Timeless: The Forgotten Town
A HO/Adventure with many new twists
This game deserves a warm welcome for it is full of ingenuity and imagination.
Not only does it offer many HO Scenes - a feature that should delight the aficinados of the genre, and even ravish those who are not too keen on them, for they are all very pleasant to play, although at times a bit cluttered - but also many puzzles and minigames you don't find in other games; some are very original, others are classics with a twist [except one].
I had fun playing them as I had fun performing the tasks and visiting the various locations well crafted with taste and talent.
The HO Scenes do not always come with the usual lists, but also with silhouettes, and with objects you need to move aside in order to find the items buried underneath. Interesting.
I particularly liked the beginning, the voyage in the bullet train that suddenly turns into an old choo-choo.
And for once I didn't have to mute my speakers: the music is not bad at all and there is even a very nice piece that would do well as the main theme of a western or a war movie.
Still, the game is not perfect and one could regret its shortness [4 hours for the SE] without skipping anything, the absence of voice-overs, the amount of bactracking which increases half way through the game, the lack of a map [although the Hints show you where to go if you get stuck], and the last part of the ending which is quite unecessary.
The storyline is another classic, a ghost story mixed with an evil magician who stops time in and around a town.
It's a full 4 star game which I can only recommend, on account of its novelties, several challenging puzzles, good minigames, and many interesting actions to perform.
January 6, 2012
Fun, original puzzles and nice graphics
This is a polished, high quality HOG with pretty graphics, good animations/effects and good music with a couple of distinguishing features:
- Great variety on the standard hidden object scenes including find X object (e.g. find 10 coins), lists of object silhouettes instead of words, moving objects out of the way to uncover objects in the word lists.
- Unique, original, challenging (for a casual game) puzzles. I especially liked one puzzle that was like a mini-strategy game; you control a knight that has to defeat monsters and you can pick up resources like weapons, food and keys along the way.
I also really liked the idea of a town trapped out of time. I have only one somewhat minor complaint to do with backtracking: you find objects you can't pick up until later on when you need them, then you have to backtrack (for only 3 items), hidden object scenes can activate more than once in the same location so you have to wander around to find them.
The latter wasn't that big of a deal for me because I just used the hint which led me straight to active scenes. (Speaking of, the in-game hint system is great, it's basically a built-in strategy guide) The right way to do repeated hidden object scenes is to do it like ERS, where you need to use an inventory item in an old location and you'll definitely pass by the active scene to use it.
Overall, I really liked this game. If you enjoy interesting and challenging puzzles, check this one out.
May 9, 2012
Lots of Hidden Object Scenes...
But...that was ok. They mixed it up a bit. Some of them were the kind where they show you shadows of the object and you have to figure out what it is, and some were "find all 12 of "x" item"....so not too bad.
Really, my only complaint was a lack of a skip button on some of the mini-games. That irritates me because some of them are just so tedious. But, other than that, I enjoyed the game.
February 3, 2012
Entertaining little game
This game offers a bit of a change from the usual HO/Adventure game. The graphic are very nice, the music good, no voice overs, no map but a good level of play.
The HOs vary from the standard junkpile (most not to messy) to silhouettes to identical items to moving items around. Made for some interesting play. The puzzles were also very good and ranged from fair to somewhat challenging. The puzzles required inventory items to complete which again made for some interesting play.
The game was a little short but was enjoyable. A little more of the faceless monster would have added to the storyline, but overall a pretty good game.
February 11, 2012
Not a bad game at all, really enjoyed it and had great storyline and the graphics were fantastic! Didn't need a SG because the hint button did a great job of letting me know where to go next if i was stuck. Really enjoyable game.
April 1, 2012
Solid, good adventure/HOG with nice visuals.
The gameplay is fun and the visuals are cohesive throughout the game. However, I found the story a bit convoluted and confusing, and never got entirely engrossed. Many overlapping puzzles got a bit confusing, too, with many objects in my inventory and no idea what to do with most of them. Still, a fun play.
November 21, 2011
really good HO game
graphics were clear and the HO scenes weren't too bad. hint/skip took a little longer than i have been used to. i had trouble with mini games but i don't do most of these kinds of games well. i did enjoy it but there is a lot of back and forth, but the hints are good to tell you where to go. no map but there is a journal. the clues in there help you with the game.
November 11, 2012
I enjoyed the vast majority of the game, but I think I remember there being several times when the next step isn't obvious and you have to go back and visit all the places you've been to see if there's a new search area. I hate having to do that.
Some of the puzzles were more annoying rather than fun and challengeing as well, so I ended up skipping a few.
All in all though I'd say it's a good game and worth it. Also pretty good length-wise.
November 25, 2011
Interesting scenery and lots of places to explore. The game was long as far as pc games go. The music was good and went well with the theme. The games where intermediate with a few easy ones. There was a lot of going back and forth that gets annoying when there is too much, but the game was fun.
June 15, 2013
Fun Hidden Object Adventure Game
I really enjoyed this game, but sadly the ending spoiled it for me. The ending is quite abrupt, again it is a case of a developer using the deplorable practice of using the bonus chapter in the CE to complete the game story.
However, the game overall is fun to play, it has a nice mix of puzzles, varying in complexity, some of them quite challenging, some easy. The different scenes were varied & visually quite beautiful, & the story up to the end, was interesting & engaging.
The abrupt ending was why I deducted 2 stars, I cannot condone the practice of using the CE bonus to complete the story, bonus means extra NOT completion.
January 31, 2012