The Secrets of Arcelia Island
The Secrets Arcelia Island
Another perfect score for this OUTSTANDING game....incredible grahics with brilliant color...different type of HOG game and story line which makes The Secrets of Arcelia so beautiful and refreshing for a change. .sitting inside from the sweltering heat of August was the perfect day to cool off with...I loved the way I felt while playing this HOG game...I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE SECRETS OF ARCELIA...LOVE LOVE LOVE!
September 2, 2012
Absolutely addictive and fun!!
I love BF games but have never written a review prior to this. This is one of the BEST games that I have played in a long while. The story line was very straightforward but very interesting. One never tires of good vs. evil, and this story is set in the magical fairy land and YOU are the one to dash around the island, going back and forth, plotting and trying so very hard to solve the mystery of how to slay the wicked witch!! lol how wonderful is it to be the hero/heroine especially in this day and age. As a result, I became totally immersed in this game and all of my troubles literally faded away as I forged on and tried to save the beautiful fairies from the evil witch. As a result, the game became addictive as I just had to save the day!! JUST AWESOME!! Some commented on the back and forth of switching scenes, but that added to the fun. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!
August 13, 2012
I discovered this game late, but I am sure glad I did, excellent game, graphics superb, love the thinking involved, it's a pretty deep game if you take the time to read everything, can't wait for the next installment! Took me about 4 hours to play because I read everything and took my time, loved every minute, the developers obviously cared.
July 14, 2012
"AHOY THE SHORE ! "
This is,actually ,a "FUN" game,altho it comes off being creepy.
Great Graphics,excellent story line pulls you in immediatley .
Got hooked by the BETA,then played the freebie hour , then
jumped in and bought it,yup,"Hook ,Line ,and sinker"
Congrats to BFG for a FUN time !!
May 5, 2012
Short But Oh So Sweet
GAME COMPLETED TWICE
Story: You, your father, and a small crew set off on a dangerous expedition to find a legendary island of magic and wonder. After getting shipwrecked in a storm, you wake up to discover you're alone on an island inhabited by strange creatures and plagued by four deadly curses. You must destroy the curses in order to find your father, and stop the tyrannical witch that is responsible for it all.
Developer: HitPoint Studios
Release Date: Aug 2011?
This game comes up with few surprises. It is formulaic, using the familiar 3-4 environments where we solve one aspect of the problem, held together by a basic structure. This is also clearly a low budget game; there?s been very little spent on the extras, there are no voiceovers whatsoever, and a few simplistic cutscenes.
But this game is a must have for anyone who prefers more HO over PA. There are heaps of beautifully drawn HOs, clear, not at all cluttered and a pleasure to play. There are only a handful of puzzles, and those easy.
OH, and there are collectible ?story page pieces?, which go together to make jigsaw puzzles that reveal story. Lots of (skippable) story available.
Arcelia Island may offer little that is new ? but its visual appeal, ease of play and soothing environment make it worth the price, for primarily HO fans and for new players.
February 22, 2013
"A Great Adventure For Fantasy Fan"
You have it all : hidden objects (not too much) / fun puzzles (intermediate and expert with a pass option) / great artwork / an immersive story and at least 5 hours of gaming. The serial is announced at the end of the game and I sure gonna play it ! Note :1) Beginner may find this game too hard. 2) Avoid this game if you don't want to read a lot.
The minus :
-no map (Arcelia is a big word)
-no video menu (Arcelia has many of them)
January 7, 2012
Great fun... almost 5 stars!
Nice fun game! Interesting storyline that sucks you in. Graphics are decent... not the best but very good. Good colors, mix of reality and fantasy, not too dark for those that are tired of creepy games. ;-) Classic good vs. evil. Also includes extra "story pieces" that you find and put together jigsaw style to read the story. (Not required to finish the game though... similar to CE optional play.)
The puzzles are varied and fun... challenging but not too hard. There are hints and skips as well as optional instructions (available by clicking the question mark). Also, hints work EVERYWHERE which is great! Options for sound, fullscreen, letterbox, casual/advanced mode and even a high quality video option! Story is skippable but I don't recommend it as it's really enchanting. Nice to see devs that listen to players desire for choice! Nice length... 6 hours with reading the story and not skipping puzzles.
The only thing keeping this from being a 5 star game is the lack of voice acting and the repetitive music. It's a game I turned the sound off on and I never do that. Also a few spots where the game expected you to have done something already so the hints were not quite right. But a quick trip to the online walkthru and problem solved. Otherwise great game! Well worth the SE price and could easily have been extended to CE quality!
December 1, 2011
Great Storyline and No Puzzle Frustration
This was a very pleasant gaming experience. The story was entertaining, and had a "complete" exit (it didn't feel like a rushed job). The puzzles were not too difficult, yet were just challenging enough to be satisfying. I recommend this game. (I am not giving a game synopsis because there is a demo version available for download.)
March 17, 2012
Four and a half stars!
I really liked this game. It wasn't a five, but getting there. I really loved the story line and all the characters. Wonderfully creative graphics! Watch out for all the paper pieces, it's easy to forget to look for them.
March 16, 2012
Light on the HOG, heavy on adventure
The game is set on a mysterious, fantastic island and the artwork is beautiful and does an amazing job of conveying the wonder of the locations.
The storyline has many compelling elements: save your father, restore the island and deal with an evil villain. There are also interesting characters that you meet along the way, with pretty good dialogue (no voiceovers though). The journal entries are lengthy (perhaps TOO lengthy) but they do a good job of recording your journey and adding flavour to the game.
There are slightly fewer hidden object scenes than in a typical HOG, but it feels like much less because the word lists are very short, typically only 10-12 objects per scene. I felt that the adventure and puzzle elements were well-integrated. Nothing too challenging, but you do have to do a bit of thinking.
There is quite a bit of backtracking which is manageable as there aren't a huge number of locations in the game, but sometimes I found it hard to remember where I'd seen something that I could use a newly-found object on. Not a problem though as I could just use a hint. (The hint system is good, like an in-game strategy guide)
You can collect journal pages scattered throughout the island that you can put together like a jigsaw puzzle to reveal the story of what happened to the island. This is optional, but I love this type of thing. :)
Overall a pretty game with a good story and enjoyable gameplay, though not especially challenging.
August 11, 2012