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Amazing Adventures: The Forgotten Ruins - Nintendo DS
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- Visit exotic locales to find over 1,600 objects in 70 seek-and-solve puzzles and 18 missions
- Collect clues and secret objects and unlock two modes of unlimited play
- Test your skills at 4 types of mini-games with stylus-based action
- Earn awards, compete with friends on high-score leaderboards, and decipher fascinating journal notes
- Enjoy a rich character-driven story written exclusively for Nintendo DS
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If you need a gift for somebody $20 or under and you know that person has a DS, this is a good option for you.
The Long Version:
While the story does provide a nice theme for the various mini-games that make up "Amazing Adventures: The Forgotten Ruins", it's incidental.
I'm in my early 30's and, as I said, at first the puzzles seemed too easy for me, but as I played I realized that the puzzles were comfortably challenging. Some things were very easy and some things were actually quite difficult and at no time did I want to throw my DS against the wall. (Unlike Professor Layton and the Curious Village.)
Much of the game is made up of "find the object in this picture" levels, but each of those is accompanied by one of 5 mini-games.
- Memory Match
- Jigsaw Puzzle
- Tile Swap
- Mah-Jongg Match
- Find the Difference (between two pictures)
The game manages to keep things fresh by switching things up slightly. For instance, in the Memory Match and the Mah-Jongg Match they occasionally ask that you find similar items or items that go together rather then an exact match. So instead of matching two blue bird tiles you would instead match a blue bird with a yellow bird or a blue bird with an egg, depending on what the game was asking for that round. This keeps the various mini-games from getting too repetitive too fast.Read more ›
For Nintendo DS
Basic Reading Required
E rating: good for all ages
This is a family game that is a little misleading from its title and brief description. I was expecting a game where you travel from place to place, gathering clues and figuring out puzzles. It turns out that the game is nothing that I expected.
The game is more like I Spy, with a few other games thrown in.
The basic premise is this: You are an adventurer and you are paired with another character, such as an assistant or another scientist. You start at one archaeological ruin and solve two puzzles. From there, it leads to a "clue" about the next location you need to check out. Repeat.
The first part of a typical round is a picture on the bottom touch screen with a list of objects on the top. Your job is to find all the objects from the list in the picture and touch them to get points. In general, this is fairly straight forward. However, it does require reading skills and a broad knowledge of common objects, as some of the item descriptions are not simple (for example, 3 astrological signs; a great white; squeezebox; 3 shelled reptiles; in the night sky [for moon]). Other descriptions are very direct (3 shells; 2 stars; a moon). Once I explain to my 7-year old daughter what they are, she can independently play the game. There is a hint button if you can't find an object. If you randomly touch the bottom screen too many times, a penalty is given. Also, in each of these type puzzles, there is a jade mask and part of a glyph that you need to collect. It is used at the end of the game for a final puzzle.Read more ›
My husband and I LOVE this game. We really enjoy puzzle games. This is a game that sets you on a quest to find the forgotten ruins. Is isn't a platform game where you actually have a character going through levels; rather you go through levels with the provided puzzles.
There are many varieties:
Find ten items in different backrounds
Put the puzzle pieces in the right order to form the picture provided
Puzzle where you flip cards over and have to match items (the items have to be similar not identical)
Puzzle where you flip cards over and they have to be IDENTICAL
A version of Mah-jong...the difference is that it has to be similar items Example: hand goes with glove or tennis racket goes with tennis ball
Another fun puzzle is to find the difference between two pictures.
Very basic puzzles but HIGHLY addictive fun. Tapping on the wrong thing 3 times loses you 1000 points. Asking for a Hint will cost you 4000 points.
Bottom line: If you love puzzles and being challenged, then this is the game for you. If you do not enjoy sitting still and trying to figure things out, or aren't great with giving attention to detail, then pass on this one. I feel that a very smart 8 or 9 year old can play this without losing interest. We are respectively 27 and 32 we are obsessed!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun, fun. Addictive. Perfect for hours of relaxing in the evening. All my POP CAP games are the BEST.Published 8 months ago by Grandma Burch
thiis is a great game to play the whole family plays it some day we will beat it maybe but love itPublished 20 months ago by Mary
I am really enjoying this game. If you like hidden object games, this is a good one. Wonderful graphics and clever hiding.Published 23 months ago by Kathleen A. Burton
this is a very unique game but i like it alot its one you hate to put down you get into it and lose track of timePublished 24 months ago by nonie
A great find and seek game, lots of fun for every age group. If these are you types of games, it is a solid entry and worth buying!Published on November 19, 2013 by Linda Weiss
Hidden object game with a few basic mini games. Not very challenging. Had many levels but all were alike. Good game if you enjoy hidden object. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by site_seeker