Joan Jade and the Gates of Xibalba
It is an interesting and enjoyable game, especially because of the archaeological sites.
Graphics are very well done.
Sound is smooth and nice, differing from the usual ghostly noises.
There are a lot of locations, many things to do in each of them, but is not really challenging.
There are a lot of mini games too... but they are repeated often and are rather easy.
It is a nice game to be entertained, not for reasoning.
January 18, 2012
Hidden Object/Puzzle Game
Based on the demo. This is an old-school game with little adventure, and a lot of puzzles and HOS. After her children go missing from an archealogical dig, their mother, an archeologist, searches for them. She uses her cell phone to keep in touch with her husband, who is with search and rescue. Along the way, she is blocked by puzzles she has to solve before going further. The graphics are well done, and the music is soothing. The puzzles are fairly easy.
April 21, 2012
Uniques and easy
This is about an adventure of archeologist to find aNcient artifact .. the music is relaxing,nice HOG scene, Gripping adventure , High quality graphics :D
November 24, 2011
in this hidden object puzzle adventure, you are joan jade, an archaeologist, and you've brought your son and daughter with you into the South American jungle as you investigate ancient ruins. however, your children disappear and it is up to you to match your wits against puzzles, to seek out missing items that provide either useful tools or clues to your children's whereabouts. will you find your son and daughter?
graphics: colourful, crisp, and generally easy to see. the graphic artist does a nice job capturing the style of maya artwork. static cartoon-style cutscenes provided most of the storyline.
sound: no background music that i recall, although there were "generic" bird songs and other stereotypical "jungle sounds" at times. joan's "hrm" (made whenever she finds a useful item) became a bit annoying after a few minutes.
storyline: reasonably believable, not too far-fetched, although joan's use of a cell phone in the middle of a jungle was unbelievable to me. but overall, the story holds the entire game together, giving it some coherency. interestingly, there isn't any tension created by joan's missing children, no overt threat to their health or safety: they're just ... missing.
gameplay: a straight hidden object game with mini-games interspersed throughout. the mini-games were mostly spatial or memory puzzles that were extremely easy to solve. the same types of mini-games were repeated throughout the entire game, removing any intellectual challenge. achievements are awarded, increasing replay value. hints provided, skips allowed. journal provided, map allows you to pop quickly from one scene to another.
my interaction: one hour demo. i've no plans to purchase this game.
personally, i found it quite boring and repetitive (thus, my 2 star rating) but you may disagree: it is a slow-paced hidden object puzzle game that may be fun for those who are new to video games and for those who simply want to unwind and relax for awhile.
December 28, 2012
This is from the demo..and its an ok game..very simple..lots of mini's..which kinda bugged me as they were all the same..not that there were alot..just that the puzzles are re-peats themselves..the music is soothing and peaceful..the visuals are well done..storyline is ok also..the games along the way to get into the mini's are tricker then the mini's themselves..I do recommend this game just for a peaceful day of game play
December 26, 2012
a good game that was more adventure than HO
the game had good graphics and the HO scenes
es weren't bad but there weren't many of them. hint/skip charge in 60 seconds. no map but there really is no need. there is a diary. hints don't hand hold you but do help. i had to check the walkthrough a couple of times. you are looking for your kidnapped children in the jungle and so it has a mayan influence. a lot of problem solving.
February 15, 2013