Unsolved Mystery Club: Ancient Astronauts
I really enjoyed this game. It has 5 different chapters. Five people have gone missing while investigating and you have to go and try and find them. Each chapter has a new location, so each area you are in, there isn't much backtracking (compared to others). And is contained, so you can't get too lost.
It has a nice pace and it's not too hard. For those liking less hidden object scenes and more mini games, this is for you. There isn't any original puzzles and I do wish there was a reset button on them but they were enjoyable.
The hint button was really good. In normal play (Not hidden object scenes) when you hit the hint button, it gave you a list of things which you could pick from to get a hint related to it.
The storyline I thought was ridiculous, but it didn't matter and ended up being quite interesting seeing what some people believe, however 'out there' it is. And it was different.
This took me a good while (about 5hrs, no skipping and reading everything), it wasn't short which quite a few recent games have been. There is no way IMO this should have been a CE, even with an extra chapter in it. It has the feel of the older H O puzzle game. But for a SE, and if you have extra credits waiting to spend, then this is a fun game.
Rating B- game (good, entertaining game)
November 19, 2011
More adventure game than hidden object game
I played this on the harder difficulty and it played more like an adventure game in the sense that you have to find inventory objects and figure out how/where to use them. Much fewer hidden object scenes than in typical games of the genre, but they are more challenging than average. These are all "junk pile" style scenes,
The fact-based portion of the story is interesting, highlighting various civilizations throughout the world who possessed much more advanced knowledge and technology than should have been available at the time.
There is an excellent help in-game help system, unusual for a SE (standard edition).
December 4, 2011
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
Graphics were pretty good but sometimes hidden items were too hard to find. The hint/help button was agonizingly slow and sometimes no help at all. It was different from most HOGs in that you could pick what question you needed answered. A good game for the beginner/intermediate because you don't have 20 scenes to run back and forth through to find what you need. Each chapter has it's own set of areas to explore. Overall I did enjoy this game and don't regret buying it.
March 9, 2012
Great Daily Deal
Based on Demo:
Sneakers alert: minimal-confined to story chapter
the sound varies on you unexpectingly
Super Slow recharge on Hints
Click Penalty in Hogs
no reset on puzzles
Originally came out as Ce, then Se, then cliches were fixed now DD
I find the graphics are crisp, then HOGs are well hidden not junk, but the recharge on the hints is way too long-on casual was about 2 minutes--REALLY? sheesh
For DD it is a fun game to fill ounch card, will take about 3-4 hours for average player (unless you are a huge hint user-then add an hour)
September 9, 2012
Original and a lot of fun wish it was longer :(
Absolutely loved the game but it was super short. Each investigation should have been longer. The idea was great and good adventure style which is what I love.
I hope they make another like this but twice as long.
March 30, 2012
An all-around great game!
this game is one of the best Big Fish has to offer. The art & music are fantastic, the story is intriguing, and the minigames are fun and challenging! I highly recommend this game!
May 9, 2012
Based on long held theories
The accomplishments of ancient civilizations has always been thought that there is more to it than should be. The tales of Atlantis being one. The story line is excellent and having to "translate" for each different culture was interesting to say the least. Not a lot of hidden objects, but you receive multiple objects to be used per hos. The objects are sometimes a little hard to find, but the hint button works well. I also liked the hint button for help with location and how to deal with something "the star flower" for example. The art was fantastic and the music was not annoying. I completed the demo and want to buy to find out what happened to the Unsolved Mystery Investigators. The level of challenge was good and the puzzles were not that difficult to solve. This is definitely a game to try because you may or may not like it, definitely a preference type.
September 9, 2012
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
Great grafics, great game!
Almost bought the game as soon as it loaded, I liked the opening screen and the lizard so much. Once into the game, I noticed it actually does fill the whole screen top to bottom, which is extremely rare on my large lap top. I was distracted by the art work in the first HO scene. This is actually a good thing, I'm an artist and graphics go a looong way with me. The objects were relative to the story, not just junk pile, and really beautifully done. I also liked the story and that I couldn't understand the natives without some form of translation. I'm hearing impaired, so voice overs and music are largely lost on me, so it was an extra bonus that I understood the scientist, every word! Also, the music was nice and not intrusive.
I got this as a DD, but it was worth full price. Haven't finished it yet, but so far the only thing I don't like is the silly wait for the clues to reload. Oh, and the cursor is a decent size and obviously changes. Just finished a game where I had to squint just to SEE the cursor.
Really, really love this game!
September 9, 2012