Secrets of the Dark: Eclipse Mountain Collector's Edition
Get a new friend.
Once again, your "friend" leads you into another demonic adventure. This time in Thailand. The setting is lovely and the graphics are good. Animation is midling. What makes the game are the scene morphing when the lighting changes. This is a cool idea and well done - for the most part. There are also objects that need to be morphed into something else by special statues.
The music is OK. Translation was pretty good. The story line is similar to the first game but a lot of the games have the same theme. The objects in the HO scenes are really well hidden but totally findable. Playing time seemed longer to me than the first game. The collectors edition has another bit of rescuing villagers which was also fun.
Like the first game, the research wasn't done on the location, fauna and gods. The first glaring misstep was putting an African elephant in the middle of the Thai jungle. There were several Hindu gods parading around the scenery also. Southeast Asia has plenty of their own so importing gods doesn't seem necessary, just lazy.
But all in all it was a good game and fun to play.
May 20, 2013
Fun Hidden Object Game
I really like this game but it was not long enougth fore beginners the game keep you on edge
December 7, 2012
Best Bonus Chapter EVER!
I had planned to give this 4 stars. Its an excellent game with great graphics and an engaging and fun plot. I played on the hardest level which I always do when I have a walkthrough and had no hints, skips or help of any kind except it did have black bar tips. I love Orneon because they have hidden object scenes where you put the items back on the shelf which gives it something extra to look forward to. My only negative and the reason I wanted to give it 4 stars was because it isn't widescreen and this game has such pretty graphics and its a jungle setting, lots of elephants and sound effects to match and it would have been a WOW moment more so than it already was.
However, then I got to the bonus chapter and OMG! It was over 2 hours long, had some new places but you went through the beginning of the game like you did before only to do more in depth things. However, you did have to repeat some of the same mini games from the first time around which didn't thrill me as I hated the one with the balls among others but all in all kept my interest. I really, really enjoyed this game and Orneon keep on impressing me with what they can do. They are starting to become one of my favorite developers AND I love the pulling of the shade to have a new room. The first one in this series didn't work on my computer but I am so very glad this one did. Cheers!
October 12, 2012
Few HO screens, lots of fun puzzles and screens
This game is not overloaded with HO screens. There are lots of fun puzzles and interesting locations. This game has screens where you press a switch to change the screen back and forth like different times or dimensions. I love that. This game is decently long and very interesting.
July 10, 2012
i really like this game, lots of fun and surprises, good story, beautiful graphics and no technical issues. i love oriental themes, myths and dragons and power figures. the difficulty is perfect for me, including the hos. you should get this game for good entertainment or be patient for the regular version. i shouldn't buy now but probably will. can only type with one hand due to injury so no capitals. have fun.
May 3, 2012
Nice graphics, nice music. Movement a bit choppy and slow in a few areas, but otherwise nice. SG is clear, although I prefer the standard page set up (my personal preference). Hint system nice. Didn't care for the "clicking" noise that was made when you found a HOG item, but HOGs not messy and not difficult to find (had to really look for a few).
I like the changing rooms with the light switch. Gives you something different to do and makes it more challenging. Not extremely challenging, but kept my interest.
Yes, the storyline is the same, but how many different things can you do before you run out of new ideas (that's why I rated it a "good" storyline). And, as I always say, I play the game, not the story.
I like this game and will purchase this month. For now, I will put it in the puddle and give my checking account a rest. Thanks for the reviews.
May 3, 2012
Interesting with Lots to do
Based on the demo: Played on easy mode. HOS mixed with games are about equal, not too hard, instructions and skip available for mini games. hints refill quickly. Collect objects along the way, some objects need other objects to get. just enough places, running back and forth was okay, but it might get a bit hairy as the story goes on. You travel back and forth in time using a switch in certain rooms to change the lighting, interesting and i like it. there is a stone statue where you use special items to change them into useful items. i didn't use the hint outside the HOS so i can't say if it's useful there. haven't found any continuation about the story line.... have to rescue a friend, people get turned to stone..... Visuals weren't the best I've seen but clear enough. Music I turn low and found it unobtrusive.
I will wait to find out how long this game is before buying it. It might be worth waiting for the SE if the extra play isn't long enough. But that's just me, I make sure I get my money's worth, don't like feeling ripped off.......... Have a feeling tho this game is worth it!!!
May 3, 2012
Nothing really new!
Once again we find ourselves in a far off land (Thailand) and we need to save yet again our friend and the world from a Demon and his three nasty servants. As I have said before, originality is rare. Although the theme is familiar as are most of the game mechnics, the developers did manage to add some variety with HOS by including reverse HOG scenes where you have to place items back into their place. Also, each scene has two time lines where they change from past to present promted by turning on or off the lights. Option menu offers three modes of game play and game mechnics include a journal and a SG that keeps your place. The graphics and animations are good but tend to be dark and grainy. There are voice-overs and the music suits the overall atmosphere. I did play the entire demo without having to ask for a hint or check the SG, making it a standard adventure Hog without any real challenge The puzzles and mini-games are relatively easy with slight variation in their composition. Once again the story does not interest me, it seems to get lost with all the puzzles and back-tracking that you do, however I will recommend it to those who enjoy this genre . I have played better games and I do anticipate that most will wait for the SE version on this one. I am not sure of the length as only three chapters are shown in the SG, I will take it on faith that the game will be worth the extra pennies. I wish I was more excited but like I said, nothing really new here!
May 3, 2012
pretty good HOS game
when i first loaded this game, i thought the graphics looked awesome. Then my 'friend' started talking and my opinion diminished somewhat. The characters look very robot-like which is shame considering that the scenery is amazing.
The HOS were pretty easy, which i have to admit i enjoy, and the puzzles, although a bit more challenging are completable. What baffles me is why i have a talking flower to help me and give me hints, but as i only played the demo, I suppose all might be revealed. Something also tells me that there is going to be a lot of footwork in this game.
pretty good, but not as good as some games that have been out lately
May 3, 2012
The game is fun to play. Different HOS with them changing to find different clues. Till you what to do so you are not guessing all the time. HO are not difficult to find. Not that much new with other games. Do not think I'll buy. Will try another one.
August 19, 2012