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Eipix Entertainment brings you the next heart-pounding chapter in the beloved Hidden Expedition series!

H.E.L.P. HQ interrupts your ski vacation with an important request: travel to Geneva to purchase an ancient artifact that could very well hold the secrets to H.E.L.P.'s long history. But it won't be easy. You'll have to be the winning bidder in a high-stakes auction. Fortunately, H.E.L.P. is footing the bill! Unfortunately, you're not the only party interested in this artifact. Can you unlock the secrets of the mysterious Golden Wheel, or will H.E.L.P.'s origins be lost to time forever? Find out in this scenic hidden-object puzzle adventure game!

  • Best your foes and foil their cunning plot in the bonus game.
  • Find hidden symbols, morphing objects, and fact cards.
  • Earn a variety of unique achievements.
  • Need some help? Consult the strategy guide!
  • Enjoy the souvenir room, replayable HOPs, mini-games, wallpapers, concept art, and more!

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  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • CPU: 2.5 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 682 MB

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Hidden Expedition: The Golden Secret Collector's Edition is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from this HE is a cut above the past few installments I was a beta tester for this game and it was quite a few months ago so I do not recall much of what occurred in that test. I can only surmise that Eipix either did some improvements with the Golden Secret or just waited all this time for the general release because Eipix has so many irons in the fire. The story is typical of all HE episodes with the detective being tasked to find an artifact or to contact someone. In this case the golden wheel is key to what will happen. The detective buys it at auction only to have it stolen when the detective is mugged. The villain of the piece is named Hillebrant and why he wants the wheel is not very obvious during the demo. I liked this part of the story since it makes me want to continue. I also enjoyed that ( unlike most HE tales ) that there is not a supposed "helper " who turns out to be one of the bad guys, at least not in the demo. As is always the case this HE is well drawn and I always enjoy finding the fact cards that enhance the background info relevant to the story. The HO segments and puzzles are typical HOPA fare and there are compasses to collect. Golden Secret in an improvement over some of the more recent installments in the series yet HE in general could use an overhaul because all of them are basically the same. Since the earlier HEs are still better than this one I will not endorse the CE although I will recommend the game for purposes of the review process. Players unfamiliar with the series are better served by going back to the initial 3 or 4 in the series. Personally I can find myself waiting for the SE or using a free game code should I find that one is due to expire ( still cannot fathom why BFG has a 2 month time limit on game codes ) Of late I still end up saving $$$ and replaying excellent games in my repertoire.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Espionage and intrigue... Hello friends! As usually, I review mostly on the game play and leave the story to others who can do a much better job on that than I. I can't believe this is #14 in this series. The graphics are excellent, very realistic, right down to the muscles in a hand and hair on your face. As usual, we do have a slight blur when going in and out of closeups and cut scenes. This seems to be the norm with most games anymore. Colors are very nice, but a bit faded when traveling to another area. Animation is also very realistic, with nice mouth, eye and even eyebrow movement when speaking. I like how they breathe "normally" and not have their chest constantly rising and falling. Game play was quite good, with no problems during the demo and the scenes fit my large screen completely. The voice are well done and are age and character appropriate. The characters speak with emotion, and not just someone reading a script. You can click through dialog if you read faster than they speak, and not miss any clues or necessary information. Music was nice and moved with whatever was happening at the time, adding a little suspense now and then. Sound FX are well done and are throughout the game. HOPs are a combination of find the highlighted word; interactive lists and straight lists. The scenes are quite clear and items are not difficult to find. There was not an overabundance of HOPs, but what we had was well placed within the game play. I did not see that you could switch to something else. Puzzles very well done, even though most were not difficult to complete. Some did take time and thought, so we did have a little challenge. Hint system is very helpful and we have the transport feature for longer jumps to locations. This comes in quite handy, as you are constantly on the move from one place to another. We have a jump map, which I did not care for at all...a blank that you need to run your cursor over to figure out which room is which. Collectibles were not bad. We have to find 12 morphing items in HOPs, which are easy to miss. I didn't run across any outside of the HOPs, but I could have easily missed them. There are 36 hidden signs that look like a gold compass or pocket watch. I didn't find any of these difficult to find. We also have the usual fact cards tossed about, that give us information on areas and things within the game. I really like this series. This addition give your action, adventure, travel, intrigue and a good story line that is easy to follow and flow very well. It also give us a little challenge now and then. I was drawn into this one from the beginning and disappointed when the demo ended. I think all levels of players will find this one interesting and fun and yes, I am going to add it to my collection. I do not give 5 stars easily, a game has to be exceptional throughout to get them. As much as I like this game, it fell a bit short. Still, I gave it a 4.75. As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may not care for this one at all. Thanks for the reviews.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from THE LEGACY MUST BE PRESERVED, THE SECRET MUST REMAIN HIDDEN! Your mission Agent, should you choose to except it, involves buying an artifact at the Geneva Auction House. The artifact, known as the Golden Wheel, contains vital information pertaining to when H.E.L.P was founded. This should be an open and shut case, and you should be able to return to return to the slopes, and enjoy the remainder of your vacation, quickly......yeah, right! Since The Golden Secret is on the topic of H.E.L.P's origins I thought I'd add a little of my own research that I included on one of my earlier HE reviews. I researched some fun facts, because I wanted to find out what H.E.L.P stood for, the P was stumping me. It turns out that this league has had a few name changes over the years, that I didn't even realize! In Hidden Expedition: Titanic, the league went by the name of H.E.A.L, which was the Hidden Expedition Adventure League. In Hidden Expedition: Everest, the league was simply the Hidden Expedition Club, and in Hidden Expedition: Devil's Triangle, it was referred to as H.E.A.T which stood for Hidden Expedition Adventure Team. The newer games have transitioned into the name H.E.L.P which stands for Hidden Expedition League of Preservation. Pretty cool useless information right? I'll admit, when I saw today's Hidden Expedition game, I got kind of bummed out. Let's face it, the games in this series, lately have been less than stellar. I was pleasantly surprised! This game actually has a very interesting plot, but there are still some major epic fails as far as logic goes. The features are everything I expected, but it's because Eipix never "thinks outside the box" is it because of laziness, or because they are on the top of the HOPA pile and they don't think they need to? I would really love to see the famous H.E.L.P box upgraded to reflect technology of the first century of the 3rd millennium, the century of the Anno Domini era, better know as the 21st century! It's the equivalence of carrying around a large boom box instead of a cell phone or mp3 device! The "artifact" in question has more technology than my help box, and to make matters worse, the surveillance video was recorded on a VHS tape! (are those still available?) SPOILER ALERT: Funny Logic Fails (or things that just don't make sense) *why did I help myself to the receptionist's printer ink cartridge? Those are expensive, couldn't I ask first? *after the robbery, my partner says "I'll make sure the police don't get involved" really? *Sam has set me up with a rental car, when I open the trunk, I discover not only a whole slew of miscellaneous items, including, old shoes, baseballs, and leftover chinese? *the rent-a-cop asks me to stop the bleeding (don't worry there's no blood) before he can access the before mentioned VHS tape, yet the second I bandage him (which btw, that loose safety pinned cloth does wonders) he immediately hands me the tape? *Thank goodness the perp took off his mask and looked straight into the camera? *why does H.E.L.P have so many employees going rogue, don't they do backgrounds checks, they are a spy organization after all? * why do I try to disguise my appearance, then pick up a large fish net to carry, won't that draw unwanted attention? END SPOILER ALERT The Hidden Object Scenes are varied, and they have done a nice job of incorporating the HOP's relevant to the story, such as while searching for files in a filing cabinet. There are List finds, Keywords in Sentence finds, Multiple finds, and the typical HE, find items that fit the descriptions of two pictures added together as combo items, such as a quill & ink equals a pen. There are also a few zoom zone HOP's where you are tasked with finding a handful of items within a small zoomed in window. Most of the main HOP's have a Morphing Object, that is indicated with an icon on the right of the inventory bar. The Mini Games are not bad, and range from easy to medium difficulty, without too much frustration. Below are brief descriptions of some of the games you'll encounter during the demo: 1) Select 3 different numbers whose sum equals the number the auctioneer calls out. This is required a total of 4 times. 2) Drag the signs (<,>, =) to the correct boxes to compare facial features between 2 photographs. 3) Drag all directional fragments to form a path for the claw to take. 4) Rearrange the tiles to form multiple patterns on a 3 tiered corner puzzle. HIDDEN EXPEDITION GAMES AVAILABLE Title***Collector's Edition Release Date***Average Rating 1-Titanic (Standard Edition only) (July 22-2006) 3.6 2-Everest (Standard Edition only) (June 1-2007) 3.3 3-Amazon (Standard Edition only) (June 20-2008) 3.7 4-Devil's Triangle (Standard Edition only)(October 24-2009) 3.6 5-The Uncharted Islands (August 14-2011) 3.2 6-Smithsonian Hope Diamond (December 20-2013) n/a 7-The Crown of Solomon (July 3-2014) 4.1 8-Smithsonian Castle (December 24-2014) n/a 9-Dawn of Prosperity (August 27-2015) 3.7 10-The Fountain of Youth (January 7-2016) 4.3 11-Midgard's End (June 2-2016) 4.1 12-The Eternal Emperor (September 1-2016) 3.5 13-The Lost Paradise (December 22-2016) 3.7 14-The Pearl of Discord (April 8-2017) 3.8 15-The Curse of Mithridates (October 28-2017) 3.9 16-The Golden Secret (February 10-2018) n/a BY: EIPIX ENTERTAINMENT OTHER GAMES BY EIPIX ENTERTAINMENT: Danse Macabre*Saga of the Nine Worlds*Mystery Case Files*Dead Reckoning*Hidden Expedition*Phantasmat*Vermillion Watch*Amaranthine Voyage*Dark Parables*Sea of Lies*Final Cut*Off The Record*Fearful Tales*Myths of the World This Collector's Edition version has 8 Wallpapers, 8 Concept Art pictures, 9 Movie Videos, 9 Music Soundtracks, 14 re-playable Hidden Object Scenes, 12 Morphing Objects within the HOP's, a Souvenir Room, 17 re-playable Mini Game Puzzles, 13 Achievements to earn, collectible Fact Cards, 36 Hidden Signs, a built in Strategy Guide and a Bonus Chapter, enjoy!
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Back to the roots? It is the 16th Hidden Expedition with the usual ingredients: the organization HELP, where we belong to as an agent and a secret mission. This time we shall get an artifact at an auction, the Golden Wheel, which is the key to the event, that led to the foundation of HELP. Luckily we get it right away but only after leaving the auction room, it is stolen by someone, who must have been as interested in getting it, as we were. Of course, we fast find out, who that thief is: a renegate agent of HELP, whose ancestors are the lords of Graunstein Castle in Germany. The artifact may hold the key to the origins of the HELP organization, so we need to get it back. At the castle we make good progress, find the room, where the golden wheel had been brought. But they soon notice, we are on site and take steps….. This game has more of a spy thriller, after we arrived at the castle. The beginning is not very spectacular, we just learn our task, bid at a auction and loose our price as soon as we had it. HOS and puzzles are not too many and fit in the task, we are fulfilling at the time. The castle is by nature an old building but high tech has moved in and we have to go around security locks and the like. When the demo ends, the others are chasing us but it is realistic to expect, that we will succeed in the end, get hold of the golden wheel and uncover the secret.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I tell you no secrets; I tell you no lies! This game is okay but it's the same old stuff. I'm three-quarters through the main game/CE version, and I'm starting to get bored, and forcing myself to finish it. To be fair, it has its moments though. The graphics are very good; the music is okay. The game is long enough--a bang for the buck! The worst part of this game, in my opinion, are the ridiculous objects you have to use to complete some of the tasks. The back n' forth business is tiring but you do have a great map, unlike some other developers' games. So I thank these developers for that! I'm finding that I have to click my mouse several times to get the object to move as well. My mouse is fine. However, I still recommend this game. The puzzles are doable. If you like rotating puzzles there is one where you will need to select a pendant to rotate surrounding pendants and align them with their matching spaces. But oftentimes, these types of puzzles can become tiresome. However, you may like that sort of thing. Try it out and see for yourselves.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from why are the puzzles so difficult I tried the trial game and thought okay, I'll get it. Big mistake. I like Eipix games to a certain degree. They start off well enough then they start getting hard, then harder. There are only about 4 games that I have purchased from Big Fish that I can play without having to use the hint button. Two of those are two of the Marathine Series. I have often wondered since the custom games are hard (and they are), I would hate to play a medium or hard game. They have to be more frustrating than what I have. While I am not stupid, I do have trouble reasoning some things out and these so-called custom or easy games don't help. So no, these games aren't fun. They turn into work. In fact, I get so frustrated I have to stop the game just to get a breather. If game developers want to make easy games, make them. I have found that easy or custom games are not easy at all. I only recommend this game because there are people out there with skills to play this game.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Making... ancient history! Well, this title is a bit rough on the artwork for my taste and it doesn't seem to improve any bit. The gameplay is tasteful and interesting, although the majority of the puzzles could be more "gamer-friendly" and of logic. The wallpapers in the menu could certainly be more. So, overall rating: 3,2
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not worth the CE price I really wanted to give this game 2 1/2 stars but I couldn't, so gave it the benefit of the doubt with 3. I'm a great fan of Hidden Expedition, and always interested to try a new game in the series but I have mixed feelings about this one. On the plus side:The graphics were good and the story was creative and interesting. On the minus side: Both the main game and the bonus chapter were too short and the puzzles were either too easy or incomprehensible. Some aspects of the story were illogical and some of the tools used to open a crate (or whatever) were just plain daft - no spoilers here, so you'll have to find out for yourself. The collectibles & souvenirs were only ho-hum and, though I might well play this game again, I now wish I'd waited for the SE. As always, however, one person's excitement is another persons yawn, so do try it for yourself. It's great that BFG has this feature.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick, Find the Golden Wheel, For Some Unknown Reason You play as a lady agent and good old Sam is not around to help you. You are contacted while on vacation and told to get to an auction house in Geneva, Switzerland, to bid on an artifact, the Golden Wheel. It has something to do with the origins of H.E.L.P. You win the auction and lose the artifact in the parking lot when an unsuccessful bidder mugs you. Dr Layla Perkins was with you, but apparently is useless in an emergency. You work out the mugger's identity and H.E.L.P. headquarters sends you to Germany. They believe that the mugger is working with a former H.E.L.P. agent gone rogue. You will need to retrieve the Golden Wheel and anything else you can find and get out alive! Good stuff: There will be collectible signs in the scenes and morphing objects in some of the HOPs. There are all the expected game elements in an H.E. series game including some of their best artwork and VO's to date. Bad stuff: There is very little logic in what is going on with the story. Why would an old diary that the rogue agent stole when he defected and the Golden Wheel be vital objects needing to be retrieved? There is nothing to indicate why there should be any urgency in chasing the bad guys down. As there is little to recommend the CE over an SE, since recent experience has shown those Eipix Bonus chapters have short duration and little content, I will wait for the SE and try the Demo again. In the meantime, I would highly recommend the very early H.E. games. And please play the demo before buying this new H.E. entry.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I usually love Hidden Expedition game...at least the newer ones I usually love Hidden Expedition game...at least the newer ones but the last 3 games where the heck is Sam...i know the most recent games to showcase Sam has him dressing in a Hawain shirt...sorry but green plaid all the way and the last 2 games did not mention him at all...he is the MC mentor and i for one do not enjoy the games without him...if he is omitted again i wont be buying your games (i know the earlier games do not feature him) but after th Smithson games he has had a spot in my heart...BRING BACK SAM...it would be like not bringing Elf on Mystery Trackers game they are part of the whole line up not just a sidekick
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Liked other games in the series, but this one ... not so much! Great graphics, sound and resolution … however … too much back and forth required between locations; objects unresponsive or really slow when clicked on. The logic behind some of the puzzles completely escaped me and "Info" wasn't much help. The HOP were very good … best part of this one!
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Trial: Same Old Stuff. Back and Forth. Boring. Overall: Was bored 15 minutes into trial, but tried to give it a fair test. Graphics were okay but NOT on par to some of the beautifully crafted games that make you say, “Wow, they really put their hearts and artistry in this game.” It’s pretty much same dated, typical Eipix presentation with that “been there, seen that before” feeling. Characters are wooden with minimal animation, and the game entails a lot of back and forth vs. move forward with anticipation of next scene/event. Sadly there is nothing new in this game that pulled me into the story. Series fan will probably purchase to add to collection. New players, take advantage of the great option to test the game for free for an hour to see if you enjoy it. There is always hope that developers will step up with some new tricks. As for me, I will not purchase another Eipix game until some changes are made, the old games were something to look forward to, but lately all have been disappointing, which is really sad. Overall: 2/5 Graphics 2/5 Music 3/5 Sound 3/5 Hints 4/5 Hidden Object 3/5 Mini 3/5 Characters 2/5 Voice Overs 4/5 Storyline 2/5
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slow, shallow storyline…gameplay either easy or illogical. The storyline, which implies urgency, moves at a snail's pace and is fairly shallow. The use of inventory items is horribly non-intuitive. Mini-games are mostly easy, but several have poorly written instructions. HO scenes are presented in varying formats, but none of the objects is hidden. Graphics are inconsistent, varying between state-of-the-art and rather sloppy. Music is excellent, both complex and varied, and includes melodic and ambient pieces. Voiceovers are professional. The user interface is unnecessarily crowded because it's bookended by gratuitous decorative elements, leaving an inadequate 6-place inventory. I found the H.E.L.P. device useless, except for the map. With five episodes developed by BFG, and eleven by Eipix, I feel this series has run its course. As always, storyline and gameplay are most important to me, and they're the weakest elements of this game. For this reason, I can't recommend it, but I do recommend you try the demo for yourself. Happy gaming!
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So sad to see this series die a mediocre death Wow - shortest demo ever! I had 55 minutes left and I did not skip any puzzles, I play with no sparkles or plus item indicators (not like that really matters with these guys), and used no hints in the HOPs or elsewhere in the game. I didn't even need to jump map. I did find some of the puzzles a bit of a nice change, but the HOPs were same old. Graphics were good, but not enough to change my mind. Story is pretty much the same as all of them. Given their recent trend toward 15 minute bonus games I am a sad "no buy" for this one. Extras are rather slim as well and I personally do not care for the "souvenir hunt" as I find it a silly waste of time. Such a shame as the first few of this series were really, really good.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from First time I won't buy a HE game I've always bought these games and found them great fun, but this one is going to be a "no buy" for me. Maybe it's the lack of Sam, as another reviewer mentioned. Maybe it's the "annoying" HOP's (couldn't find that domino for the life of me) or the "stupid" fact cards (really, a definition of "heraldry"). But, whatever the issue, I didn't find this game nearly as much fun as they used to be. Be sure to try before you buy in case you feel the same.
Date published: 2018-02-11
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