Shaolin Mystery: Tale of the Jade Dragon Staff
I don't know why I didn't demo this game when it first came out, but when I downloaded it to try as the DD, I discovered that I hadn't tried it before. I was glad as it gave me the opportunity to try this game for the full demo time. Turns out I didn't need that much time. I was sold almost immediately. Beautiful graphics, neat storyline - you are a member of a resistance group in ancient China and are shocked to discover that your childhood friend is in fact the true Emperor, and is now sentenced to die by his usurper Uncle.. It is your task to find the Jade Dragon Staff in order to prove his right to the throne. Game play was smooth on my computer - which was such a refreshing change after so many slow-moving, jerky games that have vexed me lately. Colors are bright, and the graphics crisp and clean. Game play is a mixture of hos and frogs, enough of both to keep it interesting. The puzzles range from easy to medium difficulty so far.
I am thoroughly enjoying this game, and the only complaint I can make is that the music became very repetitious after a while. For me, this game was a terrific bargain as the Daily Deal.
May 6, 2012
Saved by the Girl and Staff
Played complete game. A delightful game with soothing oriental music. The object was to find pieces of a staff so that the rightful ruler (your longtime friend) could claim the throne before he's killed. Pieces of the staff were found in 7 chapters of colorful, beautiful and vivid graphics. Each chapter was in a different location and each had a logical conclusion.
Throughout the game, there are several amusing animations complete with sound, such as a donkey that snorts and stamps its foot and shaking haystacks. So feel free to click on any interesting animals, flowers, etc. since there isn?t any penalty for misclicks ? you never know what will happen.
Lots of straight HOGs with only a few objects being on the small side. There were also a number of circles for which you find and drop pieces into the circle. Several hours of gameplay (but I do take my time when looking at such gorgeous scenery).
The only negative I found was that the dialogue between chapters which told the story was too fast and there was no time to look at the accompanying sketches. This is one game for which I would have liked to control the dialogue speed by actually having to click on the ?next? button to proceed with the storyline. There is a ?replay? option for the dialogue, but I still felt like I had to speed read and speed hear (is there such a thing?).
From the ending, the sequel should be rather interesting. Now on to the Shaolin Terra Cotta soldiers.
May 29, 2012
What a DD find!
I demoed this game when it was offered as a DD recently and promptly bought it. It's a real sleeper.
Things I like about the game:
* the graphics are lovely; some have complained that objects are too small but not that many and the HOS are challenging without being impossible and there is some interaction
* the music is very pleasant playing softly in the background and adds to the overall effect of the game
* the underwater scenes are particularly beautiful and there is so much to look at throughout the game
* I found some of the puzzles to be quite challenging
* the cut scenes have voiceover and fill in the storyline
* each chapter is complete unto itself and makes a logical stopping point so you don't have to worry about returning to the game and forgetting where to backtrack to; there is to-ing and fro-ing but only within each chapter
This game is not going to be a brain-buster and might not appeal to more hard-core gamers, but if you are looking for a pleasant diversion and like visually stimulating scenes and an escape from the current run of supernatural scariness, this game is worth a try.
May 12, 2012
I Loved This Game
This was a HOG but also more of an adventure game. I really like that in a game. The game was pretty long, just when I thought it was over...boom another chapter. Totally worth the money. ps: I have played this game 4 times in the past year because it is one of my favorites.
November 28, 2011
Very beautiful game
I really enjoyed this game. The storyline was good. The cut scenes were also good. Some of the hidden objects were difficult to find. On one occasion, I had no idea what I was actually looking for. Another, you were looking for a beard, only when I used the hint it was a moustache.
The puzzle games were great. There was two that presented some difficulties. But then who wants to play a game where the puzzles are easy to solve.
In all, this is a great game. It took me a full day to play. (This included cooking dinner and chores.)
January 2, 2013
Soothing, relaxing gameplay!
I love everything about this game and was immediately sold early into the trial period. Interesting storyline, cute animations, interactive characters, gorgeous artwork and that distinctive oriental music makes it the perfect game for me. The fragmented objects combined with traditional hidden object scenes combined with innovative puzzles and minigames complete what I consider to be one of the most entertaining games I've ever played. I usually prefer the dark, creepy adventure games but this has everything I look for in a great game except that it's bright and beautiful. Very well done, devs!
October 6, 2012
An All-Around Great Game!
This is an all-around wonderful game! The music was very soothing and the look of the game was amazing. I liked the Asian theme and also the more fantastical levels of play. The story was great too, plus your character helps others along the way!
June 2, 2012
I don't know where these 5 star ratings are coming from. It's an ok game, cute story, graphics are fair with a watercolor appearance, I have seen much more beautiful graphics in other games. It's worth $2.99 but I wouldn't pay more. No big challenge in puzzles or anything in this game. It was relaxing to play but I can't say it was super fun! I've played way better, but I still would recommend it for the daily deal.
May 6, 2012
great idea but the execution was terrible
in this hidden object puzzle adventure, you are in ancient china. you are helping a chinese woman, Yu, rescue her childhood friend who was jailed for claiming to be the true emperor of china. to do this, you travel around the country and help Yu search for fragments of the mythical jade dragon staff.
graphics: art is average, but nothing special.
soundtrack: it's possible that my version was corrupted somehow because there was no music or voiceovers. the game was virtually silent, although the sound effects -- animals calling, gates opening, water flowing, etc. -- worked just fine. adjusting the sound in game options was ineffective. downloading a fresh version of the game also was ineffective.
storyline: the story is the most attractive feature of this game, and i do want to find out how it ends. however, there's lots of wandering around trying to figure out what to do next, which is not at all appealing.
in summary: since i am fascinated by china, i wanted to enjoy this game, but it is nothing special, and unresolvable technical issues only lowered my opinion. five thumbs down.
June 6, 2012
The cut scenes are pretty good, the voices excellent. The artwork is OK and the HOS are OK with always a few items that either I did not recognize from their name or I knew them but they were too small or too dark to see. The story was OK, but the logic of the game play was nearly zero. I needed the walkthrough after almost every HOS. The mini games were an eminently forgettable lot. The skip needs to recharge much faster to get by those games. Even the ones that worked either were terribly boring or just confusing. Not a very well done game, but not so bad as to merit a recommendation against buying.
May 15, 2012