While it was a great idea to come up with a hidden object game that is purely hidden objects, the execution of this game seemed lacking. The jazzy music seemed fine at the beginning, but soon grew repetitive and droning on, which made me sleepy and therefore I could not concentrate on the game itself. So, if you try this, make sure you go into the options menu and turn off the background music.
The wizards and enchantresses that rule over the seasons and months are back, in Season Match 2, and this time, it is Prince January that is giving everyone a hard time. Again, a member if the colder climate times is wanting to hold the land hostage under an icy rule, but the Snow Queen has learned her lesson, and is going to undermine his actions. We are allied with Princess April, the niece of the Snow Queen, as she guides along to the castles of the other nobles to lesson January’s grip on his allies.
While this version of the Hellas games had its merits, it was not nearly as enjoyable as Heroes of Hellas 2: Olympia. We get similar puzzles, and we are focusing on rebuild the city of Athens under the guidance of Athena. Not only do we have to deal with the maze-like match 3 grids, but there are also hidden objects in other puzzles featuring other heroes and gods in the Olympian realm. The antagonist in this game is never really revealed to us at the beginning. All we do know is that fire and earth are the elements he or she uses as his or her weapons, and whomever it is sure has it in for Athena and her city. Also, during this time when we are hunting for the heroes that will back us up, we are going to rebuild, but rebuilding is slow, because the next thing you know, you are getting hit by fire and brimstone again, and even though Athens is in an earthquake prone area, where is the closest volcano? Athena is not nearly as great of a guide as Zues is, but she does her best to get by. You can used your best mouse-scooting skills in taking on the puzzles of Heroes of Hellas 3: Athens, but you will most definitely have more fun with its prequels.
Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box was sorely lacking as a hidden object game. The graphics were not smooth, and the areas where you looked for the hidden objects were very dark, and made it difficult to find the objects. Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box is a dark game about vampires and mysteries set in both the 1940s and 1890s, so the settings are understandable. As to the sound, there was virtually none in the time I played, so my rating of 3 was about as neutral as it gets. The storyline would have worked much better as a horror movie or book, but as a casual game, it is lacking. It seems not enough effort was put into to it to make it more enjoyable. While the dark theme is very prevalent, it seems to be too much work to be entertained by this game. There is blood and murder, and a time traveling twist which send our PI,Tyler, back to meet with the vampire his grandfather encountered 50 years before. I have seen other casual games that moved quicker, and still gave me the chills, for example, Haunted Manor: Lord of Mirrors Collector’s Edition kept with a scary but not bloody kind of theme that was common with the British horror films of the 60s. I was too frustrated with Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box to get that dark vibe most hidden object game players go for. If you love a vampire story, I recommend Love & Death;Bitten for a game that has that historical feel and is easy on the eyes. This game just made me squint alot. Not a good thing for a hidden object game.
In Amazing Adventures : The Forgotten Dynasty , PopCap devs take us on another hidden object adventure. This time we are in China, looking for hidden objects in clear and concise pictures from the region. We know exactly when we find what we are looking for. We even receive bonuses when we find yin and yang in each picture. We are then challenged further with some logic puzzles, rotating jigsaw puzzles, and just like the song says, one thing leads to another… Each puzzle takes to a new place in China, from Great Wall to the junks in Kowloon Bay to the Forbidden City in Beijing. Amazing Adventures : The Forgotten Dynasty is another in the Amazing Adventures series that have taken us around the world, into the tropics after pirate treasure, and searching through tombs on an Egyptian adventure. Pop Cap gets these hidden object puzzles right, and they don’t throw a sappy back story behind them. Sometimes you might want one, but when it comes down seeing the world through this kind of format, any of the Amazing Adventures games is great. I’m looking forward to the next chapter.