Forbidden Secrets: Alien Town
Good, Standard HOG
This is pretty good, fairly standard HOG with 2 modes of play. A mysterious town full of a strange disease and only you can keep the disease from spreading. On the plus side, there is an interactive map that saves on the backtracking. The soundtrack is good and the voices are nice. The graphics are good and clear. There are Beyond objects to find which always add an extra element of fun. On the minus side, the text is very small on my standard monitor. The puzzles are not overly challenging but still fun. A very nice SE offering.
December 8, 2012
Bought CE but wish I had bought SE instead...
Even though I think it is unnecessary to buy this game as a CE, I did really enjoy this game. I am a fan of this Dev, especially since they often have games with original stories such as this one (Another recent game of theirs that I really enjoyed is The Gift. Like this game, it also has a unique story and is quite gripping) If you are sick of the same old same old, i.e. ghosts, missing relatives etc., you should give this game a try, especially if you are a Sci-Fi fan like me. I kind of felt like I was in the middle of an X-Files case and that I got to be both Mulder and Scully while playing this game, and that was really cool. I really enjoyed the main game and found the ending satisfying, but I did not enjoy the bonus game and felt as if it was unnecessary, which is why I think people won't be missing out on anything if they buy the SE instead of the CE.
The bonus game felt tacked on at the last minute and didn't really add anything to the story for me. There are morphing objects in the CE, which I don't really care about, but I know other people like those and I have heard that they are in the SE as well, and that you don't need to buy the CE to be able to find them. Other than that, there weren't any special achievements in the CE. I don't care about wallpapers and other extras like that, and didn't even check to see if the game had those things. If you only buy CEs for the bonus game, I would think twice about doing that with this game, but if you want extras like wallpapers than you might want to consider buying the CE. I do not think the strategy guide is necessary. I only referred to it a few times and it wasn't very helpful to me, especially when it came to trying to figure out how to complete a puzzle I was stuck on. I had to skip a few puzzles since I was unable to figure them out. There is an interactive map, which I loved and wish more games had those, and it told you where you needed to go to complete an action, and that made the strategy guide unnecessary. The hint system was helpful too.
I enjoyed the puzzles in this game and felt as if some of them offered a good challenge. The H0 scenes aren't back to back, which I prefer, and they alternated between interactive H0 scenes and scenes where you had to find where an object on your list went. I liked this variety, and it made the H0 scenes more interesting for me.
In general, the game play and story were gripping. I kept saying I was going to quit playing but was unable to. I played most of the game in one sitting. I would guess that it took me about 5-6 hours to finish the game (not including the bonus). I am an intermediate player and am slower than some people, so it might take faster players less time than that, but I definitely think this game is good value for a SE, and I recommend it to people who are looking for a game to play that is different and fun!
December 17, 2012
Better Than Most
I think this game is better than about 3/4 of the games on Big Fish. It's a solid game (unfortunately for the SE crowd, the bonus story was good) and quite playable.
The NPCs are good and the storyline is different than most. I get tired of the gruesome and familiar (skulls, skeletons, witches, etc.) and enjoy it when someone departs from that.
The game, while having HOS, has a lot of adventure aspects as well.
December 9, 2012
The puzzles are not especially challenging or frequent and the HOG parts are well done but the game wins points for being one of the most visually mastered game I've seen in some time. The attention to detail is amazing! I only gave it 4 stars because I felt it was short on the challenges. With the map you don't have to rely on memory and there isn't a lot of unnecessary backtracking. I would highly recommend it on your list of "games to get when I have a free game coupon" and if you want something glitzier and different from the creepy, orphan children meme.
December 23, 2012
Surprisingly well done game
Wasn't expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. Spent a coupon because I really needed to before it expired and was surprised at how much I enjoyed the game. Morphing objects; interactive map and a decent plot you could follow. Better than a few games I've regrettably paid for lately. I'm not a sci fi fan but that didn't matter. It's good game play; good diary, etc. Definitely one to try. You'll be surprised.
January 8, 2013
A game for the whole Family
Very suspensful and keeps you wanting more.
January 1, 2013
It was Fun for Standard Edition
I enjoyed the storyline, a bit different from others, a little bizarre, but I like Aliens....I Waited for the Standard Version. The mini-games were FUN....AND it did not USE A TON OF GREY or Washed out Graphics to hide the Hidden Objects....I hate it when BF developers RELY on putting a lot of stuff in Grey just to make it hard...I think it takes more Skill to develop a good game with HO that are "HIDDEN" not just greyed and stuck in with a ton of other Grey background--that is a cheap way to quickly write a HO game.....And the game wasn't too hard, when they are too hard I get really frustrated and probably won't buy it...I am not interested in CE unless it is EXTREMELY unique and NEW graphics...not ALL of it RECYCLED from another game or time....
December 29, 2012
A fun game
The story line is interesting in a corny way but over all I am glad I bought it
December 11, 2012
I bought the SE & this game really kept me on my fins !
It took awhile to navigate & while the game was a good
length- I thought it would be longer ( assuming ALL the places
on the map would be visited)
Great graphics, adventure- good plot
I will replay this one
Love the morphing objects
October 7, 2013
I enjoyed this game.
I found the game enjoyable. The map certainly makes it easy to determine where to go to make progress. I probably used it more than I should have. The puzzles were entertaining. My one criticism is that the HO scenes seemed to be a bit "muddy".
October 6, 2013