The Secret Order: Masked Intent
Muddled but Interesting
The game starts with a interesting story and context and goes through time. However once it gets started it seems circular and muddled. Good game play, but lots of scene to scene with little to do.
Pros: Beautiful Graphics, smooth gameplay, puzzles easy to medium, HOS scenes well lit.
Cons: half the story takes place on a ship which rooms and paths the look similar so there's lots of back and forth from room to room that ll look the same. A lot of effort for one link. By the middle the game turns into "Go there, do this, go there, do that" and the story falls by the wayside. Abrupt ending.
June 21, 2014
It was Okay
I just finished my trial and the game was acceptable, meaning it didn't blow me away, but there really wasn't anything negative about the game..... I'm seldom interested in the story line because they are all the same, but I did like the captioned voice overs and I liked the voice overs themselves.. Actually, you can turn this on and off in Options.
There are your usual three levels of difficulty, casual has no miss clicks, sparkles, all the regulars.
There is a map so you can jump to locations and I think we have all grown to love those maps.
HO games give you an option of playing Mahjongg.
Mini games have a skip button.
So, just to wrap it up, nothing out of the ordinary, has all the gameplay bells and whistles I enjoy (map/no penalty click/) but again didn't blow me away. Probably 3 stars on the 5 star rating. I will buy this game only because I'm running out of games LOL
April 20, 2013
Ok for kids
i found it more oriented toward children of 9 upwards. very little challenge to tempt me to buy, i may consider it when its on offer at $2.99 just to pass the time. but some fishies here like it, trial it first though
April 24, 2014
Large file, game
This game had a good story, and some good challenges. Is this part of a series? If so, perhaps a numbering system to support it. Some of the sound was distorted when I played.
May 3, 2013
Where's the Hook?
I completed the demo at 60 minutes, but I didn't skip any of the cut scenes.
Others have mentioned the realism of the graphics, but again, I didn't see anything special about them. Many games have more attractive, imaginative artwork.
The sparkles on the diary drove me nuts. I know when I want to look at a diary. Having the program alert me is a distraction requiring one to continually open and close the diary in order to turn off the sparkles. The hint arrow that tells you where to go is nearly obscured by flashing sparkles. I also didn't like the huge cursor arrow or the gauntlet-clad hand when you can pick something up -- just a personal preference.
The map is quite useful as is the list of objectives. The hint and skip buttons refill quickly, and hints are active outside the HOS.
There just wasn't anything about this game that made me want more. I do think the demo was intended as a prologue that would get you to the point just before the actual adventure begins. I think that's bad story writing and a mistake on the part of the developer. Give us something that leaves us salivating to know what happens next, because it's at that point that we're going to either reach into our pockets or go looking for something else.
May 17, 2013
Will never play this again !!!
When I did the trial I wasn't sure, but after having read so many positive reviews I thought that I was the one mistaken, so I bought the game.
That was a huge mistake. Haven't played a game this boring in along time.
The Graphics are quite lovely, but the story is hollow and everything seems so outdated, that I am surprised that I even played it till the end.
April 29, 2013
TOO FAR BACK IN TIME FOR ME
Review based on about an hour's gameplay in casual mode.
Very little animation that I could see. Voiceovers were good. Items very small in IHOS and hard on the eyes. Storyline did not hold my interest.
February 22, 2014
sorry but this game was just painful, from the flow to the ridiculously frustrating HO's. some were incorrectly named aka arrow was a harpoon. story kept coming up as non skip so sitting there waiting.....waiting....just found it painful and quit demo after 15 mins.
April 20, 2013