Hidden Mysteries: The Forbidden City
Not a hard game
This game is a mix of Hidden Object & Fragmented Object from GameMill & Gunnar Games; it is set in China & has a local heroine which is a pleasant change. Her father has passed away & she is looking for clues to hidden treasure.
No dark & eerie here; there are lovely clear & bright graphics & very nice, well drawn artwork. There is only one mode of play & sparkles abound; the music is pleasant enough, there are no voiceovers but you can click through the character dialogue & there are no ambient background sounds.
There is no misclick penalty but every time you click incorrectly there is a loud clunk which soon becomes tiresome. The hint recharges at one minute & sometimes that feels like forever as some of the FR0Gs are well hidden
The mini games are Chinese themed & some are a bit of a challenge.
All in all a nice solid game that is not too difficult (depress the right click button & all areas of interest/action are shown).
December 26, 2011
In this game, you have to find parts of several objects. You're given an outline of the shape. This could be difficult, but it's fairly easy to find most of the parts. Sometimes, it's not clear whether you just need to look more for a part or whether you have to do something (usually find an object in another scene# in order to uncover the part. Otherwise, you search four or five scenes in each part, going back and forth as you gather items that belong in each scene.
The graphics are excellent and the scenes are beautiful and well-lit. The storyline is formulaic, but it moves quickly - you don't have to sit through long transition scenes. I did not notice any 'bad English' problems - the programmers put a lot of care into this game.
There is no time limit. Mini-games are somewhat unique - one is based on the 'Go' game and others are based on traditional games with an Oriental flavour. They can be skipped after a short 'trial' period, and each game has both instructions and hints about solving the puzzle. There is a traditional 'find everything on the list' HOG scene in each part.
The game is about average length. I never had to use the hints to find an object or figure out what I needed to do next, so it's fairly relaxing.
February 25, 2012
Fun game, good time passer
Good Hidden Object Game -- interesting to find which item goes in each room and a little challenge when some items are locked in others. However, the challenge is light compared to many. Most clues are figured out through a process of elimination.
A good introduction to HO Adventures. The story is straight-forward. Graphics are fine until the "animation" part - then they are just silly and choppy.
Short game - but a nice afternoon time killer.
December 21, 2011
not long enough
I liked this game but i found it was too short
December 28, 2011
Good Game With An Oriental Motif
I enjoyed this game mainly because of the Oriental theme it presented. The music, which was played on what I believe is a "Guqin" (7-string zither), provided a realistic atmosphere to the scenes of ancient China. The storyline, while not especially innovative, was entertaining and lively. The puzzles could have been somewhat more challenging, but I enjoyed the way the game presented the hidden object quests, as pieces of a whole to be put together. Games like this relieve stress and provide an escape from the tempo of day-to-day living. Thank you Big Fish, Game Mill, and Gunnar Games - and keep them coming....
July 8, 2012
good but too short
It was a good game. I liked that you had to find objects for different scenes all over the place, but it was too short and not very challenging. Salem secrets and Titanic are much more fun and involved than this one.
February 28, 2012
No information on what you are looking at in the Forbidden City
I purchased Forbidden City because of my previous experience with playing Hidden Mystery's Buckingham Palace. I enjoyed learning the abundance of information about the palace as I played that game--a clever idea it seemed to me for those who learn best while having fun.
So I eagerly anticipated another enjoyable learning experience with the areas and rooms of the Forbidden City, which is why I purchased the game. However, nothing is said in the game about any of the rooms or places visited, so I learned nothing. For me that was a big disappointment.
That said, I otherwise agree with what the others have said about Forbidden City. In fact, I've replayed it several times. If you just want to play a relaxing game and don't mind that it's not very challenging, I do recommend it. However, I am not recommending it for anyone who wanted more of the Buckingham Palace type of game.
February 11, 2013
Ok but way too short
I like the idea of finding pieces of objects to form items to be used in other scenes. However, the game is way too short and the music a little annoying.
August 17, 2012
I didn't see any point....maybe that IS the point
I should have read better I guess. I'm just not a fan of HO games that only show the outline of the objects. I prefer to look for items listed as to what they are. This game had very good graphics....sound I don't know, I usually turn that off...but for me, that didn't make up for it being hard to see objects by just their outline. I just didn't really like the game at all.
August 18, 2012