The Secrets of Da Vinci
Been waiting for this!
So, I've played all the Nancy Drew games (my fav#, Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, and many other of the large-file adventure games. I'm super sick of so many hidden object games being released ("cheap cheap") and not enough of games like this available!
Anyway, I went back to see if I've missed any good ones. The one comment about not having a lot of places to explore worried me a little, but I decided to try it and I'm SO glad I did! There are plenty of places to explore and the story is so fun. My only disappointment was with one of the puzzles because the picture #MonaLisa) was too blurry to really be able to do the puzzle so I had to use a walkthrough hint. But don't let that stop you!!
I love this game, want MORE like this. Seriously, because I'm out of games I like right now on Big Fish.
August 21, 2012
Great Point and Click Adventure
I wanted a break from HOG's so I bought this and I am so glad I took a chance. I loved the unusual storyline. Even though you stay in one location, there is so much to explore and so many objects to find. The puzzles were just challenging enough. There are different ways of completing an action and based on your answers to questions, there are different endings. Even my seven year old enjoyed playing with me. If you want a break from HOG's I highly recommend this game.
February 24, 2012
My family loved this game! Every age group is represented and was able to play together and individually. We all loved the
possibilities of the the different outcomes! Great game. Family friendly, very important!
December 19, 2011
A Masterpiece of Multi-Studio Collaboration!
The great Kheops Studio, the developer of this game, in conjunction with Nobilis Games, who did the marketing and publishing, and cooperating also with Mzone Studios (3D rendering), Electrogames (distribution), and Totem Studio (design) has come up with another winner!
"The Secrets of Da Vinci" was the "most mature" BIG FISH game I have ever played. It features a "conscience meter" that permits Valdo, the Hero of the saga, to do either good or evil acts, which could take him in different directions. And so, there are different avenues the gamer may pursue to continue through, and end the game.
Yes, and there is even romance! Valdo has a sort of "fling" with the beautiful Babou, who lives at the huge manor, which is at the center of the entire game.
Some of the puzzles are diabolical in their difficulty, and the game is replete with secret passages, underground tunnels, villains, and so many of Da Vinci's glorious creations, including a flying machine, a functional cannon, a sophisticated telescope, the super-famous "Mona Lisa," and much more. Alchemy plays a large role, too.
I can't say enough about this highly unusual game, and I thank Kheops and the other wonderful studios who put this marvelous adventure together. What an ending!
BRAVO, BIG FISH GAMES!
October 4, 2012
One of the Great Games
The Secrets of Da Vinci is one of the truly great games. It is a pleasure to play from beginning to end. Graphically beautiful, the story, and how it unfolds, is deeply immersive. Puzzles are challenging and satisfying, and they always fit in the storyline; they are very much part of it. There are no 'geez, that was stupid' places in the game at all which contributes greatly to the wonderful immersive factor.
This game is right up there with Dire Grove and the Ravenhearst series. It's not fluffy at all. The Secrets of Da Vinci is the kind of game I wish I could find more often.
Highly recommended. Absolute five stars!
August 10, 2013
fun, extremely long game play, challenging
You definitely need the walkthrough and the video tutorials and it was still challenging.
It took me almost 4 weeks of starting and stopping almost every day, even had to get my husband involved to help me get through it. I loved that the game changed depending on the answers I chose for my character.
I love this style of adventure, where can I find more? Very interactive!
March 22, 2013
A really fun adventure game!
I like games that are "only" adventure and not adventure/hidden object, a story that takes different paths depending on your choises along the way, have a lot of mysteries to solve and an interesting story line. And this game has it all!
January 23, 2013
Captivating; was totally enmeshed in the experience
Although the interface was the most challenging part of the game, such as pulling up inventory constantly to complete a task, every bit of it was worth it!! The game was so vivid and the tasks were so hard won, it was easy to become part of it, involved in the storyline, which is exactly why these games are played, I believe. It was long gameplay for me, and worth every penny, even without a trial!!
October 2, 2014
Like no other...
The Secrets of Da Vinci is truly a unique game in this genre. The fact that it is based on a true and famous character with much mystery surrounding him and his inventions, and the inclusion of some of his paintings, sketches and inventions, makes this game much more intriguing than most. The game play is different, the detail often realistic, and the interaction with the characters thoughtful--with positive or negative consequences depending on your choices. Honestly, with a little imagination you will be able to practically smell the locations. This is a good game also for those who want to keep their "thinking caps" on while they enjoy some relaxation. That is not to say that you will not be frustrated from time to time. But hey, isn't that what gaming is all about -- the challenge?
September 29, 2014
In a league of its own
This game is truly in a league of its own.
Finding the solutions to its challenging, tricky, non-linear puzzles is truly satisfying because you have to use your head. I've got stuck a few times and had to resort to the walkthrough, but it's like doing cryptic crossword puzzles - once you become used to the way the compiler's mind works, it gets easier. There are very few hints, so you really do have to exercise your mind.
The graphics are absolutely brilliant, and there's a low-key educational aspect to the game (Da Vinci pictures and inventions and a little bit about the history).
This game is also great value for money. I'm less than half way through it, and I bought it more than a week ago. It's deep, it's challenging, and it's stimulating.
September 25, 2014