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    JustTheFacts

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    Mystery of the Ancients 3: Three Guardians

    Post by JustTheFacts on Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:26 am

    Mystery of the Ancients: Three Guardians
    by Mariaglorum - January, 2014

    Series links:  Mystery of the Ancients 1: Lockwood Manor, Mystery of the Ancients 2: Curse of the Black Water, Mystery Of The Ancients 3: Three Guardians, Mystery of the Ancients 4: Deadly Cold

    Available at:
    Big Fish as Collector's Edition / Standard Edition



    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!

    The Collector’s Edition includes:

    • In the bonus game, the Dead King's crown corrupts an ally
    • Screensavers, soundtracks, and concept art
    • Collectible figures from the game
    • Available Strategy Guide

    For the Standard Edition

    • Strategy Guide
    • Walkthrough (Big Fish)

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    JustTheFacts

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    Re: Mystery of the Ancients 3: Three Guardians

    Post by JustTheFacts on Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:27 am

    Excellent Game, Unique In Parts*****

    BASED ON DEMO


    FIRST IMPRESSIONS
    Mystery Of The Ancients has been a pleasant series, with a couple of good 4 star games. Three Guardians is a sure-fire 5 star hit. From the exciting and beautiful opening sequences (both the one before and after the main menu), we are in for something absolutely excellent.

    SIGHTS & SOUNDS
    The graphics are wonderful. The cut scenes some of the best I’ve seen, and the one after the main menu gets my vote for the best of its kind ever. Throughout, the visuals are beautifully crafted and distinctive, clear and bright in the HOPs. This is a fairly dark themed game, but the colours are there to produce a splendid show. There is plenty of movement and the animation is done very well.

    The voices are just fabulous. No attempt has been made at lip synch, but the acting is good, the voice very much a part of the character it represents. The background sounds are fairly unobtrusive, and the music is much the same.

    WHAT’S HAPPENING?
    Your niece calls you for help. She is trapped in a town besieged by ravens, and a sinister man in a raven feather coat. Her boyfriend disappeared after the ravens attacked him, and others have gone missing as well. On your (extremely dramatic) arrival, you find a virtual ghost town, the only people in sight disappearing before your eyes beneath the ravens. There is dark magic around, and you don’t know how you are going to counter it, but so far, being handy with a gun has helped! A broken amulet finds its way into your possession, and you find something you can use to defend yourself – if only you can find all the missing crystals.

    GAMEPLAY
    So far, the HOPs in the demo are a variation of the progressive silhouette style, with grey scale pix rather than silhouettes. Each has an easy puzzle to complete within them. They are fun rather than challenging. I can remember only a couple of mini-game outside these HOPs, although there are of course the usual locks and codes around. Something that I can’t define as mini-game or puzzle, a diorama that you must move along by choosing the correct (exceedingly obvious) objects, begins the tale of the origin of the Three Guardians.

    The journal is unique. It offers only character cards, which are added to as you gain information, and replayable videos. It will be interesting to see how that works out. The map is an interactive jump map, and hint is directional. So you have help for the many little errands you must run to get the items you need. This adventure component represents a larger portion of the game than other recent games have offered, but it is not difficult. There are 3 sets of difficulty options if you want a tougher challenge.

    Finding pieces of the amulet increases your powers of magic in breaking down magic barriers and defending yourself against minions. One mini-game is associated with the amulet and crystals. To charge them, you must play 3 align-the-stars puzzles. These are easier than it normally is. And fun!

    CE BLING!
    There are 33 adorable squirrels to collect, plus 20 jigsaw pieces and 9 character figurines. These have achievements associated with them, as well as performance based ones. There is also an achievement where you must answer a simple question from the game. Each achievement gets you a piece of fresco and if you get all the achievements you can put together the final fresco to win the “ultimate” achievement.

    There is a lot of concept art, very very good, and unfortunately not saveable. There are also some excellent wallpapers, and music. Heavy on the collectibles but a bit light on in the other standard CE bling! Of course, there is a bonus chapter and an in-game strategy guide.

    COMBINED IMPACT
    A very impressive game. The delightful artwork is combined with not-quite standard gameplay, it is relaxing and fun, and the story is intriguing. The whole package is so professionally done, I just want to sit and admire. *goofy grin*

    I recommend this game!

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    Re: Mystery of the Ancients 3: Three Guardians

    Post by genkicoll on Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:52 pm

    JustTheFacts wrote:dammit, I knew this would happen! sat up late this morning doing the beta just in case it was released today, and fell asleep before I could write it up! Wake up this arvo, and of course, it's today's tgt!

    $%#&^*&$#@$# Have to get my act together on these betas, and tracking jessica's playlist. You usually do that when it first comes out don't you genki?

    OH. Developer: Mariaglorum
    Yes, I usually post it as soon as she puts it up, but she's erratic in her timing, so sometimes I forget  Embarrassed


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    JustTheFacts

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    Re: Mystery of the Ancients 3: Three Guardians

    Post by JustTheFacts on Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:59 pm

    Hey, not your fault! I know where to find her - I think - I have just been lazily letting you find the playlist for me each week!


    And how dare she be erratic about posting? Doesn't she know there are people waiting to grab her stuff for their own site? Deadlines, Jessica! Deadlines! Laugh devilish grin 

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