Story:  Uncover the secrets of Green Hill in Mystery of the Ancients: Three Guardians! After receiving a frantic call from your niece, you arrive in Green Hill to discover that things have really gone to the birds. A flock of mysterious crows has been terrorizing the town, attacking citizens and causing them to vanish in their tracks. But they’re just the hired help. A strange man in a feathered cloak has a vendetta against your niece’s boyfriend, and he’ll stop at nothing to clear his path to revenge. Can you uncover the secrets behind his feathered fury and rescue Green Hill before it’s too late? Find out in this gorgeous Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game! (BigFish Sales Blurb)

Options:   Basic but adequate.

Play Modes:   Casual; Advanced; Hardcore.

HOGs:   Interactive Items within these mini games; Interactive Lists; Shapes.  Enjoyable but not so many that they  overpower the game-play.

Puzzles:   There are many and diverse Puzzles/Mini Games – some are standard and a bit boring or annoying so you can Skip those if you like.  But many are novel, fun, unique as they all should be.  I especially like the ‘Dot-to-Dot’ Puzzles which have a little twist in some of them; and the ‘Star Alignment’ Puzzle, needed to recharge your Amulet thus clearing the Evil from your path, is also cool.

Collections:   Figurines; Hidden Squirrels.

Map:   Interactive – the ring indicates special sites.  If you Mouse-over the Legends button it gives you Info.

Game-play:   As the Player, you have to make and take all the actions yourself, which is always pleasing.  The Story drives the game continually, keeping you focussed – after an initially ambiguous train crash opening – on your Objectives, Tasks, and Searches as you follow its lead.  If you try to ignore the story you will lose your way – the plot is the game.

Navigation:   The Inventory bottom of screen has a Mouse-over slide control which is handy.  With the use of the Interactive Map the Game-play flows well, allowing you to recover your place and next task if you get stuck.  There are no Mouse glitches that I noticed.

Graphics:  The Graphics are the usual visual feast that I love – vibrantly colourful, fantastically imaginative, clever attention to small details that, if you take time out from the game-play and just gaze at the screen for a few moments, you will notice.  I wrote ‘FABULOUS!!!’ for a reason.

Player Participation:    Fully hands on – excellent.

Satisfaction Factor:    Absolutely satisfying – great conclusion to this really long game.

Frustration Factors:   Just a minor niggle about one of the Voice-over actors – the little girl is very irritating.  But the rest of the characters are well done.

Fair Play:    Fine.

Tedium Factor:   Only fatigue caused by the Addictive nature of this game causing me to sit at the computer for hours till it was completed.

Bonus Game:   This like the main game was so well thought out.  It has the same game-play, great Graphics etc as it continues on from the other – or is the back story for it – well both really if I recall.  That sound impossible but you will see what I mean if you buy the Collector’s Edition.  But if you only buy the Standard Game you will not be doing yourself a disservice as it is excellent as a stand alone as well.

I highly recommend this game in either form, and have of course purchased it myself.

Jud House 18/03/2014

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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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