Flux Family Secrets: The Rabbit Hole
If you enjoy hidden-object games, Big Fish Games is your go-to publisher. In the tradition of Secret Mission: The Forgotten Island and Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst, Flux Family Secrets: The Rabbit Hole features beautiful graphics, challenging puzzles, clever animations, and a compelling story line. But this game has a twist: You need to go back in time to repair glitches in history.
Flux Family Secrets: The Rabbit Hole is the second game in a series that follows the adventures of Jesse and her time-traveling family. After a harrowing experience in Flux Family Secrets: The Ripple Effect, Jesse has been trapped in her family's mansion--30 years in the past. Your task is to set history straight and help get Jesse back to the present.
The first few chapters in the game are devoted to finding entry to the Flux family's secret lab, then repairing a time machine. Until then, the game is fairly standard. You get welcome help from Little Jesse and her grandfather--which you will need, since many of the tasks are complicated enough to be frustrating. As with other Big Fish hidden-object games that I've tried, often the hidden objects are so obscure that you need to avail yourself of a tip or two in each scene.
Once you start time traveling, you get the added satisfaction of interacting with historical characters that are just slightly off balance (for example, a Henry Ford that makes pocket watches, not cars). A nice touch in these scenes: Quotes from personalities such as Abraham Lincoln and Paul Revere. It's educational, too!
Flux Family Secrets: The Rabbit Hole is enjoyable on its own, but it's a good idea to have some knowledge of the previous game. Luckily, The Rabbit Hole includes a detailed overview of the earlier installment. The $7 basic version contains this overview plus the game. A $20 Collector's Edition adds an in-game strategy guide, bonus games, and details on the Flux family saga--plus, the game has high-definition settings that let you take full advantage of a HD display.
I tested the Collector's Edition on a Windows 7 laptop without HD capabilities and enjoyed it thoroughly--my 9-year-old daughter became absolutely hooked. She even read the quotes from historical documents with interest. Flux Family Secrets: The Rabbit Hole is great fun.
Note: This download includes the Big Fish Games installer, which is required to access the demo for Flux Family Secrets: The Rabbit Hole. This software is harmless and can easily be uninstalled if you decide not to purchase the game.