Ashley Clark: Secret of the Ruby
Reminded me of older ho games
Review of finished game:
-nice but dated graphics
-has a map interactive map
-hint refills but you can collect more hints as you go
and it tells you where you need to go after it refills unless you collected alot of hints.(red rubys)
-music not bad
-vos but not on everything
-characters are well done
-storyline is different
-map does not show you what of if there is anything you can do...it is strictly for transportation
-alot of back and forth and runnning about
-it does tend to feel slow at times
this game is almost a throw back which is not a bad thing. we hardly ever get stand a lone games anymore unless they r tms, or kid types...so this was quite refreshing and i had a free game coming :) i did think the game was a bit draggy and slow over all but i did like it alot...it actually gets a 3.5 stars i would have given it more but the vo's did not keep up with dialogue. in fact after a few lines the vo's
stopped and you had to read blah blah blah...
it may not be the best game out there but it still has some nice game play in it and it is a good rainy day game ^^
August 26, 2013
Not Too Bad
Based on demo: I actually liked this game in lieu of the "dreck" that BF games has been coming out with lately. Artwork is good & not cartoonish as some games have been lately. VO's are character appropriate & the music isn't overpowering. Hint button seems to fill up quickly. The HO screens are still junk piles but you can find everything....eventually! The puzzles are somewhat different than the usual connect electrical wires or slide bolts to move an object outside of the box. The storyline is still similar too sooooo many others.
It seems the devs have a dozen or so storylines that they just revamp over & over again. How about some originality with the storylines??? Perhaps a contest among the devs who can think "outside the box" & come up with a game that does NOT include witches, demons, lost/dead people or time-travel etc. Just want to encourage the devs to think creatively!
August 26, 2013
OK for the beginner...
Graphics are fairly clear and bright, game play is nice. Voice overs are good, but few and far between. HOGs have easy to find items, although a few are a bit dark. Games are not easy and do take some thought to complete. Hint system filled at the usual rate and was helpful.
There is a click penalty, something we have not seen for quite some time. This seems to send this one back in time a bit. Speaking of back in time, this is another game that does just that. Pick up the amulet and you are transported back...again. Nothing new here.
There were a number of typos in the written dialogue as well...words running together. This was not a particularly challenging game for me. You have to find a ruby to get more hints, and they are not all that easy to see (very dark areas). That seems to be the only extra in this game and that isn't much.
This game is more for the beginner than anyone else, and I'm sure a beginner would find it fun. The game is quite quiet, even with music turned up. Needs some sound FX or something. I recommend for beginners, but not for the advanced or expert player, so no buy for me.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may find this one to be exactly what you are looking for today. Thanks for the reviews.
August 26, 2013
This Game Needed More Work
Everything about this game is mediocre. It just doesn't satisfy on any level.
Some of the mini games are very vague on instructions and were frustrating. The portions on the recipes were impossible to figure out without looking it up on a walk through.
There was a long pause in the music loop that left you wondering what happened to the music. One of the best parts about these games is the music and its irritating when it isn't there.
I felt this game was too long because I wasn't really enjoying it.
May 9, 2014
This would have gotten rave reviews four years ago
Not a bad game. The puzzles are a bit different and more challenging than usual. Story line fairly non-existent. The problem is that there was no wow factor after the opening cut scene. The HO scenes harkened back to the old days. Graphics in game were OK, not great. Maybe we're spoiled by some of the great games being offered today. But I got bored after about 30 minutes of the trial and deleted. If you need one more punch this month, you might want it. But I'll wait for this to be a DD.
August 26, 2013
Hmmmm, had the key, had the safe, yet couldn't find the hotspot...
Maybe it was me, but after 5 minutes of trying, still could not make the key work in the safe. Called uncle and walked away.
August 28, 2013
Way Too Many Puzzles!
There is NO excuse for Games having Spelling Errors or Spacing Errors like this - inthe - in them these days, none whatsoever! The fact that they forgot to space the words correctly in this Game and that some words were joined together incorrectly was totally inexcusable and showed POOR workmanship in the making of this Game.
The Graphics were quite nice but there were way too many Puzzles in the Game. In every scene there was at least one Puzzle if not more, and the Puzzles were not very interesting either. If it wasn't for these two things, I would have bought this Game, but as it is, NO SALE.
August 27, 2013
Not up to standards of today
I didn't have to go far into the demo to see that this game just wasn't up to the quality level of HOS games we have been spoiled to play now. I'm sure for some gamers it's just fine but for me not so. Since I only played for a few minutes, I can't give a fair review so just see for yourself.
August 26, 2013
This is a long and involved game. Too bad it was so poorly designed. There are a number of "technical" issues. Many times the characters stop talking mid-stream, and you have to just read the dialog. The wrong dialog box pops up at times. The jump map didn't always work and only one time showed where action was needed.
You have limited hints and must collect roses to get them, but the hint button does point in the right direction. The HOS are varied and OK except the silhouette ones are poor - a stick looking thing that could be 100's of things for example. I thought the puzzles were difficult, but the skip charges fairly fast. There are some really annoying things you have to do that aren't obvious what is required. In one case, you have to keep on and on clicking on a pile of dust seemingly forever. Really poor design.
There is a lot of back and forth, and objects needed are not available all the time. You have to go back and get them later.
The story started out like it might be a detective story, but it quickly degenerated into a fairy tale and a poor one at that. The characters are dumb and seem to be there just to give you something to do. There is a journal that goes with the story and provided clues in some cases.
I found that I just wanted this game to end - please!
September 25, 2013
THEY SHOULDN'T BE CHARGING MONEY FOR THIS GAME
My first disappointment with this game was when the screen froze after I put in my name. I had to restart my computer before anything would move. Then I began to play on hard mode and noticed a lot of sentencing errors such as words stuck together without spaces between them, characters saying things that weren't in the dialogue box or not saying what was in the dialogue box. Many times I would try to apply an item to an object to have it rejected when I knew it was the correct item. I would often have to try over and over to get the game to respond. Then I found the woman in the garden, the main character, and in the middle of her voice over HER VOICE OVER DISAPPEARED. I tapped my headphones but no...it wasn't them because I could still hear the music playing. Her voice just vaporized but her character's lips kept moving (good for a giggle.) That's when I quit the game. I've beta tested many games over the years and none were this bad. This game needed to be tweaked before being released imo. It's a shame because the graphics, music and games are pretty decent, but for me, the glaring lack of professionalism in the play of this game ruined it. I'm just glad I didn't buy it at full price or I would be fuming about it.
Bottom line: save your money, this has too many glitches and errors.
September 11, 2013