Hidden Expedition: The Uncharted Islands
I used to love the hidden expedition games but this one is just not up to par with the rest of their games! The prequel to this, The devils triangle, was a fun, challenging game with lots of puzzles and crisp, clear hidden object scenes and I really enjoyed playing it but this one was boring. It started out promising in the first chapter but by the 3rd it was just hidden object scene after hidden object scene. There were no fun puzzles only the same drab ones we see all the time. Hidden Expedition games were up there with the Mystery Case Files games as they really set the bar high for everyone else but this game although long awaited and wanted just fell flat for me.
The most annoying part of this game is the sensitivity of the screen. In lots of scenes you need objects that are in the corner or bottom of the screen but half the time it pushes you out of the scene each time. Its annoying to be solving a puzzle or hidden object scene and then keep getting thrown out because of where you click. There just wasn't a lot going on in this game past the 1st chapter and the ending OMG for a 2 part story, the conclusion should have been epic as the story itself had promise and was beautifully done in the first game. However in this game, the developers seemed to lose their creativity because this plot went nowhere AND there was no sound at the end. A lot of the cutscenes had voiceovers but at least in my game, the ending did not have sound. What a let down!
And this game is ridiculously short! It just kind of ends abruptly after some badly done boss battle. I really had higher hopes for this game as they used to be one of my favorite series but Im just not pleased with this game although a couple of the hidden object scenes were AMAZING! Some of the best interaction scenes Ive run across in sometime. If only the entire game had been that amazing....
July 3, 2012
OK Adventure/HOS/Puzzle Game
This game starts out with a feel of Peter Pan done darkly, as seen from an adult's view. The flora and fauna are varied-- some are commonly seen in other parts of our world, but most are very strange and a little cartoony. The tasks are intuitive, meaning you have to solve them using your wits, but you're limited by the types of objects you find. The HOS are sometimes so dark, it is very hard to pick out the objects-- even with my screen set to the brightest level. Some objects are easy to find, and others are difficult. I had to use the hint a few times. The puzzles also vary from easy to difficult, and you can skip the difficult puzzles. The hints recharge quickly, and can be helpful, but they often point you to a problem you are not ready to solve yet, because you need to find more objects/solve more puzzles first. The journal is helpful, with character profiles, objectives and a diary.
May 12, 2012
puzzles were hard. too hard for me. took away some of the fun of playing. a 12 year old could probably do them easy. but my old head they were too much. overall it was a good story. most will like it.
November 16, 2011
hidden object adventure game
was a ok game had issues with playing this game had a black screen sometimes
November 15, 2011
Naaaaah not worth it
I like my games dark and slightly sick, this one was like a slow ride on the pirate of the Caribbean's... .
June 3, 2012
ok hidden object
geat on all counts just not long enough
November 16, 2011
The Main Char crashed, and I burned out on the game...
Review based upon completion of the game.
So we left our explorer in Devil's Triangle when she crashed into the water trying to escape. This is still featured in the overview map for the game. We will visit three more islands. Washed ashore, you pick up some useful items and it's off to explore. You will see strange things, including the strangest spider I've ever come across. (Hint: Mona Lisa)
+ videos very well done
+ some very unusual puzzles
+ a few hidden object scenes are a series of scenes of four words that are based on each other (for example, find a key to a box, then in the next list open the box and pick up four things in it, next set pick up the box etc.)
o I put it into neutral rather than bad because it might be just me, but some puzzle instructions made me go HUH? - in the end the instructions were far more complicated than the puzzles themselves
- hint system (outside of HO scenes) utterly useless, especially on the final island
- tiny to minuscule hidden objects
- lots of backtracking because the game doesn't tell you what to do next (again, especially on the final island, but also on the first)
Bottom Line: It might be game funk or casual game burnout, but for me the game dragged on and on and on, and I had to force myself to finish it. Definitely no recommendation from me.
March 9, 2013
Didn't Hook Me In
This game isn't terrible, but I wouldn't recommend it. As far as graphic design for this game goes, I wouldn't waste my time on it. However, the background of this game was intriguing and I played to discover how the story would unfold (which was cleverly done through the journal).
October 13, 2012
Good game, but very dark.
This would be a great game, but the HO scenes are so dark that it is very frustrating.
September 16, 2012
Rather be lost in the Bermuda triangle than play this game again
Good points: beautiful graphics, some cute and original twists and puzzles, 5 hints that recharge quickly
Bad points: non-responsive objects in the HOGs and in general; difficulties finding the inventory objects, necessary to proceed with the game (non-responsiveness to clicking); some of the puzzles are quite nice, others completely illogical; difficulties finding objects in HOGs, especially in underwater scenes where screen panning is available, so you don't even know in which part of the screen you should search; a lot of the objects appear as shadows or reliefs (at the end I stopped searching and used hints instead, otherwise I would have stopped playing); exiting the HOG scene after clicking an object (some of them are so close to the edge); confused and childish storyline; the game is quite short (not sure if this is a good or a bad point, considering its quality)
In general, playing this game was more irritating than relaxing. I bought it with game credits I had to spend and had no time to try it out first.
December 16, 2011