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    JustTheFacts

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    The Secret Order 3: Ancient Times

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:30 am

    The Secret Order: Ancient Times
    by Sunward Games - April, 2014

    Series links:  The Secret Order 1: New Horizon, The Secret Order 2: Masked Intent, The Secret Order 3: Ancient Times, The Secret Order 4: Beyond Time

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



    You have been summoned to the headquarters of the Order of the Griffin, but the place is in a state of chaos when you arrive. The artifacts you recovered in your last adventure have become unstable, breaking down reality and trapping your father! Now you must travel back in time to destroy the artifacts before the reaction destroys the world. Can you track down the mysterious kingdom where the artifacts were made and save the future from destruction? Hop aboard the Royal Griffin to find out in this thrilling Hidden Object Puzzle adventure game!

    The Collector’s Edition includes:

    • Save Aeronheart from a dangerous force in the bonus game!
    • Gorgeous wallpapers and concept art
    • Replayable puzzles and mini-games
    • An available Strategy Guide

    For the Standard Edition

    • Walkthrough
    • Strategy Guide (Big Fish)

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    JustTheFacts

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    Re: The Secret Order 3: Ancient Times

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:31 am

    All-In-One Package!*****

    BASED ON DEMO


    FIRST IMPRESSIONS
    Was never much keen on the first two of this series, the graphics in particular were just not me. But this one, wow! It’s got it all – and actually makes it work! Present day sci-fi, time travel, dark and eerie, ominous atmosphere, with a cute companion and fantasy creatures. Yes, honestly, it does work! All together in an exciting adventure with challenging game play and excellent production qualities.

    SIGHTS & SOUNDS
    The artwork is wonderful. After the last two games in the series, I really didn’t expect to like this at all, but from the dramatic and engaging opening scenes, I was hooked. The graphics are beautiful (close ups have delightful artistic feel reminiscent of Boom Zap), the cut-scenes awesome in their quality, the music ominous and exciting by turns, with that chanting that so creeps me out. A bit repetitious though. The voiceovers are excellent and lip synched well, or you can mute them separately. And the special effects are... special!

    WHAT’S HAPPENING?
    The intro makes it clear there is a dense back story behind this one, and it certainly makes it appealing to check the others out, but I don’t think it is really necessary to have played them in order to enjoy this game.

    After saving the world twice in previous games, you deserve a rest. Not much chance of that though. Your Dad calls with the bad news that the ‘artifacts’ are behaving wrongly and something is definitely up, which is never good for the rest of the world. As members of The Secret Order Of Griffins, your oath to protect the powers of good demands you again travel back in time to right the past and save the present – and your trapped father along with it!

    GAMEPLAY
    There is a challenging range of puzzles and mini-games in this game. They are twists on known ones, with additional difficulty built in, and some ingenious new ones. The HOPs are interactive lists, with some slightly skewed ideas at times, and occasional FROGs (fragmented objects). As an alternative, you can play a harder-than-most mahjong game.

    It is not always obvious what you need to be doing next, and the directional hint and interactive jump map help. The map is a bit awkward to use, as the symbols are not precisely on the location they indicate. The journal keeps your notes and task list.

    It is fun to need to find and activate the flower that is the directional hint. There is also a ‘golem heart’ to acquire, which can animate stone. And of course, where would a game be these days without a companion? In this case, we adopt a baby griffin, who doesn’t look nearly as gorgeous as I would have liked him to, but is helpful indeed.

    CE BLING!
    There are the usual gallery items, wallpapers, concept art, movies, music. Plus SG and bonus chapter. As well, there are mini-games and HOPs which can be replayed.

    As well, there are 3 types of achievement, separately displayed. There are performance-based trophies and story-based medals. And statues for 3 types of collectible – gold dragons (12), amethyst griffins (12), and turquoise unicorns (12). Once you see one, it seems you would naturally have seen it easily, but in fact, many are quite easy to miss.

    Finally, there are 6 runes to find, and 5 achievements to unlock after you have played the main game.

    COMBINED IMPACT
    I really was taken aback by how impressed I was with this game. I will definitely be rethinking the earlier ones. Hey, maybe I’ll even be able to take advantage of the bundle sale, for the very first time!


    I recommend this game!

    volnole68

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    Re: The Secret Order 3: Ancient Times

    Post by volnole68 on Sat Apr 26, 2014 10:42 am

    For some reason, I never purchased the others in this series.   However, based on your recommendation for the new one I think I will check them all out.  I may get to do the bundle for the first time as well! Thanks Just!

    luvtoread

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    Re: The Secret Order 3: Ancient Times

    Post by luvtoread on Sat Apr 26, 2014 4:43 pm

    I do not have the first one,  but I did buy and play the second.  I already want this one.

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    Re: The Secret Order 3: Ancient Times

    Post by tesamoine on Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:05 am

    TY for the great review Justie !!!!  I also do not have the first two.  I think I tried them and didn't like something about them.  I will try the demo for this one later today and see if I understand the game without having the play the other 2.  Your reviews are great !!!!   Big smile

    JustTheFacts

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    Re: The Secret Order 3: Ancient Times

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:22 am

    thank you tesamoine, we aim to please  Big smile 

    (and if you believe that, we got this great little bridge in Sydney... Snicker )

    Seriously, I am happy that you like them.  Elk grin 

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    Re: The Secret Order 3: Ancient Times

    Post by Sable on Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:18 am

    JTF, thanks for your great reviews, they're becoming almost as indispensable as the air I breathe!  Always enjoy the games you recommend, and this one is on my to-do list.  Sounds great.

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    Re: The Secret Order 3: Ancient Times

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sun Apr 27, 2014 12:04 pm

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