If you're a fan of all things Lewis Carroll, then Mirrors of Albion is an interesting magical mystery hidden object game infused with some of Carroll's classic characters.
Set in the dirty underbelly of 19th Century London
The setting is the crime ridden streets of Victorian London and the aim is to stop the evil Queen of Hearts. The nice thing about Mirrors of Albion is that no two games are exactly the same - the plot and scenarios can vary from game to game. You must track down various hidden items located in various areas such as the dingy outskirts of London to Victorian mansions.
Along the way, you'll meet various characters from Lewis Carroll's classic books plus new ones as you take on London's underworld and gather clues along the way. There's also "Foggy Albion" to explore - a parallel city full of thieves and extra puzzles.
The aim is to earn experience points in order to access new places and buildings in order to uncover evil plans of the Queen although this is the major drawback of the game. It takes a long time to build up the points you need to progress which pushes you into purchasing different things to open-up new locations and other items within the game.
Standard hidden object format
Mirrors of Albion follows a standard hidden object game format although if you're unfamiliar with the genre, an extensive tutorial takes you though how to play the game.
The animations in Mirrors of Albion are excellent and the hidden object gameplay is quite challenging. Some parts can be extremely difficult to work out, but you can purchase hints to help you. The sheer number of objects you need to collect is quite overwhelming though and purchasing hints, combined with purchasing points, mean Mirrors of Albion can end up costing a lot to play.
You can exchange crystals for progress and energy points but you simply can't collect enough to play the game at a reasonable speed.
Note that on iOS, iPad1 and iPhone 3GS users are out of luck - Mirrors of Albion only works on iPad2 or iPhone 4 and above.
Better than most but it will cost you
If you like hidden object games, Mirrors of Albion is one of the better ones around but don't be fooled into thinking it's free - you'll end up spending quite a lot to actually get anywhere.