Broken Hearts: A Soldier’s Duty is a very dramatic title for an equally gripping tale. It is a hidden object Mac game with solitaire card games to unlock.
The story begins with recently married couple, Maria and David Fox. They are experiencing discontent and growing apart from each other and are at odds with each other for unknown reasons. Further obstacle to perpetuate this unfortunate relationship is David going off to war. The life of an army wife is too much for an already unhappy marriage and what happens to Maria is the story that follows her once blissful life.
The main play is the hidden object games that take you back to happier times and places for Maria. You have a choice of 3 modes to choose from: Normal, Hard and Insane. In Hard you must find the Normal objects and harder objects and Insane you do not get hints in addition to the other modes. These plays are different from other HOGs. Instead of listing the objects they give you the type of objects to search for in each location. At the wedding reception you need to find drinks and desserts to earn hearts. I liked this kind of search since you do not have to keep looking back at the list of objects, and the items are pertinent to the subject matter. However, it is not as easy as you may think because near the end of your search, it becomes harder to identify the items. This is where the 2 types of hints come in handy. You can click on the Name hint and it will give you the name of the item like tart or pudding. If after receiving the name and you still cannot find the object, you can click on the Outline hint to see what it looks like. Surprisingly these 2 hints helps a lot, but unfortunately, using them will lower the number of hearts you have accumulated. You can also zoom into a section of the screen. Just remember not to click too many wrong items or your cursor will freeze for a few seconds.
The hearts will unlock the solitaire card games that Maria likes to play when she is depressed. There are 5 types of games: Klondike, Prisoners, Free Cell, Golf and Pyramid. How to play each of these games will be outlined at the top of the screen. If you are not a card fan, you can return to the HOGs easily.
Broken Hearts: A Soldier’s Duty is a melodramatic story about romance, love, tragedy and more. If you are into romance novels, you’ll enjoy this tale, but if you are like me, you’ll think the story is a little depressing. If you can handle being down, try this HOG for a fun time. If not, just play the original and well thought out games, both HOGs and cards. The music is soothing and appropriate for each section, and the artwork is good. The only negative may be the repetitiveness of the objects and scenes but to be fair, most HOGs are like that. I give it a 3.5 for the plays.
Features of Broken Hearts: A Soldier’s Duty:
- Romance Tale
- Original HOG Plays
- Unlock Solitaire Games