Apart from frequent developers like Boomzap or Elephant Games, Big Fish Games seems to be encouraging other developers to develop Free-to-Play Hidden Objects as well. And as F2P HOGs crowded the market, it is getting more difficult for the developers to differentiate their games from the others which is what Mystic Saga probably fails to do.
Name: Mystic Saga
Release Date: 11 June 2014
Developer: 8 Floor Games/5BN Games
Mystic Saga tells a story of a land where phoenixes and dragons roam free and where the innocence get murdered by the evils. You are a child prodigy who were sentenced to death 17 years ago, but was saved and raised by the power of the Mother Nature and you are here, back on the land, to settle it all.
In Mystic Saga, you will get to meet and interact with many fantasy characters, in which most of them dressed in beautiful extravagant clothes. Your task is to complete their quests, a majority of them requires you to obtain objects from hidden object scenes, trade with wanderers or use special power-ups.
Pretty much like other Hidden Object F2Ps, hidden object scenes dominate the gameplay in Mystic Saga. You search scene after scene for items required; in order to play each scene, you need to have sufficient amount of energy which is recharged every 2 minutes. Each hidden object scene has a variety of searching modes which are randomly picked for you; text, silhouettes, night mode and others. As usual, there are several types of useful hints that can be used.
What troubles us about Mystic Saga is its slow-pace, we got bored after a few days of continuous plays. Mystic Saga is just like any other games of its kind, it is not very innovative nor full of exciting quests and features. The developer could have added some mini-games to complete, maybe fight scenes or even daily quests - those would definitely shake things up a bit. On the other hand, at least the in-game purchases in this game are not too heavy.
Despite all those negative comments, we have no complaints to the art and music team as the presentation in Mystic Saga is very impressive. Graphics are sharp, clean and very polished and the music is perfect for the environment.
While Mystic Saga does nothing wrong, it does nothing to make itself memorable or special. If you already have one or two Hidden Object F2P going on your daily basis, Mystic Saga is definitely not an essential. Still, if you are new to this whole F2P concept, Mystic Saga is not a bad choice to start with.
Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4/5 Stars
In-App Purchase: 4/5 Stars
In-App Purchase: 4/5 Stars