You saw your friend, Jason, shot down by the Shadows right in front of your eyes. Now, you need to step into Jason's shoes and follow his clues that lead to the powerful ancient relic, The Blue Veil. Hurry and find it before the Shadows!
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Name: Mystery Crusaders: Resurgence of the Templars Collector's Edition
Release Date: 20 September 2015
Developer: ChaYoWo Games
Mystery Crusaders: Resurgence of the Templars is a detective game, sets in an interesting setting. Although the storyline is definitely nothing groundbreaking, we thought it was very well told with some fascinating twists that were able to hold our attention from the beginning to the end.
This being such a captivating game is also due to the amazing work from the visual team. To be honest, we never really liked the graphics in previous games from ChaYoWo - we thought they were fuzzy and outdated. However, the developer has finally taken a big step forward in terms of the production and modernized its graphics. The scenes in Mystery Crusaders are very realistic, sharp, clean and certainly very pleasant to look at. Still, the developer needs to work on the audio side of the game. The soundtracks are dull and repetitive, we turned the volume down halfway through.
Gameplay wise, Mystery Crusaders: Resurgence of the Templars is not revolutionary in any way. The adventure part of the game is pretty straightforward, with all the typical features in a premium HOPA game. There are plenty of hidden object scenes; they are the standard types, with an even more boring Mahjong option to switch to. In addition, there are mini-games basically everywhere in the game. Most of the mini-games are simple and easy, but there are also some that take much longer time to solve - not necessarily challenging or creative, but time-consuming and tedious.
The Collector's Edition includes achievements, collectibles, a strategy guide, wallpapers, concept art, soundtracks and bonus movies. The Bonus Chapter is solid, with a surprising turn in the storyline.
Overall, Mystery Crusaders: Resurgence of the Templars is an enjoyable game that does not offer anything new to the genre. We enjoyed the graphics and the story, perhaps the developer could work on the gameplay part on their next project.
Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 2.5/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 3.5/5 Stars
Extras: 3.5/5 Stars
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