Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian Hope Diamond Collector's Edition
Good Game but too short and too easy.
Title pretty much sums it up. Game was way too short and the puzzles were no challenge at all, they were probably the easiest I have seen in one of these games. For the most part the hidden objects scenes everything was obvious although there were a few challenging ones. Everything was pretty much straightforward in this game on where to go, u had minimal rooms in which to use stuff as u really didn't have to go back and forth through a ton of area. Good game, enjoyed it, wish it was longer and a bit more challenging.
December 24, 2013
Fun while it lasted
So excited to see another Hidden Expedition HOG. The graphics were vivid and gorgeous, yet the game was over rather quickly. Done in less than 6 hrs. Is the price worth it? I'll let you decide.
December 26, 2013
Does it Get More Exciting?
I'm in the Smithsonian...does it get more exciting? The game is very well done, however, I'm getting a wee bit bored....
December 25, 2013
Expect a Great Addition
Great start. Like being in a Raiders of the Lost Ark. Love the morphing objects in the HO's. Like the switch up through the HO's. This is a nice fallow up other their hidden series. Interactive map. Great art work. Well done on the jump back that got you started in this adventure. Carried out real well. Add this to the must buy list.
January 3, 2014
Nice addition to the Hidden Expedition shelf.
I've long been a fan of the Hidden Expedition games and while lacking much of the humor factor which entertained me in the Amazon, it was pretty much up to standards. If I could have taken only half-a-star off the rating for the comparatively somber journal entries, I would have.
The puzzles are engaging without being frustrating, navigation
is clear, graphics are excellent, game play is long enough to be satisfying without being cumbersome and...big plus...it actually informs!
Great relaxing game to play with family or on your own.
December 31, 2013
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER ... FOREVER
Good adventure game.
~ Four modes of play: Explorer, Expedition Guide, Journey Master and Custom [make up your own level of challenge]
~ Achievements Board
~ Collect 49 Institute [sun] symbols
~ Collect 20 Cards
~ Collect 17 morphing objects [in Bonus games as well]
~ Interactive map.
I played in Custom mode and made it as hard as it could.
The hidden object games and mini-games are very easy to play.
The graphics are great and easy to see everything. The music was okay.
My only problem was its challenge. Way too easy for an expert but would be ideal for a beginner or intermediate fishy who want to get the experience and have fun achieving it.
Overall a good game. Had fun playing it and definitely recommended for new players.
January 3, 2014
A little diamond? BUT!
First off I have to say that this game has fantastic potential. And here comes the BUT! Simple put its too short to be classed as a Collector?s Edition.
It is a well thought out game with an interactive map so you don?t have to wear off virtual shoe leather getting on with things the HOs are great and that?s from someone who like the adventure part of a game rather than dozens of cluttered HOs.
The story is very engaging and I thought I had yet another winner. It is one of those games that make you think that the dev chaps are really moving this kind of game on.
The real problem is that it feels like an edited version of a much larger game which is sad as the potential for this to be a truly great was lost.
Buy it by all means as you will really enjoy what is there but, again in my opinion, you are paying for a SE disguised as a CE.
December 22, 2013
It does what it says on the tin.
This struck me as uncharacteristically lacklustre. The production-values were typically high (it was, after all, helmed by Big Fish) but the storyline was dreadfully formulaic and the whole experience was over in a trice. The mini-games were often no more than a series of clicking exercises - little if any challenge - and in one instance (the peacock tail puzzle) seemed utterly incomprehensible. This kind of post-Indianna Jones secret-temple hokum is ten-a-penny these days in the gaming world. I'm surprised that after the wonderfully imaginative "Devil's Triangle" and "Uncharted Island," the next "Hidden Expedition" has reverted to such a pedestrian recipe. It isn't remotely terrible and is - as I have mentioned - nicely turned out, but I, for one, found myself plodding through yawn-inducingly familiar territory starved of anything remotely akin to a wow-factor. Not great, I'm afraid.
January 5, 2014
I blew my 2 game credits on this CE!
First off, I was very disappointed with the length of the game. It was entirely too short. Secondly, it was not very challenging. I prefer games where my inventory is full and there are lots of places of look to solve puzzles. This was very straight forward - few inventory items and few places to use them.
January 3, 2014
Could have been so much better
I've enjoyed all of the other Hidden Expedition games but this one never grabbed me. Sound and visuals are nice but the puzzle are way too easy. As others have said, it's way too short to be a CE.
January 4, 2014