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Hidden Expedition: The Fountain of Youth - Review

Take a journey to the exotic land of Sigiriya to locate the missing H.E.L.P. crew. Can you find the missing agents and stop the wicked Dario Sabas Aturnin before he lay his evil hands on the Fountain of Youth?


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Name: Hidden Expedition: The Fountain of Youth Collector's Edition
Release Date: 8 January 2016
Developer: Eipix Entertainment

Surely, Eipix has acquired the licenses to continue several original HOPA franchises, this one included. Still, we think the developer did exceptionally well with the Hidden Expedition series. All of the past four Hidden Expedition games done by Eipix have been amazing, and this new installment does not disappoint either!

Personally, we have nothing against the story in The Fountain of Youth. We found it to be captivating and exciting, we also loved the exotic environment of the game. But as someone pointed out on the Big Fish Games' forum, the historical facts might be inaccurate in this game.

Regardless, Eipix is on point with the epic production in this game. The graphics are the best part in this game; the bright colors and detailed artwork fit the theme of the game well. The locations also look particularly realistic in this game, absolutely stunning. It is also notable that the audio team has done quite a job with this game. The soundtracks are perfect for the scenario, and the voice-overs are flawless.

Those who expect something innovative for the gameplay of Hidden Expedition: The Fountain of Youth might want to look somewhere else. The Fountain of Youth does not actually present us with anything specially unique, but it does its job very well. The gameplay is fast-paced and smooth, with lots to do in each scene. The hidden object scenes offer enough variety to keep us entertained, although we wish they could be more difficult. This goes the same for the puzzles - professionally-made, but not enough uniqueness and challenge. Eipix did throw in a few Super Puzzles though, those are more complex than the average ones we usually have.

Hidden Expedition: The Fountain of Youth has a moderate length of roughly four hours. The bonus chapter adds another extra hour of rich gameplay, certainly worth playing. If you decide to go for the Collector's Edition, you will also be equipped with wallpapers, concept art, a strategy guide, cutscenes, soundtracks, replayable hidden object scenes and puzzles, achievements, collectibles, secret room and bonus video.

Hidden Expedition: The Fountain of Youth is gorgeous and thoroughly entertaining. There isn’t a lot of originality on-hand, but if you enjoy a fast-moving adventure with a lot to look at, then Fountain of Youth should do you just right.

Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 5/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars

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