Il club di Jane Austen – Jane Austen’s estate of affairs
Jane Austen’s estate of affairs is a little-known game that combines the hidden objects mania with a story inspired by the life of the writer Jane Austen.
Hidden objects are a category of games that consists of finding, as the name implies, objects that are very well hidden within a setting. In this game, it is possible to find 20 levels with various types of challenges such as those searched with the name or the silhouette of the object.
The game’s plot unites the hidden objects sceneries and the mini-games, present from time to time. Christina, Jane Austen‘s niece, decides to look for her aunt’s legendary hidden manuscript to save the author’s home from the appropriation of unworthy relatives.
To search for the manuscript, various settings are explored, including a realistic Chawton House. In fact, the game takes up Regency era culture and customs and the characters, although invented, behave completely in line with the attitudes of the time.
Obviously, during the search, the protagonist will be helped by a gentleman who will also be part of their, even if briefly mentioned, love story.
The nice thing, besides the presence of Regency-era scenes and music, is the appearance from time to time of some of Jane Austen’s works’ extracts. Indeed, each level is aimed at finding one work written by the writer.
It’s definitely a very nice game to get lost in for one or two afternoons. It is quite short compared to other games in the same category and is neither too easy nor too difficult. To tell the truth, sometimes the final resolution of an enigma seemed obvious to me but this did not diminish the fun experienced in playing it. The puzzles, for their part, were varied and innovative.
The scenarios are very beautiful and catapult you into the atmosphere of the Regency era with their soft colours never tending to the dark, usually prevailing in the hidden objects games. The games are not timed, which makes the experience even more interesting and makes you want to play again.