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User review by Gardensafari

3

As soon as a holiday comes around @ Casual Arts produces a special Hidden Object game. These usually are made around two children: Emma and Mike. This is the second Easter game. Emma and Mike have to find eggs (of course) and bunnies, but also the usual bunch of objects in hidden object scenes. After each scene there is a mini game, such as find the differences, color plates, jig saws etc. It is not bad, but this particular game is suited for children only. The hidden object scenes are easy and so are the mini games. And I don't think many adults enjoy a coloring-by-numbers-game or an overeasy jigsaw.

And the producers should really upgrade the graphics. Most people nowadays work on big screens capable of displaying HD and this game is probably still made for old fashioned 6:4 screens. On wide screens the scenes are stretched, making some objects unrecognizable.

I enjoyed the HOS for a while, but soon got bored, for they are too easy, graphically unattractive and not made with a lot of phantasy. The mini games are really awful for adults. So only buy this game for children from 6 to 12 or so. They will probably enjoy this game. Youngsters and adults will soon be bored. Because of the fact that this game is aimed at children, I rate it 3 stars as such. Should I rate it as a game for adults it would be one star only.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful

User review by stanley hoffman

1

Just Google Pirates of the Caribbean:Isles of War hacks, there are 74,000 hits.

This game has the worst security ever of a Disney game.

The Nazis (Player names like Rommel, etc) have traveled back in time with the Bismark and 30 foot thick concrete bunker bases to prey on the poor non-hackers with their pitiful wooden ships and iron men and wooden palisades.

User review by greengem418

4

This was a pretty good game. It had some good graphics, an interesting plot, and some great interactive hidden object areas. For the most part, once you get past the first couple of scenes it's mainly linear. The vos were a bit corny, but at least you could skip them.

There was a lot to do, but it seems to me the game went by too fast. I was hoping for more of a battle between the main character and the Legates, but maybe that's reserved for part 2?!?

Overall a good game, with some high replay value given the different levels of game difficulty options to choose from.

User review by happycamperdad

5

As a gamer dad, it's hard to find online games that I think are worthy of my daughters time. While we often play Minecraft together, I know she wants to play things that are more "girlie" and this is the only game that I feel comfortable with her doing that. The game doesn't seem girl specific, but she's able to do things like decorate her own house and throw dress up parties. Not my kind of gaming, but it is fun watching her compete in adventures. I like the National Geographic education component too. It's nice to know she's learning something worthwhile when she's playing dress up in Animal Jam.

User review by Grimlaura

4

If you are familiar with Steve Jackson's Fighting Fantasy (gamebook series) then you probably know what to expect from this game. This one is the first from the series with a SF theme and if you intend to enjoy it you need to: first like SF and second like visual novel games. It's most definitely a game for the fans. Yet I recommend this to any newcomer to the genre.
The game is one easy playing - in therms of getting familiar with the gameplay style and assets. Otherwise it does require some thinking, some patience and some strategy in making the choices.
Exploring the galaxy and interacting with various places and beings represents the most part of the game and the decisions you make counts a lot in the story going. This obviously adds a nice replay value to the game.
One of the best part is the good amount of crew members (with various skills - stamina and skill being the basic features) to select in your team.
Also there are multiple options for advancing into the action and things to do including fighting. The combat system on the other hand doesn't involve too much variety and it relies mostly on the difficulty and skills level. Which in fact suits well to the visual novel genre (it's not rpg).
Another thing that I liked is the setting and background with very good and inspired graphics and sounds.
Technically is spot on with good and smooth controls easy handling and also easy to get into the game mechanics and goings.
Overall it's a really nice piece of work, entertaining, fun and relaxing quite different from what am usually playing but definitely worth.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful

User review by galileo

5

I loved this game. Different ways to solve puzzles and not so hard that you have to continue to
get clues

All of the games in this series are super. I will continue to buy from this company.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful

User review by greengem418

4

Although still a great game, this sequel did not give me the same excitement as the first. Still, the story was easy enough to follow for the most part. Never really explained the origins of the extractors, or how those boys ended up with magic powers. Part 3 maybe?

In any case, the graphics were lovely! And the music unobtrusive. I found the puzzles enjoyable and challenging, but not overwhelming on advance. Wonder how it'll be on expert.

4 stars for its content and replay value.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful

User review by Kacey

5

Loved it! Stunning graphics. Lovely music. Just wish the ending was better

User review by Kacey

5

This was a very addictive game. I love match 3 games and Aladdin's fable. So this one immediately caught my eyes. The gameplay consists of many levels of match 3 and Fragmented Objects adventure. The difficulty increases as we move on to newer levels. There are various powers which help you and there is also bonus prize in every level. I played in timed mode and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The beautiful visuals, good music, nicely presented story made this game even more amazing.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful

User review by Smokey Shadow

4

As others have said, this game was pretty easy. The story is about a mining town, decimated by a volcano that turned the town and it’s people into ash. The mayor’s daughter wants the mine to continue working and his daughter, Audrey, wants it to stop. You meet Audrey’s ash-ghost and she tries to help you stop the devastation, but there is a sinister “being” in the picture who tries to stop you.

There are 3 modes of play. The voice-overs (there aren’t a lot of them), sound effects and music were well done. The graphics were clear, for me, and colorful.

HO scenes are interactive lists with some silhouettes that are just finding the objects. The interactive ones may show something you need to interact with to find something else, i.e., and angel may be listed in white (not hidden) with the word “wings” in yellow. To get the angel you have to find the wings, put them on the angel and then take the angel.

The mini games were easy, for the most part, and there is instructions for them; however, you need to click on the “info” button under the Hint button t find out how to do them, they don’t pop-up automatically. The hints recharge as you would expect and also the skip button.

There is a journal to keep track of the story and also a jump map. The map has small icons of locations when you open it and they are very small. There is a green exclamation on where things need to be done, but it can be difficult to see. I played the CE version and had a guide; this one does remember where you were if you close, a definite plus, and a bonus level. The story comes to a conclusion without the bonus and I didn’t find the bonus added much to the story.

This is an easy game to play in just an afternoon, but because it isn’t that challenging, I’m going to give it 4 stars. This would be a great game for some just starting with HO games.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful

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