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.
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Release Date: Jun 13, 2014

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About This Game

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
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Kaitzschu
5.5 hrs
Posted: August 30
Product received for free
Crystals of Time Spent Switching Rooms

tl;wr
An adequate hidden object game with a few backgrounds, a couple of puzzles, and way too much commuting to recommend.

The Good
Overlooking the slight blurrying in fullscreen mode, the game is pretty. Hidden object searches look decent and there has been some genuine effort with hiding everything. The hint system actually works. There seems to be a save/load system but at first I didn't use it and at least after completing the game all saved profiles were stuck at the credits. And there are explosions! Actually, there is an explosion, Transformers wins this category hands down.

The Bad
Moving around. The game makes you hunt items from multiple rooms. There doesn't seem to be any logic whether the next item is under a seagull, in a manhole, or in a dining room of yore. My brave plan to not use hints was scrapped quickly as the alternative seemed to be visiting every single room after every single search. Combine this with the (granted, extreme) fact that to move from a room to a room right next to it you'll have to go to the door, then to the hallway, then to the next door, and then finally enter the room itself. Switching rooms takes only a fraction of a second, but it accumulates and grows old fast. There are a few rooms which you can magically teleport to using the map, but they aren't nearly enough.

And the Ugly
Soundtrack is there, possibly to show that Civilization 5's single player soundtrack isn't yet the end of streamlining. The single piece of music is just as undisturbing as it is unnoticeable.
The game does have two difficulty settings, although their only practical difference is that "Easy" spoils most of the fun outside hidden object searches.
The game does have an actual story that is easily on par with Transformers 3. Yet the ending of the game is such a letdown.

The Verdict
Solid hidden object searches and tolerable minigames ruined with horrible movement between stages. Passable waste of time for an hour or two at gunpoint.
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✪ Lupi ✖ ᶠᵘᶜᵏᵧₒᵤ KICKBACK.com
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
Product received for free
Crystals of time that i ♥♥♥♥ed up on this game....
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OhioMan
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 24
My wife plays these types of games and I go by what she thinks of them,
The game is really well done, the hidden objects are easy and enjoyable.
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23skidoo
4.5 hrs
Posted: August 24
it was fine, enjoyed it but the repeat searches got a little boring towards the end
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Beridok
3.8 hrs
Posted: August 19
Game is pain to play.
Game is boring - no interesting storyline.
Music - makes you sleepy.
Gameplay (aka finding objects here) - hard, because of 'detection area' and terrible drawing style... I mean... also the usage of words is sometimes very misleading.
Tedious need to click many times to get to proper place...

Poor ending (Just like 3 texts + thanks from devs for playing.
I know this game is cheap, so I should have it in mind.

Good side - its length is short enough to drop all cards.
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maxcorps
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 13
Yea... No. Short, Tedious, and some of the puzzles dont make alot of sense. Oh they should. Like the old chestnut of theres a key on the other side of the door and I have a newpaper. Ok put the newspaper under the door. Simpe. Now how do you get the key out? Well you don't. You just pull the newspaper back out with the key magically there. Now keep in mind if you look at the door it still says the keys on the other side while you have it in your inventory. Another one is to move a tree near the beach. Theres a fallen tree and a winch. Can't interact with the winch. You can put a rope on the tree. Then find the handle and put it on the winch but you don't actually interact with the winch at all. These kind of issues abound. Oh and theres no penatly for clicking in the hidden items puzzles so fell free to click on everything to get them over with quickly. You'll thank me later. If you can get it on sale please do, and I mean a DEEP sale. If not then don't even bother.
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SPARTAAA
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 10
:)
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Evenstar
6.7 hrs
Posted: August 8
10/10
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swenor
3.9 hrs
Posted: August 6
Good HO. Nice mechnics with titular crystals of time. Properly executed, but rough around edges (clicking items/areas sometimes requires patience). Graphics leave a bit to desire, sound is ok. Another solid game in the genre.

Walkthrough:
http://forums.bigfishgames.com/posts/list/265598.page
http://forums.bigfishgames.com/posts/list/265127.page
http://forums.bigfishgames.com/posts/list/265622.page
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NoNameee®
4.4 hrs
Posted: August 6
If you have a crappy pc or a good one and if you like puzzle games this one is for you.

Crystals of Time's
Good things:
1. It costs 0,99€

Crystals of Time's
Bad things:
1.There are none.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Good HO. Nice mechnics with titular crystals of time. Properly executed, but rough around edges (clicking items/areas sometimes requires patience). Graphics leave a bit to desire, sound is ok. Another solid game in the genre.

Walkthrough:
http://forums.bigfishgames.com/posts/list/265598.page
http://forums.bigfishgames.com/posts/list/265127.page
http://forums.bigfishgames.com/posts/list/265622.page
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Game is pain to play.
Game is boring - no interesting storyline.
Music - makes you sleepy.
Gameplay (aka finding objects here) - hard, because of 'detection area' and terrible drawing style... I mean... also the usage of words is sometimes very misleading.
Tedious need to click many times to get to proper place...

Poor ending (Just like 3 texts + thanks from devs for playing.
I know this game is cheap, so I should have it in mind.

Good side - its length is short enough to drop all cards.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Yea... No. Short, Tedious, and some of the puzzles dont make alot of sense. Oh they should. Like the old chestnut of theres a key on the other side of the door and I have a newpaper. Ok put the newspaper under the door. Simpe. Now how do you get the key out? Well you don't. You just pull the newspaper back out with the key magically there. Now keep in mind if you look at the door it still says the keys on the other side while you have it in your inventory. Another one is to move a tree near the beach. Theres a fallen tree and a winch. Can't interact with the winch. You can put a rope on the tree. Then find the handle and put it on the winch but you don't actually interact with the winch at all. These kind of issues abound. Oh and theres no penatly for clicking in the hidden items puzzles so fell free to click on everything to get them over with quickly. You'll thank me later. If you can get it on sale please do, and I mean a DEEP sale. If not then don't even bother.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
38 of 45 people (84%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2015
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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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2015
Summary
A very poor HOG game with little to no redeeming factors. Buy at your own risk.

Review
There is very little good to say about Crystals of Time. The soundtrack is pretty nice, but extremely limited, often stopping for minutes of a time leaving you in silence. The story is pretty much non-existent and the characters uninteresting.

The worst part is the gameplay and the presentation however as the game is littered with horrible design decisions. The area is very open with many rooms to explore and return to. Unfortunately, the areas that need items are often very vague as to what is needed (“I should find the missing item first.” is the games favorite line… instead of giving some kind of hint what I’m actually trying to do there) and HOG item zones will activate with little rhyme or reason. For example there is a greenhouse which when you first visit does not have a HOG zone… but one activates later without giving you a single indication or reason to return to the greenhouse. Thus, you are forced to use hints or to go through every single room each time you are missing an item. As moving around in the game is very slow (the minimap can only take you to a few select locations) and the locations are very uninteresting to explore the game pretty much forces you to use hints a lot.
The minigames and HOG sections themselves are uninspired. The items you search for are randomized and when you return to search the same area you often have to look for the same items again (even items that you previously took and used). Many objects are badly sized, coloured strangely, sometimes wrongly named and there is very low sensitivity to your clicks, e.g. you have to click very precisely and sometimes that is not enough. I once clicked 5 times on a chain and it simply refused to work making me believe it was the wrong item. It wasn’t.

The time travelling gem that changes the scenes is nice… I guess. However, very little is done with it in the sections I played (I only found the first crystal before I finally decided this game was not worth playing). Only means you have to keep an eye on the crystal to see if you can change the time in a room. Anyway, I bought the game for about 1 Euro and still feel a bit cheated. Avoid.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
"Where do I go now? What does this do? Where do I go now? What does this do?"

At one point I had no items left in my inventory when I received a blue gem. What does the blue gem do? No idea. Where does it go? No idea, but I guessed the seemingly evil dude's lab because that's where a weird blue gem usually goes. But no, no lab. So now where? I use a hint & it tells me I have to go to the garden. I get to the garden to discover a hidden object scene, where I end up with faucet. A faucet?! Where the hell does the faucet go? The hint tells me it goes in a tile on the floor of a maze. A BLOODY WHAT?!

If you're having to use a hint every time you find a new object, then it's a failure of a game. If your puzzles make no sense, then it's a failure of a game.

The plus side is it has great music.
The down side is it randomly stops playing for minutes at a time.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 18, 2015
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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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Product received for free
Hidden object games are so formulaic that you'd think they'd be hard to screw up, but Crystals of Time has found a way.

Most hidden object games offer some leniency in where you can click on an object, but in Crystals of Time the clickboxes are very narrow. Sometimes clicks failed to register, so I kept searching for that object even though I had already spotted and clicked it. Unnecessary confusion.

The game often has you revisit hidden object scenes and resets them each time, so you'll be looking for the same objects over and over. This makes for a repetitive and tedious experience. Not helping matters is the fact that much of your time is spent looking for X number of copies of a given macguffin before you can proceed, which just pads the game out further.

Crystals of Time has made looking for hidden objects, the core element of its genre, into annoying busywork. Go dig through junk heaps somewhere else.
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