izzylea21 | Added on: September 15, 2011
First, the double pack price is a great deal for these two games: ANCIENT SECRETS: QUEST FOR THE GOLDEN KEY and ANCIENT SECRETS: MYSTERY OF THE VANISHING BRIDE. They worked great with my Windows 7 (64-bit) Operating System. Both games are quite challenging and addictive. I played both without a timer. I recommend them for experienced puzzle lovers, including capable teens! I feel these games are too advanced for most children. ANCIENT SECRETS: QUEST FOR THE GOLDEN KEY tells how Dr. Kate Miller learns of the Tekka people and their secrets discovered years before by her father. She has a piece of an important Tekka key from her father that she must find the pieces to. The graphics are splendid! Getting from one place to another is fairly easy. However, be aware that there are NO hints or skip options for any of the large number of puzzles in this first game. You must see each puzzle through to completion on your own. You can feel a bit trapped until the solution comes to you, if you've been working on a puzzle for a while. I take a break at such times. Most of the time, this is not much of a problem, but there are a few puzzles that are very difficult. There are also a few regular Hidden Object (HO) scenes with lists of items to find scattered amongst the puzzles. These were at times harder than those in other HO games, because nearly all of these HOs are the same color as the background, so you must look for very fine and/or tiny outlines or shadows of the objects. I really enjoyed this game, even with the frustration I felt working on some of the tough puzzles. It does feel rewarding to finish one of those!! LOL! If you have the patience to pursue tricky puzzles to the end, I recommend this game to you. In ANCIENT SECRETS: THE MYSTERY OF THE VANISHING BRIDE, new complications are added to the story line about Dr. Kate Miller which adds to the adventure. In addition, hints and skip options ARE included this time around for all of the puzzles (they must have received some letters! LOL!). To Skip, you must pay three of your hint coins. BUT, I still found a few puzzles to be tough even with hints! I enjoyed the ending to this second game! It was all worth it!! LOL! Finally, for mechanics, some of the puzzles involve putting parts together to run a machine. I enjoy these! And, there were segments of both stories that left me really fending for myself in finding out what to do next or where to travel to next. At one point I was able to backtrack in the story and I found that I had overlooked an important clue. With that clue I was able to proceed. So, it is important to stay alert in these games and run the cursor over all margins of the game window as well as throughout the game window to make sure you have not missed a clue. ENJOY!