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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B a l l a g e
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
This game is not so good but not bad.
The gameplay is good. The game is short so you don't have to play a lot. And some objects are very hidden so you can be mad. Unfortunately this game doesn't have achievements.
And you can get trading cards.
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The_Antwonette_Starqweisha
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
This game is pretty good, if you like point and cliick games that is
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Mashiro ツ
( 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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Shotgun2010
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
This is a fairly simple game, but that doesn't mean it isn't great!
It is a somewhat creepy point and click mystery/puzzle adventure with plenty of hints and even skips for the harder parts if needed.
So far it is a fun and interesting game, my only suggestions would be to link the hint button to the MC's inherited brilliance at thieving and noticing details, and if a hint is used twice it should highlight an item to use at the location noted towards rather than showing the location which may be confusing. The music is decent, it fits rather well but there could be a larger spectrum of songs used overall.
Lastly the focus on story could be emphasised and perhaps add more comments on the stranger objects found by the character.
All in all I rate this game 7.5/10
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t3h epik n00b
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Where's Waldo meets Harry houdini
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TamTamKi
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
After finishing this game within a timeframe of 4 hours I can say its a very nicely made game. I for myself liked the well drawn scenes and the backroundmusic. The timetravelling is a really good addition aswell. Also the Map to quickteleport is okay - but not needed at all.

Am pretty sure I basicly "abused" the hint button, because sometimes it was kinda hard to find out what to do next - so thanks for this button. Besides this sometimes I had to click like 5 times on some item to get / activate it - but its acceptable. The story wasn't that mega interesting but maybe I didnt just pay enough attention to it,

All in all, Crystals of Time, is a nice game and worth to be played atleast once. :)
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CrystalBooness
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
the graphics were ok on this one but I found the game a bit easy.
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Seiken
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
This is the game you didn't know you wanted before playing it. With mindtwisting puzzles, nervewrecking scenes and a mystery only the truly skilled can get to the bottom of, Crystals of Time certainly brings it all to the table. Spending several hours in mindbattles with the clever puzzles, wellwritten dialogues and enticing character development, I must say this is truly a game of the ages. 10/10.
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Rivsung
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
This certainly isn't a good HO/PnC game, but it's not the worse I've played either. The "story" is pretty flimsy and the overall puzzles are average. There are no real head scratchers here and most of the puzzles are solved in a few minutes. The HO puzles are repeated often and you'll quickly memorize the locations of items that are repeated to often. It's short so don't buy it unless it's on sale. I think Steam lists my play time around 4.4 hour of which I played less than 1/2 that time. I played while working so it was idle often and another family also had a full play during that time.
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osirish
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
One of the most frustrating HOGs I've played. Frustrating because it could have been so much better. The graphics and music are both fitting and immersive and the story is interesting.

Then the annoyances kick in.
For large parts of the game, there is no direction. You find objects but have no idea what they interact with without using the hint button.
There is no indication as to how many parts/pieces you need to complete objectives. Leaving you running around the map with pieces, only to be told you need more, or running around the map looking for pieces when you already have enough.
Some interactive areas give no hint they are interactive unless you click on them.
If you are stuck ... don't worry, you just have to re-visit "every" location in case a HO scene has appeared since you last visited. Missing a piece? explore the entire map for a HO scene .... and that leads to the next problem.
There are a lot of HO scenes ... and that wouldn't normally be a problem, but this game repeats the scenes. You might have to revisit the same HO scene 4 times during gameplay, and not only does it use the same scenes over and over, it uses the same objects! So 80-90% of the objects you are required to find, are the same objects, in the same places, as the previous 2 or 3 or 4 times you did it!
Some objects have poor click detection. You see the fishing rod, you click the fishing rod, nothing happens. You have to re-click in different areas on the object before it is found.
Some of descriptions are un-clear, and the most annoying feature is that sometimes objects with same description are in the scene, but it will only accept one of them. i.e. Find the "peppers". Is it the large red pepper in the middle? no, it's the jar of peppers on the shelf. Find the "nuts". Is it the large bowl of hazelnuts? no, it's the walnuts in the corner.
What's a sac? .... hint .... oh, you mean "sack"

This game could have been so much better, and that's what's annoying about it. Playing through it was an exercise in patience more than enjoyment, and the ending!?!?!? seriously?!?!? .... the payoff at the end was disappointing to say the least.

If you like HOGs, try something else, and if you must, try to pick this one up in a bundle or on sale.
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Grim
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
Good first hidden objects adventure. only like 3 puzzles. when you are low on inventory, you have to run around to find reactivated HO challenges. bare minimum game.
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Desk Gaming
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
9/10 can be recomended. Artwork and music is awesome , story is complicated but very good.
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F.U.N.C me bb
( 16.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
10/10, about 17 hours play time. The best, "these type of games", i have ever played. Worth $5, maybe $10.
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PebbleHat
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
Clicks hard.
Randomly clicks.
Gets cards.
Completes.
Deletes.
Don't waste your time on this game, the cards aren't even worth it.
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Bassem
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
A good effort marred by some near-fatal flaws.

Look at the other Steam reviews and you'll notice many of us feel compelled to write a lot about this mediocre game, because it's so FRUSTRATING. You'll see we all had the same impressions.

This is one of those mixed point & click / HOGs. Actually you'll spend less time in HO scenes and more time navigating rooms and interacting with stuff to unlock stuff. Which would be okay, if the developers didn't mess it up.

Usually it's normal to think "hmm, what do I do now?" in adventure games, because there's something we're not remembering. It's part of the fun. But in this game? You'll stay stuck until you click "Hint", and it's the game's fault. (more below)

The good
  • Art is fine, as it is in most HOGs.
  • Music is the best thing about the game, beautiful tracks you won't get tired of.
  • Puzzles are okay. On the casual side. Nothing that will make you pause.
  • Plenty of locations, and a map screen to quickly teleport (this is also a negative, more below.)
  • Thank goodness for that Hint button. Use it liberally, and don't feel bad about it, because the game is designed in a dumb way. (more below)

The bad
  • HO scenes will unlock without any sort of notification, in places where they weren't active before. There's dozens of locations, and at any time any of them can activate a new HO scene. You'll have NO IDEA unless you keep running around checking all the locations... or clicking "Hint". I can't tell you how annoying this is, to doubt yourself as a player. "I can't tell what to do now... is it because I need to remember something? Or is it the game being STUPID again?"
  • For a HO game, the HO scenes are not that many. And you'll be repeating them several times, and hunting the SAME objects. At least other games that make you repeat a HO scene make sure you're hunting a different set of objects each time.
  • Let me repeat once again the general feeling of being lost and confused that accompanies you constantly in this game, and not in a good or fun way. If you manage to push through to the (very abrupt and poor) ending, I'm sure you will be out of any ♥♥♥♥s to give by the end, like I was.
  • There's a map screen to help with all the tedious back and forth between all the locations - but the map only has a handful of places to teleport to, out of more than 20. So you'll still have to click click click through the slow transitions.
  • Story is not really something you look for in HOGs, and it's not strong here either.

This game left me ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off. Mostly because it could have been good. Ah well. Plenty of good HOGs out there. This one sadly not among them.
Thumbs down, I guess.
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Extra Chromosome Jerome
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
bought it in a $1 10 steam game bundle from ♥♥♥, played it once, it sucked.
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starwolf
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
hmm. I'm normally a HOG fan, and while this game was okay, it was just okay. The graphics were nice enough, the soundtrack was nice enough, though by the end, ( which wasn't all that long and was very abrupt. ) it got to be a little monotonous. The puzzles are nice enough but imho entirely too easy. Some of the objects you need to find are vague/misnamed/misspelled. All in all, its "okay" and that's really about the best I can say. My biggest complaint is there is a lot of backtracking and you will find yourself using the hint button a lot to find your locations rather than covering the whole map again, because there is no cohesive reason to go back to most of the locations. Nice enough, but nothing to write home about. If you're a HOG fan, and you just want a quick time filler, pick it up on sale. I'll rate this up but this game really needs a mediocre button.
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mr.verene
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
Pretty bad even by cheesy HOG standards. You're basically forced to use the hint button or check every room constantly as the same few HO scenes randomly activate with no clues to lead you. Barely any story. Scenes and puzzles are pretty standard. I got it in a bundle so I'm not too disappointed but definitely don't buy it outright.
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rachidnemar
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
nice puzzle game
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Boxa
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
If you like this type of game, hidden object games, you may play this game to see if you like it better than me. Because I didn't like it. The soundtrack is bad and it will accompany you through the entire game, and you have a lot of backtrack to make. The game doesn't seem too original, and the story is almost non-existent.
You'll need to also use your hints a lot, because most of the solutions are pretty weird, not making any sense.
But, well, I'm not used to this kind of game, doesn't know if its a problem of this game or this kind of game at all.

The mystery is pretty good at first, you find a house and it is pretty dark and stuff, but later it just becomes pretty meh and you'll get used to it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
This game is not so good but not bad.
The gameplay is good. The game is short so you don't have to play a lot. And some objects are very hidden so you can be mad. Unfortunately this game doesn't have achievements.
And you can get trading cards.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
A good effort marred by some near-fatal flaws.

Look at the other Steam reviews and you'll notice many of us feel compelled to write a lot about this mediocre game, because it's so FRUSTRATING. You'll see we all had the same impressions.

This is one of those mixed point & click / HOGs. Actually you'll spend less time in HO scenes and more time navigating rooms and interacting with stuff to unlock stuff. Which would be okay, if the developers didn't mess it up.

Usually it's normal to think "hmm, what do I do now?" in adventure games, because there's something we're not remembering. It's part of the fun. But in this game? You'll stay stuck until you click "Hint", and it's the game's fault. (more below)

The good
  • Art is fine, as it is in most HOGs.
  • Music is the best thing about the game, beautiful tracks you won't get tired of.
  • Puzzles are okay. On the casual side. Nothing that will make you pause.
  • Plenty of locations, and a map screen to quickly teleport (this is also a negative, more below.)
  • Thank goodness for that Hint button. Use it liberally, and don't feel bad about it, because the game is designed in a dumb way. (more below)

The bad
  • HO scenes will unlock without any sort of notification, in places where they weren't active before. There's dozens of locations, and at any time any of them can activate a new HO scene. You'll have NO IDEA unless you keep running around checking all the locations... or clicking "Hint". I can't tell you how annoying this is, to doubt yourself as a player. "I can't tell what to do now... is it because I need to remember something? Or is it the game being STUPID again?"
  • For a HO game, the HO scenes are not that many. And you'll be repeating them several times, and hunting the SAME objects. At least other games that make you repeat a HO scene make sure you're hunting a different set of objects each time.
  • Let me repeat once again the general feeling of being lost and confused that accompanies you constantly in this game, and not in a good or fun way. If you manage to push through to the (very abrupt and poor) ending, I'm sure you will be out of any ♥♥♥♥s to give by the end, like I was.
  • There's a map screen to help with all the tedious back and forth between all the locations - but the map only has a handful of places to teleport to, out of more than 20. So you'll still have to click click click through the slow transitions.
  • Story is not really something you look for in HOGs, and it's not strong here either.

This game left me ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off. Mostly because it could have been good. Ah well. Plenty of good HOGs out there. This one sadly not among them.
Thumbs down, I guess.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 29
It's not terrible, but the logic is weird and the Hidden Object sequences are repeated a lot which becomes annoying, pretty sure a few of them are to be done around 10 times.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
It's a bit like Professor Layton and all that Curious Village stuff but without plot and without the Curious Village.

Explore a stereotypical old mansion and solve puzzles.

Then again, it depends on your definition of puzzles. Many of us would consider finding the same hidden objects over and over again pretty tedious.

Maybe the secret of the crystals should stay hidden? Maybe the old guy who's missing in this, Nate, killed himself because of the tedium? Buy the game now to find the answers. Or preferably, don't.
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 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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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
I like good hidden object games, but this isn't any good
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
遊戲並不壞
PixnetKeylol評測
Crystals of Time是一款HOG點擊解謎類遊戲。故事中女主角Ashley Ford的父親失蹤了,Ashley憑著父親留下的水晶和日記找到,父親最後前往過的Three Oak Mansion。遊戲借著尋找父上的情節展開。

當前任務可在左下角的綠色記事本得知,裡面隨住遊戲進度增加已搜集得的線索和故事內容。真不知道何去何從,點右下角水晶可供提示。此水晶在某些特定地點還能回溯時間找線索和物品。

此遊戲根本沒其他評論說的壞!作為HOG解謎類遊戲,可玩性並不差,應有的都有。不能說是完善的作品,但整體來說值得一玩。可以趁特價或慈善包入手。

雖然仍有很多地方可以改善︰
  • 地圖設計過於簡陋,不能直接跳到想去的地點。
  • 背景音樂播放完畢會有數分鐘的靜默,循環連接做得不好。
  • 故事只為了營救,太過表面。水晶的謎可以給出更多解釋。

It's not bad at all!
Crystals of Time is a hidden object game. The father of female protagonist, Ashley Ford, is missing. Ashley's father left her a diary with a crystal, based on these items Ashley found the Three Oak Mansion, the place where her father has last seen. The game begins with the story line of chasing Ashley's father.

Current objectives can be found in the green diary at the bottom left-hand corner, it includes the gathered hints and ongoing update the story plot. If you have no clue for what you need to do, the crystal at bottom right-hand corner will give you hints. It also used to reverse time in specific location for hints and items.

Really, not too bad, and yes I can't say it's a well-made game. Yet, the graphic, hidden objects, puzzles are nice. But in average, it's fine. Get it when it's on sale or bundled.

Although there're areas to be improved︰
  • Map design is simple and crude, player cannot jump to the desired location directly
  • Background music silence for a minute
  • Story plot isn't deep enough, could further explain the crystals' mystery
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
This to be honest is one of the worst HOGs i have ever played and i have played MANY! :(

slow game play (moving from one area to another is very slow)
buggy (with sometimes unclickable spots).
HO scenes text scroll down when you find an object which confuses sometimes.
repetitive (never seen a HOG that use the same HO scenes as this one).
almost EVERY thing you need to fix or find something for the game says i have to find the missing item, so you have absolutely no idea what kind of things you are looking for which make you spam everything on it without thinking.
map teleportation places are a bit off.
music that gets very annoying in times as it keeps playing the same over and over.
story... well like most HOG not make sense..

3/10 for the game +1 for the cards 4/10

not recommend it
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36 of 43 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 31 people (90%) 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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19 of 21 people (90%) 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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22 of 27 people (81%) 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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27 of 38 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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44 of 70 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2015
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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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
Now, I'm a big fan of these hidden object adventure games, and I can safely say that there are some amazing ones out there. Sadly, "Crystals of Time" is not one of them.

First of all, the game pretty much leaves you to your own devices for the most part. It's hard to tell which rooms you're supposed to go to next; I kept having to press the hint button to figure out where I was supposed to go. Not only that, you can't easy-jump from room to room using the map; it only leads to certain general areas of the house, the garden, etc. As a result, there's a lot of backtracking involved, and it quickly gets annoying.

Second, the so-called story in this game really has no bearing when you actually start playing. First of all, why does a thief need to break into an abandoned mansion? And those "crystals of time" that are supposed to be super-important? Yeah, you spend most of the game looking for the crystals, but actual time traveling literally only happens in three rooms of the game. Nowhere else! This results in the ending being one of the most anticlimactic I have ever seen. We're introduced to all these characters and pieces of a story, but they don't seem to completely fit together.

As for the puzzles themselves, they're fine. I was pretty much able to figure them all out without any difficulty. But if you like a good story to go with your hidden-object adventure games, I do not recommend this one. At least, not unless you like sitting for thirty seconds waiting for the hint button to recharge.
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