Time Mysteries: The Ancient Spectres Collector's Edition
Definitely a Challenge.....and not in a good way!
Excellent story line makes you eager to find out what will happen next. The year is 1830. You have been raised in an orphanage. You are now a governess and having reoccurring dreams of an old mansion and an old oak tree that has a face. A package is delivered to your home with a note from a long lost aunt. You are told of your family?s estate and you go there to investigate. You are a descendant of the wizard Merlin. Your nemesis is Merlin's former student/lover. You are given a time traveling device that is used throughout the story.
There are two options of play, I chose expert and still got sparkles. I?m not sure why you are even given a choice as there seems to be no difference, the hint filled up fairly fast and the puzzles were no more difficult than usual. The HO are truly junk piles. Several times I would click on an item and it would not remove it (like a banana#, I would hit the hint and it would go straight to it. I would click it again and nothing. After several clicks #5-6# it finally removed it. Hint penalty? Not sure what to tell you, I clicked like a maniac and never had one, then out of the blue half way through the game BOOM, I got one, than two so, sometimes yes, sometimes no.
Okay, like I said the story is really interesting and the time travel adds a whole new dimension to the game play, unfortunately it is not done very well #IMHO). I rarely if ever use the strategy guides, however, with this game it was used constantly. You never know when you have to jump to a different time to do something. If you hit the hint it goes to the time device, but which year? There are 5 different years to travel to.
I started off really enjoying this game. Than when the time travel came up it became frustrating not knowing when or where to jump to. Half way through I was just going through the motions, using hints and guide without even trying to figure out what to do. Oh, and the ending ?well ??to be continued?.
June 12, 2012
A GAME TOO LONG
This is for those with a huge appetite who just can't get enough of a game, others (myself included) will be left crying, 'enough is enough' long before the end. I ended the game using the, thankfully, ever ready hint button.
It is, for this casual player, simply too crowded. No idea, however small and unnecessary to the overall objective, escapes this designers hands, and deemed unworthy of an extra h.o.s. or another journey hither and thither through time. The result is to exhaust interest in the game too soon.
Having said that, the graphics are of a high quality; the h.o.s. do not rely on the tiny and obscure for their interest; the puzzles are amusing and the interactive areas work spontaneously for the correct solution. The voice over is unobtrusive and and better than many games. The story line however is unremarkable.
I recommend that casual players who are tempted by this game choose the s.e., because, having been out there on the long, long trail with this game, a bonus chapter may be just what you don't want.
June 11, 2012
STORY LINE ENDS WITH "TO BE CONTINUED"
This game doesn't have an ending. Its ok if they continue to another story if at least the 1st story in done, but this just leaves everything hanging. The travel clock is nice at first but just plain irritating after a while and you have no real choice as to what to do next. The farther you get into the game the less choice you have as to your next step. Don't often regret buying a game but I do this one. Also the HOS are not of the quality they should be.
April 17, 2013
Real Challenge.....and not in a good way!
I would not have had any idea where to go next throughout the game and would never have finished it without the SG. Way too much moving around, which had to be carried out with the SG. No rhyme or reason for all the moving around. Puzzles were good and graphics were great.
June 10, 2013
To much jumping around; I'm sure some would enjoy it but, me not so much.
August 20, 2012
A feast of HOS
After I played the demo I bought the CE because I liked the time travel gadget. I like gadgets. But to the rest, if you like hidden object scenes then look no further. This game you will love. HOS to HOS with few breaks in between. Leave one junk pile and delve into another. Objects repetitious and no class to them, just a junk pile to reward you with an object forming part of several same type objects to collect from HOS areas before you can put them together. Hither and thither, two and fro. The developers recognized the tiresomeness of it all and so using the gadget, it is transportation from room to room in the same mansion but at different time zones. I refused to travel any other way looking for HOS. I just get transported to them. That is pretty cool.
The story line is good, the graphics excellent, the music a bit tiresome and a few interesting mini games; but all in all a lengthy feast of HOS for you HOS lovers to gorge on. I love HOGs, this genre is my favourite but the game must not be replete with HOSs to the point of nausea. Especially collecting a list of items that makes no sense to the game. So for you lovers of junk piles, I recommend five stars. Oh alert - I am giving a spoiler - the ending is a cliff hanger, rather abrupt. Developers say to be continued. The CE does have a nice extra little game at the end with another banquet of guess what ---- Hidden object junk piles. HOS lovers, go search for feathers, bells, pipes, hour glass, roses and other whatnots. Enjoy!
August 25, 2013
Dreary, annoying, awful.
Bought the CE on the reviews of superior fishies. Obviously I have a completely different mindset.
It was endless jumping from one year to the other, had do use the SG exclusively as there was no rhyme or reason for a lot of time time jumps.
HOS was garbage piles that would not immediately register "clicks", I notice others have mentioned that. Really don't like incomprehensible heaps of rubbish if I have to play HOS.
Graphics were the best thing about this game, which is something of a sad statement, isn't it?
Generally a terrible game - hated it.
January 20, 2013