Secrets of the Dark: Eclipse Mountain Collector's Edition
A good buy
I liked the first Secrets of the Dark and bought this game right after the demo ended. Yes, it is similar to the last Secrets of the Dark, but once you change a room light, you do not have to change back to move from one area to another. The story line and graphics and such are good (although I find the smoky demons a little lame) but then I am more interested in the game play, being able to choose the level of difficulty, and the length of a game. As to the game play, the HOS's and mini puzzles are plentiful but not difficult even at hardcore mode. You do go back and forth through scenes a lot, at least I do, trying to remember where to put that newly acquired puzzle piece. As to the length of the game, I have played about 2-3 hours, so I can't yet fully comment on that, other than there seems to be much more playing time since several areas are not yet accessible. All in all, I would recommend this game if you like HOS's, mini puzles, and game that is not over before you seem to begin.
May 4, 2012
Really good game
Having played the first game in this series and liked it, I was excited to see this one and bought it after playing the demo.
The storyline is good if you like mystical adventures..which I do, and the rooms changing with different light is something I loved in the first game so pleased to see it here.
The HOS were not too difficult and I liked the fact that some involved replacing objects as opposed to finding them. There also were not too many of them which I liked as I prefer the adventure bit of games. The puzzles were on the whole quite challenging and I did use the skip button a couple of times out of frustration..lol.
The only reason I am giving it a 4 stars rather than 5 is because the bonus chapter was a bit repetitious. You end up going back to areas you have been before in the main game and doing some of the same puzzles, so this was a bit lacking in imagination for me.
Overall though, great game and a good length, so would definitely recommend it.
May 11, 2012
Good Game But..
I downloaded the demo, I loved it right away I so I got the CE. The graphics are awesome, and the different additions of the game play were a refreshing change. The changing of the lighting, the statues changing items. However, saying that, towards the end all the back and forth was starting to get a bit annoying. Usually I don't mind to much backtracking, but it seemed towards the end, it was every thing you needed to do you had to go back three times, change the lighting etc. So I enjoyed most of the game until just the end when it became a bit tedious for me. All in all a very good game play and worth the CE price to me.
May 8, 2012
Almost perfect game.
If I were to give a review based solely on the demo, I'd say -a perfect CE. Since I've completed it, the entire felling deflated for just a bit. I still think it's great, but not perfect.
The art in the game is very beautiful; I like turning the lights on and off...it really gives a whole new dimension to exploring the locations.
On the other hand, developers chose to use the locations from the first chapter through entire game. That makes it a bit difficult to remember all the things left unfinished in various zoom zones. A map with some sort of indicator would give this game an extra star, and make it a complete win. Still, it was a good ride, and I'm happy that I've played it.
June 9, 2012
I did like the overall look of the game. The effects and hidden object scenes were awesome. The voices were decent and it did have some newer things added that did make some parts stand out.
There was only one thing I didn't like in this game and it was the CONSTANT backtracking. I understand you need to do that in these types of games, but for some reason it really got on my nerves with this one.
On another note, the bonus game was one of the longest I have ever had, so that was a plus in my book!
May 16, 2012
Exciting & Challenging Must Have Game!!!
This game was the perfect level of challenge for me not to mention the clear beautiful art work, and all around joy to play. Nice to have a game that isnt frustrating trying to figure out where to go or go back to..yet this game holds its own as far as story, ho scenes, puzzles, etc. Hope you enjoy as much as I did
May 18, 2012
2 Rooms in One?
The reason I named this what I did was because I thought this aspect of the game was very creatively designed, and the game had creative bits throughout. The music was very suitable and not nerve wracking, the hints charged pretty fast and the skip button for the mini-games charged at a nice pace. The game play was available in three modes; Hardcore, Advanced, and regular. There were 2 types of hidden object scenes, which ran smoothly. The storyline was interesting and something different which was nice. The bonus section that came with the collector?s edition consisted of wallpaper, replaying the mini-games, walk-through and more game play. The game ran smooth throughout for me, and offered some very nice challenges.
One thing I didn?t like though was the generic statement that you?re given if you find yourself in a bind and click on hint to help you and there wasn?t a map, so you once again, as so many times are found to wander around trying to figure out where something went and what to do next.
The graphics were okay, some were very clear and some were rather blurry.
Overall, the game was fun with a nice amount of game play and the extras in the collector?s edition were nice as well.
December 30, 2012
Worth the money
I enjoyed this game especially the illumination effects which I think was a brilliant idea. The puzzles not so hard but have chain reactions so I loved it. The bonus play is worth the additional money, quite long and entertaining.
November 5, 2012
Great graphics and moved easily to from one task to another. Will consider buying.
May 3, 2012
Better than average game
Fun game, pretty smooth storyline although HOG's being in same locations over and over got old quick. I had some problems figuring out where to go next and found myself at a loss over missing one item, had to go back and search, finally gave up and looked at strategy guide to find it. Great graphics and fun middling difficulty on the puzzles.
June 26, 2012