Hidden Mysteries: Royal Family Secrets
Another hidden object game with the same hidden object scenes full of junk to sift through...Lot of backtracking,,Hint button refills slow even in casual mode. Come on Big Fish we want something a little different!
Graphics good....storyline got lost somewhere....didn't even finish the demo....knew it wasn't for me. Sorry
March 30, 2012
This was an okay game.
This is based on completion of the SE version on the easiest game play. This is a very short game but pretty simple. It doesn't have many bells and whistles -- no transporting map -- no voice overs -- and a hint that takes forever to reload.
It does have a map showing where there is something to do, but you have to get there on your own. I depended on the map a lot. There is much back and forth -- sometimes as many as 10 clicks only to turn around and go 10 clicks back to the previous site. I'm really spoiled to transporting maps.
The hint button shows where an item is in both the game play and during a HOS. It also points directions in game play.
I always turn the music down, so I can't comment. I didn't like that there was no voice overs. You'd think with the money the developers saved in visuals and no transporting map they could have had voice overs.
I'm not a history buff so the story line meant nothing to me. It was okay, I guess.
The HOS and puzzles were easy. The items in the HOS are in plain site and are visited twice. The puzzles are simple and the instructions clear. I don't think I skipped many puzzles, which was nice for a change.
This game is short, I guess because it's easy and finding objects are easy using the map.
I own 3 of these Hidden Mystery games and this is the only one I've completed. I just couldn't get into HM: Vampire Secrets and HM: Notre Dame: Secrets of Paris.
I recommend this game especially for beginners.
June 3, 2014
It was hard to find my way from one place to the other. I had to use the map and it was inconveint to get to.
June 11, 2013
OK, but not great....
I was weary of this game, mainly because of some bad reviews, but I decided to try it for myself. Mostly enjoyed it, but there were too many bad points to give it anymore than 3 stars I'm afraid.
- A lot like the Midnight Mysteries series, where you had to perform tasks for ghosts to help them rest. This one was set in a Royal kingdom. The character you play is a hand-maiden to the Queen.
- I liked the story, but it felt a bit rushed in places. Some 'ghost tasks' were very short and you just found what they wanted in the next scene.
- Gameplay was smooth; and moved quickly between clicking scenes.
- Graphics were ok, I've seen better, but I've also seen worse. A bit grainy in places, but fairly colorful.
- Music I had to shut off unfortunately as it was annoying.
- No voiceovers, just dialogue to read at the bottom. Didn't like to be honest, it feels better when you can hear people speaking, rather than having to read huge pages of dialogue.
- Both were very easy!
- HOS were just lists of items, no interactive items.
- Puzzles were super easy, didn't spend more than 1-2 minutes on any of them. However, what I did like about the puzzles was that they were different and I'd not come across the puzzle types before in other games.
WHAT DO YOU GET?:
- Hint/skip buttons
- Two game modes
- No collectables/achievements, or extras
- Map (not interactive, but does help you if you get stuck)
- Not bad length for a SE; took me about 3 hours to complete. But to be honest, I was kinda glad when it finished, as it wasn't great.
I do recommend but only if you want an easy and casual few hours.
May 27, 2013
Not for history buffs
The game is OK, It has a certain level of difficulty, but can be solved quickly enough - maybe too simple. Most irritating is when you need to rememberr something that you left behid several rooms ago, and cannot remember which, so you have to check room by room.
Also the history plays fast and loose his known history, whcih if you have read any of it CAN be irritating. Like Shakespear did not die before Queen Elizabeth, Henry VI was no warrior, And Richard the III's body ws not in the tower... It was under a parking lot...
If you can forget all that, then it is fun.
April 10, 2013
Ok if you are filling time
If you are a beginner at HOG then you may like this game. Nice part is the history and graphics but you have to go back and forth too many times so became repeatably and a bit boring at time for me, but played my way through it
May 19, 2012
I really couldn't get into this game. There wasn't anything terribly new on offer, except, perhaps, the locale and historical setting. The puzzles were really easy, and the HOS reasonably straightforward. I ended up using the map a lot to find where my next task was, because I didn't feel a lot of the tasks made much sense, and I had no interest in clicking aimlessly until I discovered which object fit in an area. There are a lot of rooms, and a lot of moving back and forth between them. Using the map really reduced the challenge level for me, so I wasn't overly happy.
I'm not really sure how the premise of the game (condemned to death for theft of the Queen's jewel) related to the tasks of releasing souls.
Is it just me, or is there two versions of this game? Because some people talk about the secret relationship the queen was having (not featured at all in the game I played), and some talk about releasing souls.
April 27, 2012
Played Demo and it could have been better
The idea for the story was a good one, but it lacked fun while playing. I think it could have been better.
April 16, 2012
It was O.K.
I liked it for the diversion but did not find it difficult or challenging enough. It was all too predictable. I am glad I purchased it with a free coupon.
April 15, 2012
Not sure I would play a 2nd time
I bought the game, it is a long game. There is a map of where you are and where the tasks are, which is a help. It's just kind of eerie. I'm glad I played it and now I'll uninstall it and perhaps play in a year or so.
April 7, 2012