Ashley Clark – Secret of the Ruby Deluxe is an exciting hidden object adventure! Follow a detective while she investigates a series of kidnappings that started years ago. Your only clue is a ruby pendant that's involved in all the cases. Find out what this ornament has to do with the kidnappings, and solve a mysterious case in Ashley Clark – Secret of the Ruby Deluxe!
solve a mysterious case about a series of kidnappings that started years ago
explore 34 unique locations, and search for clues and other helpful leads
play challenging hidden object levels and complete 23 fantastic mini-games
enjoy an exciting storyline that takes you through 15 detailed hidden object scenes
This is a hidden object adventure which is heavy on the adventuring, I like that. I played on hard mode, so no sparkles. The puzzles were quite nice and some were a bit challenging, but the instructions were very bad, for most puzzles I could figure out what to do, but for a few I had to search online for tips. I did manage to do all the puzzles without skipping, but a few felt like they weren't finished and everything just snapped into place (rotating puzzles, which I don't like that much anyway). There was voice acting, but sometimes only for a few sentences and then I had to read the rest, this could be my computer however, because sometimes it felt like a bug. There was one thing I really disliked about this game (and others), the fact that you only could pick up some things when you needed them, I really disliked that, because they are just screaming at you: pick me up, pick me up! It makes for unnecessary backtracking (even though this game had a interactive map, I could not always remember where everything was) and game-prolonging, which this game definitely did not need, because it was pretty long for a standard game. I do recommend this game for people who like adventuring and puzzles in a hidden object game, not suited for novices maybe (I did not play on easy, so maybe there are some more hints there?).
For an Alawar game I found this to be a little below their usual high standards. The graphics are fine, the storyline okay, the music nice (a little dreary) and not annoying - but - the map lacks hints of where to go next and I found the running back and forth and all about just plain annoying and predictable. It isn't a bad game but it has lots of room for improvement. I'm glad I didn't buy it. However, I have also seen much, much worse so give it a try and see if you like it. Not for anyone who doesn't like spiders which often appear in the H.O. screens and be prepared for some english-translation gaffs and a reference to a word that the review filters will not let me say (wonder how it got included in the game?).. Not for really little kids and I would not replay it. The game developer is listed as N-Tri . Is this cryptic for "nice try"? lol
There are 4 levels of difficulty - I played the easiest level. There is an interactive map where you can click on the areas and go right there - a couple times I looked at the map and there would be a question mark on an area I needed to go to but most of the time, there was no hint as to where to go next. Throughout the game, look for red ruby pieces to accumulate additional hints. If you run out of them, you still have a hint available - you just have to wait for it to fill up again before you can use it again. It fills up quickly. The graphics were good - the HO scenes were clear and challenging. Some were a list of things to find and some were outlines of items to find. You also had to use items in the scene on other items to get the item on the list. There were lots of puzzles - I thought they were challenging. The story was nice - you go back in time to figure out why people are getting kidnapped in the modern day. Along the way, you help ghosts who are stuck there with things they need so they can be free. The only thing I didn't like was the ending - won't spoil it but I wish it was a little different.
Alawar usually publishes high quality games, but I think they fell short on this one. The graphics were fine, and the music was okay. But I think this game suffered from a translation problem. First, a voice-over dialogue would begin, but it would quit rather abruptly after which you were left to read on your own. Second, the dialogue syntax was not quite what it should have been, and third (and most importantly) the directions for the mini-games were terrible. I really enjoy the puzzles and don't like to skip them, but there were more than a couple here that left me wishing for better directions. I had to skip several. I should have gone on line and tried to find a walk-through, but it's a shame that was needed. The HO scenes themselves were fine and not difficult. The adventure element was good. The interactive map was of no use if you didn't know where you wanted to go, so there was a lot of back-and-forth; tediously so. Unless you want to skip all the puzzles, I would not call this a game for new players, not is it a game for children. However, if you enjoy HO/adventure games and don't mind spending a few hours on a mediocre one, then give it a go. I wouldn't recommend purchasing it without playing it first, as you might be very disappointed.
I would not recommend for HO or Adventure game beginners, The game is more on the adventure side rather than HO. Graphics are good and there is a map that will take you to the location when clicking on it. I am not finding the HOs very easily but have not pinpointed the why. There are limited hints and I have been cautious with using them and haven't run out yet to see what happens when I'm stuck with no hints. You get an additional hint added when you find a red crystal in a location but they aren't plentiful to find. I have found that the puzzles are somewhat unique and I have used the skip button when totally stumped. Be prepared for thinky with the adventure. Do scroll around each location as there are items you will find that are needed later. Mini spoiler - the open lamppost will be needed after finding a torch and then using it to light up the rodent hiding place to get an item you will need. Enjoy the adventure.
NO WHERE near as good as most Alawar games. VERY hard to know where to go and with limited hints available, not an easy HOG
mysmile | Added on: March 3, 2014
I really hate clicking penalties. They aren't too severe here, but I just came off a game with severe ones, and have had it. Once I start dealing with the screen going crazy more than once in a search, that's it. I delete the game. A shame too, because alawar is one of my fave developers. But there is something so irritating about penalties, I usually will even start over and try the game from easy, to see if the penalties change - not so in this game, unfortunately. Now, if you have the style of play where they don't get to you, you'll probably like this game, if you like Alawar. Alawar has a particular style and is almost always a quality game, if you aren't addicted to very elaborate graphics. Actually, I like that because they make more of an effort in the actual gameplay rather than to dazzle with wild artwork or special effects. So I am always excited to see an Alawar game.
I really enjoyed this game, more than many others I've played recently. The interactive map was great since there was some back and forth. It wasn't too hard to keep up with object collected because you only had to carry a little at a time and usually used the items within just a few scenes. The hidden object parts weren't too difficult, even though some of the mini-games were; I skipped a few. The length was worthwhile and I was able to play this game at a relaxed pace.