Mayan Prophecies: Ship of Spirits
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
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
Best I've Played in a While!
I've been getting tired of the selection of HOGS lately, but thought I would try this one. I'm so glad I did.
The story kept me interested to see what would happen next, right up to the end. I usually get bored and can't wait for the game to be over.
I really enjoyed the option of playing the HO scenes, or switching to Majong. Nice touch. The scenes were so colorful and the music was so pretty. I would play the HO scene, then if it got to hard to find the objects I would switch to Majong and finish the scene. Kept me from getting stressed over objects I couldn't find and having to use the hint button.
The only negative comment I have is the fact that the last half of the game I had to rely solely on the jump map to know where to go next. There were too many scenes and all of them stayed open during the game and you would need to return to different scenes for one item here and there. I like games that have you working a few scenes at a time, then close them off so you know there is nothing further to do there. This game had you jumping around all over the ship for one item here, and there. Yet, makes you want to continue to see what happens.
All in all, a fun game if you don't mind using the map to see where to go next. I would definitely recommend giving it a try.
November 15, 2013
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
sooo... who was the main character??
I seem to be few and far between in my opinion, but it was hinted throughout the game that you are playing a character who has some sort of ties to the Mayan world, yet the game never explains who you are! And why are we trying to save the souls of savage murderous pirates??
The graphics were ok, and I understand that you're on a ship, but everything had a dark dirty greenish tint to it, not very appealing at all. The cutscenes were nice, but everything else was too washed out.
There are a lot, and I mean a LOT of HO scenes. Towards the end they become overwhelming and tedious, but I guess that's where the mahjong comes in. I'd rather just have less HO scenes and more puzzles.
The game was long, which is usually a good thing, but for all the time I invested in it the ending was terrible.
January 1, 2013
I couldn't even get through the demo. This was so boring. The puzzles were way too easy. Absolutely no challenge. They could have gotten more challenging as the game progressed but as I said, I couldn't even make it through an hour. I tried a mahjong game instead of the HO and found that to be no challenge either. You go along picking up pairs of tiles and then when you can't make any more moves, you get to shuffle the tiles. Essentially, there is no way to fail. Keep your money.
May 10, 2013
I have probably more than 100 BF games now and this is one of the worst games I have ever played! Beautiful graphics but its just all running around for the sake of running around. It certainly is NO Puppetshow!
November 18, 2012
I wanted Mah Jonng!!!!
If I was looking at yet another hidden object game, I would at least have wanted one that could be easily played. I was looking foe a new Mah Jonng game....not THIS nonsense!
July 27, 2013
WHERE are the MAHJONG GAMES
Game purchased for mahjong games. Where are they ?? Dumb find the treasure game mucks up the whole thing, there should have been something to click on to CANCEL the ship stuff and proceed to mahjong games. Game dark and could barely read lines put up at top and shadows on game board overwhelming. Says its mahjong, WELL, WHERE ARE THE MAHJONG GAMES ?? I want my money back, lastly took nearly 2 3/4 hours to download, GEEZ.
January 23, 2013