Millennium Secrets: Emerald Curse
Keep on clicking
I had first bought Roxanne's Necklace, the second installment of Millennium Secrets, and had quite liked this game, so I decided to give the first installment of the series a try.
What to say about it? I find it not as good as the second one, because it lacks the complexity of Roxanne's Necklace, but in itself, the game has enough merits to make it quite enjoyable.
It is more of an adventure game, since there are no HOS, piles of "junk" in which you have to find a list of objects... but every scene is in itself a HOS in which you have to score for a number of objects to unlock the next level of the game. And if you play in expert mode - which I did - you have absolutely no sparkles and you will be in for a lot of clicking to find all of those objects, because some of them are pretty well hidden. So, just click away on every box, every chair, every rock, every wall or floor tile - especially those with a slightly different coloring from the others...
All through the game, you will stumble upon puzzles, some of which are very easy, and some of which offer a bit more of a challenge. (In this respect, the second installment is more challenging.)
Hints have to be earned by finding objects. I advise you to use them wisely and sparingly... I reached the final chamber with 14 hints left.
The graphics are OK... they remind me of a number of very good adventure games I played back in the nineties, so they gave me a good nostalgic feeling.
The storyline also is OK, not very original - baddies want to achieve world domination and you put a stop to that - but enough to keep everything going and to allow for continuity in the series.
So, all in all, I would say that this game is interesting enough, being the first one in the Millenium Secrets series, and seeing that the second installment is a big improvement on the first one, things look quite promising for the third episode of the series.
August 2, 2012
A HOG in disguise!
This game, from start to finish, was really a HOG. It was just arranged differently: find 15 gems; find 20 emeralds; find 10 keys. It was the constant shifting of boxes and stones to find the items needed to continue on.
There were times in the game when the interaction of the players was excellent and when the scenery became more like another "Tree of Life" or "Syberia II." I really wish the developers would have stayed on the character interaction concept instead of the weaker concept of just finding objects.
And yet, the game was interesting and curiously fascinating. I loved its long length.
August 11, 2012
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
Glad it's over.
I initially enjoyed it when I first started playing it because it was something different BUT...There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to where and how you will find things, it is literally point and click and point and click. You have to click on every single thing in the room to find what you're looking for and boy did that get old fast!!! The story line was fine if not terribly exciting but the graphics???!!! Very 1990's. Glad I only paid a couple of bucks for it because I deleted it as soon as I was done.
June 10, 2012
Excellent Hidden Object game
I really liked the story line. The puzzles were challenging but not too challenging. The Hidden Objects games were great. Looking forward to the sequel.
February 22, 2012
The other reviewers were very generous. You will soon get bored with this game. Click, click, move boxes, repeat.
I'm glad I didn't pay full price because I won't see it to the end. Very disappointed. Fairly good story line, graphics not that good but that could be overlooked had the game play been better. Pass this one by.
December 3, 2011
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
so easy it was kinda fun..like a "no-brainer" type game.
point and click is all you do...no challenge at all..but not toooo bad none the less :)
April 29, 2012
Good Hidden Object Game
I played the trial version. This game is something I would buy so it will go on my "buy list". Enough challenge and a reasonable story line.
December 2, 2011
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