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Twisted Lands 1 and 2 - The Hidden Mystery Collectives (PC DVD)
Twisted Lands 1 and 2 - The Hidden Mystery Collectives (PC DVD)

5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing, 24 Sept. 2012
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Really good combination of games. Great variety of mini games, semi realistic scenes, twists and turns in the plot and lots of objects to use. This was one of those game sets where you thought 'at some point it's going to finish' but there was still more to do. The bonus sections are also good being a challenge rather than just some additional content. Insominiac was something of a ride as you change from the Twisted Lands to being back in the hospital; so you're not quite sure when you open a door or go somewhere, whether this is going to throw you back into the hospital. Do play them in sequence as they are linked. Alawar Stargaze produce some good games and this fits well into being a 12 pegi rating.


The Stanwick Legacy: A Youda Mystery (PC/Mac CD)
The Stanwick Legacy: A Youda Mystery (PC/Mac CD)
Offered by SC-WHOLESALE
Price: £2.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Short, 3 Sept. 2012
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Initially this game looks promising with some nice video sequences, scenes with lots of detail, a complex map of a house and solve the mystery stuff. I'm feeling somewhat disappointed as I finished this game in about 5 hours. Going through the game the hidden objects became more clumped together - so find one and the others on the list would be with it - whereas at the start if seems that more thought had been put into making this more of a challenge. There are mini games in there but with little guidance or help on how these should be played and these ranged from being easy to tough. Mousing was also quite sticky and there were delays in selecting something and then getting a response. There are objects you need to see and just use, so some clicking around to find out if random things can be added to the inventory, but I don't know if any of this affected the final score I was given at the end as there as no indication of scoring until the point the game quickly came to a close. Overall showed some potential but I was left wanting.


Time Dreamer (PC CD)
Time Dreamer (PC CD)
Offered by Zartek UK
Price: £4.24

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who's the villain?, 22 July 2012
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This review is from: Time Dreamer (PC CD) (CD-ROM)
Lots of changing the future by going into the past and changing the past by going into the future stuff made this intesting as a story. Some nice touches and humour. Some well drawn detailed scenes for the HOGs part, although you may need to change your screen brightness as sometimes they are a bit gloomy. Objects are realistic so you're not looking for micro or giant things but I did get a bit bored by the choices - so lots of paperclips and baseballs although the later makes sense at the end. HOG scenes do have instances of having to open drawers and move things and you do collect a few items to use along the way. Not very exciting for music background, but the character dialogue is written so you can move through this at your own pace. Hints are unlimited and refresh; and for anyone stuck with an item hovering over the word gives you an object outline which is useful. Overall, worth playing and not too challenging if you want a game to relax.


Grim Facade Mystery of Venice (PC CD)
Grim Facade Mystery of Venice (PC CD)
Price: £3.76

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable Story, 21 July 2012
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Set during the plague in Venice, this is an historical adventure where you need to rescue two characters, collect objects and go through a number of scenes following a story line. Collecting coins along the way, you then use a shop to buy various items you need to solve some of the puzzles. Miss some of the coins and you won't be able to move on. There are number mini games to do which range from easy to almost impossible and some are arcade based. If you ask for a hint during a mini game it will finish the game rather than give you a prompt as to what to do. ERS are really good at drawing some detailed and realistic scenes to give atmosphere however the music is on loop so if you stay in a scene for a while you may want to mute. Two modes of play mean you can have an easier setting or expert mode and there are unlimited hints without any penalties for use or miss clicking. Big disappointment is that this is not the collectors edition so the bonus stuff is not available which would have included additional game play - which as the story ends as it does, the bonus probably involves the conclusion - and the strategy guide. Takes a few hours to complete and not too scarey so would also be good for younger gamers.


Blood and Ruby (PC CD)
Blood and Ruby (PC CD)
Offered by PNA247
Price: £4.20

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too challenging, 12 July 2012
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This is an older game, is quite short and easy to do. There is a simple plot, some mini games and things to collect and use in other scenes. Only challenges are that some objects are really very small and can be difficult to spot. You might want to relax and fill in a couple of hours between harder games by playing this. Certainly not a 12 rating game and more like 3.


Mystery Trackers 2: Raincliff - Collector's Edition (PC DVD)
Mystery Trackers 2: Raincliff - Collector's Edition (PC DVD)
Offered by SC-WHOLESALE
Price: £3.95

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough Game, 22 May 2012
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This is by far the best HOG I've played in a long time. Reminds me of Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull (PC CD) where you're challenged to remember, be observant, collect stuff that you won't need to use for ages and then go back to places much later on. I've been playing this game for hours and there's still loads more to do. Great graphics and effects in there. There are three levels of difficulty and I'm playing on mid - some small indications of where objects and puzzles can be. Lots of mini games to play with bonuses and rewards for not using hints and also completing some in a certain time. If you miss these, it doesn't affect the game play so you don't time out or anything. Along the way you'll also be collecting frogs too - and the design of these and their location is also fun. If you like this type of game then do get this one.
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New Ladies Womens Trekker Trecker Garden Hospital Kitchen Nursing Clogs Size UK 4-8 (UK 5, Fuchsia)
New Ladies Womens Trekker Trecker Garden Hospital Kitchen Nursing Clogs Size UK 4-8 (UK 5, Fuchsia)

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So comfortable, 14 May 2012
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I bought the bright pink fuchsia colour in size 5 which arrived in a day or so. Really comfortable to wear either bare foot or with light socks. The little dimples give your feet a mini massage and they have a bit of a spring in them. The clogs are so light weight you hardly know you have them on. If you want to use it the ankle strap is also easy to flip over and wear. Only downside is small holes in the front do let in water if you go out in the wet but this is no big deal. Easy to clean - just run them under the tap and leave them to dry. Fun mad pink colour in a generous size.


Mystery Legends: Beauty and the Beast - The Collector's Edition (PC DVD)
Mystery Legends: Beauty and the Beast - The Collector's Edition (PC DVD)
Offered by PNA247
Price: £6.75

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 22 April 2012
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With excellent beautifully drawn graphics and really detailed scenes this game follows in similar quality and style to Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera Collector's Edition (PC CD) and Penny Dreadfuls Sweeney Todd Collector's Edition (PC CD). Your challenge to rescue the Beast is filled with lots of hidden object scenes, which are realistic and contain, sometimes, some small and tricky items. Throughout you have mini games to play which are reasonably challenging, a few battle type scenes which are more arcade style and a target to collect roses, which you'll need to finish the game. You have lots of things which you need to collect and use along the way. You have a map of the scenes plus a built in strategy guide which, rather than being a walk through, prompts you by questions. There are three modes of play - easy through expert and I played in normal mode. This is great as it means you have a game here which everyone in the family can play from beginners or children who may want lots of help through to those wanting more of a challenge. The bonus section is also well worthwhile playing. Another great game by PlayPond. PS caution for anyone who might have a spider phobia...


Shiver: Vanishing Hitchhiker - Collector's Edition (PC CD)
Shiver: Vanishing Hitchhiker - Collector's Edition (PC CD)
Offered by PNA247
Price: £6.50

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Middle of the road, 1 Mar. 2012
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Vanishing Hitchhiker is a do-able and a not too challenging game. There's plenty in there to keep you occupied, lots of places to go to, go back to again, look for items that would come in useful later, and building stuff. Some creepy scenes, dodgy buildings and moody music. What you have to do to solve the puzzles or work out the plot makes sense and there's a variety of mini puzzles that aren't too hard. Overall about 7 hours of playing time (not rushing by any means) with another 90 minutes or so in the bonus part of the story. There's the option to skip things and there's a strategy guide too.

Not sure why this is a 16 rating other than references to murder and ghosts and I'd maybe hoped for more challenge with the 16 rating. There are other games with a higher 'shiver' element which probably come in at 7. Overall, if you like HOGs this has a reasonable plot, a variety of scenes, is a bit over enthusiastic with it's helpful sparkles (every doorway has a mass of sparkles even through there's nothing to do as you've solved everything in that room it just wants to remind you there's a door), there's the odd sluggish delay and you need to be steady with the mouse so as to not to miss things. Enjoyed this nevertheless.


The Horror Collection (PC CD)
The Horror Collection (PC CD)
Offered by SC-WHOLESALE
Price: £3.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrid Horror Collection, 27 Feb. 2012
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Simply, I hate this collection of games. The feeling starts with the poor resolution and definition of objects. A few pixels are supposed to represent, say, a knife. The installation tells you to adjust your computer contrast and resolution to high to see things but this makes little difference. The plot and scenes are weak. There's no skip feature and so if you're stuck somewhere, that's it. With Jack the Ripper, there's little guidance so after 50 or more goes at trying to assemble one item, I gave up. Similar experience with Vampire's Romance. Some progress with Frankenstein but overall this too is a low grade game with no particular quality and any mini games I've found are easy - put books in number order on a shelf type of challenge.

Basis seems to have been to replicate GSP's Hidden Mysteries type of game and then adding in some plot navigation between scenes. However GSP's games have much more sophisticated scenes with detailed graphics which require observational skills and memory, have some wit and you can achieve things. Horror Collection doesn't even come close to this. I've played around 100 hidden object games and these are by far the worst.


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