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DS Hidden Mysteries: Vampire Secrets

Platform : Nintendo DS
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What is intended as a relaxing vacation to Savannah, Georgia for Claire Donnelly, quickly turns into one of adventure and mystery. Upon her arrival, Claire starts experiencing unusual visions, which grow to vivid depictions of evil forces living among the citizens of Savannah. Dark Shadows: A Vampire's Tale mixes hidden object gameplay with adventure elements. The dark and mysterious storyline will capture the attention of casual gamers and vampire fanatics alike.

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  • ASIN: B0042A147M
  • Item Weight: 12 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 12, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,471 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Weemadarthur on September 28, 2010
This is the first game I played in the Hidden Mysteries series. It is approximately equal parts hidden object game and point and click adventure.

This game allows 2 save profiles, although switching between them is a little clunky and you cannot name the profiles. So if you have 2 players, you'll just have to remember which character picture went with your save file.

Most of the hidden objects are clearly visible, I did run into one word I didn't recognize. For these difficulties, the game includes a hint function. The hint bar fills over time, so you cannot be totally stuck and unable to move forward. I did not test on the hidden object screen whether it 'hints' at the top item on the list, or a random item. Finding all the items I recognized left only 1 or 2 items, the ones I needed help with.

Between the hidden object screens are the point and click adventure sections, with puzzles. Many of the puzzles in this game have been seen in other DS or computer games. For instance, water pipes with mixed up sections: turn the pipe sections until all the pipes connect. I have seen this in at least 2 other games. This game is easier than a straight point-and-click adventure, because if you find 2 pieces of an item, the game automatically puts them together for you.

The one issue I had with this game was occasional poor recognition of where I was clicking. At one point, I resorted to a walkthrough when the item I was using didn't work on the place I thought it should be used. It turned out, I needed to click slightly to the left. Also, on occasion, a 'hot spot' for interaction was so close to a door, that I ended up leaving the room multiple times.

The manual claims that the hint function can help you with the puzzles in game.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ojh333 on December 2, 2010
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As a fan of hidden object and puzzle games, I really enjoyed playing this one. I played on a DSi XL, and I never once had any issues with navigation or clicking. In one or two spots, there was a bit of difficulty placing or using an object, as you had to click very specifically in a certain spot. It merely took a few more attempts to get it right.

The puzzles are fun to solve....they often require a little effort to collect necessary items to complete them. Every puzzle will let you skip it if you are stuck, though I only had to use it once. The dialogue is VERY cheesy, but I found the game enjoyable enough not to really care.

The game is a bit short, but the only thing I can really fault it for is that it ends without any warning and without finishing the story line. Actually, there really isn't a cohesive story at all, you just get bits and pieces of a story. The puzzles are engaging, and how can you not love finding hidden objects? I would have given this 5 stars if not for the too sudden ending without finishing the story.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By H. Miller on October 3, 2010
I love all things vampire, and enjoy hidden object games, so was anxious to get this one. There are some puzzles you have to solve throughout to get certain objects that allow you to go on, and not all of them were easy. However, when the game ended, it was so abrupt, I wasn't sure if it was over, or if there was a glitch that kicked me back to the menu. I checked a walkthrough online, and sure enough, it was just over. There seems to be an issue w/the sensitivity of where you need to click sometimes, which is frustrating when you are supposed to use an object to do something. Moving around when trying to find the objects was a bit off as well. I would always get kicked back to the other side of the screen. I was a bit disappointed that I finished it so quickly (maybe 4 hours overall of gameplay, if that). I will trade it in after my kids get done with it. If you like hidden object games, then you will probably enjoy this one, but I would look for it used.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mwreview on May 23, 2011
This reviewer's take on "Vampire Secrets" is on par with that of reviewer H. Miller "Heather." Having also played "Hidden Mysteries: Titanic," "Vampire Secrets" is a definite improvement. The puzzles are better and flow easier with the storyline. The volume level on the spoken dialogue is clearer and is not drowned out by the background music. Still, there are a few issues with this game that lowers the grade.

Storyline/Gameplay: Many games of this genre have female lead characters and this one is no exception. The protagonist is Claire who often sees visions in her head. She goes on vacation to her Aunt Rosie's house but finds she is not home. Her aunt is also receiving visions but, due to her advanced age, cannot decipher them. It is thus up to Claire to find out what these visions are all about. In her travels she finds clues that ultimately lead her to an old mansion that is home to a...uh...vampire (I guess). The gameplay consists of finding a list of objects in different rooms, solving puzzles, and acquiring objects to help advance the story.

Pros: The graphics are nice and clear which is an obvious benefit for hidden object games. There is no time limit and no penalty for clicking on incorrect objects, which may be considered a con for players who enjoy more challenging games or games that can be played multiple times to achieve higher scores. The puzzles are often quite challenging. Along the way, Claire picks up books which open to passages that help in solving puzzles. The book clues are very important although many puzzles can be solved simply by trial and error.
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