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
An okay game.....but
Fortunately I got this with a coupon; definitely would have thought twice before I paid full price. DD probably. It just goes along. However I had lots of coupons with a deadline so I bought a lot of so-so games. This was one of them. I liked the first one okay.....perhaps a little more, but the stretch is that you just don't do things with complete logic. In order to get something caught in the grass, you set fire to the grass. Amazing that only that small part of grass burns! You get a crayfish who acts like scissors for you. The only reason I tried that was the map said I could do something and I only had a crayfish and my brooch! Sure enough, it cut through some roots. Developers....please don't stretch my imagination quite so far out there. Otherwise, an okay game. I shall finish it but will not be replaying anytime soon. In fact, I will have to forget everything about the game before I try it again. So...I'll recommend only if you have a coupon or it's DD.
July 9, 2014
Gameplay can be more intuitive
One of my biggest cautions about playing the fantasy genre is the fact that MOST of the time, your required actions will NOT make logical sense. Crystals, orbs and sceptres to open doors, chests or generally release things. If you don't pay hard enough attention, or stop-and-resume a lot like I did, you're going to have a challenge keeping up with storyline.
I don't blame the developers, it's part of the genre after all. But for goodness sakes then make the gameplay seamlessly intuitive!
I was supposed to do something for one of the guardians, and the visual instructions made VERY little sense! I had to make leap assumptions at what they were, and on a few occasions, consult the walkthrough (I played SE).
What I do like about the game style is that there are a lot less HOP scenes, making this more an adventure than HOG. I am a fan of both but have found that adventure games tend to lean towards fantasy, where they then usually fall into the "less logic" gameplay, which I dislike. Ah well, can't have it all.
July 6, 2014
And It's Still a Secret
This is posted after finally completing the entire game.
I have to say this is the worse game I have played in a long time. It was not fun at all. Somewhere along the line I missed the whole point of it. I am going to play it again to see what in the world I missed that my fellow reviewers caught. I sure missed something.
The graphics were good, but the sound was so-so. This is just not the quality I have come to expect from Big Fish. music was okay, but nothing to write home about. The voice overs were run together in some cases. They were clear and understandable, but along with the whole game, didn't make sense.
The hidden objects were good. They were pretty clear with just enough challenge to keep me interested. However, the mini games... those were way past my abilities. I couldn't figure out how to even do the majority of them. Thankfully the skip button charged quickly.
You have an interactive map that I had to use to figure out where in the world to go. I had no idea. It did a great job getting me through the game. The hint recharges quickly also. I had to use it a couple of times to figure out what to do.
I have yet to figure out the story line. I know things got messed up between the king and his sister, but how everything and everybody else figured into this I have no idea.
If it were not for the map, hint and skip buttons, I would not have finished the game. I was really bored and suffering, if that is possible playing a game.
June 3, 2014