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 (177 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 13, 2014

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"Gorgeous artwork and soundtrack combine to create a beautiful hidden object game."

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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
19 of 20 people (95%) 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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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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