Golden Trails 3: The Guardian's Creed
love an occasional hard game
review based on demo.
Every now and again some reviewers complain about hidden objects being too hard to find and that the screens are too dark. No dev can please everyone. I for one enjoy some games that challenge the player to search more carefully for the objects which are generally " hidden in plain sight ". As far as the darkness of the game, keep in mind the setting of GT3 is around 1787, no electricity and not a whole lot of candles in each room being explored. I realize though that some folks have poorer eyesight which can minimize their enjoyment of a game.
The storyline is spot on and the use of certain clues within that allow the main character to deduce the mystery adds to said storyline. I have 2 minor gripes. One is the occasional use of voiceovers ( well done ) but then there are other times when conversations are silent. Give us one or the other but not both. Devs, please keep the objects to be found in line with the time period of the game. We're in the 18th century yet one item to be found is a Harry Truman dime !!
All in all GT3 is as good as its predecessors and is worthy of our attention. I have a couple of free games coming to me and will use a freebie for GT3.
December 6, 2012
Challenging but fun
I was quite excited when I saw this game as I have enjoyed the previous two in the series. It is mostly a HOG where you find objects using pictures of the objects to be found. There is interaction with some of the objects being used as tools to perform various tasks. The one thing I liked is there isn't a lot of back and forth, or having multiple tasks to do at once, so it doesn't get confusing. The one drawback is some of the objects are quite difficult to see. You start out with 3 hints and can get more for shooting down bandits. However if you ever reach zero one hint is always renewed. I didn't time it but I would guess it takes about 30 seconds. The narration between the chapters features good quality voice overs, although most the time I prefer to just read the text. I found some of the mini games a little tricky, but they are skippable after a short period. All in all a good solid game.
December 5, 2012
Golden Trails 3 The Guardians Creed
Fun Game with an Excellent Story having you run around Old Europe.
December 5, 2012
It was ok
I just completed the demo. I didn't get very far in the 60 minutes. The items you need to find in HOS are small and it is dark so they are hard to find. Had problems with "this area is dark" until I figured out I had the light I needed in my inventory and had to scroll right or left to find it. If you want an HOG that challenges you to find the items, this is for you. I am glad there was a map, very helpful. I did skip the cut scenes and didn't do the tutorial which would have helped me find the fluer de lis that I was supposed to collect. Accidently figured it out, should have read the information at the beginning, my fault. I won't buy this game as it was too dark to find items but overall it is challenging.
December 5, 2012
Fun or frustrating game!
This game, as with the other two, has the same features, i.e., going to different locations and using objects you've found in other areas. Again, you have the criminal who keeps appearing and if you shoot him, you get a hint. You can collect fleur de lis (50, I believe), to get extras. I found the game to be fun. However, I believe this game can either be fun or aggravating, depending on a person's personality. Objects are somewhat hard to find, so the hints are helpful.
Characters are cartoon-like, with conversation bubbles. They are well-drawn.
December 5, 2012
If you really like Interactive Hidden Object Scenes...
...THIS is the game for you!
Review based on demo only.
I do, in fact, really enjoy interactive hidden object scenes. Back at the beginning of the H.O. genre it was enough to just find stuff. As time wore on though it seemed like having to sift through a bunch of incongruous junk to find the one object needed to move on became more of a chore than fun. The Golden Trails series turns this on it's ear by making the whole game pretty much an interactive hidden object scene - beside just finding objects you are locating usable objects to apply to areas, either in this scene or another, to get items that are used in puzzles or in mini-games or are clues to the over-all mystery. I find this refurbishing of an old game mechanic refreshing and fun.
And boy! DO they know how to hide stuff! Normally adjusting objects in scale or opacity to hide them I consider a cheat, but since these are so thoughtfully hidden, not just thrown in a pile, it doesn't seem to bother me here. I can feel my brain getting a workout thinking how images could be adjusted to fit into the scene. Since you must earn Hints by shooting bad guys as they pop up (this becomes really pretty easy) I find myself jealously guarding them and trying harder to find things on my own.
I don't really care about points or achievements but find myself playing along when they are present. These are pretty unobtrusive.
The graphics are terrific, if a bit dark (gama adjustment was needed on my system) and the sound is good, storyline interesting. I like solving a mystery. :)
I plan on buying but thought I'd pop in w/ my 2 cents on the way to do so.
December 7, 2012
Good game to relax
In this game, the locations are the HOS. The objects are quite easy to find. Sometimes you have to go to another location before being able to complete the first one.
The mini-games are on the easy side, but interesting.
There are fleur-de-lis to collect in the various locations, as well as other objects.
There are many trophies to earn.
The hint system is ok.
The game is rather short, for me a bit more than 2 hours.
I would recommend it with a punch credit or as a DD.
September 21, 2013
Good storyline, good graphics. Puzzles are sometimes too easy to solve. Lots of locations.
September 8, 2013
A Nice Enjoyable Game ...
Easy Going Graphics & Sound Without Any Frills ...
The Game Style Is A Very Simple Adventure/HOG Combination That Seems To Work Very Well ...
The Style Of Game Is Purely Functional With Puzzles That A Small Child Could Easily Cope With ...
Plenty To Do And Collect ... Good Value When You Are Hanging Out For The Next Big Game To Be Released ...
August 31, 2013
Pretty Good Third in Series
I really love this series since it is a cross-between HoG and arcade-style game where you often have to shoot bandits and rack up a high score. I like their emphasis on HoGs rather than adventure. This episode is not unlike the first two, but I found it less compelling than the others.
The story for one was not as good. To be a bit more specific, it started out great. It was a templar-style story with much intrigue and mystery. But I found the ending abrupt, in fact unlike in the other games, it only comes to its head in the bonus chapter. I don't really understand why it is a bonus chapter and does that mean that if you don't get into it (if that is possible), you won't see the end of the story?
The second reason why I found this one not as good is that the puzzles were not as fun as they usually are. I don't really like button-pressing puzzles and there were two, but also lots of swap puzzle pieces around which I also do not like. They were in the previous two games too, but they seemed to be less annoying than in this one for some reason.
And a pet peeve of mine, there were a lot of anachronisms in this game: items that should not have been in and were, costumes that were improbable for the time period of the game, etc.
This is still a highly playable game and I still overall enjoyed it even if less so than the first two.
December 11, 2012