Pirates: far from just being blood-thirsty, barnacle-bottomed buccaneers set on slicing and dicing their way through sailors across the seven seas, many were simply lovelorn ladies looking for their lost husbands with nothing but the help of a magic orb and a hint of Pirates of the Caribbean plagiarism. Don’t believe me? Arr, you scurvy dog! Make sail for Spirit of Wandering…
Referring to itself uniquely as a ‘romantic hidden-object quest’, you are the lady captain of a ship or privateers until – and here’s where the plagiarism is suspected – “after an attack by the Flying Dutchman, the crew of the Spirit of Wandering and captain’s true love, Jack, were imprisoned in the spirit world.” Naturally, you’re a bit miffed by this so, armed with your aforementioned Crystal Orb, trusty compass and keen eye, you set about finding hidden objects in a bid to lift the Dutchman’s curse, save the hubby and crew, and get back to the romantic life of slaughtering people for cash at sea.
Okay, it’s quite the backstory for what is, in essence, just a hidden object game, but it’s always nice to see developers put the effort in; and G5 really have in all areas with this sharp-eyed app, imbuing it with superbly detailed artwork across 24 scenes in six different locations. Find the standard objects and then use the Orb to discover the extra-hidden ‘cherished’ items that hover between your world and the spirit domain, collecting them all to set Jack and your crew free again.
THE BOTTOM LINE
A hidden-object puzzler that doesn’t hide said objects in utterly idiotic locations like others of its ilk, Spirit of Wandering may be about as romantic as a Ron Jeremy movie, but well-designed, nicely thought out and eminently playable, if you’re looking for a perfect pirate-themed time-killer to test your powers of observation then – avast! – ye’ve found ye booty, me matey! Or something like that…