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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Mystery of the Ancients: Three Guardians - Review



Name: Mystery of the Ancients: Three Guardians Collector's Edition
Release Date: 31 January 2014
Developer: Mariaglorum

Your niece has called you to the town of Green Hill to find her missing boyfriend and lift the curse that conquered the town. Upon your dramatic arrival, you discovered that similar to your niece's boyfriend, there are other that have disappeared as well. The town seems to be consumed by dark magic, not to mention that there are red-eyed crows everywhere you go. Explore it all in this third Mystery of the Ancients game, Three Guardians!



  


  

There has been a clear improvement in every new release from Mariaglorum and as soon as the introduction cutscene of Three Guardians finished, we knew that we are in for an amazing treat! Mystery of the Ancients: Three Guardians featured some of the most dramatic, amazing-looking cutscenes out there - they are high in quality and visually wonderful. The graphics are also nothing short of amazing, they are blue/purple in the tone and they are on the dark side but bright enough for the eye. All of the locations are beautiful, sharp and extremely detailed. In addition, the background music is gorgeous with great melody that is not at all distracting. The voice overs are great, unfortunately, there is no attempt of lip syncing.

The plot line in Mystery of the Ancients: Three Guardians might not be the most unique, most creative one but it is no doubt entertaining. With a lot to discover and actions at every turn - there is no single moment of boredom in this game.

The gameplay is typical but not too straightforward. The Hidden Object scenes are professionally made, they come in various formats and some even include mini-puzzles. for the mini-games, they are on the easy side but offer nice twists on the otherwise standard puzzles; we love those that are well linked with what is currently going on in the game, an innovative way of stroytelling. There is a diary included, however, it is not the usual wordy type. This time, the diary consists of only replayable cutscenes and character cards giving information about each character you encounter. Plus, you also have a power amulet to fight off dark magic barriers you come across in the game.

Mystery of the Ancients 3 has a nice length of four hours for expert players as well as an equally fantastic Bonus Chapter. The Extras are not the strongest we have seen, with Concept Art,  Wallpapers, Soundtracks, Collectibles and Achievements.

Mystery of the Ancients: Three Guardians is an absolutely epic adventure game, top-notch production values and an interesting gameplay - what more can we ask for?

Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 5/5 Stars
Extras: 4/5 Stars 



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Looking for similar games? We recommend:

-Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water

-League of Light: Dark Omens

-Mystery Tales: The Lost Hope

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