Rite of Passage: Hide and Seek
You and your mother moved from Greystone, your brother went missing and your father never came home after he went searching for him, or so you were told! After mother's death you find letters from your father, all current, still searching for your missing brother after all these years. Of course you leave immediately for Graystone, surrounded by a dense fog, and the scar on your hand begins to react, Welcome Home! Memories of that fateful day begin to come flooding back, a strange orphan child appeared one day while you were playing Hide and Seek. She wanted to play as well but asked you to read a poem instead of counting: I count one two three, better hide while I can't see. Four and five and then comes six, my friend has a lot of tricks. After seven, eight then nine, hide or run you'll be mine. A fog falls as I count ten, you can't ever leave again! Just like that poof, everyone is gone except for you!
The people you meet will have a dialog option for your answers, one kind and polite, the other sarcastic and to the point. Choose your words wisely there is a Karma meter that changes depending on your answer that will ultimately affect the outcome of the game. (looks like you'll have to play this game twice) You will also discover new powers that your scar can activate such as translating ancient text or melting the weird ice that the fog creates.
The Hidden Object Scenes are cleverly called Hide and Seek games, they are interactive list finds but when you find the item listed the item will move out of the way to expose a keypad number for instance that will be used for the final items quest. There are a lot of mini games some simply puzzle pieces like torn pages to reconstruct others are more complex such as adjusting several colored balls on rods until all lights on the rods turn green but when you move one ball others move as well.
The Collectors Edition has 43 collectible handprints which will be assembled on a Hide and Seek model and 43 alchemical ingredients that will be used to mix a magic potion. There are soundtracks, imaginings, backgrounds, reels, storybook, cast, achievements, unlimited Hide and Seek games, a built in strategy guide and of course a bonus chapter available as well. Either edition is a sure bet because this is an excellent game that has lot's of entertainment value, enjoy!
July 11, 2014
YEARS LATER AND IT STILL GETS TO YOU
SUMMARY: Very well written and thought out story with twists and turns. Smooth and creative gameplay. Lots of fun to find out the mysteries of the now and then. Accumulate karma in talking with people, which will determine the outcome of the game. So you can replay the game and have different results. This is one glorious game to play.
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STORY: A mysterious girl asks to play hide 'n seek and asked "it" to recite a chant instead of counting. Everything changed then; only the girl who was "it" left the woods that day. She and her mother move to another town. After the mother dies, the girl finds a postcard from her father and learns that he is still alive. She decides to go to Graystone in search of her dad. Once there, she finds out that people are still going missing whenever the fog appears. She must solve this mystery.
GAMEPLAY: A massive dose of creativity in giving you things to do and discovering current and past mysteries. You learn that the scar you received when playing hide 'n seek (so many years ago) has given you special powers. The first one revealed is the ability to melt ice. There is also a karma meter that changes depending on how you converse with people you meet (you have choices of what is said) and the amount of karma affects the outcome of the game. Several types of HOS; plenty to do and see.
OTHER STUFF: Graphics are beautiful - sometimes hazy and sometimes very clear. Animation is believable - the fog reminds me of a tornado touching ground. Music is so relaxing and wonderful. Voice overs are very good. You can customize your gameplay, including whether to show your objectives and showing active areas on the map
July 11, 2014
A Wonderful New Game in the Rite of Passage Series
Rite of Passage: Hide and Seek begins when after your mother?s death you are cleaning out her home and make a discovery that suddenly changes the truth about your life. For years you have come to accept the reality that your missing father was dead, and as you go through your mother?s mail you realize that what you had accepted as the truth is not so. In Rite of Passage Hide and Seek you begin a journey to Greystone in search of the father you thought you had lost and an adventure to uncover the hidden secrets of your past.
The graphics in Hide and Seek are of excellent quality and have a very crisp appearance rather than that misty quality that we often find in many games. Not only are the graphics terrific, the game has lip-synced voiceovers that are done extremely well. Along with the voiceovers we have a soundtrack that adds to the reality of the game without being overwhelming or intrusive. At one point early in the game the environmental effect so realistic that I felt like reaching for a headscarf. For me the piano musical score in the HOPs was very relaxing and enjoyable to hear as I played through the HOPs.
Your journal is very interactive and contains links to your objectives, the map and your achievements. Not only can you access the map through the journal but it can also be accessed by clicking on the map located on the left side of your inventory. The map icon, in turn, will also allow you to access the journal. During the progress of the game you also acquire special abilities that help you out in certain situations. There are no cute fuzzy animal helpers to be found in this game; instead you will need to rely upon your own abilities to make it through.
If you are familiar with the two previous Rites of Passage games you know that the HOPs are interactive and quite interesting in the way we find certain items. There are puzzles along the way that are fun with some may seem difficult but just keep trying since they can be solved. In the end, the game has a great mix of HOPs and puzzles that are sure to please a varied group of gamers.
Rite of Passage: Hide and Seek is a game with just the right amount of scare factor moments thrown in to keep the gameplay interesting, and more than once I found myself jumping as something unexpected would occur. Overall the game is very entertaining with a story that held my attention from the first scene to the end of the demo and I knew without hesitation that the CE was a definite buy for me. As always, I recommend that you at least try the demo to see if this is a game you will like.
July 11, 2014
Tag !! You're it !!
Mad Head has done it again with its fantastic installment Hide and Seek. Some may recall the previous Rite of Passage game Children of the Forest which for me is absolutely in the top 3 of games issued last year. This game comes close to being its equal however its predecessor still is favored. While the story line is nothing new, how it is presented places a bit of a twist to make it compelling nonetheless. The game is visually stunning with Mad Head terrific graphics. Hidden object scenes are well done and having different types of things to accomplish within a given scene is refreshing. The puzzles are not mind blowing hard but they are interesting. The CE version is preferable to this SE but both games offer lots to do. Players who cannot afford the CE or who wish to avoid wallpaper etc. certainly should find the SE a gem of a game. Hide and Seek gets an enthusiastic thumbs up !!
July 11, 2014
Bad Apples Can Still Be Sweet!
As always, I will start with the length of the game since I search through review looking for that right away. On Expert mode with no hints or skips, I took about 6 hours in the main game. Since I purchased the CE, the bonus chapter was about 30 minutes, also on Expert mode. I enjoyed the extra background the bonus chapter brought along, but the main game wrapped up just fine on its own.
However, this is probably the FIRST and ONLY game, I can actually say honestly is worth extra money as a CE for me. Not because of the bonus chapter but because the extras were so much fun. I am 100% not a collectibles or morphing objects person. At all. But this game had awesome little puzzles that opened up after the bonus chapter was completed and actually gave the player incentive to search for the collectibles, instead of just a room full of trophies at the end. There were about 4 fun different things to do in the Extras after the gameplay was over, including a cute little arcade game and alchemy table. I was definitely impressed. And for the first time, I actually recommend investing in a CE, instead of an SE.
The storyline of the game bothered me the most?I was not sympathetic at all towards the child we were helping?at all. But the bonus chapter made her grow on me a bit, and the plot line held its own, as far-fetched as it was. I guess bad apples still are worth helping after all!
Definitely this game was given a massive amount of thought and creativity, the graphics and cut-scenes were nothing out of the ordinary but the mini-puzzles were quite new and inventive which made up for the story ten-fold.
A definite buy for me!
Happy gaming, Big Fishies!
July 19, 2014
Rite of Passage: Hide and Seek
This game was really a great challenge! The interactive game play in the story line was really awesome! I look forward to seeing more games like this in the near future.
July 17, 2014
The story line grabbed my attention from the very beginning. Although there are no collectibles or extra things to find, there are a lot of things to keep you busy in each scene. Many of the inventory items require extra steps which is always fun. I have finished the demo and so far there isn't a lot of running back and forth getting lost through many different scenes. The game comes with:
~Four levels of game play with cute names for Easy, Normal, Hard and Custom
~A Journal which I always miss if I don't have because when I stop its always nice to get caught up on the story again especially if I haven't played for a few days.
The hidden objects scenes so far are fun with being able to use objects in the scene and also finding hidden objects under other objects to form yet another object.
Mini games have not been really challenging but they have been entertaining.
All and all a fun game with a lot to do.
July 12, 2014
Great Hidden Object Game
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Beautiful illustrations and just enough challenge to keep from being frustrated. Nice music
July 11, 2014
A very good hidden object and adventure game
I don't like adventure games, but this I liked very much. You have a sign on you hand that glows bright when you are in the fog. This is a hidden object and adventure game. I would recommend this game.
July 12, 2014
Nice Game But Too Short
I can't believe no one else has mentioned how short this game is (SE). The end came way too soon, but maybe that's because I was enjoying it so much. When I first started I was sure this was going to be a 5 star game for me. But it didn't meet those expectations. It's a beautiful game, with wonderful graphics, good voice overs, some nice puzzles, and HOS's that didn't bore me to death. Most of the music was quite nice, also. But it didn't go on long enough for me, and I found it to be quite easy. I much prefer a challenge. I never had to use a hint and I didn't even use the map. A little more difficulty and a little more length would have boosted this to 5 stars.
July 15, 2014