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The Secret Order: The Buried Kingdom - Review

After several long missions, you have decided to spend some time off with your family. But an unexpected adventure has begun when your sister, Julie, has discovered the long-lost Buried Kingdom that was thought to be only a myth. Somebody clearly does not want the kingdom to be discovered and kidnapped Julie. With the help of an adorable baby dragon, you are in on another thrilling journey.


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Name: The Secret Order: The Buried Kingdom Collector's Edition
Release Date: 22 May 2016
Developer: Sunward Games

In our opinion, the quality of the Secret Order series is quite inconsistent with each release, and so we are glad to find that The Buried Kingdom is one of the better The Secret Order games. The plot in The Secret Order: The Buried Kingdom is nothing new, but at least the delivery is somewhat innovative. The developer uses many creative tools to help present the storyline; from the gorgeous cutscenes to clever interactive puzzles.

The Secret Order: The Buried Kingdom featured some of the best visuals we have seen in this series so far. The artwork is incredibly detailed and polished, each scene is brightly colored and well ornated. Still, the graphics would need to be a little sharper for the visuals to be truly perfect. Besides, The Secret Order: The Buried Kingdom is a fairly loud game. That is, there is not a single moment of silent in the game. It is not a bad thing though, considering that the soundtracks are appropriately epic, the sound effects are pretty much on-point and the voice-overs are smooth as well.

Unfortunately, as complex as the fantasy world in The Buried Kingdom is, it is not at all a challenging game. Those who are familiar with the genre should find the adventure portion of the game to be a no-brainer; with all the mundane tasks and dull interactions. The puzzles are nothing breathtaking either, even though they tied in with the storyline nicely. On the other hand, the hidden object scenes are extremely smart and entertaining. The Mahjong mode is also a great alternative.

The main game is a solid four hours of great fun and wonder, and the bonus chapter is certainly worth playing. The Collector's Edition also comes with a strategy guide, wallpapers, cutscenes, concept art, soundtracks, achievements, collectibles, replayable hidden object scenes and replayable puzzles.

The Secret Order: The Buried Kingdom is spectacular and engaging, but it plays a little too safe. Regardless, it is nice to see the series heading back to the right direction once again after the rather disappointing Beyond Time.

Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4/5 Stars
Extras: 4.5/5 Stars


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