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1 The Secret Order: Beyond time on Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:21 am

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The Secret Order:  Beyond Time

Based on both the CE and SE demos.

Sarah Pennington (your character) has been working for the Secret not-talking Order for some time, often against the Dragon Clan, and ending up back in time ..... where she is now ...... trapped. scared1

The VERY FIRST impression I got when the game opened for play was .............. NO!  scared1 OMGosh NO!!!!  scared1 TOO MUCH ORANGE and GOLD!!!!!  scared1 Yes, over-use of those "crayons" needs to stop.  It actually hurt my eyes so much smug I wasn't sure if I could continue the demo ..... but, I prevailed (YAY ME cheering ) ..... and here are my notes.

Graphics - obviously I had a problem with the colors used but, other than that, the graphics were amazing, right down to the ittiest, bittiest crack or line or imprint.  Amazing. trophy   Voice overs - not many but quite well done, as were the sound fx - I could here a cat purr, clinking of metal.  Yep.  Amazing.  trophy You could almost close your eyes and feel surrounded by the tiniest of sounds you would hear in "real" life.

Difficulty:  Casual, Advanced, Expert ---- no "custom" here. sad1

Your diary shows "Objectives" only.  I did not see "notes" or "clues".   Just "Objectives".  I did read where another reviewer mentioned "notes".  I didn't see it myself. straight-face   The transportable map is very clear as to where to go and where you are.  Some maps can get muddled giving too much useless info.

You have to find ..... something (sorry, but I can't give EVERYTHING away - not-talking smile1 ) to activate the "hint" button.   Yes, even on the "Casual" setting.

HOGs (hidden object games) were mostly list type, sometimes very interactive.  There is an alternate Mahjong game you can play if you prefer. smile1   Mini Games - fun, new, fresh ideas. smile1   Some required P&P (Patience sacred1 and Perseverance).  There were definitely more Mini Games than HOGs.

Ultimately, you will get a "helper".  Dog2 banana Cat Dancing when pig fly Godzilla DancingHippo cheering Not one we've seen before in ANY "helper" games from ANY Dev, including this one.  Please.  If you DO play the demo ......... is it anatomically correct?  confused2 There's a bit of bright neon green where .... well...... you DO cover it up ..... but .....  do YOU see it?????  thinking1 confused2 It really took me aback!  Your "helper" will gain 4 special powers (2 were found in the demo).  They DO come in handy and, no, I am NOT going to tell you what they are.  not-talking Just that they are very handy.

CE Bling: star1

Aside from the usual Bonus Game, Strategy Guide (which shows 6 chapters), etc., there are ....

*  30 collectible masks (1 was a jaguar, 1 a crocodile, and they were found by accident).  They certainly DO NOT stand out right in your face.

I have played "Secret Order" games before, I think lightbulb2 .  At least 1?  confused2 I don't think I played the one before this.  thinking1 Or, I may have played the demo but, at this writing, am not sure if it's in my "dungeon of unplayed games" or not.  confused2 In any  case, several references were made to the previous game(s) .... so this might NOT be a standalone.  I know I was confused by several statements made ("Sarah, I am not your father". scared1   Shades of Darth Vader!! scared1 ). 



Will I rush out to purchase the previous game if I don't already own it?  confused2 Very unlikely. Will I even purchase this one?  thinking1 Maybe the SE but definitely NOT the CE, unless I read any reviews that state the Bonus Game is necessary to complete the main story.  (I dislike when Devs put the actual ending of a story in the Bonus Game, thereby forcing us to purchase the CE. angry1 ).

If I can get past the crayon usage vomit (see "Graphics" above) AND the terrible lag between scenes (like looking at a black screen much?),  BangingHead I might purchase the SE.  I LOVE the Egyptian era and would probably purchase the SE based solely on that.  I would recommend it for any level of experience.

What's next in Sarah Pennington's race to get back to her "real" time?  confused2 Join me and let's fly away in our ship (yes, FLY in a ship winking2 ) to yet another adventure!


ENJOY!



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