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Amazing Adventures: The Forgotten Ruins - Nintendo DS

Platform : Nintendo DS
Rated: Everyone
4 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews

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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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Product Description

Travel to an archaeological dig to unearth a lost Mayan temple and its priceless treasure in this exclusive story for Nintendo DS

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  • ASIN: B001EQPDNS
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 5 x 0.6 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,480 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
The Short Version: At first I was a bit put off by how easy the mini-games seemed, but (as is often the case with Pop Cap's games) I found it difficult to put down. This is a good activity for getting your mental gears turning in a relaxed way.

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.
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Amazing Adventures: The Forgotten Ruins
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.
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This game is really fun! The graphics are great and the game concept is entertaining and challenging. I love hidden object games but so many of the ones I've played for the DS don't really show up very well, the screen is too dark, the items too small to really see, etc. This one is far superior to most. If you liked Mystery Case Files MillionHeir, you will love this game, too. It's very well done and I'm extremely happy with it!
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UPDATE on January 29th, 2009... Wanted to remove 2 stars because of the repetitive nature and this being the same exact game as, "Mystery PI".

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!!
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