If you ever wanted to play your way through Pride and Prejudice instead of just watching the BBC miniseries and ogling Colin Firth, now is your chance.
What is it?
Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Anthologies takes the storyline of Jane Austen’s novel and makes a hidden objects game of it, requiring the player to locate various items needed to move the story forward.
How does it work?
The game follows a (very) abridged version of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice, with you as the player taking on a variety of character roles throughout the story. You must complete a series of tasks to move the plot forward, such as preparing a dinner or brightening up a room for a sick relative. Between tasks, sepia-drawn cut scenes and character dialog fill in bits of the story to set the scene for your next task.
Gameplay is the standard hidden object hunt-and-find style, where you are required to uncover a list of items relevant to the task at hand, such as a tea service or ingredients for supper.
Items in your inventory may be combined to create compound objects, such as joining a blade with a knife handle to prepare a meal. Minigame challenges are integrated throughout, and are available for replay after they have been successfully beaten.
Is it contagious?
Jane Austen fans will undoubtedly find the game adaptation to be great fun, assuming they are not busy rereading the novel in iBooks, of course. Casual gamers will find a moderately challenging hidden object game with an incredibly difficult-to-follow storyline (cut scenes are a mix of dialog, ladies writing in journals, and written intertitles, so it can be challenging to keep the story straight).
On the positive side, there is a fantastic Guitar-Hero style piano minigame, where you play the notes as they slide down over the keys—actually one of the best music-themed game challenges that does not require you be able to read music!
If you are a fan of the original book (or Victorian literature in general), Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Anthologies proves an enjoyable game adaptation of the literary classic. For those who are not Jane Austen fans, steer clear; the game turns scenes from the book into mini adventures, so it still feels an awful lot like reading the novel.