Chronicles of Albian: The Magic Convention
Hours of Fun Play
This is one of the few hidden object games that took me more than a day or two to completely beat. That being said, towards the end of the game, it started to feel a bit repetitive and it took a bit of effort to finish the castle upgrade because I felt like I was playing the same levels over and over again. Overall, it's definitely worth the price--good graphics, good music, and a decent story.
November 23, 2011
Lovely game, maybe a bit difficuelt to find all the items.
November 15, 2011
A fun HO game
This is a fun HO Game. Its very challenging because part of the hidden objects are extremely small. The graphics are really pretty but some of them are not terribly clear. You earn money to make the castle and the grounds pretty. Fun choices. There are also gems to collect and the hints are helpful for some of those really small items. There is also a little fairy to help you out. It has a cute story to go along with the game and the dialogue is funny. The mini games are also fun. It is very long and enjoyable and the music is pretty and kinda calming. Give it a try.
July 30, 2013
After playing Chronicles of Albian 2, I had to go back and replay Chronicles of Albian. It was a fun game, but the items and jewels and fairies were really hard to find. There were two modes, relaed and timed. There are jewels to collect to increase your income to refurbish Albian Castle. There are also mini games where you can get rewards in cash, also to use for refurbishing. There is a fairy in every scene to give you a free hint and to accumulate to five hints you can find magic wands to get those extra hints. There are wallpapers that you can unlock at certain levels and extra puzzles. There is no voice over, only reading what the characters have to say. All in all it is a fun game, just really hard to see the items.
June 18, 2013
good game-will be buying it shortly
May 18, 2013
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
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
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
Buyer's Remorse: This is no Farmington Tales
I seldom purchase HOGs, but I purchased this game because I'm huge fan of design/remodel games and the game developers behind Farmington Tales and Tales from Lagoona became a credible force with me after playing their aforementioned games. Wow! I am having buyer's remorse.
The music, storyline and the castle upgrades are nice. But, the HOG scenes resembled a crammed junkyard and the objects are very, very tiny and difficult to see. I found myself moving closer to my monitor to locate items. I didn't have this problem with Farmington Tales or Tales from Lagoona because the graphics in those games are viewable... and I played both games more than once. This game was frustrating to play after five minutes of play time.
If you purchase this game, you will need the vision of a hawk to spot objects. So, be prepared to be frustrated. Have an ice pack and a magnifying glass nearby. Buy at your own risk.
November 23, 2013