Mystic Diary: Haunted Island
Spooky special surprise!
I have already bought the other Mystic Diary and liked it so as a Spooky special this game was attractive. It was even better when I discovered I liked it even more than the first! The trial passed really quickly so I was quick to purchase.
Why do I like it? The HOS are acceptable visually and it is possible to find all that is listed with patience. The characters are presented interestingly and add to the story without detracting from it. The mini games are generally fairly easy but one or two tested the brain but the skip button is there if all else fails. Use of inventory items is generally logical although you do have to wait a while to solve some situations. The ending is believable within the magic of the story. Being a HO fan I love the excess of HOS at the end! It is not the best game on the market so I cannot give it 5 stars but it is fun for Intermediate level players and challenging for beginners. Experts may find it boring.
January 15, 2012
fun hog game
Fun not so difficult HOG game.
January 13, 2012
Fun but easy easy easy
HO's were the easiest I've come across with very few hard finds(mostly items of similar color to back ground or words that could represent lots of things like "king"
Puzzles were a mix of new and basic. Loved the puzzles! But they as well were super easy!
Story was ok.
For me HOA are finished in 4+hrs with hints and puzzle skips, I had this game done in less than 3hrs with no hints or skips.
August 15, 2012
This game has good visuals, a simple yet interesting story line, lots of HO screens and some interesting puzzles. It isn't terribly challenging but is fun and had a couple of interesting twists. The music got a bit monotonous. None of the puzzles were hugely challenging which, depending on your mood, is OK. The HO screens were pretty good - you had to look but they weren't so cluttered that it drove you crazy trying to find things. The visuals were well done.
April 2, 2012
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
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
Just a ok game
Not all the special. Just an average game.
August 11, 2012
Nothing To Get Excited About...
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME
I had no idea I even had it in my collection, have no idea how it got there, and have just now played it for the first time. This game is pretty old now, so its graphics are a big downer, and don?t make a good first impression. But overall, it is not a bad game.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
As I say, poor graphics, grainy, fuzzy and difficult to make out in HOP scenes. It makes a big impact on an otherwise good game. The music is quite good, pretty. And the ambient sound is good. I know we are now used to voiceovers, but it certainly wasn?t always the norm, and this game dealt with its absence in a unique way. When a ghost appeared, his/her instructions for the next part of the game are inscribed in the diary, and only the diary, so it is an integral part of the game. I like this idea, it is often useless having a diary unless you are playing over several days. Here, it helps with that, but has an even more important role.
This is the sequel Lost Brother, where Victor (a magician of the conservative stripe) searches for his more eccentric and excitable brother Gustav, who has somehow got himself trapped in a magical book known as the Mystic Diary. Now we are drawn into the search for Gustav, now apparently virtually insane, who has trapped other souls in the diary, along with Victor. There are half a dozen souls to release and each has unique skills to offer you in their own rescue.
The gameplay is dominated by HOPs, with some interesting but never too difficult puzzles. The HOPs are interactive lists, and are visited twice. They are blurry and lack contrast, but that is its age. They are still doable, it just takes a little eye strain.
There is the diary, which is essential reading, but no map. Which would have helped, seeing it is a large game world, covering a fair whack of locations, and there is a lot of tracking back and forth. Hint is next to useless, particularly near the very end. You must click on an inventory item, and you are shown where it is used. This is worthless if you don?t recognise the scene, because you haven?t reached there yet. And if you don?t have the needed item yet, no hint can help you. And hint takes forever to refill. Go make a cuppa while it refills. Very exasperating.
At the end of the game, you must do a complete tour of all the game?s HOPs in order to collect all you need to defeat the bad guy.
Not a bad game. It did seem to drag a bit from time to time, and it was quite a long game. I will probably play it again, but not for a couple of years.
January 2, 2014