Chronicles of Albian: The Magic Convention
STORYLINE: Albian Castle is hosting this year?s Convention of Magic Masters, but is in disrepair. You arrive to help your fairy godmother to make repairs before the guests arrive. Lovely setting and rooms to visit.
GAMEPLAY: Timed or untimed modes. First you need funds to make repairs. The HOS will provide the needed treasures to be sold to the magical pawn shop. The HOS are somewhat cluttered and objects may occasionally be small, but they are crisp, clear and very colorful. You start with 3 hints, but there are fairies hidden in the scenes, who will find one random object for you. There are also ways to earn extra money: find gems scattered throughout the scenes; finish a scene with extra time on the clock in timed mode; earn $25 for each unused hint; get bonuses for speedily finding the next item appearing in your list.
Take your treasures to the pawnshop. The proprietor is an interesting character. Repair sections of the castle as you accumulate funds. There are an eclectic mix of designs for the towers, bridges, etc. and you can change the design later if you want. PUZZLES: There is an array of puzzles available. After the game is finished, you have the option to replay the puzzles. You also get a selection of wallpaper for your desktop, an unusual benefit of a SE.
November 4, 2012
Hours of Fun Play
This is one of the few hidden object games that took me more than a day or two to completely beat. That being said, towards the end of the game, it started to feel a bit repetitive and it took a bit of effort to finish the castle upgrade because I felt like I was playing the same levels over and over again. Overall, it's definitely worth the price--good graphics, good music, and a decent story.
November 23, 2011
Lovely game, maybe a bit difficuelt to find all the items.
November 15, 2011
My poor old eyes
I had to give this four stars even though I've had a hard time with part of it. The objects are very small and often put over something the same colour which makes them difficult to find. And the names used for some of the items are not what I would have called them (foreign developer?) ie: an ink stamp was actually a blotter. A gas lamp was actually a blow torch. I have to use at least one hint in every scene mostly because I just can't see the items.
But the story line is great and the graphics are lovely. It's from the same folks as the Farmington games which is what attracted me in the first place. And I like building things!
Lots of fun.
February 9, 2014
What sold it to me is the hint system
I find the objects a bit too hard to find for real enjoyment, but the extra wands help, and the real selling point for me is that when you use a hint you can choose which item to use it on.
Relaxed mode option is also a plus.
December 22, 2013
A fun HO game
This is a fun HO Game. Its very challenging because part of the hidden objects are extremely small. The graphics are really pretty but some of them are not terribly clear. You earn money to make the castle and the grounds pretty. Fun choices. There are also gems to collect and the hints are helpful for some of those really small items. There is also a little fairy to help you out. It has a cute story to go along with the game and the dialogue is funny. The mini games are also fun. It is very long and enjoyable and the music is pretty and kinda calming. Give it a try.
July 30, 2013
After playing Chronicles of Albian 2, I had to go back and replay Chronicles of Albian. It was a fun game, but the items and jewels and fairies were really hard to find. There were two modes, relaed and timed. There are jewels to collect to increase your income to refurbish Albian Castle. There are also mini games where you can get rewards in cash, also to use for refurbishing. There is a fairy in every scene to give you a free hint and to accumulate to five hints you can find magic wands to get those extra hints. There are wallpapers that you can unlock at certain levels and extra puzzles. There is no voice over, only reading what the characters have to say. All in all it is a fun game, just really hard to see the items.
June 18, 2013
good game-will be buying it shortly
May 18, 2013
It starts with a cute scene, good voice over, but after, the game get kind of slow. Voice over disappear (you have to read the dialogue), music is kind of annoying and... you simply enter into a scene (like kitchen, room , etc) and play several HOG at the same location. That's boring, very repetitive!
The main challenge in HOS is the size of objects (particularly in notebook)
Besides the required list, you must collect:
- gems - to earn money to rebuild the castle;
- magic wands - to gain hints,
- little fairies - who find an object from the list.
It has just a few mini games and they are easy and well known, like sliding blocks and simple puzzles - like to assemble a dollar bill, and the parts are large and few.
Despite all this, is a game that entertains.
February 1, 2012
Straight hidden object
If you like straight hidden objects then give this a demo but be warned, the H0 scenes are hard.
The prologue has a voiceover but once the game starts there is just lilting (rather boring) music & dialogue which is clickable if you read quickly. The background graphics are pretty although the characters look dated.
There are 10 puzzles to solve ? these are mini games by another name & you also unlock wallpapers as you play. You are given 3 hints to begin & you can find others but if you do not find any more then as far as I can tell there is no automatic recharge. There is a misclick penalty which soon becomes annoying as objects are so very small that you inevitably end up clicking incorrect items. And when I say small I mean miniscule.
There are a lot of things to think about besides actually finding the H0s;
in each scene there are extra hints to find in the form of wands (more than one in most cases)
a fairy that will pick up one of your objects thus removing it from the list
a speed bonus to earn cash for finding an object very quickly after it appears on the list
jewels are scattered through the game & you earn cash for locating these
The money is used to buy upgrades to the castle & like all games of this type there are three varieties to choose which can be changed if you want to.
December 17, 2011