Mythic Wonders: The Philosopher's Stone
Travel To An Alien World!
You have been helping your Uncle build a replica of an ancient portal, but you don't know how to activate it. A strange dream that your Uncle is in trouble has you panic stricken so you travel through the night to make sure he's okay. You arrive too late, he's already learned how to activate the portal, even worse, he went alone and now you must enter the portal and try to find him in a strange hostel world. I haven't changed my mind, I still think this is an awesome game but I will admit I like all the goodies of the CE better. You will find an artifact that will help you during your travels with lighting up entire rooms or making plants grow faster and as you find new elements, they will automatically update your artifact. The HOS are a nice mixture of interactive list finds as well as finding items that look like the picture and find 12 of the same items. There are a lot of unusual mini games such as a pic cross game with tiles as well as some standard puzzles, moving horizontal stones right and left to achieve a picture of a phoenix bird on a pillar but when you move one tile, others move as well. I love the theme of traveling through an alien world and in my opinion this is a very entertaining game, enjoy!
February 2, 2014
WONDERLAND OF DELIGHTS
- Graphics are like walking into a wonderland. Bright, crystal clear, lovely detail.
- Music, sound effects and voice overs are good.
- Interactive map with objectives.
- Journal with notes.
- HOS are either list-based or images. Scenes are mildly crowded with very detailed objects. Some interactions.
- Special effects are very good and help create the wonderland.
- Get an artifact which glows on casual mode when it can be used.
- Good balance of HOS and puzzles.
- Have to have all required elements to use them in puzzles.
- Only 2 modes of difficulty.
SUMMARY: Lovely adventure to look at and play. Interesting story (although it has basically been told before). Fun to play.
Don't think the CE has enough to warrant the increased price. I recommend this game!
March 9, 2014
This game flows well with a decent story line and a good level of challenge. The graphics and sound are good with only a small complaint that a few times through the game the screen stays black for an unusually long time between scenes and I was sure my computer was hung - all good in the end - so be patient!
The HOS are a good mix and the puzzles provide some change to the same old, same old.
All in all a good game and an enjoyable play, good length and good challenge.
February 2, 2014
Relaxing music and some beautiful scenes (I'd like to stay plugged in to the water portal for good!). I'd played the demo of the CE so was waiting for this to be released. It was one of the nicest games I've played.
February 3, 2014
Beautiful, long game.
Well worth the money. Beautiful!
March 7, 2014
Got better and better as it went, spectacular
This is one of those games where I burned to finish, to keep going to reach the end. Some games, I can only take so much, where it feels tedious, and I need to give myself a break before tackling the next hurdle. Not so with this one. Each level was entrancing, clever, thoughtful, but more importantly, psychologically deep (just are the graphics and the mini-games were interesting and fun, different) - portraying the depth of human character the 'creators' must posses in order to create such a joyous wonder as this game. It was challenging, but not too hard, and if one just does not give up, they will find it - but not ridiculously hard either - it was a perfect balance. Big Kudo's for this one.
February 24, 2014
great game for a SE
The hidden obj games are clear and therefore somewhat easy, but don't let that fool you because there are plenty of interesting interactive things to do. I like when the things are not so crammed together, but then there is a flower scene requiring finding beetles that were a challenge even though the drawing was gem quality beautiful. The puzzles were not easy and I skipped some to get further into the game during the trial.
I did not buy yet so this review is based on an hour, but I will be buying it tomorrow to take advantage of the two fer on Monday.
The story is quite interesting as one has to enter a portal to find one's relative and the things to do are interesting though not necessarily unheard of before. There are more portals, so one has more different landscapes to work through.
Of course there is the thwarting threatening villain, but one proceeds with courage and persistence. I played on the easy mode, so my giving this less than an excellent rating might change were I to venture into the more difficult setting.
I am looking forward to playing the game without an eye to rushing through. Then I will be able to take the time with the more difficult puzzles. I liked the balance of hidden obj to puzzle to look around for stuff to keep figuring out the next step.
I also liked the magical egg that gave a continuing increase in powers as one progressed through the game.
I did not miss the morphing objects or the things one is finding in some of the other games because I thought this games Hidden object scenes were very interesting in the interactions that were required. O no I just checked and there is no walkthrough; I do not buy without a walkthrough. Darn!
But I just learned there is a CE I am going to check it out! Maybe I'll use my two credits on this one. So far it is very deserving.
February 2, 2014
Best Graphics Ever!
This game has the best graphics I have ever seen in these games. They have set a standard others should try to meet.
February 17, 2014
Beautiful Environments, artwork astounding
The cover picture of this game does not give it justice. I have played 100s of hidden adventure games such as MCF, Enigmatis, Nightmares from the Deep,etc. Except for the story, it has everything that I want in a game. The artwork is detailed and exquisite beyond compare. There is no frustrating back and forth; except at the beginning, which isn't as pretty as further "worlds". In fact, when I first started the game, I didn't like it all that much. But as soon as I reached the earth world, I couldn't stop staring at the screen and looking at the beauty. My favorite was the water world. There are several worlds where you gather elements for a philosophers stone. The 1st is light, which I don't remember being impressed about. 2nd was earth with lots of water falls and plants. 3rd was water with beautiful, phosphorescent sea creatures. 4th was fire with lava and a lovely animated phoenix. 5th was air with sand, crystal, glass, and a fun ride through the sky. 6th was a spaceship that was more like the inside of the computer. There is much more I want to say about this game, and it is one I will want to play again. The story was not that great, but the puzzles and atmosphere were the best. Even the music was pretty. The hidden object scenes never repeated and the things you gathered in places made sense. For example, you wouldn't have to open a machine to obtain a tube of lipstick or something crazy like that. Someone put a great deal of effort into this game. I can't name a favorite game of all time since I have many favorites. But this one by far has the best visual quality of any HOG out there.
October 21, 2014
Give This One a Try!
For some reason, I didn't have much hope for this one initially, but I decided to give it a try anyway. I'm really glad I did! This is the most enjoyable game I've played in a long time, in spite of the fact that we have yet another woman going to rescue a man (her uncle) who's gotten himself in trouble. And yet... did he? There may have been a whisper of a hint that there's more to this story than we think.
Finally! A game I can recommend with no qualifications.
March 28, 2014