Help Ashley Ford find her father and solve the mystery of the Three Oak Mansion. A professional thief, Ashley has inherited this hobby from her father, who suddenly disappeared one night while he was trying to sneak into the Three Oak Mansion. You start the game in front of a big, deserted house that hides a lot of secrets.
User reviews: Mixed (159 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 13, 2014

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Help Ashley Ford find her father and solve the mystery of the Three Oak Mansion. A professional thief, Ashley has inherited this hobby from her father, who suddenly disappeared one night while he was trying to sneak into the Three Oak Mansion.
You start the game in front of a big, deserted house that hides a lot of secrets. You are carrying a mysterious crystal that will help you travel in time and find the clues that will lead to the end of the adventure.

Features:

  • Over 80 nice hand drawn scenes
  • 24 minigames and hidden object scenes
  • classic game play mechanics
  • atmoshperic sound track

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP,Vista,7,8
    • Processor: 1.5 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 Gb
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
Helpful customer reviews
17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Recommended for certain users/gamers - see last paragraph.
The game is roughly 5 hours long. Storywise it's really lacking - no other charaters, only a few letters here and there that acts as clues to an otherwise weak story.
Why do I still recommend it?
Mainly because there is no " Dunno" or "Meh" recommendation. The game just doesn't cut for full price - but it's quite good if you can get is for or under 1$/€, even better if from a bundle. The graphics are quite good, but sadly it lacks animation - things just change instanteniously. Music is surprisingly pleasant, but sometimes it just turns itself off for minutes...
Still, the game's main strenghts are it's hidden object scenes. They are numerous, I think there are at least 20 of them. And they are hard - not really unfairly hard, but really challenging.
I'm not really fond of the numeric scoring - but this game would end up somewhere below 50/100 - for every good point there is at least one bad. If you can ignore the negatives, it's good for a single-time experience.
If you're looking for a game with challenging hidden object scenes (and you don't care about the story) buy it in a bundle or during a sale - if you're looking for a game with a nice story, you have to look for it somewhere else.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
You have to find crystals to activate a time machine. And someone decided to hide every single piece of evidence and items, and lock each one up so that you not only have to find the clues and pieces you need, but you also have to find keys and items that open up the devices that those things are hidden in. You just fart around for 2-3 hours looking for 3 silly crystals. And when you find them, BAM, story is over, that is all. Definitely my least favorite hidden object game to date. If you can get it for under $1 and have some time to waste, go for it. Otherwise don't bother.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
As far as HOGs go, it isn’t that bad.

A read through the reviews before playing this and it came across pretty negative. I trade spare bundle keys a lot and thought well, I may as well get rid of a spare key for a new game so I thought I’d give it a try. I honestly think it’s not that bad.

The story line is somewhat intriguing. Again, for as far as HOGs go. They are usually pretty cheesy storylines and they usually all fall under the same categories. Master thief, ancient treasure hunter, detective and so on. It isn’t an amazingly riveting plot, but it’s not too shabby.

Items blend in well and the art is nice, which is always a good bonus for HOGs. A few items blended in a little too well but it wasn’t a problem. It still didn’t take that long to find, just slowed down the momentum.

The puzzles and game mechanics are good, a few interesting puzzles in there. Nothing remarkably challenging though.

One thing that did kind of bug me with this game was the backtracking. Oh the backtracking… it kind of felt at points like you had to go back and check every scene you’ve already been in to be able to find everything you needed. Which was a tad tedious. The main setting is in a massive house, so backtracking and checking every room after you’ve made some progress wasn’t all that fun and took away from the feel of the game a bit.

But apart from that I would say I still recommend this one. It’s a nice addition to the genre. Although I would have to agree with quite a few people out there saying this isn’t the best HOG on the market. It’s decent, but it’s not the best. If you are a real fan of the genre and buy them more for the object finding (like I do) then the storyline/everything else then I’d say yes.

Hidden object games are pure cheese as it is, I don’t imagine many proper gamers actually enjoy these kind of games and I don’t really blame them. I can’t imagine most major gamers hopping out of COD and into this. So if you’re that kind of gamer and are looking to at least try this genre, I would say to go with a different, higher rated one.

All in all it’s decent.


TL;DR : OH THE BACKTRACKING… the story is alright, the art/item blending is decent, the mechanics and puzzles are good. If you can get past the backtracking then it’s a decent addition to the genre. Get it. Do it. Naaaow.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
The are a LOT of hidden object and puzzle games and a great deal of them are really good. Some of the good ones are free, heck there are even decent HOGs on facebook. You have a variety of them to choose from, you shouldn't waste your time on Crystals of Time, it's not even free.

No, you are obsessed withs HOGs? You just HAVE to get this one? You sure?

Ok, so if you really want to spend your hard earned money (or your parents' hard earned money) on this particular game try to at least get it really cheap. Like in a bundle, during sales, with a coupon or something, just don't buy it full-price because in all honesty it's not worth it.

There are a few reviews that eloquently explain why this is one HOG that's probably not worth your time, so I'll just list the things that annoyed me most.

-No storyline that makes sense.
-No voiceacting or animations.
-A lot of back-and-forth fetch quests for no reason.
-Really easy puzzles even on the "hardest" difficulty.
-Some pixel hunting.
-Poorly designed map that doesn't really save you any clicks.
-Lack of common sense.
-Most abrupt ending in the history of abrupt endings.

The art was not bad, and the music wasn't irritating. After the first couple of hours you kinda get the weird logic of the game so it becomes less annoying and you can enjoy it a bit. I can't find anything else that I liked about this one.

To make your life easier I have only one advice. Notice the spots where the HOS appear. At random times, when you need an item, you will have to go back there and play a new HOG in the same location. No, most of these do not have a logical connection so you'll have to go through most of them again and again seraching for the elusive HOG. So when you're stuck you either hit the hint button, or go throught every room and location and try to find out where the new HOG is.

Good luck..?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
At first I didn't remember playing this one, but than I remembered that I tried to forget it.
The gaming experience is not so great and so is the Story.
You can play it, but you won't really enjoy it.

5/10 Click, click, click... the textboxes away
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
This is jut an awful grind. Find an item, do a terrible "puzzle", if you can call it that, rinse, and repeat. Waste of time. Got this for free and I wish I could get my money back.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
for my old dan rusty brain. this game make my brain work harder even game is in normal mode.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Remember those "I Spy" books when you were a kid, just imagine that but with great music, artwork and story... oh and there are other puzzles... and potatoes.

Gr8 m8 i r8 8/8
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
This is another that I recommend with reservations. That is to say, as part of a bundle or a really huge discount, because it actually does have enough positive elements to it to be worth owning, even while there are major negatives. To begin with the bad, I need to say that the game is linear to a ridiculous extent. Basically, you find hidden objects at a location to gain a needed item, wander around/backtrack to find the next hidden object area that is active or reactivated (yes, you read that right, and you will in fact play most of the same areas multiple times by the end), and need to solve these hidden object games, mini-games, and collect items, as well as performing tasks, all in one precise order, regardless of if you already know you need something that you find before the official time to collect it, etc.

On the bright side, there is a very generous hint system available, that will tell you exactly where you need to go or what you need to do next, which saves you a great deal of random backtracking to find the next location. Also, there are elements to the story that are fun, and the minigames that make intermittent appearances offer a nice change of pace from the hidden object scenes. So, it is not a great example within the genre, but is fun enough if you get your hands on it as a bargain title.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
pretty boring, few places to search and repetitive
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
While this game is not horribly bad, it's also not a lot of fun to play. The story seems like it was added as an afterthought, there's a short introduction and the end is as abrupt as a bucket of cold water to the face.

Most of the puzzles are far too easy, and the constant back and forth between locations just to check out which hidden object images are currently active gets annoying very fast.

Sometimes the music will randomly stop, leaving the game in total silence for a few minutes. This makes the half-hearted hidden object images even less fun. There's no real logic to the sizing or naming of some items, making it quite confusing and hard to recognize certain things. There have also been a few instances where I clicked a correct item but it did not register.

While playing I stumbled upon a minor bug (if you use the tweezers under the completed trophy row it will "return" the map piece), but aside from that it worked well with no problems.

There's a lot of better hidden object games, so I really don't see a reason for anyone to pick this up.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
I did not care for this game at all. It was only tolerable thanks to the music, which was pretty good. The items being subjective since they only gave names of the items you needed to find...so the pictures were different. So, it may say a bat...but that could be a baseball bat or a literal bat. And rather than a literal bat it would typically mean a picture or sculpted image of a bat. The other aspects of the game I hated was the lack of direction and guessing of what to do next. If you needed to find something they expected you to travel through every room that you had already been in and do another hidden object finding session. And whenever you needed to advance forward in the game you constantly had to use the hint option to know what needed to be done.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
If you're a fan of the whole story-based seek and find with a few puzzles thrown in as I am, you'll want to buy this game because it's an example of the genre. It is not, however, an example I would recommend to anyone who doesn't regularly play those sorts of games, because it's a middling example of what these games can offer at best.

The story elements are pretty good, but the game fails in most other aspects. The seek and finds are tediously repetitive, the graphics are grainy and low resolution (adding to the tedious nature of the seek and finds) and the ending to the game is ultimately unsatisfying. There are also some language/translation issues, which can be problematic in the seek and finds. A few times an inaccurate term was used for an object (worm instead of caterpillar), and other times archaic and inaccurate terminology was used.

The journal entries were nice, and the quick travel map was a good idea, but I wish it were possible to zap to more locations with it.

If you regularly play these sorts of games, go ahead and pick this up, but you'll probably finish the game in an hour or two, so make sure you buy it at a price that makes the short length worthwhile. Everyone else, there are way better games in this genre I would recommend before this one.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
That. Was. My. Worst HoG experience.
Why?
Too many things...
- Really bad story, cliché of all cliché.
- Buggy music. It's actually charming, but after it is played, it stops and everything is mute for a long while.
- No animations.
- Bad design, poor visualization, nightmare-like hotspot (you can hardly click on some objects).
- Useless map.
- Useless time-travel: you can change time only in a few direct scenes.
- Bad beginning: 'I'm XY and I'm a thief and my father is lost'... seriously?
- Bad ending: that's just horrible, sudden and gives NOTHING... and then... 'Thank you for playing'. Well, you're welcome.
Avoid this game. 1/10
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35 of 40 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Compared to other Hidden Object games on Steam, this rates as one of the worst. Resolution is low with only fullscreen or window options. Objects have no consistent size or even perspective which leads to some confusion of what an item actually is. This is not even considerering certain items which are so badly defined you willl be wondering what it even is. This leads to more random clicking than actually finding the items.
Story wise, dont bother. No voice acting, no animation. Intro text is a few short words that you need to click 3 times just to finish one sentence. Ending is yeah you rescued us, thanks, game over. Literally.
Gameplay is abrupt, again no animations. You will be constantly running back and forth to the same hidden object puzzle, which will have all the items in the same places as last time you did it. Puzzles are mostly easy with the only exception being one requiring tiles to be associated with elements, and no clues as how to align them. I ended up skipping that one. Lack of animations again come into play on a few puzzles leading more to irritaion than puzzling.
I definately recommed looking at some of the other HOG's that actually look like they were made this millenium.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2014
I like puzzlers although they are not my gaming focus. I picked this up in a bundle (at BundleStars) and I am finding it quite entertaining. I would rate it 7/10.

There are some negative reviews, which are fine since no game will appeal to everyone but I think mrozru's and AMX's comments are incorrect and unfair.

Granted there are better puzzlers but if you follow the clues, pay attention to the environments (which have good graphics), and have half a brain (you only need half as there are hints available at every scene) you will have little difficulty. Any easier and what would be the point?

Pick it up on sale or as part of a bundle.
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26 of 36 people (72%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2014
The game is short and easy. The story is pretty boring though. Play the game casually, and you'll enjoy it.
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44 of 69 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2014
If you're looking for a hidden-object game, this isn't it. You spend more time running around the entire map to get the one part you need in order to unlock the next section, and less time scanning a scene for a list of objects. There is no freedom of choice in selecting a scene. You can only do a scene when the story calls for it. Once you have done that scene, it goes away and you cannot access it again.

I bought this for $3.74, and I recommend that you not do the same.
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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
Ok im a sucker for these games :) I play them when i want to chill and relax and this one does just that :) Good game play and artful back drops and good music too relax and find the objects ! It has a decent story also ! I like how you can use the jem when it turns red to go back in time :) Sure it mite not be nothing we haven't seen before, but its a tried and ture hidden object game !! So give it a go if you like Hidden Object games like i do !! :)
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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2014
Crystals of Time is a pretty entertaining puzzle game. It has a fairly good storyline and wonderful graphics. It took me about 3 hours to completely beat it.
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