Columbus: Ghost of the Mystery Stone
A Nice Surprise
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME
I bought this game as a DD without trial and almost immediately regretted it. As well as having the low definition graphics you?d expect from an older game (2010), the first half hour dragged by and the tedium was so bad I had to stop.
So coming back to it now determined to finish it no matter how awful it was, I got a nice surprise. I quite enjoyed myself, and found that after a while I didn?t even register the poor graphics and it certainly didn?t interfere with the game play.
This game is almost purely HO. Each ?task? (explore the island, open the treasure chest) involves a series of HO searches over a few locations. The style may vary from list, multiples, fragments, silhouettes, or combinations of them. There are sometimes mini-puzzles, all simple, to play as well.
Having achieved your objective, you move on in a logical progression ? logical in the context of the game, that is. The adventure is very light, and the HOs are both numerous and repeated, so it is quite a long game.
Part of what I enjoyed about this one was that it was truly an adventure, no dark and menacing presences. I?m a fan of games like that, but even I appreciate a break now and then.
Next time it?s a DD, or you?re one game short on your punchcard, you could do worse. Just hang in there past the early stages.
April 13, 2013
Not my cup of tea.... but if you love HOS, you'll love this game
Too many HOS for my taste.... it did have a few interesting but easy puzzles, but you need to really like HO scenes because that's what makes up 95% of this game.... The graphics however are some of the best I've seen.... I'm only recommending this game for HO lovers... If you prefer variety, you'll wanna skip this one....
March 18, 2012
good HOS game
Cute but get tired of only looking for HOS. Not bad for practice but has no adventure. Hint button work good and not to slow. HOS can be hard to find all the objects.
February 21, 2013
Columbus-your still lost
Wanted to really like this game a lot of other HOGers liked it but I felt the most of the HO were to small just not defined enough.It was OK for a free game but I overpaid for it.
April 28, 2012
Not the greatest game
I enjoyed this game at first, but soon got a little bored by all the HO scenes. There are LOTS of them! There are also mini-games, and a mystery to solve, which helped a little. Most of the HO scenes are clear and the mini-games are solvable. There is a good hint button if you get stuck. Being a history buff, I was also put off by Columbus dying and being saved by a ghost. Not horrible, just a little irritating. If you love HO scenes a lot, this game is for you. But I can't really recommend it.
November 24, 2014
not very ghostly at all
graphics fine, sound ok, but oh such a boring game.
fine if you want for the most part hos, but its far too simple for my tastess. however if you just want a very relaxing game without the need for much thought, this will do nicely.
January 20, 2012
Way too many HO piles!
At first it seemed more like an adventure HOG but soon it became one HO pile after another, after awhile I got irritated and just wanted it to be over finally. Story was good and graphics were decent. So I don't recommend this game unless all you like are piles.
April 30, 2012
Not enough good stuff
I must have bought this game a while ago based on the really good reviews, and am finally getting around to playing it. Well, I found myself bored to death, almost. The game play is one HOS after another after another, even HOSs inside of other HOSs. Many of the items are very small and hard to find on my 13" screen. Thankfully the hint recharges quickly, because I needed to use it A LOT.
The story is a pretty good, as are the visuals. I have the sound shut off, so can't comment on it. But even the interesting adventure story couldn't counteract the boredom of the endless HOSs. Another plus is that nothing is timed. If you like endless HOSs in a very long game, you might like this. In a rare choice for me, I refuse to finish it.
February 17, 2014
not at all nice
well, i don't know if i played this game years after its production or what, but it really seems old and old-fashioned. not recommended at all!
July 18, 2013
I cannot see how anyone could enjoy this game
Just Utterly B O R I N G
November 13, 2014