Flux Family Secrets: The Book of Oracles
Flux Family Secrets: the Book of Oracles
I really like the challenge in this game.
October 14, 2012
I'm so surprised to see so many 5 star reviews for this game. I have played the other Flux Family games, and over 100 other HO- adventure games, and have never been so disappointed.
Here's why - The story line was hard to follow if you didn't play it all at once. If I came back to it 2 days later, it was hard to figure out what was going on where I left off. The time travel idea was neat and accomplished well from a graphics perspective, but some more differences in the appearance of the device would have been helpful; I went to the wrong place many times simply because 2 or more devices looked so similar. The art work in general was very good, but anything with the main characters or one of the little "movies" was pretty bad. Also very frustrating was that "Click to Continue" did not work in several places, and you just had to sit there and wait for it to go by itself.
Finding pieces of items that get put together into a useful item was fun, but when complete they don't let you know what the strange-looking object is supposed to be. Once in inventory you can mouse over it and wait for the ID, but that's such a waste of time. The puzzles were all either way to easy or contained something that most would not figure out. Then when you go to help looking for just a clue, it goes into too much detail, leaving nothing for the player to figure out.
The hidden object scenes were boring and not very creative. I sometimes used the hint (which I do only rarely) just because I was bored and couldn't wait to get on with it.
The last HO-adventure game I played was so good that I didn't expect to be as excited about this one, but I was totally not expecting a game that didn't live up to its predecessors.
Hopefully I got it as a free punch card game!!
PS - My "current" favorite is actually my all time favorite. Seems like I compare everything else to this one!
September 6, 2012
a good game in the series
i am getting tired of the flux games but they are good games. they aren't overly hard but make you think. hints recharge fairly quickly, but i find myself getting tired of playing them. it is NOT the game, but my preferences. all the games are good. this one and the one before it in the series were typical flux family.
September 1, 2012
Overview of gameplay: Only about 20% of the game bears a resemblance to the gameplay of the Rabbit Hole and the Ripple Effect. More than half of this game is adventure and, instead of helping historical figures affected by time ripples (although they do make cameo appearances), the emphasis is on helping Jesse save her family. Whereas Rabbit Hole and Ripple Effect had about 3 scenes open at one time, Oracles has quite a few portals open at once, each with several scenes. Gameplay is not linear. An interactive map would be very helpful because you are going from portal to portal and it is easy to get lost, even though there are only a few scenes in each portal. If you must consult a W/T, I strongly recommend BF's - it gives better directions and is more specific for those occasions you are hopelessly lost. Game was lengthy - over 6 hours at a very relaxed pace..
There are a few HOS and silhouette HOS, both outnumbered by FRAGS. You also find inventory items right in the scene, in addition to those found through HOS or FRAGS. Once an object is put together, you have to remember which portal is the most likely to make use of it. Each of the portals does have an image depicting what the time period and place is; however, many look the same when the majority of the image is bushes, a gate or outside of a brick building.
There is a variety of puzzles, but some had poor instructions. Example, a couple puzzles had clock hands that moved clockwise and counterclockwise a specified number of spaces, depending on what color symbol you selected. If you hit a completed symbol, you had to start over. But the instructions don?t say how you know a symbol is completed and you had to figure it out through trial and error (it turns black, so don?t land on a black symbol). Otherwise, the puzzles were interesting, fun and fresh.
Graphics were detailed, colorful and gorgeous, as they were with the first 2 Family Flux games. Production values were more than terrific. The developers certainly put a lot of thought and creativity into designing this spectacular game.
Storyline: You could not call this a run-of-the-mill game. The storyline is complicated, but you do not need to play Time Ripple and Rabbit Hole first to understand the premise. In addition to the time ripples of the prior two games, we now have a wormhole to contend with. That being said, it is easy to become confused about what the entire storyline is. At one point, even Jesse said she was confused (I hear you Jesse). There is an effort to put the 3 intertwined games and bits and pieces of family background and time ripples together into a cohesive story. But I still felt something was missing. Almost to the very end of the gameplay, it seemed that this would be the end of the series. Not to spoil it for you, it is not, but you'll have to play to find out why.
August 24, 2012
Really enjoyed this one
fun and interesting. if you're a fan of HOG you will like it.
August 9, 2012
my Favorite Games
The Flaux Family games are my favorite of all. It has everything. I do not have any negative comments. The story line is very interesting including famous people from the past makes this game so much fun. It has a touch of history, fun science, excellent graphics,excellent sound. Only one thing wrong: We have to wait for the next one!
August 8, 2012
Another Flux Family Adventure
I enjoy the Flux Family games. They are a different type of HOG but still fun. You see the objects at the bottom of your screen that you must hunt for. I enjoy the continuing saga of their journey and time travels. A fun and fairly easy game to play.
July 9, 2012