Unsolved Mystery Club: Ancient Astronauts
Different and fun
This is a good HO game, but with more puzzles and tasks than HOS. The storyline sets this game apart, and it is an engaging premise that got me to actually read the "notes" and "newspaper clippings." Personally, it was a hoot that without planning, I happened to open this game on the Winter Solstice 2012. The story featured the Mayans and the End of Days. One character says, "The 4th World will end, and the 5th World will start anew." Hah! The game got it right, and the "end of the world" media got it wrong. We're still here! Welcome to the 5th World!
The music deserves a big tip of the hat. I loved that the composer used native instruments of the various locales where the story was set. It was also fun to receive more than one "tool" when a HOS was completed. The puzzles were of average difficulty with harder ones towards the end. I only needed the Help button a couple times, and the hints were actually "hints" ? as opposed to just flat out telling you what to do. I wished the game were longer.
December 24, 2012
About 5 hours. STORYLINE: Investigate 5 explorers who have disappeared while researching ancient astronauts in different locations. The explorers and the places where they vanished are investigated one at a time. You have to find pieces of a black sun gem during your investigation. Game is linear.
- Visit gorgeous locations in Mali, Giza, Maya, Peru and Antartica.
- Adventures in Mali and Peru were fairly easy; Egypt was the most challenging to me.
- When it appears there is nothing to do at a location, you have to look for things to do. They are there. You will know when you are finished with one location.
- HOS were bright and detailed, not too crowded, with some interaction.
- Check your interactive journal before going to the next chapter. Any uncollected items will be indicated by a lock.
- Plays widescreen.
- Replayable; HOS are random.
- At the end, you can click on a location (or explorer) to be given a number of icons pertaining to that location. Clicking on the icons provide information or movies. I assume this is the bonus section which the story refers to when you finish the game, since I couldn?t find anything that specifically said it was a bonus section.
NOT SO GOOD:
- Conversations were too fast; no way to slow them down or repeat them.
- You could suffer from vertigo at the beginning.
In the CE, the bonus game is an additional rescue. So if the additional chapter isn't worth the CE price, you will be just as happy with the SE version, as you can get extra info at the end (last point under "Good").
July 5, 2013
I enjoyed this game quite a bit. The graphics are great, the cut scenes are well done, the HOS are fun and most of the mini games are fun. The music and voice overs are well done. You travel to various locations searching for missing members of the unsolved mysteries club. The hint button recharges quickly, though you won't need it very often. The game has a satisfying conclusion.
The game has a few annoyances. The most annoying was that certain scenes required very, very, very precise clicking to use an inventory item. Some the HOS had this same problem. The game also requires some time to load between scenes.
Even with the annoyances, the game was fun and I enjoyed playing it.
October 23, 2012
Too many puzzles and very little in hidden object scenes. I spend too much time waiting for the help to activate since 50% of the time, I got stuck on these puzzles. Great for those who love puzzles, but if hidden objects is your thing... keep looking. This ain't it! BTW, the premise on the Dogo people is a fact.
December 20, 2011
This game is not a great game but would have been a good game if not for the absolute frustration I had with the hint and skip buttons!!! They took sooooooooooooooo long to fill, that many times I just wanted to uninstall this game before even finishing it.....and I rarely, if ever, do that.
Listen up devs; give us hint/skip buttons that fill up quickly please. Thanks to this games hint & skip buttons taking such a ridiculously inordinate amount of time to fill, I'm not going to be playing the others of this series, which I would have done if they didn't have frustration written all over them because of their refill time.
Sorry, but I am not going to recommend this game, unless of course you LIKE being frustrated!!
What a waste of a free game credit that was!!!
September 14, 2013
I tried this game out when I first joined Big Fish, and it baffled me then. This time around, I had a free game voucher so I thought "why not?" and downloaded it. I persevered to the end, and I am so glad it is over! Conquering Everest would have been a piece of cake compared to this.
The best thing was the story line, if you're a conspiracy theorist. I might have been compelled to check out the opening statement #based, sort of, on true events# on Wikipedia but I lost the will to live. The trick is to check every single nook and cranny with your mouse, because you won't be able to get far otherwise. The help function is arduous, it does give you more or less direct instructions on how to do things but it takes ages for the hint to recharge #I am a softie that likes to play "easy" versions of games with quick recharges#. Some of the games are hard to understand.
If I were an advanced player #and boy, did this game confirm that I am not!# you could sink your teeth into this challenge. However, if you're after entertainment only, avoid!
June 18, 2013