SPIRITS OF MYSTERY – Amber Maiden – Collector’s Edition


Jud’s Game Rating:

Graphics ***** Player participation (PP) ***** Satisfaction Factor (SF) *****

Frustration Factor (FF) *   Fair Play (FP) ****  Tedium Factor Nil


This deserves a WOW.  Despite my old bugbear of hazy graphics in the Hidden Objects sites FF, this game is so excellent on all other levels.  There are times when even hazy over-atmospheric graphics fade into insignificance when set against the positives of the whole game.

  • I like the size of the HOs, and that there are indiviual items and special items to find as you, and in order to, progress.
  • I like the ‘amber’ element that you need to resolve – great idea.
  • I like that you are given some guidance, but must also work it out for yourself using the ‘cursor tools’.
  • I like the extremely clever puzzles – they are quite unique and especially relevant to the game design.
  • I like the neat portals, and the fact that you can go back and forth through them a few times before they finally lock.
  • I like the ingenious story – it’s well conceived, well integrated into the gameplay, and totally envisaged in the graphic designs.
  • I like the music tracks behind this game – you can of course turn them up or down depending on the mood you require.
  • I like the Extra game play of the Collector’s Edition – it uses new exotic locations as well as familiar ones, continuing the pattern of play so it flows logically from the main game.
  • I love the extremely gorgeous, fantastically colourful, exotic, totally ‘authentic’ conception and application of the graphics of this fantasy game.  They are breathtaking in some places.

I liked the Standard version so much that I downloaded the Collector’s Edition and bought it!  I fully recommend this game to all players.

(C) Copyright Jud House 4/12/2011

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About judsartwork

I write reviews of Adventure and Hidden Object games that are Crime, Fantasy, SciFi, Renovation, Travel, Quest and/or Mystery by genre. I have a Masters in Writing (2006) and have been writing novels, both crime and fantasy for many years; plus Haiku, verse, and prose both fictional and literary. I am also an artist of modern, Acrylic, textural and hard edge work, underwater, fantasy, expressionist, and Cosmos paintings. I use mixed media (Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastels) in textural Monoprints, finding surprises to expose within each work. Having both an analytical and creative mind has meant that I have strong powers of observation, and the persistence required to follow computer problems through till I solve them. Of course I am not always successful, but am willing to ask for a little help in order to then unlock the main problem myself. My Troubleshooting Blog, 'Problems and Solutions', was the result of my tenacity.
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