Finding Hannah is a relaxing hidden object game from Fein Games about the stories of three women, and how these stories help one find herself. I was given the chance to play this visually stunning game and here is my review.
A copy of this game was provided for the purposes of this review.
In Finding Hannah, you primarily follow Hannah, a millennial living in Berlin, as she tries to decide what to do with her life. Despite a well-paying career, she is unhappy and unsatisfied and seeks the advice of her grandmother and mother. We get a look at both of their lives as well, one during World War II and the other in the 1970’s. These three generations come together to help Hannah figure out what her purpose is and where her happiness lies in the world.
The gameplay is very simple, primarily using hidden object puzzles to collect stars to progress the story as well as earning resources to help unlock more scenes. There is a little variety in how they utilize the hidden object gameplay, such as telling you exactly what to find or giving a silhouette of the item you need to find. That helps keep it from being monotonous, as well as having the location of items change and subtle changes in the scene. Nothing to make the game overly difficult, but enough to mix it up and keep it somewhat interesting.
The other puzzle type is combining resources to fulfill requests. Using the resources you earn from the hidden object scenes, you will combine like items to create new, higher-level items. These items are used to fulfill requests listed to the side, which earn you points to unlock more scenes. This puzzle does take more thought than the hidden object puzzles, since your resource combining space is limited and once you upgrade a resource it can’t be reversed. But it still isn’t anything too difficult.
The best part of the game has to be the art. It really is stunning, full of color and character, and really paints a visual picture for each of the scenes. Kudos to the artists of this game because the art is amazing.
I have to admit that I got a little bored playing the game after a while. I wasn’t pulled into Hannah as a character enough to really feel invested in her story, and the gameplay is too simple for me. The simple gameplay is forgivable and understandable since it is meant to be a relaxing game. But when the story isn’t engaging enough to keep my attention, I don’t feel motivated to keep doing puzzles that don’t make me think very much. The story isn’t bad by any means, I just wanted to feel more connected and invested in it from the start.
Overall, Finding Hannah is a great game for those who want little difficulty in gameplay and would like to focus on the story. The overall experience focuses on being relaxing and calm, so if you are wishing for those aspects give Finding Hannah a try.
Do you enjoy hidden object games? Tell me your favorite in the comments.
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