The Keepers: The Order's Last Secret Collector's Edition
There are wasps in my brain!!
This game is so awesome that it blew my mind. Please excuse me while I dork out and gush.
The setting is picturesque Sevilla, Spain....dreamy and romantic with a touch of the ancient and macabre. A man has been murdered...torn to pieces....scrawled notes from the dying man that read KEEPER and from the coroner about canine jaws...in a museum of all places to explore...leaving a woman alone with a mysterious box...which seems to be of great importance....a solar eclipse event looming....the Big Dipper in the sky...the reasons behind historical actions being rewritten....and mention of a prophecy. Become a matador!!
- Stunning graphics - beautiful faces - very realistic in expression and true to voice - best cut scenes that I've seen yet
Many Achievements...Davinci....Inventions.. and a morphing objects collection
Impressive themed HOS - the one in the Iron Maiden with the torture devices is my favorite EVER! It reminded me of GCEZ and getting my Oak Walker stuck in there...yea that's right people..I don't ONLY play casual games.
3 Modes - Journal - Map - Strategy Guide - Skull Hint Button - Disembodied Skeletal Hand Pointer
Buzz Buzz....WOW...yea I'll be buying it.
February 24, 2013
IT'S A DEFINATE KEEPER
I am a big fan of morphing objects and I enjoyed this game mostly because of the beyond objects as well as available achievements for not skipping mini games and not using the hint button during HO's! Pedro finds an ancient artifact (seems to be a lot of those lately) and three evil sisters of air/water/fire kill him, but he has already given the artifact to his sister to protect. You will work with her to protect the artifact as you uncover secret rooms and search the town. This game has a journal to record clues you uncover, and a map for traveling, but doesn't show what tasks are available. The HO's are interactive, you pick up the spoon and scoop a gem out of a skeletons eye, etc. and the items are pretty easy to find. The puzzles weren't to time consuming, nothing new, but they were enjoyable such as picking up a puzzle piece, rotating by right clicking and placing the piece in it's correct position. The graphics are well done and the cutscenes are movie quality, the developers paid attention to the details with the exception of a barrel marked "water" in Spain. I think there are enough activities in this game to keep a gamer of any expertese, beginner-expert, occupied and having fun.
February 24, 2013
Liked it more than 1st- Beautiful & Quality Game Play to End
REVIEW BASED ON COMPLETED GAME PLAY IN HARD CORE (3rd of 3 modes), no sparkles, twinks, blinks, hints.
-achievements, morphing objects,
This is a well constructed game with a lot to recommend it including an engaging story that builds through to the end. Some games seem to be "front loaded" with all the good stuff occurring in the 1st hour or "trial play period", then things just go bland. Not so here at all. This is a polished, well designed, beautiful game, that delivers on iHOS, Adventure, Mini-Game, and all the other bells and whistles people have come to expect.
MORPHING OBJECTS - Normally I am not a fan. I never manage to find them all and the first thing I do in each scene is look for them, which just distracts. This game is the EXCEPTION. I busted out laughing at some of the morphing objects. Some were very well placed and others were just funny. I really got a kick out of them and no, I didn't find them all.
ACHIEVEMENTS- Something else I'm not a fan of but I know others will be happy. There are plenty. When those "achievement" boxes spring up constantly I sometimes feel like a trained Seal getting my e-Fish treat for doing the trick right.
iHOS- These were very interactive, fun, and creative right until the end. There were enough to be interesting and fun and some sites were visited more than once, but they were not tedious.
MINI-GAMES- Doors, Boxes, etc. were opened through puzzles or just keys. There was no schlepping back and forth finding random shapes to open random devices to eventually find a key. The puzzles seemed more challenging, but that may be only in hard core mode. There was a wide variety with some new to me, including astronomy, dominoes, connecting circuits, arranging pictures from scraps, etc.
TOOLS- There was a jump map, but I didn't reference it after the first couple of times because it seemed easier just to "walk" where I wanted. The journal was kept up to date, detailed, and held useful game info.
GRAPHICS/VOICE OVERS & ALL SUCH- All beautiful and well done. I am fine with just text, but the VOs were professional and added to atmosphere as did the music. The music was very unobtrusive and suitable so it stayed on.
AMBIANCE- As others have commented, the setting and scenery are beautiful. The scenes for the most part are not dark. The overall theme is serious without gags or too many laughs other than the iHOS & morphing objects.
This is just a great game that I hope others enjoy playing as much as I did. Folks who like a lot of iHOS might feel a little deprived, as mentioned there are a good number but not too many for my taste. Folks who like mini-games should get their fill in number, variety, and challenge. For adventure lovers there is plenty to explore and plenty to do.
March 2, 2013
Very enjoyable game - bonus review at bottom
Blam games brings us a good plot and gameplay, beautiful scenery over the city, mostly not easy puzzles and it was well done. Although it?s one of those games that again I just wasn?t wowed at, but it had some of those moments.
For a CE it sort of ticks the right boxes with achievements, 35 morphs and some other extras but the achievements apart from no hints in 10 hos and no skips in 10 puzzles and get all morphs was all auto given if you play the game, which a lot of achievements are but it would be good to see some good ones and not just playing the game ones.
Morphs were mostly noticeable, some very slow to morph and I often picked them before I saw them morphing but there were some that were hard to see. You need to get them as you go along especially in the beginning. But I love morphs so it did make this game for me.
Plot was well told through letters and cutscenes and you don?t need to read all the information but I thought it was interesting so read everything.
There is a transporter map and no map tips on the hardest mode which you can change during play. The transporter map you had to hover to bring up the picture, I?d prefer if it was there and also sometimes even after you discover a place it was taken away from you and you had to rediscover it again, which was annoying.
There are black bar tips on hardest mode but I replayed part of this game and noticed that it was less than what you get on easy mode although it would be good if that kind was on middle mode and hardest mode didn?t have any. Also there are auto tips on puzzles. I play hardest mode not for locked skip and hint button (can easily restrain myself from using them) but in hopes there is no auto tips given or hints. There is random click penalty on middle and hardest mode, which I hate and would have played on middle mode if that didn?t have it.
After the first chapter I was excited as I thought it would be completely new areas and map for each chapter, but it wasn?t. Although near the beginning it mostly was in a new area in each chapter at the end there was a lot of backtracking through places.
14 list HOS
Random click penalty but nice and defined, mostly nice to look at ? quite colourful. After the first game in the series I was disappointed as there was a lot more junk pile or very cluttered scenes, although there were a few that weren?t like that. I thought some interactions in them took me a while so that made it harder. I can?t remember any tiny items or so well blended you couldn?t see them. You repeated one hos, which I?ve noticed a few devs are doing and it makes no sense to me, why? But at least all the rest were new.
They had automatic tips on them. I wish that was put in a ??? button so if I needed it I could use it, as I like to work things out in hard mode! I did like that they weren?t insulting easy and quite a few took me a while to do them. I don?t think I?d class any as hard but as so many were medium the game felt bit a harder which was good.
Wallpaper, music, concept art, SG
9 cutscenes in game unlocked
9 puzzles unlocked (and for once the good ones or ones that make sense to replay like dominoes and match 3)
About 50% or more was in new area. 4 morphs are in the bonus. It was a prequel (bonus plot) about pandora?s box. The plot was completely tied up in main game. I thought the plot was interesting, gameplay good, I just was disappointed in the length of it after the very long bonus plot in the first ?the keepers?. It wasn?t much over an hour for me and although enjoyable and the same qualtity as the main game, I just wasn?t blown away with it but it is good.
5 list hos
I really enjoyed the first half of the game, but all the backtracking over the place made it for me, fall a bit and that?s a lot of the reason why I wasn?t loving it and just enjoying it (although it was about the same amount as most other games) Also the achievements weren?t very good so I?m not all jumping up and down about the game although it is very good and I do recommend the CE due to having an hour in bonus, and the extras.
I played this over a couple of days and times, so my time is out but I think it was along the lines of 4-5hrs for main game another 1hr (over it) for bonus. I did think the main game seemed quite long, especially staring at all those scenes for morphs.
I know it seems I just put 4 out of 5 for all of them, it actually was 4 out of 5 for each component.
February 27, 2013
Top Notch Game *****
GAME JUST COMPLETED
I honestly thought I was over gushing about the graphics, but here I am again. Wow! This game just looks so professional, you are already convinced before you get past the intro. But it?s not all about the graphics, or even mostly, because this game is top calibre stuff all the way.
We?ve met these people before, these Keepers, of which we are one; and the evil Vlad has crossed our path. But this time the world really will end if we don?t stop him. He?s after the infamous Pandora?s Box, and in his hands, that means havoc and destruction for at least 500 years.
There?s much of interest and an interesting interpretation on history in the story, and you?ll need to be attentive in order to understand some of the actions required. You have a good journal for that and a jump map of different design from the norm.
In the beginning there is a lot of cutscenes and dialogue (very well done, but not in sync), as the backstory is laid out for us. Soon enough, we?re on our own though.
The game starts out quite easy ? I was quite surprised at the simplicity of the puzzles, having played the other Keepers game (not essential to this story, but a great game) - but the surprise was short lived. It soon became the more complex and intriguing game I expected.
I enjoyed the HOS, which were interactive and often required more than one action before receiving an object. The graphics on some were not as good as they should have been, but they were interesting and challenging.
The puzzles, some new some old, some unique to the Keepers series, ranged in difficulty, getting harder as they went.
There are Achievements (all easy to get), and morphing objects to collect. Like the puzzles, the morphing objects start out very easy to see, but as the game progressed, become more tricky.
You can?t beat a game like this. Interesting, challenging and best of all, fun.
Bonus Content Review *****
Briefly, the bonus game was as good as the main game, relevant to but necessary for the main story, and with new locations and puzzles.
The standards are all there ? wallpapers etc.
Achievements and morphing objects are exclusive to the CE, as are the extra mini-games, and of course the Strategy Guide.
I particularly appreciate these last two, because I am looking forward to understanding and winning some of those trickier mini-games before I play this again!
I recommend this game!
April 5, 2013
"Cursed Box, Where For Art Thou?"
This sequel to The Keeper's: Lost Progeny" is really "Killer" No seriously. I love what I have played so far. We start off with an opening narration where Seville, Spain's museum Director is on an archeological excavation when he discovers a long lost box/artifact. After briefly having it in his possession he realizes the capabilities of it's evil and passes it on to the only person he trusts- his sister, Carmen. He tells her to guard it with her life- that it must not get in the wrong hands or evil will prevail and be released. So Carmen is now the Keeper of the Box/ Artifact, hence the title.
I really liked all aspects of this game. You are given 3 game play modes, a fast filling hint button, integrated strategy guide, map, a journal to keep your clues#some are retrieved in puzzles#. The strategy guide says there are only 2 chapters. So seeing that I just bought the game, I hope they are lengthy chapters!
The music and graphics are ominous, creepy and mood setting. Also, since this takes place in Spain you get a little "poco" Spanish, which I like since I hail originally from Texas- the Spanish speaking American state- or at least one of them! Ha!Ha! The HOS games are interactive, creepy and fun. The objects are fairly easy to find , this coming from Mrs. Magoo, the wife of an antiquated cartoon character, Mr. Magoo!! The whole game has a dark feel to it- to add to the creepy and sinister ambience!
The mini games aren't too easy, so the hardcore fishy players will love this!
There are also acievements, bonus game play and mini games.
To wrap this up, at the beginning of the game you find a note that has been put on the museum's marquis, that says that tonight is a solar eclipse and all the dark evil will be out!!
So, since Big Fish has this credit sale I can still purchase this CE at a discount, which of course justifies my spending more money on yet another great HOS game. I'll let ya'll be the judge.
February 24, 2013
This sequel is a winner!
This review is based on the one-hour free trial. It is a definite buy for me!
What can I say? For me, this game has it all...beautiful graphics, achievements, morphing objects to find, HOs that are not too easy, and lots of interactive tasks to complete!
The music is great and non-intrusive, voice-overs are very well done, there is a map, a journal, and the Hint system will send you in the right direction!
I am very excited about Keepers: The Order's Last Secret and I look forward to hours of pure enjoyment from these devs once again!
February 24, 2013
look like a good game to me
Good fun game to play. You have 35 morphine's to find and you get achievements for not using your hint button on the hos and puzzles. The hint button works good. The HOS are not hard at all the the puzzles can be hard and easy.
Has voice over and the graphics are good along with the music.
There is a flow to the game but as most of the games are now there is lots of going back and forth. That seems to be the new trend.
February 24, 2013
Not A CE Game!
Once again I am forced to be amongst the less popular reveiwers for today. I just cannot full heartedly give this game 5 stars and sadly, I feel let down with the third installment of the Keepers Series. Either the story did not grab me or the graphics or the game mechanics. Perhaps all three; the game just did not entice me. I will try not to be too harsh but I cannot honestly allocate anything more than three stars on this one. It wasnt bad but it just wasnt great. It really falls in the middle of being midly interesting and somewhat entertaining.
Our story takes us to Seville and evryone seems to be speaking with a very fake spanish accent. Now that we have established ourselves as being a member of the Order, we must help Carmen who has in her possession a keepsake that can possibly end the world if fallen into the wrong hands.
Graphics were good, not outstanding, just good. Cutscenes were blurry and I really did not paticularily enjoy the music.
Gameplay includes three modes to choose from and hardcores will enjoy playing without any sparkles, hints or skips. You also get a misclick penalty while palying Hidden object scenes. Game features a journal and a map that will allow you to travel but does not indicate any tasks or areas of interest.
Game mechanics is your standard Hidden Objects, Puzzles and Adventure (HOPA) where HO scenes are crowded and there is some interaction involved. The mini-games were way too easy and during the one hour of gameplay, I only came across two.
Developers were wise to add achievements and 35 morphing objects that were so obvious which makes this game a bit more interesting. However finding the morphing objects adds no challenge whatsoever and we could have done well without them. Game lacks challenge and I just want blown over by the story itself.
Personally I think this could have been a great Standard Edition game but just does not quite make the cut as being a Collector's edition. I would have given it a four star but that would be misleading about just how I feel about the game.
My honest recommendation which no doubt will not be popular is to either take advantage of any credits, rewards or bundle sales on this game or wait it out for the Standard Edition to come out. The Three Sisters will have to wait a bit longer for me to tackle them. Buenos Dias and Adios.
February 24, 2013
This is one of the most beautiful games I've seen. The graphics are stunning and the scenes and items in them are historically correct and very Spanish. I like the story and there are lots of things to do. HOS very clear and easy to find items. This game is a must !
February 24, 2013