Millennium Secrets: Emerald Curse
A pleasant change of pace
Not your standard H.O. game but rather a search and find game - open doors, look in cupboards, lift or move rocks etc. Typical adventure game with reasonable but not exceptionable graphics and a good, interesting and sometimes challenging storyline and plot. The game flows along well whithout too much boring and disinteresting dialogue. The puzzles are quite reasonable with some being a tad harder but not over bearing. This game held my interest from go to whoa - worth the money.
December 21, 2011
Not the normal HO game but fun to play. Good story line. Not that difficult and keeps you interested. I really had fun playing it and hope to see another one soon.
August 8, 2012
The story line is intriguing, the mini games aren't too hard, the cut scenes between gameplay are exquisite!
The only downfall I am finding is the mouse feels clunky sometimes, but its ok.
December 5, 2011
Enjoyed from start to finish
This is going to to be one of my favorites for 2011. I enjoyed the animation. The story line kept my interested. The action was both interesting and at times funny. Great Game
December 28, 2011
Hey Big Fish More Millennium Secrets Games PLEASE - Review of Completed Game
Story: You take on the role of Kate McCormick and you receive a call from your friend Professor Jones who's an expert in ancient civilizations to find a mysterious briefcase in the Hangar No. 9 in New York City that needs to get to the authorities before it gets into the wrong hands.
2 PLAY MODES:
CASUAL: This offers a tutorial, faster hint recharge, and a Skip button, and the cursor will sparkle when you are able to interact with an item.
ADVANCED: This has no tutorial, a slower hint recharge and Skip button, and no cursor sparkle. I played this mode and you can also earn extra hints by finding bonus items.
JOURNAL: This is down at the bottom and keeps track of your tasks that you have to complete and also crosses them off once completed along with keeps track of notes for some of the puzzles. There is NO map.
GAME PLAY: This is a point and click adventure game. There are NO HOS. Use the arrows on the left and right to move to the next scene.When you are in a close-up, click the down arrow to exit. This is also A LOT of clicking around to "activate" something in the scene. Once you "activate' something you are shown how many you have to find and they go into your inventory down at the bottom. Also be sure to go over the areas pretty thorough as some items can be missed.
INVENTORY: The items in red will show a picture (key for example) and how many you have to find. Once you find them all and can use in a scene the color changes to green.
PUZZLES: There are quite a few puzzles to this game and for me they varied in challenge. Most I found pretty easy but I did have to skip a few. For the instructions you click on the HINT down at the bottom. It doesn't take away from your hints. There is a skip button at the bottom as well. This takes a few minutes in Advance mode.
I'll start by saying this is the first game in the series as the second one is Millennium Secrets: Roxanne's Necklace which I played first. It doesn't matter though cause they are both different stories.
Just like Roxanne's Necklace well I was hooked to this Emerald Curse game from the get to and held my interest to the very end. I had no problem with the graphics. A very well done here. I enjoyed the story, liked the characters, game play, and voice overs. Speaking of the story though at the end of this it does say "to be continued" and I'm not quite sure what that means as I felt I had a completed game when I got to the end and as I mentioned Roxanne's Necklace was done after this game but doesn't "continue" this particular story as it's a different story. Maybe the developer here just meant that there would be more Millennium Secret games which the Roxanne's Necklace followed this?
I do however have one minor criticism about this game but not enough to bring down the rating and that is: When I had to use the hint it showed me where the item was and not always in that same scene but when I would click there, it wouldn't pick up the item but take me back to where I was originally and then I had to go back again to that scene to get the item? The hint didn't work this way in Roxanne's Necklace.
GAME LENGTH: This was about 6 hours for me. May be more/less for you.
Overall though a 5 stars from me. I enjoyed this very much and so much that I wrote into Big Fish Customer Service to see about getting more of these Millennium Secret games or at least something similar. It may be too repetitive and "dated" for some but not me. Loved it. More like this Big Fish PLEASE.
As always, give it a whirl and decide for yourself.
July 16, 2013
Gripping adventure game
Why can't more adventure games be more like this? There are only two Millenium Secrets games and they are too few. Great story, well paced. Looking around for things that you need, instead of going through rubbish. Eveything progresses logically, but you are never told the whole story, so the surprises really surprise you.
So the graphics are not first rate. But the storytelling is, and you do not waste time wandring from room to room, but have an excellent idea what to look for, and where.
Why only two? There ought to be more...
August 22, 2013
I'm impressed by the game. It really plays like an adventure story with excellent pacing. You are never bogged down by cumbersome puzzle scenes, since everything moves along smoothly. A big bonus is no hidden object scenes, hence no staring at the screen for impossibly small items.
Great hint system. First of all, whenever you need an item, it shows up in red so you know what to look for. The item turns green when you find it. Then there are the bonus items, which give you extra hints.
I love this story and would get the next game in the series.
May 12, 2013
THE WAY A GAME SHOULD BE DESIGNED!!!
First of all, I want to look like Kate!!! LOL Avatars and VOs are excellent as well as the storyline with a surprise ending. Scenes were great. I usually am a fan of straight HOs so I would have to classify this game as more of an adventure with HOs and puzzles thrown in. Something new for me and I loved it. Think I will continue to look for this type of game from now on. You have the opportunity to collect items along the way for extra hints since the hint button does not recharge as in a regular HO. There is a skip button. If my memory serves, the dev is JetDogs. Bravo to JD!! Please continue to produce more of this type of game. By the way, James was a total babe. LOL A must buy!!!
September 29, 2012
Gameplay, graphics, music, storyline...all amazing!
REVIEW BASED ON
Interactive Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure
intrigue, spy, mystery, conspiracy
A devastating explosion has uncovered a secret bunker and a hidden cache of an unknown energy source. Reprise your role as Special Agent Kate McCormick. You'll need all your skills to uncover the conspiracy behind the enigma that is Roxanne's Necklace. From the secret bunker to HQ, from deep in the jungle to the ancient streets of Rome, follow the clues and solve the mystery.
Millennium Secrets is not a traditional iHOPA. Rather, it's more like an old-school adventure game with HO scenes added in here and there. Each area or room is panoramic, meaning that you can view all parts of it by navigating left or right. Items are hidden in a number of ways, and some are stand-alone objects while others are parts of collections where you must find all of the items before you can use them.
The map shows active areas and transports and the journal collects clues, notes the story, and lists your tasks. The hint function is direct both within a HO scene and in adventure mode.
GRAPHICS & ANIMATION
Both graphics and animation are well-rendered, and each scene has amazing dimension through the use of light and shadow, color and texture. Also, this game has some of the best and most lifelike Posers we've seen.
MUSIC & SOUND & VOICEOVERS
Rather than having a repetitive musical theme, the devs chose to create mood through the use of beautiful ambient soundscapes, which is also reminiscent of old-school adventure games. And so much better than melodic music that becomes annoying! The voiceovers were truly professional, to the point that I actually did not skip through the text.
The storyline was captivating and dimensional with the inclusion of sub-plots and personal touches that made it easy to identify with the game characters. Characterization was excellent. Graphics and animation were truly gorgeous and, along with the soundscapes and method of gameplay, made it easy to become immersed in this game. I highly recommend it. I'm off to purchase Millennium Secrets: Emerald Curse so I can accompany the plucky and resourceful "Kate the Great" on another adventure.
November 7, 2013
What a gem of a game
A truly stunning adventure, not to hard not to easy?.
The game moves fast so you dont get bored, once you start you want stop.
May 1, 2012