The Secret Order: Ancient Times
The Mask and Scepter that were stolen a few weeks ago are now unstable and consuming the world into oblivion. The only solution is to board the Royal Griffin once again and travel to Nineteenth Century London to destroy the artifacts that were created from celestial materials. It's already too late for Sarah Pennington's father and museum curator Christopher, the artifacts are too powerful and they too are being consumed into a vortex void, it's time to save the world!
I love the way this series ties the stories together, yet make the game unique enough to stand alone for those who haven't played any of the Secret Order games. I also recommend the Collector's Edition because of the available Griffin collectibles, turquoise Unicorn collectibles and golden Dragon collectibles as well as a bonus game and built in Strategy Guide. The graphics are superb in some areas, crystal clear and colorful but I wasn't thrilled with the blurry ill defined items in the hidden object scenes, this made no sense to me. Another feature this game has is a baby Griffin that hatches and becomes your sidekick. I wanted a majestic Royal Griffin and this baby playdoh griffin was out of place and clearly hatched to add a cuteness aspect. Other than that I loved this game.
The hidden object scenes are interactive list finds and finding fragments of a single item, there was an option to switch to a game of Mah-jongg instead of the HOS. Although I wasn't thrilled with the graphics of the HOS, I was thrilled with the mini games which ranged from simple puzzles to complex thought processing games. My personal favorite was the game that required you to use directional mirrors to guide different colored light beams to the color matching gem, some mirrors were broken and could be fixed, others were broken and you had to bypass that area.
If you have the chance, start with the first game in this series, BUT this is merely a suggestion and not required to enjoy this solid game. This is the type of game that has plenty of interactive areas in each scene, and a pleasant change of scenery between the current world and the olden world of yesteryear, a thoroughly entertaining game which allows you to save the world (hopefully) enjoy!
May 25, 2014
I really enjoyed everything about this game. It is one of those that has enough substance that I know I will play it several more times in the future. The artwork is beautiful.
I loved the baby griffin and all the other fantastic creatures and can't wait to see them all again.
May 27, 2014
Made Me Use My Wits
I enjoyed the game a lot. I hope the other Secret Order games are this good. If you like to solve puzzles, and more than just 'hidden objects'; investigate this game. I think you'll like it.
May 30, 2014
I really liked this game. Sometimes, very challenging and sometimes too easy for an "Expert". I will recommend this game to anyone who likes a good Mystery. Where are the "Bonus" Games?
May 29, 2014
Beautiful Standard Edition Game
There is a lot to do in this game. You travel to the past in order to destroy artifacts and along the way you acquire a cute baby griffin to assist you. You have a map, notes, and a hint key. I thought the game played like a CE becasue it was long and complex. I really liked the mini-puzzles (some new to me); there are also story boards to complete. A big plus for me you only went to the HOs once.
June 10, 2014
Really Fun Game
I really enjoyed this game, it was unique and kept me interested all the way through.
June 21, 2014
a game to like/love
i love this game it had a lot of neat stuff
June 9, 2014
Fun to play
I really enjoyed this game! A vast improvement on the previous 2. Really liked the map. Saves all that trudging around. Baby griffin was cute. Beautiful graphics and colors, nice and clear. Dialogue speed was good and kept going, didn't wait for a click. Puzzles just challenging enough for me. Puzzle info was clear and easy to understand. Didn't have to skip any. Game length also good, not too short. I would definitely recommend this game!
December 30, 2014
A long, interesting, challenging game
the review title about says it all. I did not care for the demo in the first game of the series so didn't purchase it. This game, however caught my interest right away. Love the realism mixed with computer graphics.. soo much to do.. most of the puzzles were doable for me (and I usually end up skipping) map worked great although I rather try to remember where to go and what to do and walk it.. hint system works fine. I was able to switch between the standard interactive HOs and a majohng game.
I estimate it took me between 5-6 hours to complete and I understand there might be a 3rd game to the series which I will definitely purchase after enjoying this one so much.
October 8, 2014
Solid four star game
This game was one of those that I definitely enjoyed everything about without being overly impressed by any part of. It was fun to play with good graphics and just my speed as far as the puzzles went; I didn't have to use the skip button once. The storyline was easy to follow and had a satisfactory ending. There is an interactive map, which is a big plus for me. I liked the baby griffin, and using ordinary objects in unusual ways. I'm going to try the other games in this series and look for more games by the same developer.
November 23, 2014