Valerie Porter and the Scarlet Scandal is a hidden-object game with an investigation theme. In this game, you are a reporter who must investigate the framing for murder. Throughout the game, you will visit different locations looking for clues and information that help you find the real suspect. Every scene has a list of objects that you must find. The objects in red require another object from the inventory to be found. If you click on an object in the list, you can see its silhouette. If you have trouble finding an object, you can use the hints, which are unlimited, but take some time to recharge. To recharge them instantly, you can look for batteries that are also hidden in the scene.
Each scene has two batteries. Also, there are five bells hidden in all scenes. At the end of the game, if you find at least 50 or all of them, you will be awarded medals. From time to time, you can also play some interesting mini-games that can help you break the hidden-object gameplay. What is more, there's a button in the right part of the screen called story recap that shows you the evidence gathered and the status of the investigation.
Regarding the graphics, they are nice, but not completely detailed. Ocassionally, I couldn't distinguish certain objects, sometimes because of the graphics and others because they were too little, so the hints were really necessary. Sound effects are OK and the music is nice, but extremely repetitive and even annoying after a few minutes.
In short, Valerie Porter and the Scarlet Scandal is just another hidden-object game, with an interesting story and an enjoyable gameplay.
- Interesting story
- Good mini-games
- Annoying music
- Only one game mode
- Some objects are too little
- Graphics not so detailed