The Keepers: The Order's Last Secret Collector's Edition
Save the world...but take your time!
TITLE?The Keepers: The Order's Last Secret
VERSION?Collector's Edition (demo)
GENRE?Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure (mystical adventure)
STORYLINE?You're off to Seville to find out who murdered Pedro Alvarez and to help his sister Carmen, the last Keeper, keep the mysterious box Pedro discovered from the hands of evil.
OVERVIEW?For a good versus evil, world hanging in the balance, mystical order of self-dubbed saviors type of game, I felt the storyline moved rather slowly, at least during the demo. Other than Carmen's obvious paranoia and the impending eclipse, there was no sense of urgency?no credible threat. The HOs served to slow down the action even more, rather than furthering it. The overall rhythm of this game just seemed off.
GAMEPLAY?Standard point 'n' click to move from location to location, examine areas of interest, and pick up items. There are, of course, a myriad of locked rooms, closets, wardrobes, and the like, for which you'll need to find keys, medallions, etc. The HOs are extremely dark with very little contrast in color and tone, making distinguishing the objects on the list from the background somewhat difficult. There are both achievements and morphing objects to find (35 in total).
INTERFACE?You have a journal which collects Pedro's notes as well as clues, and a jump map. I didn't use the hint system or the SG during the demo, so that gives you an idea of the relative difficulty of the game.
GRAPHICS?While there was color used, the overwhelming impression was brown, as if each scene had been steeped in tea. The backgrounds were sharp, but the lack of contrast and tone detracted, in my opinion.
CUTSCENES?Sort of painterly cartoons.
MUSIC?Honestly, I didn't notice it.
SOUND?All I can say is that it didn't annoy me.
VOICEOVER?Fairly well done, although the English with stereotypical Spanish accent was a bit Inigo Montoya.
SUMMARY?I have a difficult time getting past the darkness and lack of contrast in the HOs, as well as the disconnect between the storyline and the game itself. Like I said, there was no sense of urgency created by the rhythm of the game, the music, or anything. Clearly, there should have been. If Carmen is the last Keeper, and she's guarding an artifact so precious that it must be kept from the hands of evil at all costs, lest the world be lost?this game certainly doesn't convey that. For those reasons, I can't recommend it.
February 24, 2013
I couldn't wait until this game was over!
I knocked myself finding the morph items and had success. It took a lot of back and forth to the guide to make sure I didn't miss any. The HOS were OK but the puzzles set my teeth on edge. They were just too tedious and I skipped most of them. Storyline was rather unoriginal.
March 1, 2013
Couldn't hold my interest
While the graphics were good, no glitches or any problems of that nature, the storyline and puzzles, the HOGS just left me feeling a bit flat. I felt a bit bored with this game, it couldn't hold my interest.
Trial the game because everyone's taste is different, but this game is not for me.
March 5, 2013
Not worth the money
Just finished playing this game, while the story is ok, I find it to dark, some of the puzzles (painting) did not work for me, not sure why. Directions could be better, for example not sure what to do with the dummy tried everything but nothing worked, I am assuming that I was supposed to add something else to it. Morphing objects were easy to find. Would I recommend this game, NO.
February 24, 2013
Oh! Sorry, I fell asleep. Is it over yet? Somebody please wake me when it is, so I can try the next offering.
February 24, 2013
The graphics are superb but this seems to be the only quality of this game where a fragmented and incohesive story joins very little to do.
February 14, 2014
Searches are absolutely NO challenge. Boring storyline. Below average graphics. Save your $$$ for better.
February 27, 2013