Mystic Diary: Haunted Island
Good Concept; Poor Execution
The concept of this game is ok, and it seemed promising before purchase. But the execution was lacking. The hidden object scenes are alright but nothing exciting or different. The puzzles are another story. Many of them are nigh on impossible to figure out except by random clicking, and they don't seem to be motivated by logic at all. The game play can be confusing as well, since what you need to do next is often unclear. Objects you collect can be used, but it's difficult to figure out for what at times. The graphics are quite nice in this but the frustrating game play kind of makes them a waste.
December 8, 2011
It was Just Okay
Mystic Diary: Haunted Island is an interactive hidden object game. The story revolves around having to free some people trapped in a magical diary. You travel back and forth collecting items, completing many hidden object scenes, and solving puzzles.
The graphics are nice, but not always clear. The hidden object scenes are frequent, and you repeat each scene a few times with a new list of items to find. The puzzles were nice - interesting, but not all that challenging. The game was rather short, taking me between two and two-and-a-half hours to finish. The end of the game was annoying because you have to travel back to each hidden object scene in the game and complete it again.
I'm giving it three stars because it started out well enough.
December 9, 2011
It's a Fun Game to play!!
This game had several locations to explore and I enjoyed all the Hidden Object scenes as well as the puzzles. It wasn't too difficult but kept you entertained. This is what I refer to as my "sit back and enjoy the day" game. It doesn't take two or more days to complete, so I feel like I accomplished something. It truly is a fun game to play.
December 8, 2011
Variety is the spice of life....
This game is 'different' and I mean that in a good way.... Mystic Diary... plays more like an INDIE game IMO, ie. produced by an independent developer w/o huge financial backing, and as such, the developer has great promise!
It has good graphics, easy on the ears SFX, an interesting storyline and challenging, diversified puzzles that are unique, all making this game worth the purchase price in itself.
If you enjoy more of an adventure mix to your H0 gameplay and yearn for something outside of the proverbial 'box' I'm pretty certain you will enjoy this game as much as I did.
Definitely check it out!
January 9, 2012
I ignored the negativity...
... and had a great chilling day playing this game. I didn't sit and play non-stop from download to game over so it has took me all day to play so can't really comment on the actual length. I found the HOS and puzzles great fun - not too hard and not too easy. I don't mind re-doing the same HOS a few times in fact I enjoy when a game has you do that. I would recommend this game to anyone and especially at this sale price (you've got just short of a week to grab this bargain!).
January 9, 2012
Nice game, but nothing special
It was a nice game, nice visuals, beautiful scenery and the story was okay. Also the length of the game was okay, not too short. However, for me the game was much too straightforward and the puzzles and HOS too easy. There are much better games.
December 10, 2011
Not much to it..
The story was good, the graphics were good, but the game was a little lacking. I managed to finish in just a hours. I found that there was alot of retracing your steps, to complete puzzles in the same areas multiple times..
December 8, 2011
Better than the reviews would have you believe.
I'd been looking at this game for awhile but hesitated because of the so-so reviews. Ended up buying it on one of the deals and actually really enjoyed it. It's not long and creepy and really in depth, but it did make me think and was easy to keep up with. Too often in these games you end up with so many things to do you lose track of where you are and what you're doing. This game kept just enough things in your inventory to remind you what you needed to do. And if you got a bit stumped about what to do next, you would get a HOG that would give you what you needed when you needed it, directing you where you needed to go. A nice, steady, laid back game that makes you think.
July 19, 2012
Just a standard HOG for me.
I bought this during a $2.99 sale without testing it because I liked the storyline. I'm glad I only paid that much for it. I found the game your stereotypical hidden object game complete with random objects with nothing much to do with the surroundings in scenes and overplayed sound effects. The cursor is very exacting and you must click the item precisely or you won't pick it up at all.
And while the premise for the game sounds interesting, I found the way the storyline was carried out to be tedious and hard to keep my interest. It's a no for me.
January 23, 2012
Super Fun Hidden Object Game
This HOG is a lot fun. It has an interesting story line and keeps you interested every minute. The characters are intersting and their introduction to the player is even more interesting.
The mini puzzles were sometimes impossible and I had to use the skip button on almost all of them, but that didn't detract from the storyline or the game play.
It was the reason however that I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5.
January 10, 2012