MYSTERY AGE: LIBERATION OF SOULS


by  DIGITAL QUARTER; BIGFISH GAMES

COLOURFUL BUT DARK

Jud’s Game Rating:

Graphics                                           ****         🙂
Player participation (PP)          ****         😀
Satisfaction Factor (SF)            ****         😀
Frustration Factor (FF)             *                :I
Fair Play (FP)                                 ***            🙂
Tedium Factor (TF)                     
*                😀

Defeat the Chaos God in Mystery Age: Liberation of Souls! The treacherous god of chaos has fled to the east, conquering an entire desert kingdom in his wake. Every man, woman, and child who got in his way became trapped in a mysterious orb, including you! Now you find yourself in a strange realm, where villagers have been turned to things like plants, ice, and scarecrows. To free them, you must defeat the Chaos God once and for all! But watch out – his minions are hiding around every corner! Overcome their evil and escape from the orb in this exciting Hidden Object adventure! (BigFish Sales Blurb)

This is an enjoyable game but I have struck and Error message and the game has shut down twice.  It is apparent that others have played the game right through so I will review it so far, and hope that most of you who play it are able to complete it.

The Opening scene occurs while the Loading takes place, and forecasts the lengthy Cutscenes that interrupt the game.  They are necessary to the story, but a little too long  for comfortable game-flow.  The story is interesting and follows logical steps, but with twists to keep it intriguing.  The Fantasy Graphics are gorgeous, colourful, and imaginative, but a little dark, though this can be modified if your computer screen allows adjustment.

It has basic Options, plus Tasks, Notes and a non-Interactive Map – telling you where you and the other sites are, but not preventing the back and forth point and click tedium – that are all in the Journal.  I know that in earlier games this lack of interaction and excess of pointing and clicking wasn’t a problem, but we have come to expect so much more from games these days, caused I might add by the hype of and developments by the game developers.  The Navigation Controls are workable, though the Inventory pops up as you Exit which can get aggravating.

Some Hidden Object sites have normal Lists, while others have boxes of Fragments that you assemble to locate the last fragment for the next box and so on.  You also keep repairing statues to gain Items.  I found that the Journal occasionally locks itself behind a Tombstone – I couldn’t quite decide if it were just for certain sites, or if it were punishment for clicking too much – it was certainly unexpected, lengthy, and weird.  So when it happens you no longer have help.

I realise it doesn’t sound like a very positive review, but I was enjoying it till the Error Message shut me down.  I bought it on a Free game voucher (BigFish games are good value because of those) but I am hoping I can overcome the glitch.  My Virus Protection tends to be a little heavy handed.

I recommend this game.

Jud House   1/11/2013

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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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