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Game Giveaway of the day — Insider Tales: The Stolen Venus 2

Help Francesca find the masterpiece and convict the culprit!
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User rating: 36 (86%) 6 (14%) 22 comments

Insider Tales: The Stolen Venus 2 was available as a giveaway on February 24, 2018!

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A world-renowned painting has been stolen! Help Francesca find the masterpiece and convict the culprit! The luxury cruise ship, The Empire, is boarded by rich tourists, a world-renowned art-exhibition, and a thief. Soon the highlight of the exhibition is stolen and Francesca di Porta, the famous detective, is disturbed in her well-earned holiday to investigate undercover and prevent a panic among the passengers in Insider Tales: The Stolen Venus 2! Solve the case using your Hidden Object talents.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.0 GHz; RAM: 256 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 203 MB

Publisher:

MyPlayCity

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/6181/insider-tales-the-stolen-venus-2/

File Size:

164 MB

Price:

$9.99

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Insider Tales: The Stolen Venus 2
In Brief
Insider Tales: The Stolen Venus 2 is a hidden Object game with mini game puzzles.
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Installation:
Insider Tales: The Stolen Venus 2 downloads to a 164 MB zip file that unzips to three files, (a setup.gcd security wrapper, the set-up file and a read me). Those with multiple hard drives can save games on any drive they wish. The newly installed game is 199 MB in size. The game installs to the following path by default, but can be changed by the user if you prefer:
C:\Program Files (x86)\MyPlayCity.com\Insider Tales - The Stolen Venus 2
Four shortcuts are installed to the desktop, three of which can be safely deleted (Play Online Games, MyPlayCity Games and shortcuts to a free online game which vary each week). Also, if you don't like icons installed to the quick launch task bar, make sure you uncheck the box when the additional tasks window appears (after the Select Start Menu Folder window)
Introduction:
A world-renowned painting has been stolen! Help Francesca find the masterpiece and convict the culprit! The luxury cruise ship, The Empire, is boarded by rich tourists, a world-renowned art-exhibition, and a thief. Soon the highlight of the exhibition is stolen and Francesca di Porta, the famous detective, is disturbed in her well-earned holiday to investigate undercover and prevent a panic among the passengers in Insider Tales: The Stolen Venus 2! Solve the case using your Hidden Object talents.
Reference accessed HERE. 23rd February 2018
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The Game:
You might think that if a large, priceless statue is stolen in a cruise ship the police would simply prevent the ship from docking and conduct a thorough search until they find it. But where would be the fun in that? Where would be the opportunity for hidden object searching for clues in tourist locations across the Mediterranean? Maybe Italian police really do handle things differently. In Insider Tales: The Stolen Venus 2, a new adventure game from the developer Intenium, Detective di Porta indulges in a little pizza making and even surreptitiously enters a Greek archaeological site on her leisurely course towards nabbing the culprit.
Your cursor is your friend here. Sparkly areas might be hiding hidden object scenes, where you'll be given a list of objects to find. Sometimes you'll have to manipulate the scene by using an object on an area to uncover more hidden objects. You'll usually receive an inventory item from a successful hidden object scene, and you can also pick up inventory items in regular scenes. Watch out for your cursor's shape changing to indicate if you can pick something up or zoom in on it. Most of the puzzles are solved entirely by left clicking with the mouse, but occasionally, usually for tile swapping and assembly puzzles, you may need to right click to rotate pieces.
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If you're getting sick of hidden object adventures where it's always midnight, the crimes are disturbing and probably occult, and the "happy ending" is stopping the serial killer at his seventh human sacrifice, this light and frothy cruise ship romp might just lift your spirits. True, it doesn't have the big budgets of many other series, but it's done well in prioritizing. The art is clean and crisp and easy on the searching eyes. I've played enough games with horrific voice acting not to feel like I'm missing much by that missing feature. The length is fairly decent as well, between three and four hours, depending on how much you use skips and hints.
The game's big drawback is some sloppiness with the writing or perhaps the translation, with some glaring mistakes. Not only is this unprofessional, but in a few cases, it actually causes confusion. At one point, the detective is presented with what appears to be some boxes under a tarp. I tried clicking on it. "I can lift it with my bare hands" said the detective. But nothing happened. I tried clicking again. She said the same thing. I was worried I had hit a bug and consulted a walkthrough. From context, she should have been saying "I can't lift it with my bare hands" and it ought to have been a clue to find some other method of lifting the tarp. The game also is fairly light on instructions for solving puzzles. If you're the kind of person who considers figuring out what to do to be part of the fun, this will be a feature and not a bug, however.
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Insider Tales: The Stolen Venus 2 doesn't do anything Earth-shattering. You're not going to be rushing to write about this in your diary or kept up at night by dreams about it. In fact, in some ways it's a nice trip down memory lane to the kind of hidden object game that got me hooked on the genre in the first place, before success brought the big budget hits that aimed to tell huge, sweeping stories with gorgeous art, amazing soundtracks, and often, huge amounts of creepiness. It's nice to know there's still a place in gaming for a humble little stress reliever like this one. (Although the identity of the villain is a little bit creepy... did not see that one coming.)
Edited reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by Joye April 2, 2011. Reposted by Whiterabbit-uk 24th February 2018.
Other Reviews and Videos of Insider Tales: The Stolen Venus 2:
You can see Big Fish community reviews of Insider Tales: The Stolen Venus 2 HERE, some walkthroughs HERE, HERE and HERE and if you want to see some game-play you can HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
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Conclusion:
Insider Tales: The Stolen Venus 2 is a seven-year-old old hidden object game. It has the usual hidden object puzzles and a selection of mini games. It’s an okay game, good enough to keep me playing for a few hours; however, HOGs are not my favorite type of arcade game, so I do find it difficult to get inspired. If you expect an exceptional HOG like Stray Souls: Dollhouse Story, Eventide: Slavic Fable, Space Legends: At the Edge of the Universe, Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart or Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride (IMHO), then you’ll be disappointed however, if you enjoy playing HOG’s this is worth a download. I won’t give this a score simply because I’m a little biased and find it difficult to be fair minded when it comes to genres I’m not really interested in (except on the rare occasion I do find one that is inspiring.
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If you miss today's game giveaway you can always get the game via MyPlayCity 24/7 HERE; or If you prefer to purchase the game you can get it HERE via Big Fish Games.
Problems getting the game to work:
If you're having problems installing or activating or getting Insider Tales: The Stolen Venus 2to work please visit the FAQ's Thread HERE and read through the communities comments because sometimes fixes have already been posted, for example, a common issue seen since the Themida wrapper was introduced three years ago is that some community members installation of the game is blocked by their security (usually an error message is flagged for example 'The executable is corrupted' even though in reality it is not) because Themida code has been known to hide malware, so as a precaution some anti malware programs will block and even delete the suspect installation files even though they are actually free from malware. This issue can be solved either by rebooting your computer in safe mode with networking or a quicker method is to temporarily turn off your security software to allow the installation. In the almost 11 years theis game giveaway site has been operating there has 'never' been a game given away that was infected with malware.
If for any reason you want to contact the giveaway team, for example, you have a game to offer the community, or are unable to download the latest game or other issues that the FAQ's thread or these comments don't cover or solve you can do so HERE
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I'd like to take this opportunity to thank MyPlayCity for giving away Insider Tales: The Stolen Venus 2 and also to the game giveaway team, as always, for securing other ways to get free games.
Useful Information not related to today's game giveaway:
If Insider Tales: The Stolen Venus 2 doesn't interest you, but you still hanker for something new to play, you'll find details of some game deals whether they be sale items, indie bundles or games being given away for free HERE (I've not updated the thread in a while, but most of the links still take you to the latest deals).
The rest of the information that used to be posted in the game review can be found in the forums HERE. Finally, check out Delenns thread for details of other free games and offers HERE
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#14

At start, it was a lot better from the "Insider Tales - The Secret of Casanova" but when reached the kitchen room on the ship and after, this game took the downhill really fast.

*Game finished*

Verdict

6/10 because it was free
4/10 if I had to pay

Reply   |   Comment by FILIPPOS  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

In the Puzzle Match names on lists , Only one list is showing up. Can anyone direct me to my Issue?

Reply   |   Comment by Robert Blankenship  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

The pointer has some laggy delay in motion, almost a strobe effect at times. Stops after exiting the game each time.

Reply   |   Comment by Jon  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

Hi,

It downloaded quickly. Opened easily and the arrow kept moving around. Since it was so unsteady I thought there would be an option to change to the regular cursor, but its not offered. Therefore I cannot play the game. I let it play through the introduction and still the cursor moved all over the page. I have windows 8. I've never had a cursor be this difficult in any other game. The game did look interesting, but I can't play it,. Have a great rest of the weekend, Lee

Reply   |   Comment by Lee  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

Runs fine on Windows 10 64 bit home edition and not stressful. I ran into a puzzle (the alarm system) that I am going to hold off on, but it looks like a fun game.

Reply   |   Comment by Therese S.  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#9

Was a little leery at first of this one, as #1 in the series from last week was not that great, but this one is a winner, even if it is old. The HOG scenes are much more normal: challenging but not so incredibly dark that the objects are invisible as happened with #1, and this one has a skip button, though I haven't had to use it (I think I'm almost done.) The non-HOG puzzles are generally fun and challenging, though some were a little silly, and there are a lot of them, which I love. While I like HOGs, I much prefer when they are interspersed with brainteaser-type puzzles and this one has it all. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by neme  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#8

Windows 10 Pro. Works in windowed mode, but full screen pointer lags so slow can't play the game. Tried Compatibility Troubleshooter, but other modes just made it even slower. I have Version 1 and that plays fine. MyPlayCity says Version 1 requires Direct X 8, Version 2 requires Direct X 9. If that means anything.

Reply   |   Comment by Semo  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Semo, I finally got the game to work by using Compatibility and lowering the Color Depth to 16-bit.

Reply   |   Comment by Semo  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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Tried this twice. Screen turned black after I clicked on the very first thing in the game. Second time left it up on the screen and after a couple of minutes it gave an "unrecoverable error" and in the details it said "engine.exe caused an EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION in module ."

So, guess the only thing to do is uninstall. Same Windows 10 I was using with the previous Insider Tales giveaway, which worked without errors. No idea why this one doesn't run similarly.

Reply   |   Comment by Beadmaster  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Oh, it said "EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION in module ." Not sure what happened to that last part, hope it shows now...is that deleted in comments by software?

In case it is it's "less than sign" UNKNOWN "greater than sign."

Reply   |   Comment by Beadmaster  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Yeah, deleted again. So software here is stripping that out in comments. It said "engine.exe caused an EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION in module 'less than sign' UNKNOWN 'greater than sign'." Sorry about that!

Reply   |   Comment by Beadmaster  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#6

I have Windows 10 Home 64 bit Ver. 1709 and could not play it correctly because the game arrow is bounce around and so it is to difficult to click on the searched objects. This problem I don´t have with other games.

Reply   |   Comment by nibo1978  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#5

Downloaded and reinstalled twice. Will not go to Full Screen. Uninstalled

Reply   |   Comment by badhippo  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#4

Not a bad game at all. The puzzles require quite a bit of thinking, and that is not a bad thing. My brain can use it.;-) Interesting topic. Though I have only played through a few scenes, I quite like it. Running Windows 10 on a 32 bit laptop.

Reply   |   Comment by Judi P  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#3

Windows 10 ver 1709. Clean reboot. Why does my arrow bounce around and make it difficult to land on the object or place I want to get or go? No problems like this with other games, and I have a lot.

Reply   |   Comment by Marcy  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Marcy, here the same error.

Reply   |   Comment by nibo1978  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

Just finished "Stolen Venus 1" - "Venus 2" just comes right on time :-)

There seems to be a bug in the Hidden Object Scene in the second room - where to get the screwdriver and the bulb.

I finished this room without receiving the screwdriver and the bulb (inventory remains empty). When trying later to re-access the room, this is no longer accessible. So no more progress possible.

I had to re-start the game with another name, taking care of receiving these two objects now. And this time it works.

Reply   |   Comment by marie  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Getting stuck with the pizza making part now, and how to spread the tomato sauce on it. So many walkthroughs with the same problem. If somebody has the answer, thanks for publishing it here?

I give it up.

Reply   |   Comment by marie  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

PS: Would be better to have a "skip" button for this session of game instead of "hint"

Reply   |   Comment by marie  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

marie, You have to left-click hold the spoon and follow the trail Don't let go, don't get off the path, and don't let the new trail catch up to you. You have to spread I think it's 3 layers of sauce doing that same thing for each layer. hth,

Reply   |   Comment by Semo  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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