Secrets of the Dark: Temple of Night
Nothing is what it seems
I had a blast playing this game, magnificently done. All of you that have interest in mystery adventure with a little horror should consider playing this game.
The good :
excellent story keeps your attention from begging to the very end( by finding VHS tapes you reveal part of the story)
nice graphics, lots of interesting locations( almost every location has light and dark side, so basically by switching lights on or of you have two different locations in one)
challenging puzzles, mostly brainteasers
hidden object scenes- 2 types- standard( find listed objects) and one where you have to find right place for displayed objects
constantly consulting your journal for codes and similar
music is annoying, a bit monotone
March 8, 2013
Worth the Money
Storyline: Game is about investigating a supernatural force behind the disappearance of people in a city. You will meet a few of those mysterious dark forces very briefly.
Gameplay: Game is a Reverse HOS (put objects where they belong in the HOS), with some animation. [If you see a skeleton, click it.] Objects are nicely sized and not merely peeking out from behind some other object. Graphics and sound effects are good.
Different: Game differs from others in that you open or close curtains to change the illumination of 4 locations (hotel, hospital, sheriff, museum), which is really changing from the ?now? to ?sometime in the past.? The differences are dramatic and you only close/open the curtains in the first room in each location. Changes in the past affect the present and vice versa. The last 20% of the game is in one illumination, and there are popup clues about when to change illumination so you don?t wander around for half an hour trying to find something because it?s not in that environment.
Limited traveling to the 4 locations, with 3 of the environments having only 3-4 rooms each. Variety of puzzles and mini-games which vary in difficulty. One cool thing: There are a few flipping games to get all the lights on, or variations thereof. You can restart the mini-game as often as you want, if you get so stuck that you?re dizzy and ready to give up. 30 minute skip penalty.
SE vs. CE: I would recommend the CE. 2 bonus games continue the story: you are saving the sacrificed residents of the city in new locations and trying to cleanse the city from any residual dark forces in the same locations as the main game.
TIME: The main game took me just over 5 hours. The bonus games added 3 1/2 plus.
September 2, 2012
Very Enjoyable Game
The best of this game is when scenes modifying (you have to do "something" for that) , returning to the past. The special effects are very interesting to see.
- Very good storyline
- Great locations
- Very sood sound
- Graphics are very well done, with care in details
- Several differents puzzles and HOS - not really challenging, but very entertaining and pleasant.
January 17, 2012
Has voice over and good graphics. The HO are not that hard and the hint button works well. Fun game to play.
August 13, 2012
Refreshing Central American theme
Spooky games are usually set in a haunted house, asylum, cemetery, etc. but this one is set in a deserted town that morphs into a creepy Central American village when it gets dark. This makes it even eerier than the typical game because it's such an unfamiliar setting.
Graphics have a grainy look to them and the music is not very good and seems out of place. A haunting soundtrack with Central American melodies and instruments would have added so much to the atmosphere! The morphing of rooms from modern day to the Central American village is very well done, though. The short videos that reveal the back story are great too.
Puzzles are very good. They're fun, more challenging than average and there's more originality compared to other games of the genre.
December 13, 2011
Unexpectedly longer than I thought
This was a fun game and I thought it would be a short game but I was wrong. I am no expert when playing these games and I thought I was halfway through after the demo. oh no.. probably took me 5 hrs or so even skipping a lot of the puzzles (which were hard for someone like me who needs more playing instruction than what is given). Loved the changing of the light in the rooms. Bought this on the 1/2 price sale and glad I did.
September 30, 2012
Secrets of the Dark: Temple of Night
Outstanding graphics and storyline. Animation adds to the ambience of the location. Rooms morph with change in lighting. Puzzles are excellent, varied, and challenging. Reasonably sized and well hidden objects match scenes. An interesting variation requires replacing items. Ending brings closure to the adventure, while opening the way for sequels.
Moving room to room required quite a bit of backtracking. Suggest taking notes to keep track of where you need to use an item once it is found. Appears CE may be worth considering, with two bonus chapters included.
December 8, 2011
I downloaded this as a demo and IMMEDIATELY opted to purchase it. It's a fun hidden object game! The way rooms change in the blink of an eye is amazing.
December 4, 2011
I want more like this
I loved the Aztec/Inca theme of this game. The tribal music fit right in. The warm earthy colors gave the game just the right feel. Of course the day to night game play was very entertaining. It's like playing two games in one.
I thought the beginning of the story was a bit lame. The illustrations and animations of the people were not that good. But once that was out of the way the game was really fun.
September 14, 2012
Awesome game - one of the best!
I loved Eclipse Mountain so had to try this one too, and I was not disappointed. It's really neat the way you can go back in time by altering the lighting in a room, usually by drawing the blinds. Quite thrilling the way it morphs from a fairly normal (but wrecked) present-day scene to something much more interesting and sinister. There aren't too many Hidden Object scenes - just a few for light relief. You have to travel around quite a bit to find the objects that you need, so you need to remember what you need and where you needed it, because it could be some time before you find it. For me this was enjoyable, as I don't like things too easy. The puzzles were about the right difficultly level, mostly variants on the usual things like Tower of Hanoi, turning rings, pairs etc.
The music is sort of tribal drumming, which belongs well with the scenery.
The monsters are a bit pathetic but the storyline is quite interesting.
Overall, a great game for those who like a bit of a challenge.
September 5, 2012