Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water
This game got my attention with the first scene. I liked that, rather than lull you into a game, it's nice getting your heart pumping from the get go. I wish I had gotten the CE since the SE seemed to end abruptly. Still, was a fun adventure.
March 11, 2013
This was a fun game. The visuals were excellent. Story was a little silly but the game was fun to play. I really liked the magic stone part. Good game.
December 7, 2012
Excellent, Great Game
Hard to elaborate on my title, Great Game.
March 8, 2013
hidden object game
You must play the game and you will see en complex one.Good luck in your trip .
November 30, 2012
Well worth the time to play
Although I would not have made it through without finding a walkthrough online. As with all of these games, there are times when the next step is simply not logical -- collect a jar of termites to eat away at some boards in a matter of seconds? Not even in Louisiana do they work that fast. What's wrong with a hammer? Or using a circular saw rather than bolt cutters? And yes, a crab can be smashed with the ball of a ball-and-chain manacle. But overall, a lot of fun and certainly kept my interest.
May 9, 2013
Review of Completed Game...
First off, I do not own the first one in this series so I cannot compare games. The first one did not interest me as it felt like same old, same old in terms of gameplay and plot. This game however, gives the player a familiar feeling but also a new perspective. I quite liked the mythology behind it and the gods helping you out somewhat. Meddling when they aren't supposed to. I LOVED the puzzles in this game. They were all very doable but just challenging enough where you had to use some brain cells. The hidden object scenes were interactive and nicely done and I don't recall seeing any of them more than once...They did not repeat and there were far more puzzles than hidden object scenes which is fine by me. I played this game on advance and had skips and hints but they took longer to fill and no sparkles anywhere. Thank you devs as some developers *coughERScough* tend to throw the sparkles in anyways.
However, I have some criticism concerning this game. It is way short and Im not sure if its the game itself or if its the jump map because its sooo helpful. Instead of wandering around aimlessly because there are a lot of locations in this game, you are given a marvelous jump map which tells you even in hard mode where you need to go next. I usually don't use maps but for this one it was nice to not have to wear out my shoes. Because I used the map, it literally cut hours of the playing time and there was no fillers because there weren't many hidden object scenes so in total, I might have played this game 3 hours or less. I recommend this game because its fun and if you don't use the map, it will take considerably longer.
Another issue of mine is the disjointed plot. It starts off about the water turning black and how underneath the ground there might be this evil lurking blah blah but then the story goes elsewhere and the black water issue is never really addressed and you get a crystal that stores energy in it that essentially helps defeat Dagon, the bad energy guy. I felt like there wasn't enough information on Dagon and what would happen if his power was released. I kind of felt like the plot made no sense after awhile and its lucky the gameplay was good because when I lose interest in the plot, its usually over for me.
So to summarize:
Its a good game but also disjointed. The gameplay is fun but its still a short game if you use the map. The description of this game makes me think the town is named "Black Water" which would make more sense than the water turning to black but since you actually see the water turn black, I guess its not the name of the town. The graphics are lovely and the crystal energy element adds a flair to this game but don't overthink the plot like I did. Just roll with it. There is an ending in the SE but it doesn't really go into detail what the people you save were actually doing there or how they figured out it had eternal life if it was so evil. It just really confused me. Sometimes these cult, evil, spirit of the ancient games don't mesh well with me but for a relaxing afternoon, this game will do the trick.
May 7, 2013
One of the better HO games
I really enjoyed this game as it lasted quite a while containing lots of interesting puzzles and interactive HO scenes without there being too many of them to make the game itself too tedious.
There is also an interactive map telling you where there are still things to do and take you straight there which I found very useful.
May 6, 2013
This is a pretty good game with some very easy puzzles and a few that are a little challenging. The story is easy to follow as is the movement throughout the game. A map is available if you get lost or need help figuring out where you have something that still needs to be done. The ending is VERY abrupt which is kind of odd in that everything else seems to have a solid story. But good game, nonetheless.
April 20, 2013
Great game: long playing time
Thought this game was very challenging. Graphics, sounds were awesome; puzzles were difficult but not impossible. Loved the map because it allows you to go to necessary sites without traveling around and around the game...My memory fails me sometimes, and I can be trapped for hours if not for a good map. I enjoyed playing, and it did give one a long playing time; will buy another game by Mariaglorum soon,
April 14, 2013
I enjoyed playing this one as it is relatively easy to follow.There is a map to show you where you are and in what area there is something that needs to be done.This is really helpful.The graphics and HO scenes are good and the background sounds are fine.
April 13, 2013