Titanic's Keys to the Past
It Sinks..and It Stinks
Clearly my taste for history overcame me when making this purchase. National Geographic plasters its name all over this game in egregious product placement fashion when it might have been better served pretending it never got involved. You play as the relative of a Titanic passenger who heads to a modern day floating Titanic museum (ironic) in order to find out more about what happened. The answer, as it turns out, is way less interesting than attempting to navigate through the game.
To anyone that would like to play this, I can only offer this word of advice: watch the cursor change color. That's about the only way you'll have any clue where to go or what to do in this game. Some may say that's liberating, but I think it's lazy and lousy game development. I don't need anyone to show me the solution, but don't make getting there so bloody difficult. If you like pixel hunting, you've found your nirvana.
I will say a couple positives: the amount of information on who was on the ship is fitting for a Nat Geo game, and you can Match-3 your way through the minigames if you prefer. Since a sample minigame is gluing numbers onto a pocketwatch, I can't say I blame you either way. The match game never gets harder and always offers you a ton of time to beat it, so you should breeze your way through.
By and large, the most irritating part about this game is collecting photographs. I like the idea of meeting spirits and getting to know them, but you don't. Instead you have a 2 second flash while walking into random rooms and then collect tiny tiny pieces of a photo. By the fifth time you play through that you'll wish you actually had been on board.
Hidden object scenes are decently illustrated, but the most challenging part of them is finding the right place to click on in order to collect an item. You also get the standard misspelled items and game errors, such as not being able to pick up a "book" from a list since it's not the one the game is looking for. In short, skip it. There are far better games involving the Titanic. Tedious and ill-conceived.
December 30, 2012
this game is incredibly annoying.. half of the time you cant even click on the item you are searching for.
October 22, 2012
TITANIC GAME FUN
LIKED LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE TITANIC THRU THIS GAME--EDUCATIONAL AND FUN AT THE SAME TIME
October 16, 2012
I have enjoyed all of the Titanic games until this one. It was hard to navigate. I spent half of my time trying to figure out which way to go to the next scene. The hidden ofject pictures were good, but the other games were terrible. There was no information as to what you were to do. I was very disappointed.
August 18, 2012
Kept clicking on the photo...
I played thru this game, though it was tedious, to say the least. I wish they had at least put arrows when you were going somewhere, since every direction, said that it was blocked, and I couldn't go there. And was there a door in my stateroom, it looked like a wall to me?... the photo pieces were as everyone else said, tiny, fuzzy and when you collected them all, they formed a photo, it would have been more fun to put them together, but there were a lot of them. The theme was ok, that you were the granddaughter (great?) and were following your grandmother in the past with ghosts? they did drown right? who were trying to tell their story, through pictures, but I didn't get far enough to figure it out, I quit after the steamer trunk HOS where I was trying to click on the ship photo, and the hint even circled it, but it would not let me pick it up. I didn't see any other photos in the scene. So I gave up. Some of the HOS are blurry, i.e. the picture hanging the the hall, trying to find the items like the fish, octopus, shrimp,etc was easy, but they could have done a better job with this game. I gave up after I could go no further than the broken hos. I really wanted to open the lower decks, since I found all the keys. I wanted to rescue the poor lower class souls before they got locked up and drowned... at least that is where I think this was heading... I saw the movie twice. I don't think I have liked a single Titanic game that have flooded us recently, except for maybe Inspector Magnusson and Monument Builders, and they don't hold an oar to most of the newer HO games.
August 17, 2012
I found this game to be rather monotonous in that before entering a new room you have to find 20 pieces of a photo. Some pieces are very well hidden - nice challenge - BUT after once or twice of this looking for photo pieces before entering a new room I became so annoyed with it that I uninstalled the trial. And, as other reviewers have pointed out, you're pretty much left hanging as to what to do next, which I don't care for in any game.
August 5, 2012
Okay game, horrible gameplay
It was impossible to move around this game! You're given no idea where you need to click to move on to the next scene. The hidden object scenes weren't very difficult. However, you have to click on the object in just the right spot in order to get it. It's very frustrating when you have to pick up the binoculars that are right in front of you but you must click on it several times before hitting the perfect spot.
July 30, 2012
RUN AWAY FROM THIS GAME
Do not pass Go, and for do not spend money buying this game.
Graphics are poor HOS are laughably easy and worst of all - there is no real navigation. There's no way to tell how to enter or exit the room. The cursor makes a slight color change if you're quick to catch it. But there's no real navigation to speak of and the hint only works half the time.
Bad outing by Nat Geo -- nice facts about Titanic and nice story set up. But once you start playing its just frustration station - no real pattern or sense - just rooms, HOS, and dead ends.
Avoid this game.
July 28, 2012
Hand Holding A Plenty
Yet again Titanic is used as a story/plot, but yet again it falls short.
You are told what to look for and where to go, there is no freedom within this game at all.
Mini-games are of moderate challenge and the hidden object scenes are very easy as nothing is really hidden.
The hint button refills quickly, but is not really of much help unless looking for objects or photo fragments.
If you want a nice simple hidden object game then go for this one.
July 26, 2012
Dont get this game!!!!!!
This was the worse game ever. It didnt work right. You dont know where to go or what to do. When you click on the hint button it tells you to look around some more. The hidden object scenes didnt work. I was clicking on the object and it didnt work, even after I used a hint. This game is the worse game I have tried so far.
July 23, 2012