Secrets of the Dark: Mystery of the Ancestral Estate
Another good one!
I've really enjoyed the Secrets of the Dark games and this one was a great addition to the group. Changing the lighting of a room changes the scene and reveals a totally different room. Finally got rid of disaster prone friend but since you now have a reputation as a dispeller of evil, it finds you! You must put it back in the box - literally and save a young woman from her evil uncle who has already killed off the rest of the family.
Backgrounds are good, animation is lacking, which is a shame, the puzzles range from easy to hard so there is something for everyone. The music is a small loop that is a bit irritating but can be turned down. This time I can't complain about inconsistencies in the background but the ancestral home that was supposedly set in Greece has some leanings to and English country home. Much more ignorable.
The HO scenes are just enough and though the items are hidden well, you can find them all. There is a twist - you are supposed to put things into an HO scene. They then do something to reveal an item you'll need.
There are lots of areas to explore and sometimes I'd forget where something was and have to wander around until I found it.
All in all this game is worth hours of fun.
May 28, 2013
This is another good sequel to Secrets of the Dark.
Many many locations
This has the light changing the rooms with separate and joined things to do.
Very long playing time
The music was different from the usual Orneon uses and I liked it.
A mixture of different HO'S - a plus
Lots of puzzles
Good hint system that I used a couple of times
I had a lot of fun playing this. A great game worth your time.
May 19, 2013
Very challenging and unique. Good game play.
April 28, 2013
Great and inventive graphics, nice mini games, loved the story, too.
April 23, 2013
Looks Like A Winner To Me
BASED ON DEMO PLUS WALKTHROUGH
This game had me interested from the very first. From the classical Greek influence of the game interface, to the voiceover and intro cut scene, everything said top quality.
And it is.
Having played the demo and reviewed the walkthrough, I can tell you this is an interesting and varied game, with locations as diverse as the ancestral estate, village settings and underwater. There also seems to be a strong mechanical theme running throughout. Very steam punk.
This is not something I readily get into, but I found myself warming to it in this game because it was mixed with other more ?picturesque? scenes.
The two HOs that I did were misplaced items, with a heavy degree of interactivity. The best one was a board made up of miniature inventions which, when you have managed to replace the items pictured, and found and replaced a word list, is set in motion, and an item is eventually handed to you at the end. Think early MCF puzzle boards, but neater.
There are also standard list HOs further into the game.
HOs are outnumbered by puzzles, and I?ve already had to skip a couple, but that is normal for me. The Secrets Of The Dark series have original and above average difficulty puzzles. I?m still thinking maybe I should get the CE for the Strategy Guide.
There are no CE-style bells and whistles, no cute sidekicks, collectibles or achievements. What there is, is excellent gameplay in beautiful locations. And a story that has me intrigued.
Members of a brilliant family, two brothers were involved in creating inventions that would revolutionise life for Greece. Such as, free energy. One seems to have taken up with a darker power, and eventually his brother had to lock him up in an enchanted gadget of his own invention.
While investigating strange events at the ancestral estate of the brothers, you accidentally let this brother loose. Now it?s up to you to capture and control him again. That?s not going to be easy with harpies already out there protecting him.
Games in this series have an interesting twist - the world is different when viewed in the light or the dark. And the two worlds can affect each other. We are heading into a lunar eclipse in this game, when day becomes night, and this seems to have a bearing on our case.
Just what, I don't yet know but I'm anxious to find out!
April 19, 2013
This is a good fun game. I could not get it to play full screen. It has voice over and the graphics are good. Music is not bad. There is lots to do in this game. You have to look all over the place to find items to use in other areas. The room scenes can change also for finding and using items to advance. The HOS are not the same. Nice change. Some you have to place items and some are the standard. Some are small puzzles. The puzzles can be hard. Not a bad game just lots to do and keep up with. Hope you get full screen.
April 19, 2013
A very nice SE
Played the demo of this game in the CE. The path was easy to follow and did not miss the strategy guide. The journal was informative and had cut scenes that could be replayed. the hint button filled quickly, but the skip button on a mini game seemed to take forever. Played the game on casual, as there were three levels. Finished the demo in 45 minutes, so not sure how long the game will actually take. It has a good storyline and enjoyed what I learned to the end of the demo. I recommend this game.
April 20, 2013
Based on the demo, it's a keeper...
I only played the demo, which took about 30 minutes, but am hooked. Puzzles are challenging without being impossible. Hidden object scenes are creative. Storyline so far is interesting. I like having to switch between two timelines and remembering where certain objects and puzzles are located. I recommend you give this one a try! BTW, I did not try the CE as I generally don't think they are ever worth the price (with very few exceptions), so can't comment on differences between the CE and this SE.
April 19, 2013
almost perfect fun game
I really like this series and liked saving the world. the story line is good and the morphing rooms are fun and interesting. fortunately the hint button works well but the only reason this did not get five stars for me is because it could really use a good map. the hint shows you where to go but you have to remember where each place is and that gets tricky at times. otherwise a great fun game. I don't use sound so can't rate that but I definately recommend this game.
May 19, 2013
Lots of different challenges
This is a great game. The visuals are beautiful. The story line is good. I hadn't played this series before and I loved the switching back and forth from "light" scenes to "dark". I found the HO games to be much more interesting than the usual--place the displaced items. Much more fun. The mini games were often so hard I had to skip them. Going to play it again to try them anew. That was a little frustrating. This was not a CE and the lack of a strategy guide was felt. Also the game would have benefited from an interactive map as there was too much to-ing and fro-ing. But it is a good length and a good challenge and I really enjoyed it. I think I'll try the others in this series. A good buy.
May 17, 2013