The Secret Order: Ancient Times Collector's Edition
Well worth playing
This is the third installment in The Secret Order game series. It's not necessary to have played the first two in order to enjoy this one, although some characters are the same as in the prior two games. This is a fun adventure-lite game, with HOPs included for those who enjoy them; and the story is a nice blend of genres. It's clear to me that the developer of this game put a lot of time and effort into it.
I wanted to include this additional note for players: for some reason, the second game in the series, The Secret Order: Masked Intent Collector's Edition, is not included on the Collector's Edition page that lists all CEs that have been released - but if you do a search under all PC games or go to the Hidden Objects Games page, it is listed there. If you play the demo of The Secret Order: Ancient Times and you enjoy it, I would definitely recommend the second game as well (I haven't played the first game in the series - yet).
Give the demo a try and see what you think. Happy gaming. :-)
April 26, 2014
Just Not My Cup of Tea
If you haven't played the previous Order game, you get enough info at the beginning of this one that it can be a standalone game in and of itself. The game picks up where the last one ended, you are sent back in time by your father, who apparently was caught in some kind of energy blast (not explained very well). You find your way out to the pair where an old ship awaits and whisks you to 19th century London. Along the way, you meet many characters who will help you, but you have to provide them with something first. (Nothing in life is free).
The hint button takes a bit to recharge. There is a map, strategy guide and, oh, you have to find the "flower" before your hint button will work. Takes a little bit of time but overly much. You also get a journal that keeps your notes as well as objectivesc handy.
There are numerous achievements to acquire and in addition to a helpful pet griffin, you need to collect along the way 36 griffins - 12 in each of the following colors: amethyst, gold and I believe teal. Not sure if one is in every scene or not - I found a few during the demo but not in every scene I visited.
The HOs varied and the mini games went from easy to a bit hard (for me). I did tend to hit "skip" a lot to get more into the gameplay.
All in all not a bad game. I did not play the previous game - again, not my cup of tea. If I don't get the "wow" factor at the end of the demo I just won't purchase it. The temptations were there - love those collectible griffins and the little cutie who's your pet/helpmate. But, at the end of this demo I just went, oh ok, instead of the "OH NO!" that I like to feel when the free trial is over.
I would recommend this game from beginners to experts. This Glam-ma says you can't lose by trying the demo - IT'S FREE! Just not for me. Have fun.
April 26, 2014
There were no surprises here. They just dialed in the typical stuff to find and the way to find it. And threw in some unicorns and dragons to find as extras. Just no excitement and the puzzles were hard to figure out how to do, not that they were hard to do, but try to put a mirror where it belongs and it does not go and then suddenly another mirror does..who knows why? That sort of nonsense just does not charm me at all. O and you have a friend griffin looks like a parrot and over and over it simply gets things that are too high to get. Has a problem tugging them off too, the same problem each time. and there were some things in the dark but most things were clear enough, just hate when I have to click an area to see if there is something there that I can not see. Seems sort of mindless and dull. O well maybe some of you will like it...try it of course and see or not for yourself
April 26, 2014
Not Quite There Yet
As an another reviewer stated, not too keen on the previous games of the series but I decided to try this one anyway. Im sorry, but for me it just doesn't cut it. The graphics are poor considering the other developer's games. The storyline seemed good, but the for me, the graphics kills it. I'll usually stick it out for the full demo hour unless it's really bad. I got 20 mins into this one and it still didn't grab me. Sorry, but like the others of this series, this is not a buy for me. I really wanted to like it.
April 26, 2014
This is an ok game.
This a great game for a HOP beginner. The graphics were pretty and the soundtrack was nice but the puzzles were so simplistic. I played the entire game in 4 hours including the bonus game play. If you want a brainless day of playing then this the game for you.
If the puzzles were a little more challenging it would have been a more worth while game. I was having to force myself to stay awake at times.
If you decide to embark on this adventure, you've been warned. You'll need caffeine.
April 26, 2014
OK, but not exciting
I remember the 1st and it wasn't special either, but I did purchase. Graphics are tired, story not exciting, challenge is ok on puzzle and HOs were semi-tough. I may give this one another try when the SE comes out, but it didn't hold my interest to the point of "I can't wait to get back to the story to find out how it ends"; I definitely can wait. SE may be good for a boring rain day....we'll see later. I am recommending to new players but not those who have been spoiled by the well written, exciting games that have come out.
April 26, 2014
So much promise, but no!
It started out so great then just went lackluster. The graphics got worse, with not enough animation, and it just go boring. The storyline was ok, but just the same as any other. It could have been so much better if they kept the momentum going from the beginning. I did not particularly enjoy this game.
May 1, 2014
The only reason I'm giving 3 stars instead of 4 is because the directions on 3 of the puzzles were so vague as to be useless. After rereading the instructions, I still didn't know what the goal or how it worked and therefore had to skip them.
July 12, 2014
I did not bother playing this game for more than 30 minutes. It really sends you back in time - initially I thought it was developed for MSDOS based computers because its graphics simply looks awful. It is so fuzzy so that you cannot simply see anything. Even the cursor looks oversized and it does not blend into scenery. Storyline is very average featuring nothing new but old back-and-forth gameplay. HOS scenes are very foggy also. At the end of the 30 minute gameplay I simply fell asleep in front of the computer. Dah.
April 28, 2014
Didn't like this game....
I remember the last one in this series, and I didn't buy that one either.
I found the HOPs just run of the mill junk pile, the puzzles were ok but nothing amazing and the music drove me nuts so turned it off.
The graphics were fuzzy too.
Too much chit chat and too many cut scenes, the story was boring and the game play slow because of the ongoing chit chat etc. I decided to play 'hardcore mode', but still had hand holding black bar tips. The hint system was good, and the skip refilled at a good speed for the mode I chose.
I find it very hard not to buy CEs, but this one I didn't want. I played until the hour trial was up.
The items you find (as in the last game in this series) are too similar in shape and colour. Once again a cute creature to help you, and some collectables.
Don't know what it is about these games, but don't make me want to rush home to continue playing them. I'm sure it'll appeal to some though.
April 27, 2014