Chronicles of Albian: The Magic Convention
It starts with a cute scene, good voice over, but after, the game get kind of slow. Voice over disappear (you have to read the dialogue), music is kind of annoying and... you simply enter into a scene (like kitchen, room , etc) and play several HOG at the same location. That's boring, very repetitive!
The main challenge in HOS is the size of objects (particularly in notebook)
Besides the required list, you must collect:
- gems - to earn money to rebuild the castle;
- magic wands - to gain hints,
- little fairies - who find an object from the list.
It has just a few mini games and they are easy and well known, like sliding blocks and simple puzzles - like to assemble a dollar bill, and the parts are large and few.
Despite all this, is a game that entertains.
February 1, 2012
This is fun to play!
The graphics are absolutely gorgeous, and as a bonus you get all the lovely scenes as wallpaper. It?s in the style of a classic HO but with the added fun of sprucing up the castle and grounds in preparation for a magic conference. There are many HO scenes, plus hidden gems, etc., to find, and lots of funny dialogue. It has good minigames that, as an extra feature, you can revisit. This is a wonderfully long and enjoyable game!
March 20, 2012
Straight hidden object
If you like straight hidden objects then give this a demo but be warned, the H0 scenes are hard.
The prologue has a voiceover but once the game starts there is just lilting (rather boring) music & dialogue which is clickable if you read quickly. The background graphics are pretty although the characters look dated.
There are 10 puzzles to solve ? these are mini games by another name & you also unlock wallpapers as you play. You are given 3 hints to begin & you can find others but if you do not find any more then as far as I can tell there is no automatic recharge. There is a misclick penalty which soon becomes annoying as objects are so very small that you inevitably end up clicking incorrect items. And when I say small I mean miniscule.
There are a lot of things to think about besides actually finding the H0s;
in each scene there are extra hints to find in the form of wands (more than one in most cases)
a fairy that will pick up one of your objects thus removing it from the list
a speed bonus to earn cash for finding an object very quickly after it appears on the list
jewels are scattered through the game & you earn cash for locating these
The money is used to buy upgrades to the castle & like all games of this type there are three varieties to choose which can be changed if you want to.
December 17, 2011
Good game but a little repeatative
This was a fun game, nice and lighthearted. You end up spending a good amount of time on it, but the thing I didn't like was that the reason you spend so much time on it is because you have to keep searching the same scenes over and over again many times.
It WAS fun for me though to fix up the castle, which is why I kept going till the end, doing the same old searches to make enough money to buy the upgrades.
So if you don't mind searching the same scenes quite a few times each then you should really enjoy this.
November 24, 2011
Love this game
Some objects are challenging to find but there is a fairy in each search who will locate one item for you. There is no wondering what you're supposed to do next like some hidden mystery games do and you have no clue what it wants you to do next. In this game you are earning $$$ to remodel the castle with different models to choose from and each has a different $ amount you have to earn before you can buy it. I found it very entertaining. There are a lot of levels in this game so it will keep you busy for quite awhile. Would like to find another game like this by whoever created this one.
November 17, 2011
One of my favourites
This game will be played over again, as it is one of the most fun games I've ever played. It's good for teens as well as adults as there is nothing really gross in the game.
It's not a heavy action game, I enjoy missing object games and it's a little more involved because you sell your items to help with the castle.
The music is so relaxing and beautiful. It makes it very pleasant to take time for yourself, with a fun game, pleasant music, and nice bright, colourful scenes.
November 17, 2011
Serious HO Fun
I don't know how I missed this when it first came out, but I'm glad I finally tried it out. It has been a long time since I played a straight hidden object game, and I didn't realize how much i had missed it.
The storyline is charming, light-hearted, and magical- you need to help restore the castle for an upcoming magic convention. The story is cute, but not intrusive, so you are never more than a few clicks away from the next hidden object scene.
There are some nice puzzles that pop up on occasion, though they are all skippable. Since they provide extra money for restoring the castle, I solved all the ones I cam across.
It is the HO scenes that really drive the game play. Every room is bursting at the seams with cleverly hidden items. It has been a long time since I had to work so hard to find the items on my list- not because they are small or hard to make out, but because the placement was very clever. There are also gems (which give more money for fixing up the castle), wands (which give you more hints), and fairies (who uncover items for you) hidden in each scene. Any time I can't find an item on the list I search for one of those, and by the time I've grabbed a few jewels or picked up a new wand, suddenly my fresh perspective uncovers the item I was having trouble with.
There is also a nice bonus for finding items quickly, one after the other, so as my skills starten to sharpen, I would find 4 or 5 items before starting to click them to get big bonuses.
This is a very straightforward hidden object game, but it is so well executed that it really grabbed me. I was shocked when the trial ended so quickly...the hour just flew by.
June 5, 2012
After reading the reviews I decided to give this game a shot and I loved it! It's a really long game which I enjoy as well as a challange. The HOS are not easy. A lot of the items are small and very well hidden. If you are a HOS lover, and love a challange this is the game for you.
I like the storyline being the niece of a fairy godmother and having my name in the story line, the music is lovely and over all it's a lot of fun. I bought it in the first 10 minutes of the demo.
May 16, 2012
After reading the reviews of how challenging the scenes were in this game, I just had to try it.
I have to agree with the other reviewers, for the most part. The scenes are stunning looking and the items all blend in very well with their environment, offering much more of a challenge that the majority of HOGs out there. However, there are extra hint wands hidden ALL OVER THE PLACE and, if you wait long enough, an item will glow, showing you where it is.
But, all in all, it still had an engaging story, beautiful scenes (that can also be unlocked to use as wallpaper), and some interesting puzzles. Each scene led so perfectly into the next that it was hard to find a good stopping spot!
So, if you're looking for a challenge and a magical, fairy tale storyline, the Chronicles of Albian is for you!
August 22, 2012
Fun but flawed
This games combines some fun features: pleasant story line, nicely drawn images, bonus for multiple items quickly found, variety of mini games and the ability to "improve" the castle as you progress.
Unfortunately, many of the HOs are so small/obscure/poorly differentiated from the background that, for me, it wasn't challenging - it was frustrating. There are hints that can be used (you get a bonus for those unused, and more are available in successive searchable areas).
It's worth downloading the free trial to see if the pros outweigh the cons for you.
February 1, 2012