Behind the Reflection 2: Witch's Revenge is a simple, rather tedious hidden object game from Alawar. It looks to be from around 2012, though it feels older in playing style. Some HOGs are reliable fun, with stories that roll forward and puzzles that engage the player, and some feel more like they are designed for monster-loving big kids. This is one of the latter.
In general, each setting has something that needs to be assembled from pieces that are mostly in plain sight, with a final piece obtained by completing a hidden object scene. The completed object points you in turn toward the next thing that needs to be assembled, and so forth. Each also yields up a piece of a larger object that will complete the segment when you have collected all the parts.
There's nothing wrong with this mechanic, but it doesn't hold much interest here, and eventually I hoped each scene would be the last. The story starts in suburbia, where you are the mother of a young boy who was kidnapped by The Evil Witch in the prior installment. She gets loose from prison, zips back to your place, and seizes your boy again. The witch flees using mirrors that bring her to various locations in different times, and you give chase. You'll end up finding the missing pocketwatch for an astral butler, restoring a pet fish to a talking tree, and so forth. Some of the hijinks are fairly amusing, and the art is good and the music is unobtrusive, but overall it felt to me like a string of scenes stuck together without much reason.
The game is available on Steam via the Hidden Object 5-in-1 collection, which I got from a Bundlestars bundle. The collection is a pretty good deal, but the games are all installed under the HO 5-in-1 header; if you're a card collector, then, you'll only get cards for the bundle, not for the individual games, which also don't register as separate titles in your library. I'd probably like the bunch better if the games installed individually.
One of the included games, Mountain Crime: Requital, is quite good; another, Vampire Saga: Pandora's Box, I had played elsewhere, and it's decent but not great. The remaining two titles - Weird Park and Twisted Lands - are both sold as collected trilogy titles on Steam. If you are likely to pick up the collections elsewhere, like via bundles (I already had one or two without actually shopping for them), then the 5-in-1 is less of a bargain. It could have been put together a lot more kindly.
Play time ran about six hours, and some of the puzzles were unnecessarily fiddly. I wasn't that into the game, so I ended up skipping several puzzles, which doesn't affect the outcome any.
Post edited January 08, 2016 by LinustheBold