The Secret of Hildegards
Bad at all levels
Non-existent story. No instructions. But the thing that really irritated me were the HOGS. You're asked to find things like Rowenberries. Ever heard of them? They want you to find secateurs. Huh? Turns out those are garden shears. They ask you to find an umbrella. There are three umbrellas in that scene and you get penalized for clicking on the wrong one. The graphics are extremely poor.
This is just a really amateurish attempt at game making.
March 22, 2012
NOT FOR BEGINNERS
the initial story line is good but once i got past it, i was suddenly in the game. no instructions. no option of what level i wanted to play. the hidden object part seemed to be set up to make the player fail. objects are too small. the hint is so small that you might miss it the first time you have to use it. a black crow on the dark background is a hit and miss. i.e., if you happen to just click on it by accident, you will miss it. if the game thinks you are clicking around is blanks you out for a bit. but there are several times when i knew i was on the object and had to click on it about 3 times all over it before the item would disappear. one object i clicked on 4 times and finally thought it was a red herring. when half were gone and i still was missing the rest, i went to hints only to have the program highlight the one i had clicked all over.
i am a casual player...there was no option for it. there was no tutorial. this game is not on my buy list.
February 14, 2012
A very positive review
I must disagree with my two negative fellow game-players. This is a fine game. The storyline is, as indicated, no more than a setup to motivate you for your search. Something mysterious has happened in your prestigious British family, and you determine to return to the estate to search for "clues." Essentially, this is a game for people who enjoy hidden object games, with minigames thrown in for good measure. These people tend to pick up books (or their Kindle) when they want an actual storyline.
The music is fine, if you enjoy music playing with your game. It's tinkly piano and violin, and I even saw my doggie nodding her head in time.
There are no interactive hidden object puzzles, and I didn't catch any characters speaking out loud.
The art work is elaborate, and has an old-fashioned look about it. This adds to the atmosphere, and does not cause objects to become hard to identify. In fact, it is quite possible to play in windowed mode, even on a laptop, and to continue to work in a different program at the same time, switching back and forth during the pauses. I enjoy doing this, and it isn't easily done with some games. There are, as is usual, 12 objects listed per scene, but one of those is a multiple object: 7 feathers, 12 springs, etc.
To answer specific objections: rowanberries are the berries from a rowan bush, just as blackberries are the berries from a blackberry bush. They aren't common in the US, but that doesn't make them extinct. Secateurs are pruning shears. Ta-da! You've learned a new word. Look it up if you don't believe me.
Interestingly, there were not multiple "umbrellas" in a scene. There was one umbrella, which happened to be the required object, and one parasol. The difference is, one is used as protection against rain, and the other, usually more decorative, is used as protection against sun. Humans did not always have access to bottles of goo containing spf 15. If you would like an easy reference, recall the scene in Sound of Music where Martha says she wants a pink parasol.
I encountered no difficulties when clicking on objects. The only requirement was that the point of the clicker needed to be on the object, and not simply somewhere in the vicinity.
I had no trouble whatsoever spotting the bright cyan cluster of stars that resulted when the HINT button was pressed. But in the case that I had missed the stars, HINT recharges very quickly
As for gameplay, this game is unique. #BTW, there is no such thing as "very unique."# You have choices as to the direction you take within the Hildegard estate. Once your choice is made, you find several sparkling areas, indicating hidden object scenes. You play a scene, and are rewarded with - not a necessary object, but - a minigame! These games range from simple to HELP ME!!! Thank goodness for the skip button. When you complete #or skip# the game, you are again rewarded, this time with a token.
I have bought the game, but that's as far as I'm going to take you in this review. By now you should know whether you will enjoy the game or not. I think the negative reviewers were just cranky when they played, because they wouldn't have chosen a HOG if they didn't like this type of game. I haven't finished playing, so I can't answer two questions which are of importance to me: how long is the game, and if I play again with the same player name, will the objects be different? If it is of good length, and if the objects change, then it is perfect. I'll be interested in finishing it #in which case I will reply to my own review here# or in reading the answers in another gamer's review.
Thanks for reading. - Christine
May 3, 2012
Second time around is still a no-go
Apparently, I tried this game in the last year, because it had my name and only 44 minutes on the trial today. I have been playing these games for only one year, and I didn't even remember it at all. As has been said by others, there are absolutely no instructions. The music is monotonous and depressing. I got to the same point as last time (I used a different player name), but I could go no farther. The hidden objects are hard to see, but that's the case in some other games. By the way, I know what secateurs are, but only because I used to watch Martha Stewart! This game is not for me...and I'll try to remember that!
May 3, 2012
No headaches here
I am moving under the assumption that this is an older game.
No bells or whistles here.
Graphics are clean, music light and unobtrusive.
H0's are old style but fairly well done. Only encountered one spelling error in the trial.
Play in mind of elimination of possibilities for some items on your list..i.e.
... if your list says watch and there is only a clock in the scene obviously the clock.
....there is a difference between a parasol and an umbrella
..."curling" due to elimination = curling iron.
Play goes as follows:
Just a straight ahead Hidden Object followed each time by a standard puzzle with a light story thread. None are difficult though you can skip the puzzles.
If you are looking for a relaxing game this would qualify.
May 3, 2012
I really can't recommend this game
This seems quite an old game, but that really doesn't excuse the poor quality.
It's very dark and depressing with items that are so blended into the darkness that the task borders torture. Hence I gave it an 'excellent' for Level of Challenge :-). One reviewer mentioned the naming of the items. Well, all I can say to that is that English really does come in different languages. I learned UK English and the first time I came across having to find 'faucet' I had to google the meaning of it, as over here a 'faucet' is a 'tap'.
If at all, I could recommend this game to somebody who likes stabbing about in the dark and doesn't get easily annoyed. For me it's not even worth spending the reduced price as today's D/D.
May 3, 2012
As previous reviewers have said, this game is not for the beginner! The Hidden Objects can be hard to find, but the hint button does allow you to get the hints necessary to complete each scene. I averaged about 2-3 hints per scene. In the mini games, few have any instruction at all. I attempted all of them. In some cases I thought I had completed the game correctly, but then nothing happened, so I had to skip the game. If you are not familiar with many types of mini games, it can be rather frustrating.
I did complete the game with the help of Hints and Skips.
The ending is a little abrupt and leads me to believe there is a sequel out there now or it's being developed.
I got the game on sale for $2.99 and I feel that's a good value.
May 3, 2012
I started this game & was enjoying it Then I came to a puzzle that I did not understand & there was no instruction about what to do.
The HOG was ok but nothing to say where to go next. Unless you scan the page with your curser until there is a magnifying glass you have no idea where to go.
Not one of your best BFG
May 3, 2012
Really Really Bad!
All the other reviews submitted hit the nail on the head so I wont go into detail as to why I so disliked this game. So why did I waste my time you ask? Guess I was curious...just had to see how bad it really was. Not worth the star I had to give it..very poorly made! To put it mildly...this game SUX!
May 3, 2012
Confusing game...many errors...
I have only played the demo of this game, but there are far too many errors for my taste. HO list words are confusing. It says watch, it means clock...it says curling, it means curling iron...it says pointe, it means ballet slippers, etc. There are words in the HO list that I have absolutely no idea what they are, and therefore had to use several hints. Perhaps that is intentional, as part of the challenge?
Most of the HOS have very dark portions and the HO are blended into the darkness. Some of the HO are VERY TINY SLIVERS of an object and/or indistinguishable...like you need a microscope to find them...again I had to use several hints. None of the HOS are interactive.
The puzzles I found to be okay and for the most part easy, as I am an intermediate HOPA gamer, but there are absolutely no instructions whatsoever. All puzzles are skippable.
The music, graphics, etc are just okay, and nothing special...actually this game seems a bit dated. The storyline is very prominent in the beginning, with a ton of reading, however becomes almost non existent during game play. It's just HOS after HOS with a few puzzles thrown in, almost as an afterthought it appears. This is a very linear game, with not much exploring. I have no problem with that, and if it weren't for all the errors, I may have purchased this game as the DD.
May 3, 2012