Shaolin Mystery: Tale of the Jade Dragon Staff
Shaolin Mystery: Tale of the Jade Dragon Staff is a hidden object/fragmented object adventure game. The story centers around finding the pieces of the Jade Dragon Staff, and returning the rightful emperor to the throne.
This is a truly beautiful game. The artwork is exquisite. The music is also beautiful, and very soothing. The gameplay is fun, and there's not a lot of backtracking compared to some games, because each chapter takes you to a new area of the game. I liked the mix of hidden object and fragmented object scenes. I also liked that the game tells you how many tasks you need to complete in a given area. The game was a little longer than average, taking about four hours for me to complete. The puzzles were a little on the easy side for me. But a few of them were unique.
December 14, 2011
Perfect, mid-level game
A great game for folks who want a little challenge but don't want to work too hard at their play.
Interesting story and great graphics. Background music relaxing. The puzzles and ho scenes are challenging but all resolved with a little effort. It's the perfect match - not too easy but not too hard. I didn't have to skip any of the puzzles, but I did work on a few a bit.
One of the few games that seems the right length. Not too short, but the story didn't drag out either.
Great game all the way around.
January 5, 2012
Visually lovely & Fun Game
I love oriental...so I loved this game...Beautiful scenery..music was even nice...Challenging, but not frustrating..good length..Clear graphics..HO scenes were so pretty I didn't want them to end ! A pleasure to play..
November 15, 2011
This game is in my 100 favorites list! After I bought 450 games and played 280 so far (I play them by purchased date when I have time after work, home, and school duties). It's not an easy task to choose because majority of Big Fish Games are amazing but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this one!!!
The story, graphics, and level of challenge are superb!
December 15, 2011
This was pretty good. Once I figured out that you have to click all over, it was easy to see where to go next. The puzzles were varied but not difficult, in fact, almost too easy. The graphics were very well done and the music was soothing and apropos for the game theme.
It is a nice long playing game. The hidden object scenes are good - some things stand out, some you really have to look for. The ending was ok, but there looks like there will be a sequel.
All in all, a good game.
January 29, 2012
Beautiful Uncomplicated Game
This is a beautiful, relaxing game that has much to offer. The scenes are lovely, very well drawn and colorful. It takes you to a vast variety of locations and has several types of hidden object challenges in addition to clever puzzles and logic tasks. My only complaint is the voice that tells the story races through the dialogue in an emotionless monotone which is a shame because the story is a good one. Fortunately the music is soothing and very appropriate to the oriental theme. While it is not the most challenging game out there it is a lot of fun. I would especially recommend it to beginning players but advanced players will be charmed as well.
January 5, 2012
OMG! To Think I Almost Didn't Play This Awesome Game
This review is for the whole game.
The story: You take on the role of Yu and travel across ancient China to search for the mythical Jade Dragon Staff and help save her friend who has been wrongly imprisoned.
1 play mode that does have sparkles to it. Also brings up a "magnify glass" for areas of interest.
There is some voice over to this game.
No map or journal however down at the bottom of the screen it will list your task, how many and how many have been completed.
Ho scenes: Some are found by word list. They are not interactive however may have to "move something" to get to a few of them. You also find some by circle placement (pieces of the items). I didn't find these to be on the Sanford & Son junk pile side. Most pretty easy to locate however some are obscure, small and blended into the scene pretty good.
The hint is also helpful outside of HO scenes. Also quick on ready for use. Under a minute. Along with the skip for puzzles.
Puzzles/Mini games: Quite a few different kinds of puzzles. Some I found pretty easy and some I skipped.
My overall impression of the game:
Wow! To think I almost didn't play this but I saw it was listed as the daily deal so I thought I'd "give it a whirl." I'm SO GLAD I did. Oh and what a deal it is for $2.99. WOW!
I was drawn into this game immediately with the opening cut scene and held my interest to the end. Just WOW! I can sure tell there was some time and thought put into this game. Usually the sparkles kinda annoy me in most games but not this one.
The graphics I'd consider one of the best I've come across in a game along with the voice over. Just superb here. Very well done. Also several cut scenes throughout the game. I also LOVED that it tells you what chapter you're one.
I found this game to just have so much to do and places to go. Just about everything was fitting to the "traveling across China" along with the music. A very nice variety here of how to find things to help you move forward in the game.
I also really enjoyed the story and so glad it's going to be continued and hopefully don't have to wait too long.
Overall I definitely give this 5 stars. By far one of the best I've played. Thanks Big Fish and developer for an awesome game here. This ROCKS!
As always definitely give it a whirl and decide for yourself.
May 6, 2012
This is a great game! Just right for me!
The colors/artwork are very bright and nice! It had the right number of mini puzzles and it was not hard but not too easy.. I would say just right.. I wish the adventure was longer but am waiting for a part 2 or something similar.. I love Asian culture so I was very happy to see this one and re-activated my membership so I can purchase it.
November 11, 2011
A relaxing game to play
I usually prefer more adventure and puzzles than HOS, but despite this game being primarily HOS I really enjoyed it. As other reviewers have said, the graphics are lovely and a welcome departure from 'spooky scenes' in most games.
I don't usually play with the sound on but did with this game as it is really relaxing to listen to.
The storyline is good and the level of challenge is easy to medium but sometimes you don't want to think to much..lol.
All in all a pleasant change and well worth a bonus voucher.
March 23, 2012
One of the best HOG/Adventure games
I agree with everything the previous reviewers said. An excellent game, enjoyable to play, good plot, great environments; plus it was nice that it is so long because you don't want it to end
December 7, 2011