The Secret Order: Masked Intent Collector's Edition
No regrets in order here
This is an excellent game, with unusually the bonus content coming into the game instead of at the end - so much better. Excellent storyline, graphics and sounds. Oddly though even in expert mode there was a hint button all the way through, not that you should need it, the storyline is fairly intuitive. Not the longest of games but I did enjoy playing this game, it was a little bit different..... so no regrets here.
March 17, 2013
I haven't been playing games in a bit and this was the first one I came back to. It's good - not great but good.
The backgrounds is very nice. The animation and lip synching is really low quality. The dialogue translation is pretty good but there are some instances of awkward grammar (for the English speaker).
The HOs are hard but not impossible "garbage dumps" (where there are tons of things to hunt through). You have the option to play a game of Maj Jong to uncover tiles that when matched will give you one of the missing items in the HO.
You are supposed to save your father and his secret order friends from a embittered infiltrator. OK storyline. I'll admit to being thrown by having the bonus content inserted into the middle of the game (if you bought the CE version) but eventually it all worked out.
The puzzles/games were fairly easy but interesting.
All in all a solid B+
May 5, 2014
After the newest and youngest member joins the Secret Order of the Griffins, he steals a mask and commences to wreck havoc. You are out to stop him and find a time-travel ship hidden in the Griffins museum for eons. So, of course, you will be traveling a lot and fetching things for the people of the eras. Quite a few cutscenes. Many locations with beautiful graphics.
Nicely-put together adventure HOG with 3 different modes of difficulty. Great voice overs. There is a separate volume control for voice overs and you can select aspect correction if needed. Your journal has your notes, objectives and a fast-travel map. Good ratio of HOS to puzzles. Instead of HOS, you can play mah-jong. The HOS are fairly large and uncluttered, but objects are well hidden and many have shadowy areas. Plenty of different types of puzzles, none of which is mind-blowing impossible.
The CE has the bonus chapter, music soundtracks, game art, movies, minigames and 21 wallpapers
July 18, 2013
A little bit different
This is the first CE I have played where the bonus content was in the middle of the game rather than unlocking at the end of the game. Usually these bonus chapters are prequels or epilogues (often changing the basic outcome of the game), but this is an interim chapter, tucked in to the middle of the game. Neat concept.
I did enjoy this game, even though it does not have many of the features that people like in CE games, such as collectables or morphing objects. The storyline was fairly coherent (which is more than I can say for a lot of games), and the artwork is pretty good, though I thought the voice talent left something to be desired. I usually play without sound, anyway.
July 6, 2013
A well balanced game.
I think the thing I liked most about this game was that everything was well balanced. Tasks, hidden object games, puzzles, cut-scenes....they were all perfectly in balance with each other.
The cut-scenes were superbly done. Whilst the music in most of the game was fairly average, the cut-scene and music of the ship going back in time gave me goosebumps.
Unfortunately, this game did have a few down sides. Puzzles and hidden object games were way too easy. There was also no bonus hidden items, and no achievements to earn - which takes a lot of the challenge out of the game.
You had a diary, and map that you could use to jump scenes, and Strategy Guide was well set out.
The bonus chapter was a slightly different concept in that it was in the middle of the game rather than the end, and was done as an added chapter. It was not integral to the game.
The game was of average length and the storyline was fairly predictable and bland.
I thoroughly enjoyed this game, and definitely recommend - although CE or SE.......I think it would come down to personal preference.
March 20, 2013
Time travel in a ship!
I've only played the demo so far, but I am ready to hop aboard the Royal Griffin and travel back to the 17th century! You are looking for a scepter to neutralize a mask stolen by the newest member of the Order of the Griffins which turned him into a bad guy. You have a heirloom brooch that becomes a key when combined with other items you find along the way. There are so many cut scenes -- all very good -- that you don't get very far in the demo. But they are necessary to explain what is going on. I've only solved a few puzzles, but they were interesting. The HOS are a bit cluttered and not up to the quality of the rest of the artwork. Not sure yet if I want to buy the CE or wait for the SE.
March 17, 2013
A good game playing experience
This review is based on the demo. There are three modes of play; the hint button recharges quickly and is very helpful (casual mode). It seems as if there is a lot to do. There is a map which takes you where you want to go (which I really like). Not a lot of HOS and they are somewhat interactive. Puzzles are not too easy and not too hard (during the time I played the demo). Graphics are very clear. There is some dialog which you can't skip, telling about the current situation. I found this to be an entertaining game, and may buy it.
March 17, 2013
Good game based on demo.
I played the demo in expert mode with music muted and I skipped the dialogue/story so cannot comment on either. The graphics were nice and clear. An interactive map to change location. A diary to tell you what your tasks were. A good balance of HOS and medium challenge puzzles with item searching along the way. You also were given the option to play mahjong instead of doing the HOS which was good. All in all a likely purchase for me.
March 17, 2013
best game i play very good pic
April 10, 2013
Good Game, but not worth CE pricetag
Review of demo only
The storyline in this game is not exactly new, and there are no bells and whistles for a CE, such as morphing objects, collectables, or achievements. The game does open in wide screen, and there is an interactive teleporting map. HO scenes, while not crowded, are rather junkpilish (why we ever need to find a letter, or find a piece of chalk or pencil to complete a letter is beyone me). Most of the objects in HO scenes are rather small, so I wound up clicking around to find them. Good think there is no click penalty. I would probably have purchased this game, if it had not been for the lack of CE extras. Like many other players, I do not care about, nor do I have any use for wallpapers or music tracks whatsoever. I do enjoy finding morphing objects and collectables, so I usually wait for games with those features. It seems to be interesting enough, despite its storyline's familiarity, but I will definitely wait for the SE on this one.
March 17, 2013