Mystery of the Ancients: Lockwood Manor Collector's Edition
Just OK for me!
Let me start off with the positives of this game! The graphics and music are excellent! I normally turn the music off, because it ends up getting rather annoying, but I kept it on in this game. The graphics are excellent with no blurriness or fuzziness! There are a lot of HOS in this game and none of them were grainy or blurry. The items were fairly easy to find as well. Don't get me wrong, the HOS weren't super easy, I just mean the items weren't grainy and you can tell what they are when you see them. There are 2 modes of game play, casual and expert. The casual game mode offers sparkles for all the areas of interest and the hint button fills up quickly. Expert mode has no sparkles for areas of interest and the hint button fills up more slowly. The strategy guide is easy to follow as well. There are several achievements that you can earn for this game, such as an achievement for having no mis-clicks in a HOS and not using the hint button during HOS. I think there's a total of 12 achievements, but I'm not totally sure, but it's close to that number. A little window comes up each time you receive an achievement and tells you which one you received. The story is great and there is a diary that you can refer to, there is no map however! Please note that the storyline involves demons, dark magic and warlocks, so if you are one that does not enjoy that type of story, you will probably want to avoid this game. The cut scenes were seamless and well done! There is also a bonus chapter in the CE, which is the only reason I buy any of the CEs! Now for the things I consider negatives in this game. These few negatives were enough to make me give a 3 star rating, because they just took the fun out of the game, for me anyway! There was SO MUCH running around, back and forth, scene to scene, that I would forget what I was doing, what object should go where and several times I had to re-read the diary to remember what the story is actually about! This took the fun factor out of this game for me! The story just didn't flow well, because of all the running amuck, and in turn, had me wishing I hadn't bought this game. Also, as I do enjoy the occasional HOS in games, this game had more than I care to have in a game. I realize this is a hidden object adventure game, but there are some of these types of games that have fewer HOS, and those are the ones that I enjoy the most! :-) If you really like a lot of HOS in an adventure game, this is a game you will certainly enjoy! I do hope that those of you who do choose to purchase this game have a great time playing it and enjoy it very much! HAPPY GAMING!
December 25, 2011
I DARE YOU TO STAY THE NIGHT HERE
Not a bad wee game. Very easy to play.
The game has:
~ Casual and Advanced modes
~ Achievements Board
There are lots of HOGs and mini games to play - which I personally love. The HOGs started off being medium to play but got easier as I got further into the game. They are quite cluttered so you do have to look closely (oh how I hate feathers!). The mini games were very easy to play. The last mini game in the bonus section took the longest. It wasn't that it was hard, but it took a while to do.
The graphics are very gloomy (no sunshine, blue sky or the like) but I had no trouble finding clues or navigating around.
The music was quite haunting but nice. If I like the music, I tend to turn it up loud.
There is plenty of running around to do to collect objects, clues and the like which is a personal favourite of mine.
Its quite a long game and the bonus is lengthy too. You get an achievement if you play the game under 8 hours, but I failed that one. However, because I played all the HOGs and mini games without hints or skipping, and because I like to take my time and have a decent look around everywhere, I took no notice of that achievement.
I also played Curse of the Black Water a while back by the same developers and found that I enjoyed that game more. I think it is a later game and the developers may have taken on board what people like more.
Overall quite a good game and I will be keeping an eye out for more games from these developers.
December 6, 2013
OK, let's just get that out of the way because if I'd know the "family secret" involved a demon I wouldn't have bothered. Good graphics and loved the music but lots of "stuttering" through the whole thing. A few scenes gave me a good jump and a couple of the mini games were really challenging but the story...I kept hoping it would get better. It took me awhile to realize that my problem with it was that it had no depth, no soul to it. There's minimal history of the house or the family. We only "meet" the main characters through diary pages, there's very little actual dialogue. We don't even get to see that much of the house. I like a game to suck me in so I worry about what's going to happen to the characters. That didn't happen here and I was bored because I didn't care. If you like a long, superficial game with little challenge then this is for you. If you're looking for adventure, give this a miss.
August 10, 2012
Not the greatest
I bought this game, knowing it was a easy game. Sometimes I like to play a easy game that I don't have too think to much. I own 2 or 3 counting this one like that. That was not the problem. I have a new computer that is fast and has lots of space on it so I know it was not my computer's fault. This game was very, very glitchy. My pointer stoped and even disappeared multiple times during the game. I hated that. Also which is a major problem with this game it does not have a wide screen...really guys...this is a CE for goodness sakes. The graphics were good and even the story and music was pretty good...but that troublesome glitchiness was a big negative for me...Now I have a CE game, I probley will not play again. That is a big bummer.
July 5, 2012
Ok Game with a lot of HOS
For me, this was an ok game. Too heavy on the Hidden Object scenes.
The story is ok. You need to go to an abandoned mansion and do battle with a demon. In the extended play, you send the demon back to you know where.
The graphics are very good. The music and sound effects are, too. The cut scenes are nicely done. And, I consider this a long game. I would guess there is another hour of game play in the 'Extra' part.
There are a large number of interesting places to explore. The actions required aren't particularly original #put mirror together, assemble ladder, etc#, but enjoyable.
My main problem with this game is the number of HOS. Way too many for me. The HOS are clear and not too difficult to complete. No interaction at all.
I played in the more advanced mode #no sparkles except to indicate HOS# and there were a few areas of interest that I missed. The hint system is fairly useful, but it only indicates where you should go. It doesn't tell you what to do.
There is no map.
The game does require a good bit of walking back and forth, which can be very annoying--especially if you don't remember where you need to go. A map would have helped.
Also, there is a strange machine in one room and I never figured out what to do with it. Maybe I missed something.
There are a number of achievements that you can try for. I managed to get all but one without even trying. Then I checked on the one remaining achievement #find five items in a HOS in five seconds#. Got that on the next HOS.
If you really like HOS, you will probably love this game. I found it to be nicely done, but unoriginal. If you are new to HO/Adventure games or are looking for something that isn't that challenging, this game might be for you. So, I will recommend it.
September 16, 2012
too slow even for me
and too much going back and back and to the side etc. Too little logic that I could discern...just hit and miss until it moves. Tell me if I'm wrong...please! If there's a pattern to this beyond guessing, I'd like to learn it. So...I wouldn't play it again so I guess I wouldn't recommend it
December 1, 2013
Could be a LOT better
I can't give this five stars simply because they rely way too heavily on hidden object scenes. I like hidden object scenes but not every few steps! One loses track of the object of the game and the story line. I wish programmers wouldn't rely so heavily on HO scenes!
February 2, 2013
Too occultic, dreary and gloomy for me! Thumbs down on this game!
It's one thing dealing with witches and goblins, but a family background of warlocks who conjure up demons to do their bidding, no thanks! Not for me! The storyline is gloomy enough and the artwork is dark on dark and loaded with non-interactive HOS. No map but a guide and hint button and a journal. Puzzles are okay. That's about it. If I wanted nothing but HOS there are plenty of those out there to play. This is not an adventure game more like horror, perhaps! Nah! Not for me! I don't recommend this game. Thanks.
July 26, 2013