The Mystery of the Crystal Portal: Beyond the Horizon
sequel to "The Mystery of the Crystal Portal"
This game is the sequel to "The Mystery of the Crystal Portal", and players who liked the first game will like this one, too.
It is a hidden objects game of a different kind: Instead of searching items from a list (or fragmented items), you need to first find in each scene objects you need to interact with (sometimes it is unclear which ones that will be, so be prepared for some "random clicking"), and once you found the object(s) that needs to be activated, it gives you in circles the objects you need to find for it and which you have to drop on it to activate this.
The visuals are beautiful, and there are lots of scenes to explore. The mini-games are fun and not too difficult, and they can be skipped.
You can play it in two modes, which is nice.
As I mentioned before, the biggest downside is often to find the first object that needs to be activated - you get clues from the plot, but often they are not necessarily connected to the objects that you need to activate first.
I would recommend it for players who want a different kind of HO game and who are tired of matching (written) lists with objects.
March 8, 2012
A different type of HOG
In this game, instead of getting a list of words, you get images of the objects you're supposed to find. There is added challenge as the objects might be present in the scene at a different angle than in the image, making it look different. You can hover over the images to get the text for the object, which helped in finding it sometimes.
Play the demo for about 5-10 minutes to get a feel for the game--the gameplay remains the same throughout the entire game. There are some mini-games/puzzles, but they're pretty standard ones I've seen many times before in HOGs, and of average (i.e. easy) difficulty.
I like fantasy settings, so I enjoyed the islands in the sky and undersea locations, even if the art style was just okay to me. Overall, this was a mellow game I enjoyed playing, put my brain in neutral for a while. :)
April 12, 2012
WAITING FOR THE NEXT SEQUEL
Just played the game again. We have another portal and another trip to Atlantis where you?re going to find yet another family member (your dad) and, even though the premise was nothing new, the game was still enjoyable the 2nd time around. Music calming ? I left sound on, though I don?t usually do so. Visuals clear and colorful. No back and forth between numerous locations. When you finish an area, the game automatically takes you to the next location. Instead of a straight HOG, it was generally finding objects that go into a circle ? some objects had to be completed before they could be put into the circle. (Don?t know what that type of puzzle is called, but I like them.) Appears there is no clicking penalty. A few puzzles, not particularly difficult. You could change the border around the scenes by finding enough red gems hidden throughout the game. Probably not too difficult for a novice. There will be a sequel, which I will also be buying.
May 19, 2012
I loved this game and hope they will come out with more adventures for this character. Very imaginative!
January 16, 2012
Enjoyed This One!
I have played the first game in the sequel and am in the middle of this one. True it is different than HOGs that are dark and have great adventure, which I also truly love to play.
This one is quite different, but that's good too. It is relaxing play, challenging, enjoyable, and I like the bubble effect with object pictures instead of the list of objects that is in most HOGs.
I recommend it, was lots of fun for me and a change from the majority of HOGs.
May 2, 2012
Not that bad of a game
I enjoyed playing it. Not that difficult to play. Igor helps you out as you seek clues. Worth playing. More of a game for beginners.
August 12, 2012
really good sequel
I really like the mystery of the crystal portal for android and knew there was a sequel. When I saw there was a pc version for the sequel, I had to get it. It's as good as the first. It's the same game, storyline flows on through
May 16, 2012
It passed the time
I found this game too repetitive. It had great potential with the storyline, but if fell flat in my opinion. In this game, once you click to obtain an object it then brings a spiral of other objects you have to find and sometimes when you go to find those it brings another spiral of other objects. If they had added more variety I think it would have been a lot better. If you love just finding hidden object after hidden objects you'll like this game.
November 24, 2012
Tedious, very tedious
I liked the story line, but progress was SO slow that I gave up far, far before the end. Every screen was filled with the pop up circles with objects to match. At least one circle on each set required the completion of one or two more before completing it. It's not a bad game, but just too slow and tedious for me.
November 5, 2012
Played previous game in this series and liked it but this one has too many HO pop-ups in each scene so becomes tedious. Will uninstall before hour's trial ends.
May 10, 2012