Elixir of Immortality
More Fun Than Expected
Based on the trial, this game is primarily HO, with the occasional puzzle and a bit of adventure to give the gameplay some direction.
The story is a lighthearted 'quest for the elixir of life', as you'd expect from the title. You are a detective undercover as the manservant in a castle full of odd characters, all suspects in the murders of several previous manservants. Not a safe working environment!
The graphics for this one are better than I expected and handled widescreen without any distortion. Music was light and upbeat. No voiceovers.
The HO scenes were clear and most of the items were in plain view, which isn't to say that they were too easy to find, I'd say they were medium level difficulty. You do return to previous HO scenes, which I don't mind - once. Some scenes had too much rust for my liking.
In all, I will probably pick this one up for those days when I'm feeling too lazy for an adventure game, and want to stare absentmindedly at the screen :)
January 14, 2012
creepy hidden object/adventure game
Elixir of Immortality wasn't one of my favorites. The graphics are great - particularly impressed with the running water; excellent; sound - music matched mysterious atmosphere - excellent, human voices and sounds - so-so. Storyline revealed on a need-to-know basis, which does keep it interesting. I personally didn't like the creepy beginning or the death parts, which put me off, however, the game outside of this is interesting and moderately challenging. Seems to be mostly hidden object. If you like the hidden object/adventure game genres and don't mind the dark element, you will probably enjoy this very much.
December 17, 2011
At times, it didn't "gel" for me...
Reasons this game lost points:
-Moving about the grounds was a bit tedious at times. The game would be better with an interactive map
-Some of the items in the HO scene weren't clearly identified (e.g. a bean should look like a bean, not a pod)
-Some of the games weren't challenging, just tedious
-There was no hint option outside of the HO scenes, only a "show active areas" option... Not helpful at times.
-Occasionally, the game didn't flow well, and I found myself wandering aimlessly, looking for something/the next thing to do. For example, there was no clear indication that a new area near the park had become available to explore. There was no clear indication that I had received a certain message. Things just seemed to pop up, but there was no script or dialogue to alert you to them. Weird.
Overall, the game was alright. I've had more fun with some, and less fun with others. I wouldn't recommend purchasing it, but maybe use your free game credit.
February 12, 2013
Elixir of Immortality
It's the first time I give a review, but I need to do it. This game was VERY boring, I tried to continued playing but couldn't. I like HO, but with stories and that the HO'S are used for something not to look for the SAME ones and nothing.
July 17, 2012
It was an average game as far as fun and difficulty. I might have given it one more store if it had been longer.
December 25, 2013
too many HOS for me
this game has too many HOS for me, every time you turn, there is a new one, but I have to say there are a lot of puzzles too, just not enough adventure and exploring for me.
Music and graphics are really nice, but it's a shame there are no VOS.
This one is not for me, but I will recommend it, because the graphics and what I saw of storyline were good. Try it, you might love it!
September 8, 2013
Great for Hidden Seekers
This review is based on the demo.
It's a great game for people who love hidden object games. There are so many of them.
It's an easy game, not challanging in my opinion.
Sound is great, graphics are great.
Over all it's OK. Not the best, not the worst either.
May 16, 2012
This game looks promising, but it does not deliver. The artwork is OK but not the best. The VO consists of pictures of characters with their mouths flapping and written text. The HOS are bad with hard to find objects - red pepper on a red background, etc. The hint system only works during HOS. There is a magnifying glass that is supposed to show action items, but it isn't 100% accurate. The story is lame at best. I could hardly wait to finish the game.
May 21, 2012
Far too many hidden object scenes
If you love your HOPA/iHOGS full to the brim with hidden object scenes, then this is your game. However, there is one in every scene, sometimes more than once. I expected more adventure and puzzle solving rather than endless junkpiles. The objects were very small in some scenes and barely visible (e.g. a pawprint that was so well blended into the stonework that I couldn't believe the Hint button even found it!).
Items were also not named correctly. What I have come to recognise as a mallet from every other game of this type turned out to be a hammer in this one; among other mis-labeled objects.
I bought this in a sale as a BOGO so I don't feel too bad, but if I'd demo'd it first I would not have bought it.
April 25, 2012
I really enjoy the plot, voice "mumbles and grunts" and music but most of the time, the sound on the game doesn't work! And it's not only my laptop; I've downloaded it on another too. The game is advertised as Adventure but I feel that most of the time I do hidden object puzzles and the resolution isn't great plus the click meter is "fussy"; I can't click absent minded-ly like I usually do because it freezes me for a few seconds ever few seconds. Decent puzzles and challenges. I don't necessarily recommend this game though.
December 10, 2011