Is this a horrible game - no. And the locked game play that says Arcade is a curious mystery. Even the story has some verve - the man who would be pirate has a very tolerant daughter - I like her.
If a person were new to H0Gs and wanted a taste of every possible way items can be found (list, riddles, flashlight, silhouette, put into the scene) this game would be it. That person would also be pleased with the occasional puzzle. Maybe even be curious enough about the characters to enthusiastically finish the H0G scene for the reward of the next cut scene. That person is not me. I am H0Gged out.
I hate to fail, but with the advent of games that make us think - logic puzzles, using inventory, non linear tasks - I am so less inclined to berate myself for not finding that one last item in a pile of junk. Problem is I'm no longer enthusiastic about looking for that first item.
But that's just me. Objectively, I would give this 3 out of five The artwork is grainy, some scenes very dark. A little more story between H0G scenes would be nice. But it certainly has a variety of seek and find scenes, and puzzles, and apparently some extra game play to unlock.
If you still love H0G searches for their own sake, it's worth a demo.