Find some of the greatest unsolved treasures of our time!
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Mixed (51 reviews) - 64% of the 51 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 18, 2012

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After narrowly saving and escaping an earthquake struck Museum with her daughter, Susan Anderson is presented with an extremely rare opportunity. One to travel the world, to explore never before seen landscapes, to find some of the greatest unsolved treasures of our time. Follow Susan as she explores, solves, and unearths these centuries old well hidden masterpieces lost in history.


5 Real Unsolved Treasures
Unique Geo-Cache side missions

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 16 MB video card (32 MB video card with Hardware T&L support recommended)
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Storage: 183 MB available space
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2014
I'm not much for hidden objects games. This is similar to a lot of the Big Fish games. I bought it hoping there would be some puzzles to work with, but there are very few puzzles, if they can be called that.

I finished the first of 5 treasures within an hour, so I imagine the whole game will only take a few hours. Some of the things that make the objects difficult are the scenes/colors of the object and knowing what their definition of the object is. The trailer shows two of the "puzzles," so if you do not want to get the answers spoiled, don't watch it!! Hopefully you read the comment before watching the video.

The voice acting could be much better. Unfortunately, there are weird pauses and it seems like the voice actors were just reading off the page and not so much acting.

If you like the hidden object genre and don't care too much for the puzzles, this is a pretty good buy currently at $1.25.

Note: I was playing on a touch screen, I didn't realize that if you hover the mouse around the scene, some objects will show a cog that you need to interact with and make this a lot easier.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
This is a generally fun adventure game, where you have to find hidden objects in various scenes to progress through the story. It's about a treasure hunt for five different treasures, and each has about 5 or 6 locations you visit. The game doesn't involve much more than finding the hidden objects, but often some objects requiring additional actions to be performed before you can locate them. This can mean brushing away dust, breaking things open, or lighting things on fire to clear them. There are also at least a few puzzles to solve along the way, and a special unnamed geocahce item in each location. If you get stuck, there's more of a cheat system than a hint system -- an object finder will locate things for you (with a cool-down period after each use) as long as they're visible and don't require additional actions before you can access them, and I don't think it works on geocaches. I would have liked a hint system I could use first, that would, for example, show an outline of the object so I knew what I was looking for, because some objects are ambiguous (e.g., "fan" -- is that a folding paper one or an electric one?). The overall difficulty of finding the hidden objects isn't too high, so you shouldn't get stuck for too long, and there's always the item finder. In terms of replay value, there is some but not a lot. After initially clearing each scene, they game will hide another set of objects in it for you to find. So you can go back to clear the locations 100%, either as a second run from start to finish or in each scene as you go along. But once you finish the story, there isn't much left. The geocaches you find are all put into a room where you can see them, like a trophy case. Unfortunately, that's all it is. I was hoping for more information about the items or history or something once the geocaches were found and stored, but that's not the case. The story is nice and develops as you find each treasure, so it helps keep the game moving along. Overall, it was an enjoyable way to spend ~5 hours (and I did all locations twice, to 100% clear them), and I'd recommend the game to those who like these types of point-and-click find-the-hidden-object games.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
I remember enjoying Escape The Museum, the previous game, where the heroin was stuck in her museum with her daughter after a violent earthquake. Here, Susan is contacted by a mysterious man that will trigger a trip all around the world.

Adventure Chronicles is belonging to what I call the early era of hidden objects games, in other words, where you're cleaning scenes by finding items on a list. So don't expect a game where you're roaming around and solving puzzles. However, the game adds some elements like items you need to dust/find in broken containers/behind burnable stuff. In other words, you'll have a lighter, an hammer and a brush to help you. Other items will need specific ones that will be used only in the scene. There is also a "geocache" object to discover, with a riddle describing it.

While the game can be finished quickly, if you want a 100%, you're free to come back a second time in the scenes to find another list. It's a nice way to invite you to play it completely.

However, keep in mind that some objects are little in size or so well hidden that you can't see them without a proper orientation of your screen. This is the main problem with these games from the first era and Adventure Chronicles doesn't escape from that.

The backgrounds are correct and the soundtrack is also nice.

That said, Adventure Chronicles, while I love it as I've played a retail version of it years ago, right now, in 2015, should mainly enjoy the hardcore fans - as the genre headed towards an adventure oriented mechanics and that new fans will be probably disappointed and be bored quickly.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
I like hidden object games, but can't recommend this one. I got this one on sale for 49 cents, and I guess it's worth that, but it's not really enjoyable. (I made a new category in Steam called "don't play again".)

It's difficult to see many of the items - not because I suck at spotting things, but because the graphics suck. In some cases I end up clicking everywhere on the screen because I just cannot see what I'm supposed to be looking for. (And there are some issues with what they call some things, but that's a minor issue.)

Escape the Museum was more enjoyable.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Keep it buried! There is nothing to see.

The game is one of the older examples of the genre, what first catches your sight is the unsightly presentation of the game.

Graphics: -- Pixelation and outdated graphics make this game a graphical mess.

Sound: 0 The sound is common but fitting to the game, it has a crunchy quality, thus there would have been a lot more to finetune.

Playability: 0 This game is nothing special, since it's also quite old it has a resolution setting that is making the game ugly if played on fullscreen setting. The HOG's work perfectly fine, but they are also veritable clickfests, and there are no real riddles to solve.

The Genre typical Values:

Story: 0 I personally found the story too superficial, too set up. The story has no real climax, and is dully told.

Technical Realisation: - Given, the game is old, but it could have set to a more modern set of graphics without much of a fuss. In this state, with this resolution (switch off the fullscreen if you actually want to know what I mean) the game is just not up to any contemporary game. What makes it worse, it's just a HOG, and should please the player with Story, Graphics and Sound.

Extras: -- There are no Extras, the game even is incomplete in the given state, no puzzles to solve and...

Overall Rating: 5- The game is a mess, it shows that it's old. It actually is ruining the good standing of Hidden Object Games and Casual Games in general.

Value for Money: LOW 4,99 The game is too expensive, given the age and the style of the game there are a lot more Hidden Object Games that offer a lot more and are not as expensive.

Not Recommended

This game actually isn't recommendable in it's given state. Outdated Graphics, a superficial and anticlimatic Story, crunchy Sounds and the clickfest feel of the game make it a bad investment, avoided at all cost. I like old games, if they are good, there are a lot of older classics like 7thGuest and Phantasmagoria that are still actually worth playing, although the graphics are... clunky. But with this game? That is just a bad attitude.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2015
This is one of those games that's good enough to make me wish it was better. I like the overall concept -- an Indiana Jones style trek across the globe in search of historic lost treasures. The music is nice, and the nerdy middle-aged female protaganist is an interesting character. Unfortunately there isn't much to the gameplay besides the hidden object scenes, and they are poorly done. Many of the scenes are low-res, dark, and muddy, and I could not see half of the hidden objects even when the item finder was hovering right on top of them. In fact without frequent use of the finder I would not have been able to complete the game at all, and to me it is a mark of a bad game when its core mechanic (in this case finding hidden objects) is broken. So although I appreciate what this game was trying to do, I must regretfully give it thumbs down.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
This is a pretty easy hidden object game with rather basic graphics. For what it is... it's not bad. I bought it for $1.24 when it was 75% off. I wouldn't pay anymore than that to be honest. I do recommend a play if you can get it for cheap and like hidden object games.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
There's several good hidden object games out there, but I wouldn't say this is one of them.

* plenty of objects
* scenes sometimes require interaction
* geocache (described object not in the list)
* has a story (although minor)
* possibility to go back to scenes to find additional items and geocaches you missed

* the quality of the graphics makes it very hard to spot some of the objects.
* the blending of shadows of objects you need to find into backgrounds makes it extremely hard to find them
* there's some objects only 25% of is visible in the screen.

Basicaly I would not recommend this game, sale or no sale. The interaction has potential, but graphics are an essential part of a Hidden Object game, especialy if you're only showing partial objects or trying to blend them in with the background.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
Short version: 71%
An enjoyable adventure turned into a slightly worse than average hidden object game. Mostly recommended for those who like treasure hunt stories.

Long version:
Adventure Chronicles– the sequel of Escape the Museum– is the type of game that is almost pure atmosphere; the whole thing is pretty much a Saturday morning treasure hunt adventure cartoon in the form of a hidden object game.

A pretty mediocre hidden object game. Just like the previous title, it has a really nice variety (30 scenes) and a much better picture quality (but still low resolution) with the cost of level design: a lot of items are hidden by blending them in instead of clever placement.

On the other hand the story is pretty good (think of it as the kid-friendly version of the movie National Treasure), the voice acting is excellent, the music is catchy– but repeats a lot– and it’s just a good fun from start to finish. The game even has a nice incentive system to replay the already visited levels… bust just like Escape the Museum, it never follows it up with an additional reward for 100% completion.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
I much prefer this type of Hidden Object game to the newer ones, that are more adventure-lite, having a minimum of HO scenes, lots of wandering around and doing mini games.
This is the classic Hidden Object Game, where there are no mini games and only HO scenes.
Storywise it's on par with all the others in that it's basically a lot of nonsense.
The graphics really shows the game's age though, and it will probably keep a lot of people away, as it's really low-res and grainy.
Still, that didn't stop me from enjoying the game.
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4.8 hrs
Posted: October 10
If you've ever wanted to role play as a hammer-swinging, pyromaniac, hypocritical archaeologist, this is the game for you.

On a less hilarious note, this is a well made and fun hidden object game. I've finished around half the game, and I'll be completing it for certain. The The HO scenes are the right level of fun to tough.

The game does absolutely break all suspension of disbelief when you get your full set of usable tools though. The character's suggestions go pretty quickly from using a little brush to remove dirt to "I wonder if I could break this?" and "This looks like it would burn easily." Also, there's the concept of trying to keep the historical items safe for the museum while every item you pick up flashes a cash value.

I bought this on sale, but don't recall the price, but it's worth checking out.
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5.5 hrs
Posted: August 2
Pretty decent, once you get used to the horrible 800x600 resolution.

The hint system is pretty innovative, and there are mini puzzles in each hidden object scene where you use common tools you carry with you to find more items.
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7.3 hrs
Posted: July 25
Hidden object game with some elements that enhance rather than detract

What I enjoyed
  • Oldschool, pure HOG play, but with streamlined puzzles integrated in the scenes. (using found objects on the fly in order to unlock access to more objects.)
  • A toolbox with items such as a dust brush and hammer that help you uncover more objects.
  • A nice take on the ubiquitous HOG hint system - a metal detector-like item you move around your scene to scan for objects. The closer you get the faster it beeps. This also means you can just narrow down an object's location and then look for it yourself, so you can feel better about not (completely) relying on the hint system.
  • Each location, once finished, allows you to return to it for more object hunting. This I think is better than what most games do - leave the extra hunting mode for when the whole game is finished.
What I didn't like
  • Occasional obscure items ("density detector"?)
  • Occasional obnoxious way to hide an object. Sometimes I find myself using the hint system and when the object is revealed I know there's no way I could have found it.
  • A couple very difficult locations. Oldschool HOGs tended to really blend the items in the scenes, but this one goes overboard sometimes.
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4.6 hrs
Posted: July 8
I didn't want to play this after the disaster that was the first game "Escape The Musuem," but I'm glad I finally found the courage.

AC: The Search for Lost Treasure is sequel that fixed everything that was wrong with one of the worst HOGs I've ever played (Escape the Museum).
The clutter is gone, the HO scenes are 100% graphically improved allowing you to actually recognise the objects you are supposed to find, there isn't as much pixel hunting, and you don't have to revisit the same HO scenes over and over again. (Sometimes up to 4 times in the original)

It's not a great game, but it's enjoyable enough to keep you playing as you globe trot to locate famous treasures.
The only negative I have is that the main character is supposedly an archaeologist and you spend most scenes destroying and desecrating historical artifacts in order to find the treasure!

Overall. If you've played the terrible "Escape the Museum" and have been avoiding this game as a result, don't, it's safe!
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0.1 hrs
Posted: July 5
Very nice game. Interactive and you learn some history
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4.6 hrs
Posted: June 1
This isn\'t a bad game as long as you realize that it\'s the older style of game. By that, I mean it\'s exclusively hidden object scenes held together by a tenuous plot. If you enjoy HO scenes and aren\'t put off by the lack of flourishes that most modern games of this genre have in plenty, you\'ll probably like this.

While I prefer the newer games with more plot, puzzles, achievements, and extras, I did enjoy this. The addition of tools to help find certain items (an archaeology brush, a hammer, etc.) and some very minor inventory management added some variety. When I say \"minor\" however, I do mean that; the extent of inventory interaction doesn\'t go much farther than \"pick up a shovel and then dig a hole with it\" sorts of things.

Overall, with four hours of playtime (give or take, depending on if you go back to \"master\" scenes) and at only $4.99, this is a decent buy for people that like old-school \"cluttered room\" types of hidden object games.
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3.3 hrs
Posted: May 17
the graphics were not so good in this game and the game itself was not that good. Not the best and would not recommend it. It just felt cheap and fast.
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1.4 hrs
Posted: February 7
This game is an absolute headache to play. The HOG pictures are blurry, grainy, or just plain aggravating, and there is no real story line or worthwhile puzzles. I bought it on sale, so I don't feel at all bad about writing it off as a loss. I don't think it's worth finishing.
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