Lost Realms: The Curse of Babylon
Fun, Relaxing and A Treat for the Eyes!
This is perhaps one of my favorite games of all time. As a lover of the Hidden Object genre, it is a real treat, containing many absolutely beautiful scenes where the player has to find unique items. The graphics amaze me, as do the backgrounds depicting scenes from ancient and exotic lands.
Which brings me to another reason why I love this game: unlike so many of the dark and malevolent offerings that have recently inundated the gaming scene, this one will take you back to the ancient lands of Mesopotamia. It has been quite a while since game originators have brought us story lines incorporating the ancient Middle East. It is a refreshing change, to say the least.
Lastly, this is truly a game that adults and savvy teens can appreciate. It does not insult one's intelligence. I will go so far as to say that I would not classify it as "family friendly" but that is meant as a compliment. There are so many offerings out there where the whole family can gather round and play. This one is more sophisticated and in my opinion geared for those who love ancient history. As an example, the inclusion of the basilica of Sophia Hagia is a brilliant touch and surely appeals to gamers who are also interested in the distant past.
Puzzles are not hard and the HO scenes sometimes require several actions before an object may be found, but it is never frustrating or dull. Combined with interesting and soothing background music, Curse of Babylon has proven to be a real "stress buster".
November 24, 2012
A classic blend of HO and puzzles
Much better than its predecessor [Legacy of the Sun Princess], Curse of Babylon takes you on a tour of the Middles East in 8 chapters.
The game is a well balanced blend of HO Scenes and many minigames, with tasks to perform.
Everything is traditional and moderately difficult.
Hints are limited but you can replenish your stock by playing at will one of the three games available at the Bazaar. These are not the same as the in-game puzzles.
You can use three tools permanently available throughout the game: a baseball bat to break things, a knife and a magnifier.
Although the puzzles are old classics too, such as the Hanoi Tower, Sliders, Chinese Checkers, etc.. they are good fun to play mainly because they're all logical, save a couple that are random. I actually like these types of puzzles which do make you think but don't take ages to solve.
The visuals are good and colorful, tasks are simple, there is a variety of scenes to explore but the game is linear.
I enjoyed the trial version, and I think this game should not be ignored. It has a lot to offer and is worth purchasing, especially if you can get it on sale.
January 31, 2012
This is a simple game for practice. HOS are ok and average for this age game. The new games have lots more adventure and lots more to look for to solve areas. This is your average old game. Same old thing to do in every seen. Only get if you like the demo and get it for 1/2 off.
May 9, 2013
SHORT BUT NICE
Rather a short game ? a little less than 3 hours. Story is nothing new. You need to break an ancient family curse holding your friend hostage and you investigate locations in Turkey, Persia and Ancient Babylon which are very nicely done. Ending was as expected. Mostly HOS, which are large, distinct and nice to look at; occasionally, things have to be mixed, especially toward the end. There are some objects with foreign names, but you are given a description when you mouse over it. Puzzles are nothing new and are not difficult. You can hold up to 6 hints at a time, but extra hints are rather easy to earn. Music was nice and relaxing. I liked the game, but I would wait for a $2.99 daily special due to its length and the lackluster story. Shortness resulted in 1/2 to 1 star reduction.
May 22, 2013
not so hot
Basically they give you three HO scenes, you play them, complete the puzzle, and they send you to a new land...with 3 highlighted places with more HO scenes. The story line is not much to speak of. HO scenes were sometimes hard. Just not very much of anything appealing to me anyway.
February 14, 2012
It's okay if you're new to HO games and don't mind getting something mildly challenging every now and then. Going from hunt to hunt to hunt ad nauseum is not my idea of fun. Thank goodness it was one of the cheaper games - and after I had bought another one - this was the $3.99 but only a couple of minutes to buy. Think I'll just keep passing.
Graphics okay - and they do add a magnifying glass which is helpful. Otherwise, don't waste your money.
November 3, 2012