A plane full of priceless antiques has been hijacked in a high-altitude heist and it's up to you to track down the thief and the missing goods in this hidden-object adventure. Join a young investigator as she scours Europe for the stolen items and tries to stay one step ahead of the dastardly villain. Search each richly detailed location for the relics on your list and return the precious cargo to the rightful owner. Bend your brain with nine unique mini-games to unlock an array of gadgets to help you discover secret items and solve the case. Featuring a stirring storyline, gorgeous full-screen graphics, and hours of addictive gameplay, Hidden Relics is an eye-popping quest that's full of priceless fun!
It's a hidden object game with treasure hunts (must use special gadgets for treasures). Even for an avid HO player like me, it is challenging because object colors and shadings sometimes blend with the background (unless you refer to a handbook with photos of the hidden objects...then it's moderate). Basically you travel from one country to another mostly in Europe to find all the objects and treasures. The graphics are intricate but I don't find them having that much to do with the location (Mystery P.I. New York does a better job with locations/scenes). They are also more of a clustered scene than a nice scenic view. If you went through all the levels, I don't know if you would want to replay again because it's pretty thorough already. All in all, it's a solid HO game. The story is so so but the game itself is challenging, mini games are fun, and if you like using gadgets like in Samantha Swift series, you would find this a fun game.
everyone that plays this game plays for hours. We like the challenges that await us,
mmij58 | Added on: June 29, 2009
A couple hints - before you start to play the actual game go to the mini game area and play some games so you can get the special devices that help you look for the Special Object. You get starts for completing the games which you use to get the devices. Click on the "big" red gas cans at each location. Not sure why you need them, but it adds to your score. You get 5 hints per level, but if you find the REALLY small magnifying glass at each location you will get another hint. You will need your hints because some of the object are just ridiculously hard to find. This is a timed game, but they are generous in the amount of time you get for each level so you should still be able to play in a relaxed mode. Overall this is a fun game and the well-hidden objects and basic clutter of the pages makes it challenging.
In some of the mini games the screens are so small you can't even tell what they are. It would be great if the screens were large enough to see them. Also some of the objects can't even be found with magnifiers. You just have to guess where they are as they are dark and they are hidden with a dark background Otherwise ok game
Desert007 | Added on: August 25, 2012
After reading a few reviews, perhaps I did not "figure out" how to play the game... But I found it very nerve-wracking, trying to complete Level 10 under the time clock after "replaying" that level twice! And then to have the "professor" give me a C-!!! What was that about!!! I did about three-fourths of the way through the game figure out that maybe the reason I could not find any "secret" objects (except for two or three...) was because I needed to collect all the gadgets first. But even after that, I never "found" any additional secret objects... So I don't know. I didn't like the way the game the ended. I don't see ever replaying this game again, and I'm glad I caught it on free game day... P.S. -- Somebody tell the designers of this game the difference between "loose" and "lose." We've been discussing how the next generation doesn't have very good spelling or grammar due to all the bad habits of "texting." Just another example....
If you want a relaxing HO game this is it. The time to find things generous however some things can be really hard to find. Best to get the special gadgets as early as you can in game as well as the gas cans. There could be better explaination of how the gadgets work to find the hidden items. The mini games can be frustrating as they have a limited number of times you can use them, so you may have to go to a minigame you do not care for. The storyline does not get in the way of the game. It is mentioned before each chapter and then when you have finished a section. Graphics could be sharper. For those easily frustrated, just do the game and forget the special hidden objects.
I like the story line, the maps, the artwork, but I keep feeling like this game needs a "help" button - I win special gadgets but I have no idea how to use them, every now and then I stumble upon a "special" hidden object but I'm not quite sure how I did it, and the Professor keeps warning me that someone dangerous is following me, but I have no idea what I'm supposed to do about it. If I could just get past these annoyances and treat it as a straight-up HOG, I'd enjoy this one a lot, but after each round it GRADES me, and my grades keep getting worse - it's taunting me!
This game was a lot of fun. You could see a picture of the object which was really helpful especially as the objects changed in the different cities (a fan in one city looked different from a fan in a different city). I was playing this into the wee hours (just couldn't stop). However, now that I have completed the whole game (about 10 chapters) I don't know if I would play it again.But it definitely was a LOT of fun!
slruser | Added on: April 17, 2010
I loved this game, as it provided hours of fun. The scenes were clever and got progressively more challenging with each level. I played all three levels and found I was never bored.
MarlaMacPhee | Added on: April 23, 2012
The instructions for some of the puzzles where unclear. The story lacked interest as well was poorly edited. Could be great for young readers except that the English was so poor. Game play sometimes awkward not sure where to click. Items very easy to find.
Janelle | Added on: September 30, 2011
I really hate Hidden Relics! This must be the blurriest Hidden Object game that I have ever played! The graphics are so dull,and faded out that hardly anything in the scenes really stand out,let alone the Hidden Objects,and the "secret" hidden objects forget it! Plus the puzzles to get the items that supposedly will help you find those secret hidden objects cannot be skipped. I purchase no game that does not allow puzzles to be skipped! I detest Towers of Hanoi,and Slider puzzles,especially. I deleted this one!
Some reviewers say easy while others pronounce it to be challenging I say it leaned to the well placed hidden objects therefore challenging. My grades were nothing to be proud of however I enjoyed the game just the same. Kids who are head of the curve will find the game entertaining as they try to beat the clock and keep gas in the car as they trek across Europe. Good play!
haley458 | Added on: July 19, 2010
This was a good twist on your basic hidden object search; and I did enjoy the puzzles to increase your money to buy the gadgets, although they did not offer much of a variety. I might have enjoyed this game more if they offered a better explanation on how to use the gadgets -- I played almost half the game before I realized that you're supposed to use the blinking gadgets only (I had been trying each one for every scene -- tedious!)... So maybe it was user error. At least it was more creative in the H/O department; but I wouldn't play it again.
I have played dozens of hidden object games and this is by far my favorite. It has interesting and challenging mini-games, several ways to find objects, and lots of scenes. I don't usually care about the story lines behind some of the hidden object games, but this one is minimal and seldom gets in the way. I return to it every few months, and have been hoping that there would be a sequel.