Play The Mirror Mysteries - Forgotten Kingdoms Deluxe, the anticipated follow up to the hit game, and match wits against the mirror menace once again. Tommy is all grown up and on the hunt for the mirror that changed the lives of his family forever. He recently went missing however, and now his sister has contacted you to help her find him.
search for a missing brother in this fantastic hidden object sequel
venture into incredible new worlds to locate clues to his whereabouts
Number one issue here is this is WAY too short. 3 mirror "worlds" then the final and your done. About 2 hours or so. This type of hidden object game is often referred to as a "FROG", or fragmented object game. I don't really like those very much, but again, just when I was finally getting the hang of it, it was over. Be sure to look for mirror pieces as you go, but then they will twinkle at you anyway, so unless you are hurrying you won't miss many. Something that almost tripped me up- when the hummingbird says he "gave" you the code, there is nothing to take, and you wont see it unless you open the journal. It repeats the story/objectives basically, but I kept forgetting to look at it, and never did look again after I got the code from the journal. Other than for that part, you never actually need to open it. Its very linear, and pretty much tells you what to do at each step, so there's not any real challenge except the hidden object scenes, which range from simply to a little tricky. You can skip the mini games quickly if you have the fastest skip setting on, and the hint will come back quickly, although it isn't always helpful. It told me to go on the train at one point, and then when I got on the train it told me to get back off. Actually I had forgotten to use something in inventory, but it wasn't related to the train. Hints work fine in the HO scenes. Plot is very weak, just the mirror taunting you, and you fixing up worlds that are populated with one animal who speaks English but are otherwise clueless and helpless. Until the final one, who knows everything but is unable to do anything. *shrug* The main character never really reacts to the mirror or her brother, but does stop to admire nature. For some reason the main character seems invulnerable and doesn't really care about the whole thing, so its hard for the user to care too much about the plot, which is a huge change from the original. I really got into the original and found it a powerful story and thriller. This time its just "Again? Ok. I know how this works. Just ignore the mirror behind the curtain..." There's nothing actually scary or eerie here, and the transporter effects are sort of cartoonish. So while the playability is fine, the plot is more window dressing to set up a few more HO scenes than anything else. I whiled away two hours with it, but I felt sort of ripped off and insulted by the time I finished rather than satisfied. Glad I didn't buy this, but ok for funpass.
I seem to be in the minority of reviewers, but I really liked this game. If it hadn't been so short I would have given it five stars. Once again we are thrust into different types of worlds where the colors are lush and the drawings are beautiful. The graphics were first-rate as well. I do like the idea of having to find pieces of things to put together; I often find this type of fragmened hidden object more challenging, and this was no exception. I would say the fragmented objects were moderately difficult. The puzzles were somewhat challenging as well, which was a pleasant change. The music in the first section drove me absolutely nuts. It sounded like a broken circus caliope and kept repeating over and over. And the old world style advertisements in the machines seemed to be shouting, which was uncomfortable with my headphones. I actually had to turn the sound down during those sections. But other than the inconsistant sound level and the irritating music in the first section, the rest of the music/sound was okay. I had no problem with the story line, but I felt like the developers didn't take the time to flesh out the story properly like they did in the original Mirror Mystery. The ending was more abrupt than it needed to be, and the short length (approx. 2 hours) was disappointing. I played this with Fun Pass, but I would have been disappointed with how short it was if I had purchased it. But I still enjoyed the fragmented hidden objects and the beautiful scenery and colors. It's too short to be worth a replay, but it's certainly worth playing through once, so long as you don't have to pay for it.
Beautiful graphics. Lame, lame, lame story line, in fact, I'm still trying to figure the whole thing out. I like clicking on pieces to make a whole part, that was a nice part. Very short. Kinda lame over all really. Good time waster. Glad I didn't pay for it.
jennegirl | Added on: March 24, 2013
I liked the game and was getting in to it and suddenly it was over! Really a let down to the series.
Jixir | Added on: November 9, 2013
This kind of game was perfect for me. It has beautiful graphics, a thoughtful rather than compelling story, decent music, and a hint algorithm that I thought regenerated too fast. HO areas were challenging as you had to find pieces and parts of things which were not easily identifiable. Puzzles were not so challenging. Some I skipped, but only because I didn't really want to spend the time, <shrug> All in all, it was a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
I actually enjoyed the game. I agree with other reviewers that it was pretty short, however I thought the story line was interesting and the HO's were pretty good. I have played better, but I've played alot worse.
weezie | Added on: March 30, 2013
I play in the relaxed mode. Finding the pieces were just hard enough to make it a bit challenging but not enough to be frustrating. The mini games were not the same old same old that a lot have and one had me scratching my head on how to do it but most were spot on. The sound effects when you found all the pieces of each object and then placed it were great and added to the enjoyment. The music, voices, and animation were top notch. Don't skip scenes towards the end because the ending is fun and swift. I love when they add a bit of humour to a game. If I had to say anything at all negative it would be that I did not want it to end....at least one more mirror would have been great. All in all, one of the most enjoyable plays I have had in a while! Way to go Gamehouse with this one!
There were no true hidden object scenes here- just scenes where you had to find parts to complete objects . However, the scenes were littered with objects scattered about that would make one think they were true HOS screens. During my game play I never really got past that confusion. I was intrigued enough after the hour trial to purchase the game. Unfortunately, I completed the game after about 30 minutes following purchase. I had a free game code so it cost me nothing but I'd be thinking about a refund if that wasn't the case. Naturally, the end story heavily referred to a sequel but didn't really tie up the story at hand (granted, it was silly). I wouldn't recommend this game seeing as how quickly I made my way through after the hour trial. There is no real replay value in this title, either.
if you like FROGs (Fragmented Hidden Object Games), this game will appeal to you. The artwork is nice, some of the puzzles are clever. But the game play is repetitive. It was not a long game, but frankly, I was glad when it was over.
MJ1234 | Added on: April 25, 2013
This wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be but it was really short. I actually liked the fragmented HO scenes - a little more challenging. There were a few puzzles which you can skip, if you want. Unlimited hints - nice graphics. Just ok...
joanhetrick | Added on: March 23, 2013
game freezes alot. Not much challenge for anyone that plays average amount of games. Probly good for preteen.
fallonr | Added on: March 23, 2013
The game has older graphic and the HOS are where you search for pieces of things to make an item, which I don't like. It's even worse though because you have to search for pieces of something to use to actually even complete the HOS. Big grand entryway and you run of the mill open the trunk and open the mailbox tasks. Don't waste your time.
hotkiddy | Added on: January 29, 2014
I like looking for fragmented pieces but I couldn't even give it two stars for that. It was pretty easy to find the HOs. There was way to much dialogue. The mirror talked sooo much!!
cjbsaw | Added on: April 2, 2013
I found this game frustrating. The HOs are very hard to find and the sequence is choppy. I would not recommend this game
devi | Added on: March 24, 2013
Starting off loving the game, but rather quickly it went downhill. It was extremely short, like they chopped it in two to make another game. Some of the music was downright disturbing. In whole, came off disappointing for me. Give it a try, maybe you'll enjoy.
jkjennings | Added on: March 23, 2013
All you do is look for parts of objects and mirror shards. No story line and the whole thing is dark and gloomy. Not finishing
flaca | Added on: March 23, 2013
Only reason that I did not rate it a five was becaue it was WAY TOO SHORT and story line was TOO weak. But if not.... it was totally great. Mini games were pretty original, the graphics were good, voice acting good, and the whole HO concept was refreshing. I really loved the puzzle type looking for the image versus looking for the name of the object or the picture of it. It was very entertaining to actually put the object together piece by piece. It had been too long that I had played an HOG as this. Just wish it would of been longer and had some kind of story line to keep you satisfied. Also, perhaps it would be nice to see a part two, because the end gives it a chance for it, and redemption for the game?
The most challenging part is the puzzles, though some of them are easy and some of them aren't. From beginning to end it only took me a couple of hours. I played the first game and actually enjoyed it more. This one didn't seem as spooky. You probably won't use your hints. I quite enjoyed the steampunk feel in some parts of the game and the mini-movies. They reminded me of Fallout 3.
tekstef1 | Added on: April 4, 2013
This game was okay, but the levels were pretty repetitive, as far as the formula. You go to a level, find hidden objects, interact with characters, find mirror pieces, put the mirror back together, go to the next level. That's pretty much it until you are in a place with no mirror pieces. I didn't get that part (in the Asian garden place). Overall, it was an okay game, but not really challenging at all. More for younger folks.
What I enjoyed about this game was the "FROG", or fragmented object scenes as a change of pace from the HOG's I usually play. I found most of the mini puzzle instructions clear on the goal of the puzzle, but lacking clarity on the how (how do I manipulate the rings to make the gyroscope stable ?) And as earlier reviewers mentioned, the 'formula' the hummingbird says he gives you - it finds it's way into the journal without you having to 'take' it within the scene. The graphics and vocals are very well done, I just came away with the feeling the creators of this game quit a little too soon to make it the best it could have been.