Echoes of the Past: Royal House of Stone
A Mysterious Trip worth Taking
Travelling back in time to save the prince and his ancient kingdom was a ton of fun. The story line is interesting and laid out in a very compelling fashion with each character giving you a piece as it goes on.
Graphics: Beautiful. Items clear and easy to find, scenes are very well done, whether inside/outside/day/dark.
Challenge good: Range of minigames from easy to medium hard challenge. Instructions on how to do the games not always helpful but most easy enough to get. Adventure requirements (Use the X to do X) were not always intuitive and I had to use the walk through twice.
Music: Non-distracting and calming.
Overall an interesting and fun mystery. Can't wait to place the next one.
August 24, 2012
Easy game, but insists on more intrusive & unnecessary hand-holding than I have seen in almost any other game I've played. It should really be possiblle to turn that feature off. It is primarily a HO and matching game at it's most basic. Not for folks who prefer any of the challenge in either puzzle or adventure games.
November 19, 2012
not as good as i expected..
i decided to play the whole series and started with this one. well, what can i say, i was unpleasently surprised as i was going further and further in the game. i don't know what the developers were thinking when they made the hog, because the items in them were impossible to see. gave me a headache trying to look for every objects and i'm not a hint lover. they give you plenty of extra hints in every scene just because of that.
the puzzles were quite easy, but few. the gameplay was slow and heavy because you don't know what you'll do next. there are no hints to tell you where to go and what to do, no in game guide, no map, no nothing. i still finished the game in 2 hours and 37 minutes because is incredibly short.
still, i gave 2 stars for the graphics. they are not very vibrant but they show the middle ages exactly like they are supposed to look : ancient, plenty of blue and gold tones which i absolutely loved.
when it comes about the sound, it has voice over whenever you release a person from the stone, but i had to turn th music down. it was loud and not suited for a game with no much action
the story wasnt much. it's short but the game gives it to you slow and in parts so it seems like forever
still, i'll play the other 2 games to give them a chance. maybe the developers improved
July 17, 2012
not too bad
was a good enough game to play but a little too short
December 28, 2011
PETRIFIED CASTLE DWELLERS--PRELUDE TO NEXT GAME
STORYLINE: During a tour of a royal castle, you?re transported into medieval times when the last Prince of Orion disappeared. Mirrors you collect will tell you the history of the castle and its inhabitants. The inhabitants have been petrified and you will need to unpetrify them.
GAMEPLAY: Nonlinear. Good blend of HOS and puzzles/mini-games. After completing a HOS, you will need to find another item to move the play along. Game tells you when everything has been done in a scene for the moment; but note that you may come back to it later. In casual mode, sparkles from an open doorway will signal the sight of a new HOS. Wide variety of puzzles with varied degrees of difficulty. Lot of traveling but the distance is not great (usually 4-5 scenes), so the lack of an interactive map isn?t really a detriment.
OTHER STUFF: Diary has information that is not gleaned from gameplay. HOS was not as crisp on a large screen as it was on a 17? widescreen. Starts with 10 free hints. Find the 2 mirrors hidden in each HOS for additional hints. Play took 3 hours the 3rd time I played it. I think I liked it more the first time I played it.
November 17, 2012
Short but Sweet
I enjoyed this first in a series and would recommend it for that reason alone. It was an easy set of places to go, although I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't a little more complex. The HOS were very good (items challenging to find,} and they mixed it up with some different versions of HOS. I stress that it was a short game and would recommend you get it with some Big Fish sale.
Despite some of my con's, I did enjoy this game and will shortly begin the next if what is now a 4 game series.
August 10, 2012
First one in the Orion series
I played the 3rd sequel first, and loved it. Most of the reviews for this one said it was short, which it was. The spell that has to be broken is that a curse has turned the inhabitants of the castle into stone. Great graphics, and VOS. HOS were really jumbled and hard to see even with a magnifier. Nice puzzles. Be sure to collect all the mirrors, as they increase your hints, which are limited. A good game. Glad I got it on sale, tho.
My time: about 4 hours.
May 5, 2012
Kind of Short
The game had a good story to it, but it was rather short. Took me abut 2hrs and 30mins or less to play (had to stop to eat). The Hidden Object Scenes were ok. They were rather grainy and made my eyes sore staring at the screen. I guess it is because it is an older game so the resolution was not as good. The puzzles and games were rather simple to do (i.e. matching pairs, putting in the answer after finding it, shuffling a couple of objects, etc). There was voice acting in the game too. The voice acting was done well. I do recommend this game even though it is easy to play because it is the beginning of the series of the "Echoes of the Past" games.
April 6, 2012
A great start to the series
What else can I say - I thoroughly enjoyed it, as my rating attests.
Gameplay-wise, this game follow the "Return to Ravenhearst" model, which has grown increasingly in popularity since: You travel between locations freely (gaining access to more & more locations as the game progresses), and in those locations you'll find HOG scenes, from which you'll obtain an item upon completion. The items is then used somewhere else, just like in a classic adventure game. Puzzles will also act as a way to (temporarily) restrict your access.
June 28, 2012
Great HO for leisure game play
This is a great game if you're looking for something easy to play and relax. Good story line for the first in the series. Music was eerie and appropriate for the scenes. Not too much back and forth going on. Had a good mix of HO and puzzles, nothing overly challenging, a good game for a beginer or an upper level player just looking for something easy and fun. I definately recommend this game.
February 24, 2012