Science enters uncharted territory in Natural Threat - Ominous Shores Deluxe, a suspenseful tale of danger and survival. Professor Steiner is a foremost authority in genetics. As a newly graduated assistant, it's been your dream to work alongside the professor and your only hope is for great things to come. Unfortunately, science has a way of walking a fine line between good and evil.
walk the fine line between good and evil in this riveting hidden object encounter
take on dual roles to escape genetic aberrations found on a secluded island
enjoy 32 beautiful locations and 30 exceptional mini-games
play in Casual or Expert modes to ensure a worthwhile challenge
Beautiful graphics. Great mixture of HO and mini games. Long playing. A definite winner. Hint button not only recharges rather quickly, but it will direct you where you need to go without using up a hint and you WILL need it. There are many portals to this game. A definite reco. Enjoy!
b52girlaz | Added on: April 10, 2012
Liked this game. Played casual mode. Seemed like I got to play for a good long time. I did use the hint button and skipped some puzzles. It does require some back and forth throughout and especially at the end; I didn't mind. Directional hints don't need to recharge. Skip puzzle is quick. If you don't like creepy, this might be too much. A little sad, too. Hidden object areas were easy on the eyes.
nvyank | Added on: April 22, 2012
Not your typical HOG. I liked how you had to go to different areas and complete a certain function in order to progress through the game. My only issue was at the ending. I felt a rush to get it completed and then it was over?? I think a map would have been better to progress thru the island also. Otherwise, I can't wait to see if there is a part 2.
anneatplay | Added on: April 11, 2012
I just liked being on this island, ominous or not. The graphics are beautiful. The story line is interesting. The ending requires a lot of running back and forth and then seems a little abrupt. The directional hint keeps it from getting frustrating because there are a lot of locations and without it I would have been scratching my head more often than I enjoy. I'm always pleased to see the Alawar logo because I think they consistently produce a top product. The items you receive from HOS have no relevance to the search, but it didn't bother me overly much. It took quite a bit of time to play so you don't feel cheated.
I really liked this game, however, I did find it extremely annoying that there was no map, and every time you had to go from one location to another (which was VERY often) you had to literally backtrack click by click. Having said that, the graphics were great, the storyline was very good. You can play without sound as there are subtitles and no actual voiceover that I heard. Its a little creepy in places so I wouldn't advise letting younger children play (think Day of the Triffids). All in all, as usual from Alawar Games an excellent game and well worth the $6.99 or a fun ticket. Am now off to play the second one.
"Natural Threat" has very good gameplay and the most beautiful graphics I have seen at GameHouse. The intriguing storyline concerns the struggles of the only hearty survivor of a shipwreck to rescue his friends from being consumed by a voracious plant that had been crossbred with predatory carnivores by an obsessed scientist. To find out what is going on and discover where his friends have been secreted away, he must solve puzzles, acquire useful items, solve HOs of course, and decide where best to use objects he has found. Puzzles range from carrying out simple tasks to mind-bending abstractions. The game's designers have incorporated many thoughtful touches that make it easy for the player to concentrate on puzzles rather than game mechanics. The game is fun and beautifully designed. It is my favorite of over a dozen excellent GameHouse offerings so far. I highly recommend this game.
This game has very nice graphics but it is fairly easy the challenge is in the puzzles, the other challenges are easy if a person reads the log. A relaxing online game.
RokNRolMom | Added on: April 29, 2012
Natural Threat-Ominous Shores has a good mix of HO, mini-games and story line. I'm not much for game story plots in general, but this game caught my interest. The game is long, so it is a good value to me. The HO minis are not overly obscure and not totally obvious - good mix for me. The graphics are great, and the game does not stall or hang. Some games have one going back and forth from scene to scene for the HO, and this game does that, too, but somehow the sequence of scenes makes sense and going back and forth is not annoying. Overall, I say this is a great game.
Very beautiful game, what I especially liked was the different objects to find in every HO scene. Not like other games where you continuously have to search for the same objects. I did had to use the hint button quite a lot to find out where to go to next. You have to go back and forth through the different scenes quite often. I was pretty sad when I finished the game ;-) really one of the best I ever played.
Scobrena | Added on: April 15, 2012
I really couldn't stop til it was over. I played in casual til I could get a feel for the game. Started again in expert and it really was challenging.
GameDancer | Added on: April 9, 2012
HOG LOVERS you will definitely get your $$ worth owning this SE game! This is a L-O-N-G game full of hidden objects & puzzle playing. I gave this game a *4* rating only because there is no map available but you do have a GREAT hint button to get you where you need to go especially 1/2 way through the game where you will be doing quite a bit of back & forth. You will need to revisit many locations & this is where an interactive map would help. The crisp graphics(*5*s), music & sound effects makes you feel like you're stranded on a deserted island by yourself...but are you? I'm not giving out any spoilers as this is truly an HO adventure & mystery. Think of the Island of Dr. Moreau only with plants!! You do need to scrutinize ALL the locations & not just once. HOs become more challenging as the game progresses. The puzzles are unique & they range from fairly easy, medium, time consuming & challenging BUT solvable. You find yourself playing 2 different persons...in the past & in the present. Pay attention to the 1st 10 mins. of the mystery. This game is more appropriate for mid-teens>adults. You will enjoy hours of stress free entertainment with surprises! Have FUN!!
I found this one really enjoyable and matching my personal preferences for this game type. There are some things in my list of "likes" that other people might not consider winning points but it's a matter of taste. In no particular order: - good length - original and developed story - good mix of HO scenes, mini games and actions - not too much of either, keeps it entertaining - beautifully done and only slightly spooky but in a very tasteful way - good quality music - variety of puzzles, nothing that I needed to skip out of boredom and I don't think there were more than one puzzle of any particular variety. Nothing is worse for me than solving the same puzzle over and over again, this game offered plenty of different ones - it was great to have a playable intro instead of a simple cutscene telling original story - some items are located very close to where they need to be used while others are several locations away - no map which is always a plus for me, keeps it more "real". Although it would be frustrating if I did not have time to finish the game over two consecutive days, as there are quite a few locations and most of them are used throughout the game - overall good quality: loads fast, good hint, well balanced cutscenes There were only few things I would consider less than great: - twist in the story towards the end from pure science to something infused with magic (runes? rituals?) made me scratch my head. Everything was sufficiently explained but I think having more scientific or hi-tech finale would be more appropriate - final actions felt a bit uninspired and rushed. It's hard to explain without giving too many details but you will see what I meant when you get to that part - I found Expert mode not "expert" enough, HO locations are still sparkling. I will love Alawar games even more if they start using three game modes like some game producers do, with the hardest one being truly challenging, no visual aids or skip options If you like HOG/adventure/action blend, I definitely recommend this one.
Beautiful, beautiful game. Graphics are lush, vivid colors. Storyline is unique sorta - think Little Shop of Horrors. Ending got kinda hokey but nice, long game. Only thing it needed was a map so I didn't have to keep clicking the hint button to find things to do.
Daunya | Added on: August 11, 2012
This was one of my favorite HO games so far. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five was because it froze in some of the side games, and I had to completly skip them to get the game to progress. As for the parts of the game that worked right, everything was great. There is a fun unexpected twist right at the begining. The storyline is very involved. The graphics are awsome. I loved it.
emi1 | Added on: April 17, 2012
really good HOG. finding items in HO scenes. finding items to use in other scenes. the story of this one is intriguing. it was shocking to be killed. i liked that there are 2 parts of the story. the part u play, and then yrs later. the details of this game were also shocking-some of them. the frog getting eaten by a plant-gross. i think if u play this game over u'll see details u missed the 1st time. i looked at the madible of a skull around a post for several minutes b/f i realized what it was. very good job, guys. the story makes u want to play this one til the end. can't wait to see what happens...
Lots of variety. Plenty of hints if you need them. Love hidden objects.
gamermom01 | Added on: April 9, 2012
too many "go back" issues. Would be more fast paced and edgy if you could find the times all at once instead of one at a time. Too many steps back and forth to complete tasks. Great scenery and story line is good.
fossils43 | Added on: April 12, 2012
Just completed this game. I really enjoyed the story line, artwork, and challenges. Thank goodness for the hint button. Want another adventure like this one!
Takethater | Added on: May 28, 2012
I'm not usually into HOs with long drawn out stories, but this was quite clever. It kept things short while keeping to the point of what you were trying to achieve. Excellent HO scenes and plenty of interaction to keep you interested. The reason it dropped a star for me is that it would have been useful to have a map. I found I was using the hint just to find out where I was going next as the areas are so big you tend to get lost. The ending obviously meant a sequel is on the cards so looking forward to that. Go buy yourself this game. The length means you are not cheated.
If you want hours and hours of fabulous fun, buy this game. Plan to do a great deal of moving around in the game. This game is very detailed and will require your complete attention while you play. If you get stuck, use the hint button. It will help you to move to the appropriate location. A map would have been very helpful with this game. I really enjoyed this game and would suggest that you buy it. It will keep you entertained for hours!