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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Śċörpïön
8.0 hrs
Posted: September 22
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Sapphire
3.7 hrs
Posted: September 21
Product received for free
This was the first game I finished after not having a PC for several years. The story itself was not that intriguing, but I felt compelled to complete it. I enjoyed playing it most of the time, but I don't think it is worth purchasing (I received my copy for free).

PROS:
-Very casual, even on hard mode; perfect for winding down after a long day
-Quick travel is available

CONS:
-Graphics were not the best
-Unclear story progression; hard to figure out where to go next without using a hint, and I found myself looking in the same areas over and over
-Anticlimactic ending (I won't spoil it, but I was expecting a bit more)
-Typos in journal (not a grammar Nazi; there were just enough to notice)
-Hidden object portions were repetitive, in that the same objects needed to be found multiple times on different playthroughs of the same scene
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SUPREME
4.1 hrs
Posted: September 20
Highly recommended! :)
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REDEX
3.8 hrs
Posted: September 16
不錯的遊戲
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nothingisimpossible N!M
3.9 hrs
Posted: September 12
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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k1x
3.8 hrs
Posted: September 11
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Mongoloid Mike
3.2 hrs
Posted: September 4
Too technically broken to suffer through for long
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Product received for free
The essence of calm music and relaxing gameplay soothes my 'anger' soul. Hidden objects genre is one of calming and you gotta be patience to win it.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Product received for free
By now I think we all know what we're getting with these hidden object games and what they're all about, so let's dispense with the foreplay and get straight to the nitty-gritty.

Crystals of Time is just about as middle of the road as you can get - there's nothing amazingly mind-blowing about it, but nothing exceptionally bad, either. Most locations and scenes look nice, if unspectacular, artwork is decent enough, music is OK, if not ever so slightly tedious since it's just the same two tunes played on a loop from beginning to end. There's no voiceover, little in the way of real story to sink your teeth into, very little in the way of bells and whistles in any form, in fact. Everything is just as much as it needs to be for it to be functional and adequately serviceable. It's a budget title through and through.

There are frustrations, though, like a map that isn't as useful as you'd like and forces you to hit the Hint button far too often to find the next location to visit, which could be anywhere since you'll be forced to replay some scenes multiple times and even collect some of the same objects. And sometimes the game can be temperamental in registering your clicks on an item since it needs to be exactly on an object, not a single pixel away from it. It's also annoying that you can only interact with some things at very specific times once you've reached a certain point, or that some sections aren't locked out once you're finished with them, making you wonder if you've missed something or if this will be useful further down the line, when it pretty much never is.

There's also a time mechanic in the game which allows you to travel back to a certain point to see an area as it used to be, but this is only used in two or maybe three rooms in the whole game, and even then, never to any creative end. They're just two different versions of the same place. You can't do anything in the past to change the present, a real missed opportunity for some clever puzzles.

It's times like this I'd kill for a Neutral button to rate this game. As I said, it's completely middle of the road and a largely inoffensive distraction with little in the way of real challenge either in hidden object scenes or in puzzles. Had I run into any of the bugs some others have encountered then maybe I'd be writing a very different review, but for me, it was a pleasant enough, if not forgettable distraction for a couple of hours. If you were lucky enough to grab it during one of its many free giveaways, or got it cheap or as part of a bundle, then I doubt you'd have much cause to regret your time with this game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Product received for free
Crystals of Time is a very good hidden object game. It's short, but its a very relaxing and peaceful experience.
We take the role of Ashley Ford, a thief that tracks her father's footsteps by his journal. Leads take you to Three Oak Mansion, where there are plenty of secrets to unveil and areas to transport.
The puzzles are fun and interesting, the level design is beautiful, and the music is pretty good but repetitive. The hidden object feature can be a little bit buggy, where the player clicks over it, and appears to work only when the cursor is actually on a specific location. The game resolution is also a problem, 720p is just not enough for this type of game. Objects aren't hidden, they are just difficult to see at such low resolution. The full window mode just upscale it, so it doesn't really help.

I still give this one a go, but mostly if you are a fan of the genre, otherwise you might want to start with other titles!
5/10
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40 of 47 people (85%) 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 33 people (85%) 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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25 of 29 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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