My goodness, what newfangled notions this BBC has of engaging readers!
As I sit at my writing desk, I turned to my dictionary to query the correct spelling of Hunsford, the dear little parish of my friend, Mrs. Collins, and what should I see in the margins of the page?
Twas an advertisement for that lady writer, Miss Austen. She seems to have misplaced her creations who have crossed over into one another’s stories of all things. Miss Austen needs to keep her characters in check or who knows what manner of mischief they will find themselves in.
I suppose the only Christian thing to do would be to assist Miss Austen in the recovery of her characters and set things back to rights. But my heavens! It’s a mystery indeed…
Rogues and Romance is the latest hidden objects game on Facebook with a twist — it stars your favorite characters from Jane Austen’s beloved novels.
The game structure is similar in design to other hidden object games (ex: Blackwood and Bell Mysteries). In order to solve the game, you must complete all the mini-quests which represent stages of progress in the game (ex: like chapters of a story).
The primary means of advancement are: guineas, which you can spend on things to furnish your manor; diamonds, which can instant-finish quests or purchase energy or commodities, and networking with your Facebook friends.
Instead of the chapter format, we have scenes organized by location within the works of Jane Austen. A central bookcase is your access to the hidden object quests (see photograph below).
As you can see from the image above, I have already unlocked some hidden object quests in Pride and Prejudice and my current quest is in Sense & Sensibility. The other four volumes remain locked until I am further along in my adventures.
Most Facebook games have a plot of land that you develop and can expand over time on a grid structure. Rogues and Romance operates somewhat differently. As you complete quests, you win ‘keys’ that you can use to unlock other rooms in your mansion. Here is an example of the manor house with a couple of unlocked rooms highlighted:
As you place furnishings inside your manor, you have the opportunity of adding Heritage to your home by placing special objects and upgrading them by asking your friends for appropriate commodities. Yes, they’ve figured out how to incorporate social networking here too — a general fault (in my opinion) of all games that assume that you HAVE a large party of friends interested in playing their game as obsessively (erm, as committed that is…) as you are.
As you enter these new rooms, you also meet different characters from Jane Austen’s novels which advances the overall story plot:
Will you join me in helping Miss Austen in her endeavor? Be sure to friend me on Facebook and let’s challenge each other to solve the mystery of Fitzwilliam’s and Elizabeth’s disappearance.
A gentle note to my dear readers: All images from the game are copyright The BBC Worldwide. Images used are for educational purposes to explain the game’s function and design. No copyright infringement is intended.