Secrets of the Dark: Temple of Night
It's ok...not the best though
A good game...but certainly not great! Some of the puzzles were real easy, with a couple that were more challenging. Just your standard HOPA. On the other hand, I always like it when a "High Scores" component is included in the game so I can try for a personal best.
September 30, 2012
Secrets of the Dark: Temple of Night
As a History teacher, I loved the theme. It take place in Yucatan, Mexico were the Mayas live and the developers mixed some things from the Aztec and Incas, which are from Peru. You change from day to night and vice-versa. HOS nice, even though I hate salamanders!. You have to rescue a friend with some clues. he left, but I'm not going to say anything else. Enjoy!
September 23, 2012
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
This was a fun Hidden Object-Adventure game with a variety of puzzles and H0 scenes. It has a few issues, but definitely worth playing.
- Closing curtains/shades transformed the room of the creepy-ish deserted town to creepy-ish Aztec temple room
- Some puzzles unique and interesting
- Skip options available for puzzles
- Some of the H0 scenes are placing objects into the scene which was different and fun
- Some of the H0 scenes had an interactive element
- Music repetitive and became a little annoying after a while
- Widescreen mode did nothing for my 17" monitor
- Graphics were so-so, but objects were not blurry because of it
- Voice acting not very good
- The game ran a little sluggish and sometimes the sounds didn't match up with the action. I have a top of the line laptop and don't experience these problems with other, larger games.
- Cursor is a little floaty and sluggish, even when custom cursor is turned off
Overall, it's a fun game even with its flaws. If you don't like snakes and other creepy crawlies, I would avoid this, otherwise give the trial period a whirl!
September 3, 2012
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
I played on advanced mode, it wasn't too difficult to figure out and only had to use the hint/skips a couple of times.
I loved the "softcore" music in the background, some complained but I'd prefer that to the usual boring ghostly tunes.
I played the sequel to this first, and the light/dark changes are done better in this game and follow a logical sequence. I was reluctant to buy simply because the light/dark changes in the sequel are an unnecessary nuisance.
The HO scenes are lovely, no junk piles. Some are interactive, do this first to get that. I liked the "find where this goes" HO scenes. My only complaint, items were replaced, which gets more and more annoying with each game I play.
August 29, 2012
I loved this HO game. It is exciting and there is a good story that carries you through the game. It should be enjoyable for all experience levels.
August 29, 2012
It's actually more adventure than hidden object game and I found some of the puzzles rather challenging (totally liked them!). The graphics are superbe. I loved the day&night mode and all of the animations during scenes when the player puts some things from the inventory back to their places.
However it's a little too short. We only visit five buildings over and over again. Though voice-acting is all right, music.. complete disaster. I just couldn't feel the shiver with idyllic music like this so I turn it off to enjoy the game full of puzzles and ancient mysteries.
August 29, 2012
I really enjoyed this one because of the morphing locations. It was a great challenge going back and forth from current day to ancient Aztec settings. I also loved having to place items in HOS rather than find them. The MP were all pretty easy, which was a first for me :) Thumbs up to the graphic artists for the beautiful designs and colors.
The music could have been better. About half the game had jazzy upbeat music that didn't jive with the ancient feel of the Aztec background. There's plenty of great mystical South American tunes to be found which would have suited the game better.
This game seemed a bit short. I guess it was so much fun I didn't want it to end. I'll wait a few weeks and replay, for sure!
Overall, this was a wickedly great game and well worth $2.99. I can't wait for the next game in this series.
August 26, 2012