Vortex Point 8
Here we are, another paranormal crime investigation! Vortex Point 8: The Rock is another installment of this spooktastic point-and-click adventure series by Carmel Games. So what's the newest creepy crime you've been called to resolve?
The mayor requests action tonight after another unlucky tourist went missing exploring the abandoned lighthouse grounds, the last of several incidents connecting the lighthouse grounds to untimely death. Yikes! With stories that the lighthouse keeper's body was never found, you've got the inkling that there's some ghostly involvement at play. Now it's up to you to get rid of the lighthouse keeper's ghost. As you explore and prepare for the exorcism, the cursor will change when you scroll over certain objects or people; the items you pick up will go into your inventory, which you can then use or combine with other inventory items.
Like other Vortex Point games, Vortex Point 8 is a fun, cartoonish, relatively quick point-and-click style game. The puzzles themselves are pretty straightforward, but there are moments when you have to experiment or return to the same place several times in order to progress. I appreciated having the map system as I was able to bounce from one part of town to another quite easily. I found the dialogue helpful in setting up the goals of the game as well, more so than in some of the previous installments of Vortex Point. And although charming in its own right, the voice acting and sound can be switched off from the settings menu should you find them too awkward (as I did). Overall the game is spoooooky (emphasis on the ooooo), good for a break from the daily grind. Finish the game and close the case on this ghostly adventure if you dare... until next time.