Vortex Point: Time of Your Life Carnival
In Carmel Games' point-and-click adventure Vortex Point: Time of Your Life Carnival, when a little boy steals a rare and powerful statue from a collector of mysterious items, the Vortex Point's premier (and only) detective agency dealing with the occult is on the job. The boy was seen fleeing into a nearby traveling carnival, but nobody's been able to track him down since. To play, just click to interact whenever your cursor changes as it passes over something, and click an item in your inventory to "equip" it to use on the next thing you click. You can also combine items you're carrying when possible by clicking first one, then the other. Like most of Carmel Games' titles, Time of Your Life Carnival is designed to fit cozily into a break rather than take up an entire afternoon. It might be one of the developer's best looking recent games, with great detailed backgrounds, and a quirky story to match. The downside is that some of the puzzles aren't that intuitive, most centering on solutions that do technically make sense, but aren't necessarily clearly telegraphed. "Why would I think to use item X on object Y?"... well, because that's what you do when you're stuck in adventure games, obviously. Still, Vortex Point: Time of Your Life Carnival is otherwise an appealingly weird and fun little game, with a story that has a satisfying twist, and serves up a tidy, appetizing dose of adventure.
Thanks to Moti for sending this one in!