to the main menu by hitting the [space] bar.
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On some of the more difficult levels, Hector is presented with a new way to navigate: a raft. This handy device allows him to push boxes across water and access otherwise unreachable places. Combining several rafts even allows him to carry boxes across large bodies of water.
Since the Black Sea is only the first installment in a series, it does not yet present the same spectrum of variety as its predecessor. Still, it offers some replay value on its own, allowing you to repeat levels to beat your best time. Thankfully, most puzzles do not depend on speed or timing, but rather planning and logic. Also, the tutorials are unobtrusive, with tips and suggestions posted on scrolls, hung on the walls in each level. The brave can easily skip these and move on with the puzzles. By the time the puzzles become exceptionally difficult, there won't be any friendly advice-giving scrolls around.
Stretch out the Halloween season a little, and play the first installment!
Cheers to Oliver, Hollyrr33 and Aurorab for sending this one in! =)