Mayan Prophecies: Ship of Spirits
INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL MAYAN ARTWORK
Your partner and a poacher is missing, a boy is crying for help and Mayan treasures are scattered all about. Just dive in and explore this ship. An interactive map takes you to locations with active tasks. You also have a journal and the cutscenes to keep the action rolling. Plenty of interactive HOS - if you get stuck, or if you prefer, you can switch back and forth between a list based object search or mah jong. You never have to wait for the hint button.
Although there are the standard puzzles, you?ll need to think about how to solve the few that are more challenging. Excellent animation and sound effects, but the VO?s could use a lot of improvement. Graphics are somewhat dark and gloomy, as befitting an undersea shipwreck, but the detail for the Mayan artifacts are beautiful with incredible coloring. A very well developed, polished game. I did take off 1/2 star because the story is too used; still, it's a great game.
November 2, 2012
it's your standard, middle-of-the-road offering
there was nothing about this game that was really any different than the dozens and dozens of hidden object adventures being put out lately. though instead of crashing your car, it's a boat. basic premise is the same - your boyfriend has gone missing, and you know he's out there somewhere.
there are three options for challenge level, plus a "custom" option that allows you to choose each aspect seperately - puzzle skip yes or no, sparkles on or off, etc.
the graphics on this were much better than average, but unfortunately the mediocre, wooden voice overs almost cancelled them out.
in the demo, there were no puzzles that had any challenge to them at all.
in conclusion, there was nothing super great, or really bad, about this game. I would recommend playing the demo to see if it's your style. this might be just up your alley if you're not an expert level player.
November 2, 2012
A worthy offering
This is every bit as good as the CE. You and your oartner and your prisoner are heading back home when your boat literally runs into a ghost ship in the fog. Now on board the ship, you must find your partner and prisoner from whom you have become separated.
You have the standard modes of play, a map, a journal a helpful hint and places for the extras you must collect. You must find parts of a Mayan calendar and and sections of an artifact must be found plus the hummingbirds you must capture in the HOS. The HOS are very interactive (Yay!) These HOS are the very best of any of the games I've played. You also have the option of playing Mahjongg instead of the HOS. The puzzles are rather unique to this game.
Everywhere you went had a bunch of stuff to pick up and do. You don't exactly use everything quickly but then there is a lot to do in a lot of places. You do have to go back and forth quite a bit but the map will be a help here.
The graphics are well done but a bit sketchy. The cutscenes are good and the voiceovers are appropriate. The music fits the adventure well with abounding ambient sounds.
CE or SE, it's a fun game with sea monsters and great fun, which is the whole point of a game, yes?
November 2, 2012
B+ to A- Game
Be aware that some people have had tech issues with this game. (see forum) I over came my frozen cursor issue and finish the game. I bought the game knowing this and after playing the free trial, because it is a good game.
I enjoyed playing the game, interesting, with decent story line. Played and finish in one day, with breaks. I wanted to see what was next in game.
Here's a few facts about the game:
More than one mode of play.(good#
Use of map with #!# shows where tasks are. Makes it easy to get to your next objective.#good#
Can play mahjong instead of HOG.#good#
Hummingbirds are extra feature to find, but game does not keep count of them nor are needed to complete the game.
No awards or achievements given at the end in SE version.
# I do not like this#
Ending ?? possible sequel. #might be a good thing)
July 14, 2013
I liked it.
My favorite thing about this game was that each HOS had an optional Mahjong game to play instead. Although I love adventure games, I have very little patience for HOS's and it was really nice to be able to skip them.
November 24, 2012
I was impressed, I picked it out of the blue as I'd earned a free game and wanted to play something different. I liked the storyline and I thought the graphics were lovely and colourful; some of the mini-games were different from the usual ones you can find in other games and although challenging, were not insanely difficult. It was a nice length too and didn't suddenly end like many do (very annoying!).
I recommend this game if you fancy using your brain a bit.
February 5, 2014
It feels like I've played the first half of a long and interesting game.
I don't think I realized how much I enjoyed playing this game until it was over. The game play and video sequences were very well done. The HO scenes were also well done and gives the player a choice between mahjong or HOS. The plot was cohesive and interesting --save souls on a ghost ship while trying to track down a possessed criminal.
The ending was complete while at the same time to be continued for a sequel. However, the player's true identity is only hinted at. I guess I'll just have to play Cursed Island and find out...
January 22, 2014
I try to do reviews, this game just deserves to be recognized. Good story with good graphics. There was a variety of puzzles and held to the time period of the story setting. It wasfiled with big variations and it was fun!
January 20, 2014
Mayan Gods and Bad Guys
This is a very long game, which will please most players feeling they got their money's worth, but I found myself wondering when it would be over. There is much backing and forthing. (Why, oh, why was it necessary to find a spool of thread, then another trek to find a needle, then another trek to find scissors?) Thankfully, the map is interactive, even though you do have to guess which active area to go to next, but the game isn't linear, and at times was confusing for that reason.
I really wish all developers would adopt the custom settings that are available in this game. I loved being able to have a short hint and skip refill without having sparkles everywhere.
The hummingbirds didn't have any purpose at all, and once you "poof" them, their hiding places continue to flash, which I found distracting and could have done without.
The ending was abrupt and not terribly satisfying, but was obviously meant to signal that there will be a sequel.
A good game, but not a great one.
November 6, 2013
Beautiful with an OK challenge.
What beautiful screen shots! I found the rescue component of the story compelling, and personally I love all things oceangoing. Overall I'm not a fan of hidden object games which accounts for the so-so rating. There was a fair amount of going from scene to scene to get useful information and items to solve the various mysteries, and not only did this feel a bit tedious, but it triggered my anxiety about getting to the heart of the matter quickly (fodder for my next therapy session). I was drawn to play it by the other reviews, which I did for about 45 minutes. Not a bad game for the genre, and if you like hidden object games I would recommend it.
January 11, 2013