The Secret Order: Masked Intent
Good Game, Particularly If You Like Realism
BASED ON COMPLETED DEMO & WALKTHROUGH
Nothing intrigues me more than a little battle between Good and Evil, or in this case, Peace and Chaos. Add to that some time travelling, ancient gods, and underwater scenes and I?m pretty much content.
I guess it?s just me, but I don?t like these pseudo-realistic graphics. They seem so clunky and grainy and pixelated on my big monitor. Give me a swath of hand drawn canvas any day.
This business with the graphics aside, I am still not sure this game is all it?s cracked up to be. From the walkthrough it is clearly not very long. There seems to be very little actual movements in time, just get to where you need to go and get on with it, and the overall texture of the game is fairly flat.
The HO scenes are not ?alive? with animations. Some do have some interaction, but not all. They visited only once, and there are two per chapter. There are six chapters.
The puzzles seem pretty straightforward, and I noticed nothing really eye catching. There doesn?t seem to be a lot of them.
What I?ve seen of the game play seems logical, although I did need to use the hint button (it?s a directional hint) in the trial a couple of times.
What it comes down to is, this game is okay. There?s nothing going against it as far as I could see, if you like realistic graphics. But it won't be winning awards either.
For me, it will stay in my ?fillers? folder til the next time I need that one.. more.. game .. for my punchcard.
April 20, 2013
there are better ones out there
The graphic could have been better. Has voice over but has too much video in the game. I just did not get interested in it. Seemed pretty straight forward with not much of a challenge. The HOS are easy. There is lots to find and going from place to place. Hint button works good and has a map and objects to do screen. There is better games to buy.
April 20, 2013
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
Just ok for me
The secret order of the masked intent
I give this game a 3.5 stars. I felt the music did not set the right mood for the game. The voiceovers were just ok but not the best I have seen. I found the game to be a little on the boring side it wasn?t the worse game I ever played but it was far from even my top 20 games. There was a few things I liked, like being able to play mahjong instead of finding objects in the HO scenes however it got repetitive after a while as all HO scenes were the same as were the mahjong. The puzzles were very well done even some new ones I had never seen before and they were not too easy nor were they to hard. The other good part about this game is that it was fairly long as it took me about 5 hours or so but I also couldn?t get very involved in it due to its boring nature which could be why it took me so long,
Altogether I would say it was an ok game but not one I would be running out to get right away nor does it have a reply potential. Although it is a well lengthen game it also was quite boring and really hard to get into. I do recommend but only if there is nothing else to play. I hope this helps to all those BF fans
Good luck and Have fun :)
July 16, 2013
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
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
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
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