Sunward Games is well-known for their The Secret Order casual adventure franchise, in fact, The Secret Order games are the only games they have developed. We were not really fond of the first two games in the franchise; however, this third game took us by surprise!
Name: The Secret Order: Ancient Times Collector's Edition
Release Date: 27 April 2014
Developer: Sunward Games
The Secret Order: Ancient Times is definitely a step-up from its predecessors. Firstly, the visuals are much, much better - to the point of spectacular. Unlike the other two games, most of the areas in the game are clean and sharp and although there is a couple of fuzzy spots, the artwork and 3D elements are still absolutely outstanding! The characters come in 3D models, the do look a little creepy when you think about it, but they animate freely and their voice overs are excellent.
The story in The Secret Order: Ancient Times happened just a few weeks after the second game concluded. Your dad called you to inform you that the mask and the scepter you have just recovered have been acting strangely. Upon your arrival, you dad is trapped on the other side of the building after the sudden collapse of the museum. You have to ride the Royal Griffin to travel back in time and stop King Amadon from gaining control of the world. There is nothing especially memorable here in the story; there are a lot happening in the game anyway, with characters to interact and tons of tasks to fulfill.
The gameplay in The Secret Order 3 is pretty similar to other time-travelling games in the genre. What distinguishes this from the others are the challenges this game has to offer. The puzzles are smart variations of the typical ones and regardless of the familiarity, they are quite difficult to conquer. We found the instructions to be a little bit vague though, which can be confusing at times. The Hidden Object scenes are nicely made with some of the objects extremely well blended-in with the background. If you do not enjoy finding objects, you can switch to the harder-than-average Mahjong Mode.
The Secret Order: Ancient Times is a very long game, the main game took us nearly 5 hours to complete. The Bonus Chapter is solid and adds an hour or so to the length. The game has all of the standard features for a Collector's Edition; Wallpapers, Concept Art, Soundtracks, Cutscenes, replayable mini-games, Strategy Guide, Achievements and a range of Collectibles!
The Secret Order: Ancient Times ticks all the boxes for a stellar Hidden Object Adventure game. It has it all from awesome graphics and strong storyline to mind-bending gameplay and satisfying length.
Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 StarsFun Factor: 4.5/5 Stars
Extras: 4/5 Stars
Looking for similar games? We recommend:
-The Secret Order: Masked Intent
-Empress of the Deep 3: Legacy of the Phoenix
-Mythic Wonders: The Philosopher's Stone