Secrets of the Dark: Mystery of the Ancestral Estate Collector's Edition
Not the best of the series, but playable.
My reviews are always based on full game play.
This game is certainly not as good as Eclipse Mountain but there's nothing wrong with it and it's enjoyable enough. My one criticism is that it could seriously do with an interactive map as I seemed to spend a lot of time trying to remember where I saw things. I found that I had to use the strategy guide too much for my liking.
I do wish that game makers would come up with some newer ideas. The light changing is unique but the storyline in this one is something I've seen quite a lot. I find myself not really paying that much attention.
The mini-games in this one are good, with some original puzzles which actually made you think. Even some of the old standards were a bit different.
Overall, it's worth playing but I probably wouldn't waste my money on the Collector's Edition.
April 30, 2013
This is a beautifuly done game!!..The only complaint i would have is that i wish there would have been a map!!..Besides that,it is a very well done game,with beautiful graphics and i love the real talking in the scenes...Very long and well worth the $ for the c/e...WTG Devs!!! Great job well done...Thanks!!!
March 27, 2013
Caution: Dead Guy With An Attitude Problem Ahead
This game is awesome. Plenty of challenge with lots of unique elements like switching dimensions.
I enjoyed the HOS that required matching objects to their source and then finding additional pieces to finish a machine. It was like Unchained Reaction, only smaller and without Jamie and Adam.
3 modes - strategy guide - no extras
March 21, 2013
Premature ending to demo.
It would be pointless going over the same points other more seasoned players have mentioned. Sufficed to say I loved it and will purchase the game, although I was very disappointed by the demo ending well before the hour and im not a fast player.
March 21, 2013
the next in line - hurray hurray hurray. good work and high five
March 23, 2013
Not 100 percent enjoyable
Music was enjoyable, not a bunch of loud clatter. Graphics were good. Storyline was good. What was very irritating to me was constantly going back and forth from one place to the other. Would rather have had a map to just click on a location and automatically go there. The Hint charged quickly enough and was sort of helpful in refreshing my memory about a location, but the Hint does not tell you much. If you don't mind flitting about so much, you will enjoy this game. I did enjoy it even with all the aggravation.
July 23, 2013
More Locks to Open
The best part of this game was the music (The bassoon solos were great!) and the art work. The story line was almost nothing, going from scene to scene unlocking doors. It seems these games follow a pattern: try to defeat some evil person. There is always an elevator or two, and stairways leading to meaningless rooms. The creative director includes exotic machinery and gear driven contraptions. I'll give it four stars.
April 15, 2013
I wish there were a 3.5
Nice graphics--fairly realistic and non-cartoony. I don't play with sound, so can't comment on that. The story was just OK--neither interfered with nor added to the game. I like that some of the HO scenes require putting items where they belong, and you have to think a little about what makes sense. The negatives: no map and way too much back and forth between scenes; several of the mini-games took more time than I really wanted to spend--OK, they were a little too challenging--so I skipped them.
April 7, 2013
Started out Good
I loved this game to start with then as it got "bigger" it got tedious. The cut scenes between areas were annoying, the lift to another area and later in the extra level the boat. But the most tedious part was there was no map. I knew what I had to do but couldn't remember where to go to do it, and, as the game went on there were more places to remember. I ended up using the hint button just to tell me what room I needed to go to but still had to try to remember how to get there and where it was. By the time I got to the extra chapter I was fed up and just wanted it to end. Shame really as it could have been a really good game.
March 28, 2013
It was ok
I'm a little befuddled as I just finished the demo in casual mode. I think I have only finished a demo twice since I started playing Big Fish Games. The art was crisp and clear and I liked the changes between the "dark" and the "light". The hos were different and I liked the misplaced items instead of just the regular list. The storyline was good and I enjoyed it as I played. The mini games were uncomplicated and were fairly easy to solve. The game was not bad and I recommend it.
March 21, 2013