Secrets of the Dark: Eclipse Mountain
Once again my 'friend' Peter is lost and it is up to me to find him and defeat the evil nasties who took him. Just like in Mexico City, I have to help victoms who ave turned into Stone, find peter and banish the baddies.
I actually bought the CE version and although there were some elements that I did enjoy, I wasn't floored by the entire gameplay. The graphics and artwork are well done but unfortunately a bit blurry and grainy #especially cutscenes# compared to some of the better games we have played. There are three modes of gameplay and I did enjoy Hardcore where you get no hints or sparkles. Even then gameplay was relatively easy and not as challenging as expected. Game features include a journal that keeps your place and voice-over with music that I personally found obtrusive. Game mechanics is standard play: collect inventory items, play HOS and solve mini-games. The only twist to the game which I actually liked is that you get to interact between two worlds #past and present# with the help of a light switch. The HOS varied, some were straightforward interactive, some were reverse HO where you place items back into their proper place. I personally like those. Puzzles varied in difficulty, some were easy as pie, some were fun and a few were challenging. There is no map so be prepared for a lot of back-tracking. I would rate this game as being good, not great as I did begin to lose interest in the story and just went through the motions. However I do recommend this game if you like adventures, far away lands and HOs. It is well worth the price, especially as a SE edition. I enjoyed the puzzles and the morphing scenes and hope that the developers will offer a third installement with more challenging features. I look forward to it!
June 1, 2012
a game that will keep you busy
Different kind of HOS. Also has rooms that change to find more items to use. The story is good and the HO are not that hard to find. Good game. Hint button helps just a little but does not tell you where to go next.
September 27, 2012
Excellent task oriented game
The artwork is really nicely done & the graphics are clear; in some scenes you can change the ?light source? & are taken to a more modern time. This change of time makes for interesting gameplay as you have to find items or solve puzzles in both zones & sometimes have to find an object in one time to use in the other.
The H0s are a little like junk-piles but the items are well depicted & some are well hidden, there are a few interactive objects; they are of both the word list & put objects back in the scene types. There is not an over-abundance of H0s, this game is about finding items for your inventory to open locks or solve mini puzzles. These are the usual move colours to a specific side of the screen, pipes, gears, matching items, etc. nothing difficult but there is a skip button if you need one. Don?t expect to find objects quickly; you might have to wait until you are more than halfway into the game before locating something you need.
There is no map & rather a lot of going back & forth to find inventory items to use elsewhere; the inventory is used quite quickly for the most part although you will carry some items for a lengthy time. Some of these can be morphed into another object of use; you will find a few special places where this can be accomplished. You get a journal & you can zoom in to clues you have found or replay any cut scenes.
This is an excellent adventure but don?t expect a story as there really isn?t one; if you enjoy it then try out the first of the series, Secrets of the Dark: Temple of Night which has the similar shifting time zones but is set in South America. This particular game took me more around 4 hours to play.
June 2, 2012
Good game play
I enjoy having to go all over the place searching for items.Fast paced and enjoyable game play. A little dark, hard to see sometimes but overall a good game to play on a rainy day.
June 1, 2012
A bit different game
This game presents combination of hidden object search and puzzle games, good quality of graphics and not so much actual story, except; here it starts > go now. Gameplay takes several hours at least without any hints/walkthrough guide, divided between finding items from hidden object scenes and solving puzzles to proceed. The game has interesting implementation of allowing each location to be played twice; in daylight or night time mode. Expect to be changing these modes often to solve the problems hidden in this game. To me this added extra challenge when I tried to remember what was the content of each room in daytime or night mode and where did I see this shape/box/door the last time. I learned to always start from the starting point of the map, especially when returning to the game after a break. Map itself is not too big, but there is good number of locations when you count both day and night modes separately. In each room/location there were always multiple "locked" items which required an item to be found and/or puzzle to be solved. A lot of puzzle playing ahead!
Sometimes in this game it is clear that you are now missing some item or key but there really is no logic or story to help you to figure out where to find it which felt at least to me that I have to run around in all locations clicking everywhere to find out if a hidden object location has been re-activated or if another location has something new available after the latest solved minigame. This could have been designed differently as in these moments it would be very tempting to get a hint or check the walkthrough guide.
There were some interesting puzzles to be solved, always something new which was good as against hidden object scenes which were repeated several times during the story. This was a long game with interesting - sometimes very challenging - puzzles, definitely worth playing for the HO/puzzle fans.
August 19, 2012
I like it, I'm not fond of overly scary games so this was just right for me. However I would have liked it better without the morphing scenes, I found it more confusing than normal to figuring out where to put a particular object, and going back and forth and then changing the lighting became tedious.
Overall though I found it fun and relaxing, I won't be playing any other versions though.
June 17, 2012
Worth the time and money
I waited for the SE of this game and was not disappointed that I didn't have a bonus section.
-no map, could have used one
-journal, but didn't use
-hint button helps but will not "give" you direction
-graphics, music, voice overs are normal
-HO's are not too bad and are interactive, there are different types of HO's and that was a good break
Only thing I didn't like was that there is a lot of going back and forth.
June 7, 2012
Overall this was a good game and now that I've completed the free trial, I will probably purchase it. There is a lot of back and forth between areas to pick up the many inventory items, so I wouldn't advise trying this one if you're not great at remembering where you need to use them. Other than that, the scenes are beautiful and it's quite an enjoyable way to spend a lazy Saturday! Enjoy!
June 2, 2012
I LIKED IT
This game has been around not to long ago. Good game not to easy, and a challenge
June 1, 2012
Good, not great.
I enjoyed the game. It wasn't great but as a whole, it was good. The visual quality was fine. I usually turn the sound off soon after a game starts because the music becomes annoying and the voices/actors are not that great and can be distracting. The story-line is nothing new. I would recommend the game. It is enjoyable. As I said, not great but good.
June 1, 2012