Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian? Hope Diamond Strategy Guide
Exciting hidden object game!
This game really fascinating me. But unfortunately, I've to pay it first for the full version:((
July 5, 2014
Fun, Informative & Adventurous
You get to be an Operative who is being tested for an organization that preserves and secures lost/stolen artifacts, gems, etc. It's adventurous and if you like stolen treasure movies and are looking for some action (without all the violence) then this is a great game for you! I would also recommend this as a starter game for Newbies, as it is only the easier side with the Puzzles and such.
However, this is my new favorite HOS and puzzle game! I didn't find any flaws or glitches, which these days seems to be very rare as many of you know. The music and sounds fit right with the adventurous genre, making you sit on the edge of your seat to see what was happening next.
The HOS were slightly interactive, not so much that it was annoying and just enough so you don't get bored. There are also many different ways to find the items in different scenes from being given the word and finding the object, to being given the shape and finding the object, etc.
I thought the graphics were very well done, with effects and voice overs that were consistent with natural like voices and no skipping or robotic sounding voices. The scenery was beautiful and enticing, making you feel like you really were in another location (I won't spoil it with too many specifics;)
The storyline is great and adventurous! Not only can you learn little factoids about the History of the Smithsonian throughout the game by snagging "Fact Cards" along the way, but you have a Journal to help you along and to remember certain codes and thoughts you may need to remind you if you need to step away and finish later (or if you have an awful memory like mine.)
I love the fact that the Map provided really works. It tells you where you are currently located, Where you have an Active Objective, & Where something can be done right then. It also transports you easily by clicking on the pictures on the map. If you use the Hint button, there is a bit of hand holding, but honestly sometimes that's what I need. I always try the map first to see where the next task is and if I can figure it out on my own. If all else fails, I use the Hint and it works great without more confusion.
It's pretty neat how when they have you traveling by plane you get to see the clouds and they make it seem more realistic, as though you're truly a cartoonish part of the game.
Oh and I can't forget to mention the puzzles! There were many throughout, but once again not so many that you wonder if this is merely a strategy game and wonder where all the HOS are. I felt that they did just the right amount to keep you intrigued and to continue playing even though your eyes won't stay open any long ;)
The puzzles were about Easy-Average difficulty, which for me I prefer. I like a bit of a challenge, but not so much that my tired brain gets frustrated and it takes all the fun out. A few of the games were familiar, but they did have some unique ones, quite a few in fact and I've played a lot of HOS/Puzzle games so far. I play these games before bedtime, so honestly by that time, I like easy-avg puzzles, but that aren't so easy that I don't even want to bother with the game.
Overall, I feel the developers did a wonderful job and although it was a good length for SE, I would love to play the CE and play more of their adventurous games. I've always wanted to travel and with my medical issues this kind of made me feel like I was really able to be an Operative/Explorer searching for missing gems, but I dare not say more. Try it out with the trial and I'm sure you won't be disappointed!
July 25, 2014