Hidden Expedition: Amazon
The best HOG I have ever played!
I love HOGs, and this game is the standard by which all HOGs should be developed! It was just. that. good.
The storyline is fairly typical...you are retracing the footsteps of a missing person in order to find them. What isn't typical is how you go about your quest. In order to advance, you have to complete many tasks. Sometimes the task you complete helps you find a hidden object, and sometimes the task you complete is the only way to advance in the game. I absolutely love figuring out tasks in any game, so this is a winner in my book.
The music for this game is FANTASTIC. I dearly wish Big Fish would introduce a collector's edition that includes the soundtrack for this game so I could play the music while going about other tasks. It's very Indiana Jones-y style music that ramps up the excitement as you play.
The hidden object scenes are amazing. Most of them have some animation, such as flying birds and running waterways, that add to the beauty of the scene. The scenes themselves are very well drawn, and the objects to find often blend in so well you will find yourself inching over to the hint button. As a rule, I never use hints in HOGs, preferring the challenge of finding something through persistence. This game stretched my persistence to the limit, which was great. Added bonus: there were no repeated scenes, which is my big gripe with many HOGs.
Speaking of hints, in each scene you can find five beetles. When you find all five beetles, you receive an extra hint, which some players might appreciate. The beetles themselves are often challenging to find, so don't take those extra hints for granted! As you advance through the game, you can also find a journal page in each scene, and it is through these journal pages that you learn of the steps the missing person took on his journey. These journal pages are excellent! They are so funny and they often include important clues to help you complete a task.
The mini game tasks that you must complete to advance are not the standard mini games you run across. There is a task in which you have to use bars to connect electrical wires together to light up some bulbs. There's a task in which you place spheres on a platform to make certain patterns in colors or lights. There's a task to form a certain pattern that uses monkeys as weights. Each task includes a note, often well hidden, on how to complete the task successfully. The notes are fairly cryptic, making completing the tasks very challenging, which is excellent.
To sum up: this game was worth every penny I paid, and I'd gladly pay more pennies for a collector's edition that included a bonus soundtrack. I only just started playing the Hidden Expedition series a couple of weeks ago, and I've finished playing them all, some of them twice over, because they are so well done. Big Fish, please create more games like this!!!
February 17, 2014
Hidden Expidition: Amazon
Wonderful game, hogs flow nicely with the storyline and the adventure your on.Puzzles are challenging and fun but there are no hints as to how to solve them. Music and graphics are well done and pleasing to the eyes and ears. You need a sharp eye for the hogs and there is a point system ranking you on time, hints used, for an overall score but you can ignore that and enjoy the adventure.
March 6, 2012
Really Great HOG
I like a HOG that focuses on puzzles and hidden object scenes and Amazon delivers. There is a cute and often amusing story that unfolds between each grouping of HOS and puzzles which is icing on the cake.
There is no running around wondering what to do with an item in your inventory or where to go next which is a huge plus IMO. Instead of clicking through scene after scene scurrying back and forth you just play puzzles and find objects which given that it's a HOG is exactly what's wanted.
Don't let the age of the game dissuade you...the graphics look great on my newer machine and the cleverness of the puzzles and HOS make them better than what I've seen in many newer games. I really wish there were more games like this.
June 19, 2014
I've just replayed the game after a very long time. I'd forgotten just how good it was. Puzzles all quite challenging but great fun. Music very relaxing played quite quietly.
Lots of hidden object scenes but thats the nature of the game - items quite small so had to look quite hard for them.
Could we have more of the same please.
February 10, 2014
Fun Hidden Object Game!
Fun Hidden Object Game! The Best Game
November 26, 2013
Great game for the inner explorer
I loved this game, from the scenery to the music to the story line. I'm definitely a nature girl and an explorer by heart. Also I just love puzzle games so this was the perfect fit.
April 25, 2013
Excellent graphics and challenging puzzles... This game is great with beautiful HO scenes and the letters you find are funny. I was stuck in one puzzle so I gave up and tried again the next day. Some parts are quite challenging and make you think. I like it a lot.
April 12, 2013
Great Jungle Adventure
Beautiful graphics make this enticing, the objects are sometimes very difficult to find making this a challenge and the puzzles make you think. This is really a fun game.
March 31, 2013
Tricky, but fun, hidden object game
Really enjoyed this game. Backtracking needed in some places but this only made it more enjoyable.
July 23, 2012
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WERE I CAN GET A COPY OF THE SOUND TRACK FOR THIS GAME. I THINK IT BUILDS THE EXCITEMENT FOR THIS GAME. I WANT IT.
IT REALLY HOLDS YOUR INTEREST.
July 23, 2012