Mystery of the Ancients: Lockwood Manor
I enjoyed this game. It is pretty straightforward. No fancy gimmicks. The HOS are light and objects are large enough to see. Always a plus for me. The mini-games are interesting but not too difficult. The storyline is pretty simple. You must put the demon back in the bottle. It is a nice long game and I took my time as it was fun to just let the game follow it's course. Not a lot of interaction with characters. I think even younger players would enjoy this game. Worth the money.
December 18, 2012
This game falls in what I call the regular hidden object category, just one that you play, looks good, have good graphics but not a game that will leave long lasting memories.
December 3, 2011
Great graphics, cool plot twist
As far as creepiness goes, I think demons beat ghosts and the creep factor is definitely there in this game, especially because it shows up to menace you regularly and you really feel its presence. The story takes a cool twist in the middle (even though it was predictable) and adds a new urgency to the game.
The art does a great job of evoking a creepy atmosphere and the hidden object scenes look great too. There was a nice variety of puzzles and they were fun to play, but not too challenging (much like other games in this genre).
I thought the best part of the game was the way it felt like you were always in danger--first from John and then from the demon. I liked that feeling of being in danger and being hunted.
October 23, 2012
Lockwood Manor....good overall game!
Trust me at the 2.99 value...u can't beat it...a sure buy!
January 14, 2013
Dark Eerie and Scary
Great hidden object game with an interesting story line. Mini puzzles were moderately hard, hidden object scenes ranged from moderate to moderately hard, but they were a lot of fun. Graphics were well done, the soundtrack had its moments but sometimes seemed a little too lighthearted for the subject matter. All in all, a very well done game.
January 14, 2012
I like this type of story line. I especially loved the puzzles. They were so challenging, it made playing the game last longer. I would love to have had an option of playing the puzzles after the game ended. But, over all so much fun! Thank you!
September 8, 2013
Love Triangle Wakens The Demon Within
GAME COMPLETED SEVERAL TIMES
Story: Looking for your missing friend Jennifer, you go to Lockwood Manor ? home of the notorious Lockwood family, who have been accused of practising black magic and summoning demons for generations. You must uncover the ancient secrets of Lockwood Manor to save the lives of you and your friends.
Release Date: Dec 2011
In the year since this game was released, we have seen an unbelievable blossoming of all aspects of the artistry of game development. Which leaves this one feeling a bit dated. (A year ago, this would have rated 4 stars from me).
So though graphics are fine they are not thrilling, the scenes are largely inanimate, there?s no interactivity in the HOs, and little in the way of cutscenes. Also no voiceovers, and no map.
The game is easy to play, with more than the average number of HOs, and generally easy puzzles. Not a stunning game, none of the bells and whistles, but I have played it several times and still enjoy it.
I think part of its appeal is the logical progression of the gameplay, the clarity of the HOs, and the uncomplicated puzzles. It?s a game for a lazy afternoon.
Good no frills entertainment.
February 22, 2013
Good Entry-Level Hidden Object Adventure
If, like me, you enjoy hidden object games, it's a safe bet you won't mind Lockwood Manor, although it does suffer from a case of false advertising as you spend way more time wandering the expansive grounds than the manor itself. I don't think it does anything particularly well or in a novel way, but it's good enough to merit an enjoyable afternoon or two.
The story is something that's been covered before. Head down to the nearest spooky manor and rescue the damsel in distress. A couple of big negatives in the production would be the lack of voice acting and the rather simplistic story line. This could have been a better story had they fleshed it out a bit more.
The graphics are average. Cutscenes are well done, and there are a few "scary" moments, although you're basically dealing with the world's slowest demon. Hidden object scenes are plentiful and you likely won't need to spend too many hints on them. I did like that using a hint out of an HO scene would point you in the direction of where to go next, although to be honest it's very linear. Lots of "here's an axe, oh good, there's a tree in the next scene" type of scenarios that won't have you trying too hard.
The puzzles are a primer on everything usually found in a game of this ilk. Piece together the puzzle, paint the picture, sliding puzzles: you get the drift. They were challenging enough, but none need to be skipped really. Length was okay with me but could have been better. I assume that's why someone would go for the CE instead, but I don't think the game looks or sounds good enough to merit that.
I'm not often annoyed by background music, but I was with this game. The gameplay was fine and overall I'd say it's excellent for anyone looking to start out with hidden object games, but nothing to crow about if you've played a bunch. Hopefully they try a mite harder with the inevitable sequel. There are two difficulty settings, but expert is not that challenging.
December 31, 2011
This game is not one that I would recommend to those who have been playing for a while. The story started out interesting, but quickly became transparent and predictable which in turn made the game drag out because you knew what was going to happen and just going through the motions. Yawn. I will say that the HO scenes were not cluttered, but the objects in them were very nicey camouflaged so that it still offered some challenge.
April 1, 2012
They Just Go Overboard!
FANFOREVER had it right when she said, in her review, that she likes hidden object games, but that sometimes the developers "go overboard" with these HOGS and obscure the game.
She's partially correct. So, so many HOGS RUIN the game. Here was a beautifully created game with a very good plot, and MARIAGLORUM, a Russian studio, ruined it with HOG after HOG after HOG.
I can't emphasize enough, for the sake of any game developer that might read this review, that YOU MUST CUT DOWN ON THE HOGS and concentrate more on the PLOT!
PLEASE, PLEASE DO THIS FOR US GAMERS!
Even the HOG fans find this kind of game a bit much to take!
I recommend this game with reservations.
December 1, 2012