Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian Hope Diamond Collector's Edition
Terrific story line, excellent graphics - NO ghosts, spirits or magic. As usual, I played on the easiest level and with the sound turned down as far as I could - but it would not turn off. Hence my rating of 4 stars rather than 5. I think I should be able to decide if I want to listen to music or not. Good system of collectibles, and morphing objects. Highly recommended.
January 1, 2014
Great Family Game
A good game for the entire family to learn about the Hope Diamond. There are six chapters and a bonus game. The puzzles and hops are fun. You also can collect objects and Smithsonian symbols.
December 31, 2013
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
Silly rabbit, tricks are for kids
As I was playing this game, I was thinking this is really for 8-12 year olds. Puzzles and mini-games were very easy compared to other HOGs I've played (not that that is a bad thing). It kind of reminded me of a Scooby-doo adventure. At the end I thought Scooby was going to pop out and say "Rhere ris ry rooby rack". I recommend this game for kids but not adults.
May 3, 2014
This game and the last CE I got were so short it made me wonder if the membership is worth it. Very leery that all CE's will become as short of a play time as these. Very disappointed!
January 6, 2014