The Agency of Anomalies: Mystic Hospital Collector's Edition
Creepy, Immersive H/O Adventure!
I judge the quality of the games I play by how well I get 'sucked in' to the story. This was one of the games I found very immersive. The story was different than the usual, the graphics and sound effects were spooky and the line of reasoning was fairly clear to follow. The H/O scenes were good; some were 'busy', but not impossible. I would recommend this to adults only. I found it to be a great game!
November 22, 2011
This is one of my favorites to date.
1. The storyline was different. It's set in a military hospital, and 'experiments gone wrong' on military personnel have created monsters that you have to track down.
2. Great graphics.
3. Widescreen option - yay!
4. Varying levels of difficulty in puzzle games. Skip option.
1. An awful lot of 'junkpile' hidden object games. Some of them have 2-part items, where you have to uncover one item to get the one you need or put two pieces together #personally, I like these, so for me that part is more of a pro#.
March 6, 2012
Expect the unexpected?
It's a bit ominous to begin with, but really an excellent game once you get into it. Good length, some good puzzles, H0G scenes with a twist, artwork suits the theme, some clever animations. The bonus chapter adds to the game and is very long.
January 13, 2012
Good Game but...
The Strategy Guide was not integrated into the game. Every time you want to use the Guide, you have to call up the menu, select the guide, click to the page that corresponds to where you are, and the guide doesn't keep it bookmarked for you. You have to call it up and and click to the page you need every time. Also, there is no map, so a lot of needless clicking to go forwards and backwards. DIdn't like that...
April 17, 2012
This game was quite creepy & fun at the same time! The story line kept you wanting to continue to see what happens next. The graphics and sound were exceptional. There were many hidden object scenes and some are interactive. That's always a fun plus to games. There are quite a few mini games too. Some were a bit challenging and really made you think. That's a good thing in an adventure game! There are achievements to acquire. Be on the look out for postcards to collect. There are 20, we only found 19, so we missed one achievement. We finished the main game in 3 hours & 45 minutes. We didn't finish all at one time, but the game keeps track of how long you play. The bonus chapter was excellent and added over an hour of play to the game. We think this was worth the collector edition price and are glad we purchased. We did not use the strategy guide, so we cannot comment on how useful it was. There is now a sequel out for this game and that's next on our list to try.
February 12, 2012
INTENSE SCI-FI THRILLER! NOT FOR LITTLE FISHIES!
Played through demo only on Advanced Level. Nothing out of the ordinary other than game being an intense psychological thriller and me feeling terrified. Extraordinary artwork. Not a whole lot going on in the demo other than me poking around, completing mini-games and hidden object scenes. Recommend for gamers who like sci-fi thrillers. Did not purchase.
December 26, 2011
Bonus Review Included: CE approved!
If you like spooky, dark and long games..this ones for you!
I loved every minutes of it! Remedied me of Redrum and The Haunted Halls series, I loved them and this one is even better!
The most important thing I wanted to leave a review about is the Bonus Chapter. I wish more people would so I know to buy CE or SE as I usually wait for the CE sales and buy a bunch then, unless its a series I have to have the day it comes out.
HO Scenes have some interactive items, Junkpile ish, but fits in with the area you click on and the era.
Mini-Games have a lot of unique ones, a few common one, some are quite challenging, especially in the bonus game. (There is a repeat sequence in bonus game, I hate them but unlike most random answers, this one solves in in the SG! Thank you!!) You will def need the SG to get all the achievements badges IMO. I consider myself an expert and used it about 8 times.
For me the game took almost 7 hours total according to the score list. However I played it over 2 days, thats just my style.I take smoke/food/medicine breaks. I read everything, try for all the badges and stop to enjoy all the scenes along the way. This is my first game to play with NO hints or skips and it was a perfect one to make that challenge to myself!
No doubt this game was sooooooo worth the CE cost..I even had the SE from a sale.. took a chance with the latest BOGO sale and I'm glad I did! The achievements made for a great challenge, one is to get the highest score so that offers a replay factor (you can replay the Mini-Games too to get faster at them for the high score badge) and with 20 postcards to find to as well it all made the game waaay longer than the SE!.
There is a ending if you buy the SE.. BUT it doesn't leave you with any storyline for the sequel like in the Bonus Chapter. I would have missed out on that for sure. If there is a to be continued ending, I want to see how one flows into the next game and not miss a thing storywise.
Also for me the Bonus Chapter was very very long, (I think almost 2 hours of my game play was the Bonus Chapter alone) its full of Mini-Games and HOGs and lots of new places. So with a to be continued storyline thats not in the SE, tons of new content, 20 items to find, badges and one of the longest Bonus Chapters I've played after 50 CEs this game is 100% CE worthy!
August 24, 2012
Super Wow Fantastic
I can hardly wait to buy this game. The graphics and story line are all very good. It kept my interest had plenty to do. It is almost a perfect game. My only draw back with the game is the hint button showed me what to do in a room I already knew what to do but had not found the tool yet in which to comply. I was stuck and wanted to know where to go next. It took a few attempts of a lot of back and forth to figure out how to use what I already had. This game is going to be difficult to get through without a descent hint button.
July 30, 2012
A great game with interesting creatures to defeat.
- Music, suitable to creepy vibe of the game and wasn't annoying
- Very little voice acting, but the the voice actor for the narrator was great
- Graphics were attractive and items identifable
- "Reverse" H0 scenes, placing objects into the scene was fun
- Satisfying ending
- Bonus game added about 2-3 hours of play (it hints at a future game, but is not needed for a satisfying ending if you chose the standard edition over the collector's)
- "Click field" of the items was very precise which made small or thin objects difficult to click.
I went with advanced setting so only H0 scenes were indicated on the screen. I spent a lot of time going back and forth to find items to continue the game. Locating all of the postcards (20) was very challenging. Despite all of the positives about the game, the annoying small "click field" of the items was enough for me to detract a star. I hate being unsure if I have the right item or not because I'm not clicking just so on the item. At least there didn't appear to be a click penalty which was very beneficial since I had to click quite a bit sometimes to hit the item correctly. I still recommend this game to fans of the genre!
September 3, 2012
Excellent and Original
This has to be one of my all time favorite games on Big Fish! I loved the game overall. The attention to detail in this game really paid off and made me appreciate it even more. The visuals were simple yet impressive, the artwork was beautiful and creative and the sounds were down right creepy! A perfect combination for a real winner. As you play you'll feel like your in the world of the X-men, only during the world war I or II era. But the storyline is original. No fancy twists in the plot but its enough to keep you hooked.
One of the features that i really like in the game was a special HOG scene that i havent seen in any other series. In this particular scene you have to match items in your inventory to associated items on the screen (ex. if you have a match in your inventory, look for a lamp or cigarettes on the screen).
Another thing that sets this game apart from other titles is the attention to detail. Clicking on certain objects can make a certain sound and scare you in your seat, clicking on portraits and paintings can give you a little surprise too. I like that little addition, it makes the game more enjoyable.
Challenges and puzzles are fairly straightforward and easy to solve but still maintains a decent level of fun. HOG scenes and well done, objects are well hidden but not impossible to find on your own. You wont have to use the "hint" button or a walkthrough to get you though this game. Its very doable. My only criticism is that it felt a bit short.
The collectors edition is definitely worth it as it gives you additional game play where you are accidentally teleported to the island on the lake.
In the game, you journal has tabs for keeping track of the story and clues and also a tab for a specific list of objectives that you need to accomplish. This feature was very helpful to me. On the same corner theres a "Top Secret" folder section where you collect files from different locations that gives you a small video clip of the story and character development. This was also a very nice touch to the game. There is a Hint button but i never used it. You can skip puzzles that you must obviously be too lazy to solve, because all the puzzles are very easy and very doable, i never had to skip anything.
Overall this is a great game with hours of fun. The extra game play makes the collectors edition worth it. If your looking for a great HOG/adventure game, stop thinking and click "Buy it".
August 22, 2012