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Mystery of the Ancients: Mud Water Creek - Review

You arrived at the town of Mud Creek when you found Bob Price and his fiancé being attached his ex girlfriend. Can you help them get rid of this vengeful spirit and solve the dark mystery from the past?


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Name: Mystery of the Ancients: Mud Water Creek Collector's Edition
Release Date: 15 April 2016
Developer: Mariaglorum

This fifth installment of the popular Mystery of the Ancients series definitely has one cheesy story. This does not mean it is bad though, because despite the unoriginality and the slightly childish vibe of the plot, we actually found it entertaining. Anyway, the characters we met in the game were quite fascinating, supported by excellent animations and top-notch voice-acting.

As usual, Mystery of the Ancients: Mud Water Creek featured eye-catching graphics and terrific soundtracks. The graphics are indeed spectacular, combined with grade-A cutscenes and gorgeous special effects - the visuals in this game are basically flawless. As mentioned, the soundtracks do not disappoint either - they add some spookiness to the game.

What's more? The hidden object scenes are extremely impressive; they are highly interactive, smartly created and based on some clever concepts. Further, the puzzles are very well-developed also. While the majority of the puzzles is strictly based on the familiar formats, they featured some cool twists that make them unexpectedly fun.

The real problem with Mystery of the Ancients: Mud Water Creek is the adventure portion of the game. During the four hours we used to complete the main game, we did not even feel the need to use the Hint button - yes, the game is that easy. The tasks the game asked us to do were all kinds of HOPA cliches and the gimmick of the game that was the magic token did not make the gameplay any less mundane.

Regardless, the Collector's Edition of Mystery of the Ancients: Mud Water Creek does come with a handful of extras. This includes a great bonus chapter, a strategy guide, wallpapers, cutscenes, soundtracks, concept art, a jigsaw puzzle, achievements and collectibles.

If it wasn't for the unbelievably easy gameplay, Mystery of the Ancients: Mud Water Creek would have been a really amazing game. Still, the game was very well-executed and delivered some solid entertainment.

Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 5/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 2.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 2.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4/5 Stars
Extras: 4/5 Stars


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