Discover the truth about your childhood in Secrets of the Past - Mother's Diary Deluxe, a captivating search for answers. You wake up to receive an unusual birthday gift from your foster parents - a letter written by your biological mother. Desperately wanting to know the truth about your origins, all roads lead you to an abandoned mansion where a terrible tragedy occurred many years ago.
learn the truth about your unknown origin in this tantalizing hidden object search
visit a dilapidated home and discover a story about love, death, treachery and lies
search through the house that hides its secrets well for valuable clues to your origin
locate valuable items and figure out interesting puzzles
This game totally made NO sense to me.. The "hints" are horrible.. I had NO clue where to go or what to do with the exception of the scissors but the bucket, sword, and axe I had left in my inventory were of no help to me and every direction I went to and clicked "hint" I would get "There is nothing else to do here right now".. I tried over and over and still to no avail had no clue what to do or where to go.. It did nothing but aggravate me and drove me crazy.. I looked on the net for walkthrough's or some kind of help but was unable to find any so it just left me hanging.. I recommend this game to NO ONE.. Don't install, it's not worth your time.. I have NO clue how it got the 4 & 3/4th's stars... I DON'T think it deserves the one I gave it but had to give at least one
The one difficulty that some may find with this game is that it must be by an England based company. Many of the hidden objects are not called by familiar names to the U.S., so you may look for a very long time before you realize that it is not what we would call the object. It is a fun little game but a little on the slow side.
Fayleen | Added on: August 16, 2012
I enjoyed this game. The graphics were great. Not much direction so you have to figure it out on your own. Hint button is not very helpful but I loved the eye that tracked your movement. It was a challege to figure out were to go next. If in doubt, backtrack.
Cat_In_RV | Added on: August 20, 2012
This game has some pros, but probably more cons. The HO scenes are pretty much monochrome until late in the game, but the objects are fairly easy to see. It does get a bit confusing when the object is labeled a clarinet but turns out to be a flute. There are many other examples of mis-named objects as well. The story line, though somewhat transparent, is not bad until the ending. It came so abruptly I almost missed it. Otherwise, the worst problems for me are the amount of back-and-forth required and and the "hint eye" not pointing you in any particular direction. I just had to go through all the possible rooms over and over until I found what I needed to do next, which I found tedious. The puzzles were not complicated, but they were interesting. Overall, I enjoyed the couple of hours it took to play, but I'm not sure it's worth purchasing.
I thought this would be an interesting game but it was a little too easy and I finished it in about 2 hours. I like games that take me a few days to complete or at least several hours. You do have to think "outside the box" when looking for some objects because several objects have different names than what we know them to be called. So if you are a HO game aficionado, this should be quick and easy.
emi1 | Added on: August 13, 2012
i find this game has 2 much back and forth without much guidance. the eyeball as the hint button is distracting to me-the way it tracks ur movements. the way the music abruptlly stops is also a distraction to me. the journal was of very minimal help b/c i was unable to return to the pages i needed when i got to a particular puzzle. that was very frustrating. thank goodness for the skip button. all in all just an ok game...
Graphics good, not too hard, and lots of levels, although I can't finish it
wngschic | Added on: August 18, 2012
Pros: Graphics are very pretty and it had a good balance between hidden object scenes and puzzles. Cons: I played on expert mode, and I thought the puzzles were entirely too easy. I say this as someone who usually uses hints like its my job. Another problem is some of the hidden object scenes didn't make sense. For example, it wanted me to find a balloon but I couldn't, so when I clicked hint it showed me a fire extinguisher... it happened on a couple of other objects. Finally, the story line was really confusing. I'm still not sure what really was happening or why, and there really was no buildup to the end of the game. I was surprised to see that I had finished it when it happened. One final thing: The eyeball in the corner of the screen was very distracting. I found myself using hints just so it would close for a while. There was no rhyme or reason as to why it was there, ugh. Creepy. Anyway, not a terrible game, but I don't think it is anything I would replay again.
What a great game, graphics/art, mini games and music. There is so much to search for and more to do, places to go and go back to. You are adopted and get a letter and locket from you real mother on your 18th b-day and the search is on.
elaineorni | Added on: August 22, 2012
This game has intrigue, mystery, a draw to keep you continuing to play it, and many mini-games. The mini-games aren't difficult, but sometimes finding the next step in the mystery takes quite a bit of pursuit. The game held my interest from beginning to end. Graphics were great, storyline was good. Solutions to problems encountered along the way was sometimes more difficult than I imagined, making the game all the more intriguing and satisfying once you were able to move forward. Great game, good interest level, and good "expert level" too.
Graphics are well done. The music would cut in and out intermittently but wasn't irritating. I prefer to play these games with the computer's default cursor, not the in-game decorative one but there was no option to turn it off. HO Scenes were just cluttered scenes of junk, and occasionally there would be more than one item in a scene that fit the description of what one was looking for. What the game desperately needs is a map since there is a LOT of back and forth between scenes. There is no way to go from one scene to another without clicking back, back, way back, just to pick up a single item needed and then to return back back back to the original location you started at. This seriously affected my decision not to purchase this game after playing nearly the full hour of the demo. The other deciding factor was the eye (aka the hint button) that followed the cursor's every move. It was distracting and creepy.
Often there would be more than one "shoe" or "dragon" or something else of the sort and only one worked, HOS were monotone and difficult to make out, and the ending was very abrupt, anti-climactic, and easy to figure out from very early on. There were also issues with names being mixed up, like a dustpan being called a shovel and vice versa.
dxqn747 | Added on: August 15, 2012
To me this game was very relaxing because I love this type of HO game. Other HOGer's may find his type of game frustrating but as the old saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Only played the one-hour trial. Will purchase this game later this month. Game has some 'mindless' but necessary find the objects screens and with each game you receive a tool that will help you further your quest to solve the mystery. The game is definitely addictive. Each screen/room has several objects that need to be found in other locations to help you solve the mystery. Game is more kid friendly than the shoot-em-up or the beat-em-up games out there but not really sure would appeal to the younger set. All-in-all a great game. Love this type of game. It's challenging but not so frustrating that you are pulling your hair out and wanting to kick you monitor across the room. Been there, wanted to do that but didn't, deleted game instead.
Enjoyed playing and appreciated the artwork. Some challenging hidden items and puzzles were original. Great relaxing game with a very smooth flow. Good choice to relax and enjoy.
roxy8279 | Added on: August 26, 2012
It was okay but the ending was confusing the flashbacks and dialogue disappeared before I could read.
Summer | Added on: August 16, 2012
This has good promise but comes off as pretty mediocre. I would give it 2 and 1/2 stars if I could. Its tough to say I liked it, but also dont want to go so far to say I disliked it. I wasn't liking the HO scenes at all at first because they were predominantly monochromatic, but they get better when you get to the 2nd mansion. Some story parts never do make sense (these places are in her backyard yet she has never explored them or wondered what they were?!) and you figure the story out LONG before the main character does. There are alot of unresolved questions still. No map/navigation system, just the back and forth walking, always a minus; and the hint system is poor because if you don't know where to go next, all it will say is "nothing to do here", meaning you have to try out every screen until you find one that responds to the hint. This created a ton of frustration for me, because sometimes the item you needed was not intuitive at all. (A playing card opens a lock?!) You can get really tripped up by the names too, because many objects have bizarre tags, ( a helium tank is a "balloon"? "pyramid" is a child's stacking toy? and many other examples, there's a walkthrough in a blog that has them all) and then there's the always annoying problem of looking for a certain object and there is 3 in the picture but only one is accepted. Also I think there was just *too* many blocking items just to slow the game down for a longer play time, you couldnt open anything or go anywhere without needing to retrieve something from somewhere else. These people seriously solved a puzzle/inserted objects every time they wanted to go in a room in their home? The journal was not really of any help either, if you wanted the info for a puzzle like a combination, you need to write it down because it doesnt appear on the puzzle screen. Oh and the hint eyeball definitely qualifies as creepy. Otherwise though the story held my interest and gave me plenty to do, with plenty of HO scenes, which were pretty well done graphically once you got past the fairly monochromatic ones. So if you can deal with a fairly large number of drawbacks, you should get some reasonable play time from this.
It has it's moments of entertainment but there is nothing special about this game. It's very typical and similar to others. I wouldn't buy it for 20 dollars though. Some things were wrong with the game such as an item will show up a couple times in the hidden object section and you had to guess which one they were talking about. I mostly saw that with shoes. I hated the ending. All of them are pretty lame to begin with but this one had to emphasize it's lameness. In the end, enjoyable, something to pass the time, but not worth paying for. If you are good enough you could possibly get all the way through the game before your trial hour is up.
DISCLAIMER: I only played the free trial. I was very pleased to try this game; it seemed like a nice departure from the Halloween-inspired and the Escape-the-Asylum themed games that seemed to predominate these last few weeks. A young woman who was adopted is given a box that belonged to her birth mother. When she puts on the locket that was in the box, she sees a vision of a mansion and a murder. She then sets out to find out what happened. One of the first things I noticed and liked was the graphics; they are very well done. They manage to be clear and sharp even though the setting is a decrepit and neglected mansion. I also liked the gameplay. You did not receive items as soon as you needed them, so you had to actually think about where an item might be used. As I already mentioned, the plot was slightly different, and from what I saw, actually made sense. Now for why I only game the game 3.8 stars. The first problem I had was the TOTALLY creepy eyeball that stares at you throughout the game. I have NO idea why they used it or how it was connected to the story. It freaked me out; I tried to ignore it. If that makes me a wuss, I'll accept that label. But please, let's keep this little fact amongst ourselves, shall we? Another problem was the hidden object scenes. They looked like a junk pile of assorted miscellaneous stuff. A very UGLY pile of assorted miscellaneous stuff. Lastly, many of the hidden object scenes didn't appear until you performed some action. This could be very frustrating to a novice gamer. All-in-all, this is a very good game, but I think better suited for a more experienced gamer.