Spirits of Mystery: Amber Maiden Collector's Edition
Awesome HOG Adventure Game
This was one of the first games that I had bought when I first joined Big Fish. However for some reason, I didn't play it until the sequel came out. Well, now that I have played it I can't wait to play the new one. This game was totally awesome!!! I loved the storyline, the graphics were excellent, loved the music. It was a bit of a challenge but not so hard that I got frustrated. The HO scenes were clear and not very small. I played the game through in a day and played the bonus content. It was well worth my time. I don't think I have enjoyed a game this much in a long time. It is one that I will replay and I would recommend it to everyone. There are 2 difficulty levels of play. Hints and sparkles if you choose. Good for both novice and expert players.
April 16, 2012
HOS a LOT!!! Gorgeous Graphics, Lots o' Fantasy Fun!
Based on Completed Game in Export Mode (the 2nd of 2 modes).
These games are becoming so beautifully put together I Think us gamers might be getting spoiled!!!!! Remember "Zork"? How things have evolved....
Summary: I recommend this game for those who love HOS and fantasy fairy tale lands as this game is superbly done and delivers on all counts.
I would not recommend this game for those who tire of rapid fire HOS, especially if it comes at the expense of puzzles and adventure.
-----------Having said that --
HOS lovers, this is the game for you! Nary is a move made that doesn't first require completing a HOS. If a few minutes pass and no HOS is seen, just move to the next room.....
There are shimmers indicating HOS in Expert Mode which I appreciate! Thank you! :) It's no fun backtracking, clicking on everything to find the one nook with a HOS that I missed the first 5 passes. That's not adventure - it's tedium and aggravation. I can get these at work!
About the HOS; they are somewhat interactive with 2 or 3 items showing in YELLOW that require an action to reveal them or do something to change them - Some of these were cleverly done and made me laugh.
Also a nice touch, items removed during a HOS did not return the next time that HOS became active. The HOS are a blend of easy to more challenging. The flawless graphics allow many an item to successfully hide in plain sight. Yes, I had to use hints several times. sigh.
About the mini-games; despite being easy and puzzles we have seen before in other games, they were beautiful, creative, and cleverly executed which made them fun. My personal fav is the "One Octopus Band". Extremely cute and funny.
The bummer for me was that the puzzles seemed to get easier as the game progressed. In the final chapter there were few puzzles and those seemed tacked on, requiring only a couple of mouse clicks to solve.
About the storyline; It's a bit of what we have seen before -Witch curses a kingdom, when the daughter comes of age she must break the curse, but with a very nice twist at the end.
There are clues so the ending isn't necessarily a complete surprise, but still I thoroughly enjoyed it-- well executed and heart warming. It was a far cry from games that, after playing them for hours to reach the climax, roll the credits 3 seconds after the final move.
There is a journal that I used for reference only a couple of times, but it is detailed and as with the rest of the game very well done. It does give some hints.
No need for a map which is good, because there isn't one. The game closes off areas from previous chapters.
As always, I longed for an "area complete", but there were none. It would have come in handy as this game has a lot of rooms and scenes in each chapter. A number of them serve only one or maybe two purposes or are just pass-through.
With a couple of exceptions, the completed puzzles areas were closed off, but all else left wide open.
I did find that, the way the game is structured - constantly moving forward, the only backtracking necessary was when I had overlooked something and this happened a couple of times.
Maybe completed areas were open to allow gamers to revisit favorite areas?
All this praise, so why not give it 5 stars?
Well, I fall more into the camp of HOS are nice in doses when mixed with adventure and more challenging mini-games.
I felt "HOS Overload" mid-way through the game and the last chapter didn't help. It seemed clogged with HOS like weeds choking out the mini-games and adventure.
Still, it was worth sticking to it for that nice "pop" ending.
HOS Lovers of the world, enjoy!
November 4, 2012
I didn't have many expectations when I got this game to be honest, but it proved to be way better than I thought!
Obviously *points at username* I LOVE playing as a princess. Ever since I was little, like many other girls, I loved fantasy worlds. This game was so much fun because of that.
STORY: A kingdom is cursed and its inhabitants are trapped in amber by an evil witch. You, being a baby, are saved by your nanny and raised to learn of your royal origins at a later date. You go back through a portal and try to save your parents, the king and queen, and stop the evil witch. The story is a classic medieval fairytale. You have magic, castles, potions and everything you need to make yourself feel like a princess.
GAMEPLAY: Very smooth scene changing, you can chose difficulty. The journal saves important information, also the story. As a player I enjoy checking my journal, since I like playing from the perspective of my character. It's a classic adventure game with plenty of mini-games inside. I can't say if the game was short or not, because I playd it without a break and finished it in about 2-3 hours without using hints or skipping puzzles.
GRAPHICS&SOUND: The game offers exceptional visual quality. Professional digital painted scenes. The colors are vibrant and realistic. It doesn't make your eyes tired. The colors used for everything reflect the medieval times you're in. It offers animations for every cut scene and not only. The game has beautiful, non-disturbing music, the soundtrack being cut in multiple songs along the way, which I absolutely loved.
HOG&PUZZLES: The hidden objects scenes are quite easy. Now it depends how experienced the player's eye is, of course, but I found everything to be extremely easy to find. You also have some interaction between objects, you have to move stuff around to find some things. The puzzles were of easy to medium difficulty. You have some challenge in the game, but it focuses more on the adventure.
EXTRAS: You have a bonus gameplay where you have to destroy the evil you found at the end of the game. It's basically a short continuation of the main game. You also have the regular extras like music, wallpapers and concept art.
I absolutely loved this game and I'll definatelly get the second one
August 10, 2012
Can't go wrong playing this game.
I have to say this game was a lot of fun! It was very short though compared to its sister game (Spirits of mystery: song of the phoenix.) I have both games and both are collector's edition. I would recommend you not buy the CE for Amber maiden. The extras were not worth the money and the ending was poorly done (ended abruptly# with no feeling of an accomplished ending. Song of the phoenix has a very cute ending in the CE #I wanted to pull that cutie out of the screen I tell ya hee-hee-hee) Amber Maiden had A LOT of HOG where as Song of the phoenix had more of a variety of games, puzzles and hog. Both games are worth having in anyone?s collection that likes HO/adventure games.
September 20, 2012
Solid, though not spectacular.
I probably would have liked this game better, in all fairness, if I had not played Song of the Phoenix right before it; Amber Maiden pales in comparison. That being said, I don't regret buying it or playing it, and I still enjoyed the game (especially the ending, which was cool); it's not the best Hidden Object game I've played on this site, but not the worst, either. Ultimately, I liked the concept of the witch encasing people in amber, and those people or objects needing whatever "makes them complete" in order to break the spell.
July 13, 2012
This game is a beautiful made game as all the games from the same makers are.
Incredible graphics, story line and challenging puzzles and HOS.
Is worth every penny of it as a CE.
January 5, 2012
I just loved this game~!! And the bonus was wonderful too!!
I couldn't have finished it without the S. Guide~it was a great help and I still played the game and had fun!
Thanks Big Fish !!
Happy Gaming to all~
June 9, 2012
By far my favorite game. Made it through without skipping any puzzles. The music is enchanting and the story is engaging. The graphics are wonderful. Can't say enough good about it. Some may want more challenge . . but this was perfect for me.
The Collector's Edition is worth buying. The extra play was very satisfying.
June 28, 2012
Too many HO scenes
Overall if you like lots and lots of HO scenes, this is the game for you, but there were far too many for me - each scene held another one, so just trying to hurry up and finish it to get it done. Not much of a challenge at all.
October 10, 2012
I loved this game. The HOS had a few extra objects that were hidden. The mini-games were just right for me not too challenging but not too easy. I was able to figure them out as opposed to skipping. This is one of my favorite games. I didn't want to take a break.
January 31, 2012