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Mad Head Games invites you on an exhilarating new quest in Wanderlust: Shadow of the Monolith!

You’re off to give an exciting archeological lecture! Everything’s set for you to discuss your latest discoveries, until your brother is kidnapped by a dangerous group bent on cracking the meaning of a monolith and its untold power! Your journey will take you deep into the jungle as you translate otherworldly messages to rescue him and your other colleagues. Do you have what it takes to save your world and beyond? Find out in this breathtaking Hidden-Object Puzzle adventure!

  • Stop a dangerous adversary from unleashing otherworldly technology in the bonus game!
  • Replay your favorite HOPs and mini-games to earn extra achievements!
  • Dive back into the scenes to find collectibles and morphing objects!
  • Enjoy exclusive wallpapers, soundtracks, concept art, and more!
  • Never get lost with the strategy guide!

Game System Requirements:

  • OS: 10.14/10.13/10.12/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8
  • CPU: 2.0 GHz (INTEL ONLY)
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • Hard Drive: 690 MB

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Wanderlust: Shadow of the Monolith Collector's Edition is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed! Thoroughly enjoyed this game. Lasted a long time. Puzzles were great. Good graphics. More and more please.
Date published: 2019-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Third Times the Charm! Jane and Victor have arrived for their Archeology lecture, but quickly find that there is more involved than a simple speech. Victor is kidnapped and Jane barely escapes with the help of another featured speaker, who sacrifices his freedom for her getaway. Jane is soon hot on the trail of the Bad Guys and deep in the jungle. She'll soon be up against the Bad Guys and a Hooded Stranger as she struggles to save her brother. Good stuff: There are a lot of mini-games/puzzles, HOPs, great artwork, and an interesting mystery. Collectibles include both morphing items and signs in the CE bling. I did especially appreciate the artwork which managed to be well colored without tipping any single color into overload. Who knew! Bad stuff: There are a lot of puzzles and a lot of pieces to put together for each lock/problem. Most of them are interesting and different - one door opens with four different mini-games, all different. You do have to translate bits of several different languages from a translator you carry with you. One set of drawings is well spaced and clear, another couple are crowded and jumbled together. After the first few translations, this part of the game loses its charm! Bottom line: The third game in the Wanderlust series is heads and shoulders above most of what we've seen this year. With an engaging story, not too many logic hiccups, and good game play, Mad Head may have hit their stride. I enjoyed the two previous Wanderlust games for their quirky humor and stories. I think this one may be even better! Please try the demo for yourself.
Date published: 2019-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Storyline and Rich Game Play Mad Head is one of my favorite developers. This game (and series) are excellent examples of some of their best work. Storyline, HOPs, and puzzles are integrated, putting the player into the sci-fi adventure without a lot of tool fixing and inventory carrying. BTW, inventory use is creative, forcing the player to think. There are a lot of puzzles but they occur as a way to progress in the game so they seem natural. The pace and play is not your usual HOPA. I found the Bonus Chapter to be just as challenging. All in all a lot of fun. This review is based upon completed play of the game and bonus chapter
Date published: 2019-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jungle Adventure I loved this game so much I had to keep playing until I finished. It has way too many puzzles but I would try them and I could do most of them. There is a lot to do and I wouldn't want to play this without the guide. 3 chapters + Bonus. I liked the action puzzles the most. I liked the timing part. You have places where you wish you wrote something down. If you play in custom, the skip and hint can be as low as 1 second. So you can skip any puzzle you don't like. I liked the matching pairs, matching symbols, action puzzles, jigsaws, bouncing red and blue balls and shooting balls at the red ball. You have 18 morphs in the hops, 29 morphs in the scenes and 29 collectible symbols to find. This is the first time I seen the morphs separated in the achievements and I like it. The hops aren't pretty but they seem necessary at the time. They are varied. You have to find all the collectibles and morphs to open the Ultimate hops. The Ultimate puzzle wasn't my favorite and I wish they had the shooting at the red ball or the bouncing red and blue balls for the Ultimate puzzle. You can go back and find some collectible and morphs you missed as I was fighting something in a arena and didn't know they had collectibles in that scene, so I picked them up. I had all of them but at that place so I was very happy to get them. The morphs were hard for me to find in the jungle just because there is so much in the scenery. I would wait and wait to find them. I wished they moved quicker in those scenes. You have a book of ancient languages and you have to use it often to understand things and people. So you match the symbols using the magnifying glass. It won't work without the magnifying glass. Then you understand what is said or what they want. The third chapter had something I haven't seen before and it was just wow. I really Loved this game and they did a fine job.
Date published: 2019-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GETS MY VOTE FOR BEST GAME OF THE YEAR! Wanderlust Shadow of the Monolith is the third game in the series and, IMHO, it is the best. What a terrific and creative game that made me feel like I was truly a part of the adventure. There were surprises at every turn, so fasten your seat belts and prepare to blast off into a sci-fi game that will have you globe-trotting and racing through different time periods. I love Shadow of the Monolith, mostly because of the excitement I felt while playing this ultra-creative offering from a favorite developer. Many of the HOP scenes are puzzle-like in design and I wasn’t sure if I was actually playing a puzzle or a HOP. Although there is a gimmicky book to use where we must translate various symbols, I actually enjoyed using it. The other HOPS are lists or silhouettes of objects to find, and some storybook scenes. I loved the HOPS but they are rather overshadowed by the puzzles, many of which I skipped because I disliked them and didn’t want to waste my time. That being said there were a lot of puzzles that I did enjoy – those that involved using the old gray-matter to solve. The storyline is excellent and I couldn’t stop playing as I wanted to see how it ended as I played through this terrific game. It has been a long time since I played a game that was as exciting as Shadow of the Monolith. The feeling of actually being present in the game is something I don’t believe I’ve felt before and I’ve played close to 2,000 of them. There were a few jump-scares in the game and one involved a snake but unless you have ophidiophobia, it won’t be too overwhelming. This is certainly a unique game that showcases the talent of this amazing development team. Wanderlust: Shadow of the Monolith is a game that can replayed and will most likely become a classic favorite with gamers. Although I love the game and purchased the CE immediately when it was available, please try the demo to see if Wanderlust Shadow of the Monolith is a game you will enjoy as well. Happy gaming!
Date published: 2019-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love love love this one ! so different ... great artwork ... LOVE the storyline ... will go back and play this one again ... lots of different mini games ... hos are pretty typical, but good ... no technical difficulties other than sometimes a bit slow in continuity ... but otherwise ... best i've seen in a long time for originality ...
Date published: 2019-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Hit!!!! Loved this installment of this series. Couldn't stop until I finished. Keeps you interested and waiting for where your going next. A+
Date published: 2019-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A SCI-FI GAME WHICH IS A MONOLITHIC SUCCESS! REVIEW BASED UPON THE ENTIRE GAME 3 Chapters Plus a Bonus Chapter – Strategy Guide: 39 pages (This is a very long game – My time 8 ½ hours) OPINION: Get your backpack ready as you travel the world searching for monoliths containing mysterious powers! You will also zigzag through time – first stop – 1980, the setting for the game. This is a long, fast-paced sci-fi thriller! This is one which I believe will become a classic and displays the creative genius of this developer. Being a sci-fi aficionada, I could not stop playing this game until I finished it! It is well worth the price of a collector’s edition, and, to me, one of the best games this year – a classic! There are only three (3) chapters plus a bonus chapter; however, each chapter is very long. The player will travel to several sites around the world investigating monoliths while trying to thwart the self-centered ambitions of an ailing financier. The story behind the game is excellent. The story delves into ancient alien theories. The graphics are a combination of futuristic sci-fi technology blended with the beautiful backdrop of exotic locations. It is a puzzle-lover’s dream. There are SIXTY-TWO (62) puzzles within this game. They vary in style and difficulty. There is one puzzle which is repeated throughout the game using a gimmicky book of ancient languages to decipher glyphs. There are sixteen (16) of these within the game I feel the last part of the game is much better designed than the first part. It is almost as if two different teams worked on this game. This is especially noticeable in the twenty (20) HOP scenes within the game. The ones in the last chapter and the bonus chapter are better designed – some incredibly beautiful. The ones in the first two chapters are principally lists of items set in junk piles. Almost all the scenes have morphing objects. My favorite scenes are in the bonus chapter. There is a beautiful matching scene set in a jungle in which animals perched on a tree must be matched. There is also a creatively designed scene in which the player must locate the one image which is not identical to the rest in fifteen (15) scenes – each with over twenty pictures to pore over. I have never seen this type of HOP scene before. The collectibles are different than the usual swirls in this developer’s games. Besides morphing objects, there are symbols to collect within the scenes. If all collectibles are collected, the player can play an ultimate HOP scene which is another list of items. There is also an ultimate puzzle which is a variation of one of the puzzles within the game. My only complaint is this – with so many puzzles, why doesn’t this developer offer some of the puzzles to be replayed? There is only the option to replay the HOP scenes. MECHANICS: • Five (5) levels of play including a customized version. • Eleven (11) achievements. • Collect twenty-nine (29) morphing objects within the scenes • Collect eighteen (18) morphing objects within the HOP scenes. • Collect twenty-nine (29) symbols • Ultimate HOP scene which is a list of items. All collectibles must be located to play this scene • Ultimate puzzle is a variety of one from the game • Four (4) wallpapers along with concept art and soundtracks • Gimmicky book with a collection of ancient languages used to decipher texts along the way. • Replay eighteen (18) HOP scenes. No replay of puzzles BONUS CHAPTER: It is a sequel. It is three years later (1983) and a man in black (AKA government alien chaser) arrives at the home of Jane Black. You, as Jane, are off to Peru and Bolivia with him as he believes the government has found another monolith and the sarcophagus of your strange hooded traveling buddy, Neev. Again, you will battle an evildoer, Abbar, an evil alien obsessed with power. Continue to collect the collectibles. This is a long chapter with thirteen (13) puzzles and four (4) creatively designed HOP scenes. SPOILERS: HERE ARE A FEW OF THE 62 PUZZLES AFTER THE DEMO: A. Alignment puzzle. Move a disk with holes against a starry sky until all the holes contain a star B. Fight a mighty large spider. Using two buttons at the bottom of a screen, avoid the spider’s attacks by using a shield and then throw darts to defeat the spider. C. Mathematical puzzle. On five shelves, switch numbered books between the shelves so that the sum of each shelf of books is the same as the others. **3 consecutive puzzles to deactivate a mechanism D. Tangram puzzle. A variation in which you receive colored tiles which, after being placed in the grid create tangram pieces. Each tile indicates the direction and number of spaces it fills within the grid. All the tiles must be used to complete the grid. E. Spot the differences. Locate 10 differences between two scenes. F. Dodge-em. Use a lever to speed up a bar at the bottom of the screen from being hit. You must avoid 20 falling tiles. (A variation of this puzzle is the Ultimate Puzzle offered at the end of the game) BONUS CHAPTER G. Match-3 puzzle. Match up 3 or more like-colored tiles to remove them within a grid. Strategize your moves so that all tiles are eliminated within the grid. H. Shooter puzzle. Shoot metal balls from one gear to the other. The gears vary in size and speed as you travel up the wall shooting them from one to another. Rather unique puzzle. I. Tangram puzzle. Place tangram pieces into 4 grids to create images. All tiles must be used and cover the given design.
Date published: 2019-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Perfect Not only is this a nice long game, but there are tons of things to do. For people who enjoy HO puzzles, you will be more than satisfied. If you like other kinds of puzzles, again, you will be happy. Not only did I enjoy the puzzles and the challenge, but the story was good and kept me caring about the outcome. Occasionally, I found the scenes a little dark, but that may be my monitor, not the game. Be prepared to spend some time with this game, because it lasts a nice long time.
Date published: 2019-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Game Kept Pulling Me Back From Exiting ; ) I was having a "Like" and not "Like" opinion of this game but soon starting to Like it a lot . I am not a mini-game fan but more than several were were the ones I do enjoy & the rest I just skipped (remembering that the Developers were trying to please a multitude of players and not just me.) And the best part was being able to replay the scenes where I forgot the Collectables. The good positive reviews my Fellow Fishies have written should answer your questions about about the finer points, but for me I fully recommend it : ) I'm giving this one a ***** 5 out of ***** 5 in my personal enjoy-ability score :)
Date published: 2019-10-07
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