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Android game Paranormal Agency offers a fun mystery to solve

by Caitlin M. Foyt

Paranormal Agency is a lot like those old "I Spy" books, only this Android game also involves solving a mystery.

You play as Heather Mills, a detective who has an especially rare gift: She can see ghosts and other mysterious entities. A Ghostbuster of sorts, she lately has been receiving lots of local calls to homes and businesses. Not only does she have to stop these poltergeist attacks, but she also must learn who is making them happen. To solve the mystery, you have to find the hidden objects on-screen.

When you play, you have the choice between playing in either "Classic" or "Relaxed" gameplay modes. Classic times you as you search, while Relaxed does not. The game has more than 50 different levels, and there are five different types of hidden object challenges per level, so chances are you won't ever be dealt the same hidden object challenge twice.

These hidden object searches will always take place in a large room, one that's often cluttered with all kinds of stuff. What's nice about this game is that these room aren't so large that searching on a small screen is impossible. You can also “pinch” the screen to zoom in and out.

The developers clearly put a lot of time into fleshing out characters and creating dialogues between them. It's quite fun for people who enjoy games with a story, but because these exchanges are usually a bit longer, I can see those who are just interested in finding the objects becoming irritated. Luckily, there's a way to skip the dialogue at any point.

What is strange about Paranormal Agency, though, is that the game's quality of graphics aren't consistent throughout the game. Pictures of objects have been mish-mashed all over the screen and you have to find and click on specific objects somewhere in the pile. What can be tough about this is that some objects are dark and difficult to see. It's almost as though these images weren't all toned and edited before being thrown together on a screen.

Another issue is trying to figure out what it is you're looking for. Sometimes the game will use words like “boots,” “doll” or “toy car,” but other times it will use silhouettes. Unfortunately, these silhouettes look like blobs, and it's impossible to tell what you're looking for. In a game like this, it's crucial that graphics are clear and clean.

Despite it's technical problems, Paranormal Agency is a very fun game with a lot of personality. It could definitely use some improvements, but it's still worth the $2.98 download.

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