Really, it was just okay
I love hidden object/adventure games, and I'm always looking for games that are bright and colorful with a low creep factor. I found this one on a daily deal, so I went ahead and bought it. This fits the bill, but I did have some issues that made me a bit unhappy.
This is a fractured object game, and on each level you'll have a few scenes to find pieces of objects, and once those objects are completed you can use them somewhere in the level. I've played games exactly like this before- one of my favorites, Snark Busters comes to mind- but for some reason this game just didn't pull me in. I finished it, but I found the longer I played the more I wished it would just end.
I think part of the reason for my dislike may be how easy the puzzles were and the fact that most of them repeated several times throughout the game. Most weren't even puzzles- they were things like memory games and matching objects to outlines. Very simple.
Another thing I absolutely hated was that there was nothing to indicate when you had found all the objects you could in a scene. In each scene there are fractured objects laying in plain sight, but there are also several that are hidden behind or within other things and can't be found until you do something in another scene. Problem is, since I didn't know when I'd finished finding the objects out in the open, I just sat there and kept looking for object pieces that weren't even there. It wasn't until I used a hint that I found out there were no objects left to be found at that moment. I ended up wasting hints in every level just to make sure I wasn't looking for things in vain.
The hint button, by the way, is not all that helpful. It will help you find objects that you may not be able to see, and it will tell you if you've found all the currently available objects in a scene- the thing I mainly used it for. It will not tell you how to use an object or what the next step is that you should take in the game.
I think the game could be cute for beginners of this genre or younger folks. For me it was just too simple. The graphics were so-so. It is an older game so I wasn't expecting too much, and the graphics were good enough that they didn't hinder gameplay. The game overall was okay, but not one that I would go back to.
May 27, 2012
Game was fairly difficult
I finished Magic Encyclopedia (First Game), but it was only due to personal stubbornness. The fragments of objects were pretty difficult to find, and I often found myself clicking systematically all over the page to find small invisible pieces. The idea of the game was very clever, and the sequels were much better than this one. You have to put several objects together by collecting all the pieces. Often you need to go into more than one location to be able to use all the completed objects. You also need to solve puzzles in order to find all the pieces. There is no "Skip Puzzle" button, so you have to tough it out sometimes. I found myself exiting the game and looking on one of the online walkthroughs to see how to solve two or three of the puzzles. Other puzzles are very simple. You have a limited number of hints to use, but if you run out you can earn more by finding 10 question marks in a special scene. In every level you need to find ALL the amulets (jewels). You can tell if you've found all of them if there is a flag on the map for that scene. If not, go back and find them because you can't finish the game without them. In spite of the cleverness of the idea, I was mainly frustrated playing this game due to the invisibility of quite a few of the small pieces. I would certainly try the game for the free hour of play before purchasing it if I were you.
August 3, 2013
Not all that magical.
An OK HOG but some of the clues were hard to find and then when you used a clue it sometimes was not any help. Again OK but don't pay full price for it.
May 25, 2012
Not For Me!
I am not a huge fan of HOGs but there are some I buy when no good alternative genres are available. I truly disliked this one for not allowing the player to skip mini-games and for hints being somewhat useless ("the missing pieces are hidden" - well, duh!) I just wanted somethng to allow me to relax and the end of the day and this was too irritating for that.
May 24, 2012
Nothing but a pain in the .....
I played it for about 25 min and spent most of the time trying to figure out what to do next, I had 2 helps and when they were gone I had to try to find 10 hidden "?" in HO games, which I could not find the last one in either HO game, so no help and as far as I could tell I wasn't going to get any more until solved the ? HO game. Not good graphics (fuzzy) for a detailed HO game, so I pushed the kill button and went to find something else.
May 24, 2012