Off the Record: The Final Interview Game Review
Game Developer: Eipix Entertainment
Game Genres: Adventure, Hidden Object, Puzzle
“The Final Interview” is the final installment of “Off the Record” game series. Previous installments of the game series as follows: Linden Shades, The Italian Affair, The Art of Deception and Liberty Stone.
Summary Excerpt from the game’s store page over at Big Fish Games:
When a renowned English horse breeder is stricken with a sudden and life-threatening heart attack, all fingers are pointed at you as the attempted murderer. You were the last to speak to him before he fell ill, and his death could be a huge boost for your journalism career. The trouble is… you can’t remember meeting the man or even coming to that town – a car accident has wiped part of your memory! Retrace your steps, from the time you set off to write the story of a lifetime to the fateful day you lost your memory. It’s a race against time to clear your name in this pulse-pounding Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game!
There isn’t much can be said about the game’s visuals asides from that they’re well done. Pretty much the same thing can be said about the game’s audio. The visual and audio can be adjusted in the game’s option menu.
There are four different game difficulty modes to choose from: Easy, Medium, Hard and Custom.
Cinematics and dialogues are given the option of skipping them completely without sitting right through them.
There’s an option to lock the inventory panel in place to keep it stationary.
There are interactive items in the game, they’re marked with a symbol, but sometimes these interactive items do require extra items before they can be interact with.
The interactive map allows the player to fast travel between each location quickly. It also indicates there are tasks that needs to be done at certain locations. But it isn’t automatically given at the start of the game.
The objective panel keeps track of all objectives in the game.
Most of the hidden object scenes consists of find “x” amount, riddle items, fragment items, traditional word list and shadow items. Some of them do require little or no interaction.
Most of the game’s puzzles are rather easy to solve without much difficulty. For most of the there’s a reset button but for all of them there’s a skip button. These two features are only present in “Easy” game difficulty mode.