While many games (even casual ones) look to challenge players sometimes to the point of frustration, it's nice that MumboJumbo's Samantha Swift and the Hidden Roses of Athena gives players a relaxed yet challenging experience.
This DS version of the hidden object PC game by the same name puts players in the shoes of Archeologist Samantha Swift as she hunts for treasures from civilizations past. Along the way she meets the highly-competitive Ravena Stryker and the gloves come off, as it were.
The game is played through a series of hidden object games where the player is given a list of items to find in each area to continue the storyline and move on to the next area. Some items are quite obvious while others seem to blend into the well-detailed (for a DS screen) environment. Some items even need to be dug out. Swift is an archeologist, after all. Finally, for items that just seem to be nowhere in sight there are two options: a hint feature that pretty much points out an item's exact location and a scanner that will show an outline of an item.
To mix things up a bit, Athena has a few mini games scattered here and there. None of them are all that complex and consist of matching games and other casual game alternatives.
Accessible for most any aged gamer, Athena offers a good pace of gameplay in a no-pressure environment. Because of it being a storyline-heavy title, this is a completely linear game and that means replay value is practically nil. Compared to the PC version, the DS version of the game is far inferior in visuals but is quite similar in gameplay and mechanics.
Samantha Swift and the Hidden Roses of Athena is pleasant though unimpressive, but is a game worth picking up to have a nice, casual, no-pressure game to fire up from time to time.
Final Game Guys grade: C+
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