Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water
It was a pretty good game, I just bought the SE, I considered it worth it. The graphics were beautiful. Interesting story line. The puzzles were way too easy, though.
December 1, 2012
Good game, poor ending.
I've just finished playing this, so I thought I'd post a review.
Things I liked:
1) The plot was good, it left you wondering "Ok, what's going on here and why?" and revealed itself nicely.
2) The puzzles were reasonably challenging, several required a moderate level of thought and planning without being excessively complicated.
3) I also liked the HOGs, especially because there were things to do in them, you had to use one item on something else in the scene in order to complete it which is much better than just "keep clicking until you've finished it" (although there seemed to be no penalty for just random clicking on Advanced Level).
Things I didn't like:
1) I know they've got to keep you playing and doing stuff, but *why* is an item you need to solve a puzzle stuck in a locked box in a different location which needs a key from somewhere else in order to open it?
There's no rhyme nor reason in game for this sort of thing which strikes me as bad design, especially when it keeps happening throughout the game.
2) The ending. After all the build up and hints from murals in the game, this was another game where it's a case of "boom, that's it".
I mean seriously?! Couldn't they be bothered to make it just a *bit* more spectacular?
It's a shame after all that effort, it left me feeling let down which is a pity because the rest of the game was good and was worth the time and money.
January 27, 2013
Good game, but not a great deal of challenge.
I played this game in one long session. I was home sick. It gave me a pleasant time. The puzzles and HOS are not all that difficult, so if you like a real challenge this is not for you. The story line is clear, the map is helpful, the graphics are good, the sound is not obtrusive. It's a good game.
December 6, 2012
this is based on a 30 minute demo
i quit the demo to buy i liked this game so much. i didn't give "5"s yet as i haven't played the whole thing and will return to give it a final review, but based on the 30 minutes of demo i completed...it was longer, but i stopped, i think this is going to be one of my favorite games. i really got into the game and really didn't want to end it, but i like to start them over when i open them after buying them and i won't get to it for awhile. i try to play the games i buy in order that i have bought them. i think if you like HO games you will pleasantly surprised at this one. it grabbed me right away. this is the first time i have reviewed a game after playing the demo only, that i can remember.
December 2, 2012
Good Game - Worth buying
I'm still getting over the misery that is MCF9. So it was great to come across a game that is interesting, fun to play, a good length and just generally worth 4 stars. A bit formulaic - you have to help people that probably don't deserve it - and also quite linear. Nonetheless, it's entertaining. And that's really all I need in a game.
December 6, 2012
This game really gets you going
Very fun game a little challenging at times and you really do have to remember where you were earlier as you have to go back, however that's not an issue if you are into the game as I was! Good HOGS and puzzles were fairly easy at times.
June 21, 2013
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
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
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