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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Mixed (47 reviews) - 55% of the 47 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (422 reviews) - 51% of the 422 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
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Potato
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Product received for free
It gives me goose bumps everytime the scene changes, ffs it is scary, why does no one tag this "horror"
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Wi-Fi On Da Bus
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Um.........
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thecreide
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
If there was an option for "meh" as a recommendation, that would work. The HOG scenes are fine, the story is fairly interesting... but there are some major problems. First, it is so insanely random that it drove me nuts. You have to constantly go back and forth between random and otherwise completed locations to play the HOG games. I hate using the hint button, but I eventually had to. The only other option was to literally click through 10-20 screens to figure out which one I needed. That aside, gameplay is very simple and the mini-games are easy. The artwork is nice and the music adds to the mood of mystery. So it's not all bad, but definitely something you want to buy on sale, if at all.
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Atisz2
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Product received for free
Crystals of Time is the first hidden object game I have ever played and I must say it has been a positive experience. I just finished another game of the same category which was significantly better so I have a basis to compare it to and I can see its flaws.

For those who don't know this genre, these can be best described as point-and-click puzzle games, where the player has to spot different objects hidden within a (usually hand drawn) picture (similar to the Where's Wally? books) and solve certain logic based minigames. There's also a story which links the puzzles together and if the game is good, it's similar to a simpler kind of an adventure game. There's also inventory and item use, but it's not that complex as experienced in true adventure games (you can't combine items for example). Also, you can't "die".

In Crystals of Time we take the role of Ashley Ford, a thief who must find her Dad (also a thief :)) in a mysterious mansion, involving a professor and an experiment gone wrong. The story is pretty functional but it does make a mildly good job of linking the puzzles together. The game's unique feature, the time travel is a good idea, but it fails to make the most of its possibilities: there's always a hint where to use the crystal, in order to travel back in time and find something that's exclusively there, so basically it just opens up a new location.

The journal is quite useful, you can find all the important notes (and story related details) there, refer to it, if you get stuck. The problem is that most of the time getting stuck means not finding the next hidden object location. Sometimes you'll have go back to previous locations and search for hidden object places that appear randomly. The game does give you hints, but it would have been more logical if it gave some leads instead. Also the objects are sometimes not really easy to click on and they don't always match the description (there are also some spelling mistakes present).
I know that this what this game is mainly about, but there are simply too many hidden items parts, especially towards the end. At that point you'll acquire almost every single item you need through this method, one by one, which gets quite tedious. The minigames are fun though and you shouldn't be having any problems with the adventure elements if you've played hardcore adventure games before.

The graphics are all right for the genre, I liked the beautifully drawn pictures, but they aren't as interactive as seen in similar games. The locations are nicely selected, even if they are a bit cliché (old mansion, mysterious island), but you can't blame the developers for that. Resolution seems a bit lower compared to other games, which shouldn't be a problem, but it doesn't help spotting carefully hidden things blending into the background.
Music is relaxing and mysterious sounding, fitting for these kinds of games.

Crystals of Time is a pretty good little hidden object game but it's certainly not at the peak of the genre: the story isn't engaging enough and the hidden object parts (even though it's a hidden object game) are overused. Still I do recommend it because it's relaxing and if you like hidden objects it's got plenty of it :)

PROS
+ nice hand drawn pictures
+ atmospheric and relaxing

CONS
- fairly minimalistic
- overused hidden object elements
- some spelling mistakes

RATING
5/10
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lumi126
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Super random. I just can't continue to play. No gameing satisfaction.
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Mich-666
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Good HOG game with nice artwork, satisfying puzzles and atmospheric music.

I only have two minor issues with this game:

a) all hidden object minigames activates several times, forcing you to do them many times again.
b) time travel element feels largely unexplored within the story and the end was bit abrupt to my taste.

Other than that, this is one of those better hidden objects games and I can say I enjoyed it afterall.
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Rico
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
Product received for free
It's 30 min game, but you can't complete it fast because there is alot running and searching hard to find objects in random places. I literally was clicking random places to just complete it.

Good idea but bad execution.
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-m4!k31313-
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
Product received for free
thats is goooood
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aquatorrent
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Product received for free
My playtime: 3 hours (based on steam).


Intro
Crystals of Time is a Hidden Object game which mostly focuses on the said part. The story was made very simple and straightforward, making explorations to be the most thing you'll do in this game. Because of it, don't be surprised because there will be no cutscenes in this game. The intro and ending are all using text conversation.

Although there are some puzzle in this game, the numbers are scarce compared to the Hidden Object games in this game, making the genre "Hidden Object" to be very accurate. However, i have to admit that most of the Hidden Object games are unlocked at unpredictable times and places, which makes me not knowing that it's already been unlocked. Because of that, i either have to exploring all places or clicking the hint button whenever i'm stuck.

Note that because there are a lot of Hidden Object games in this game, you might get tired doing it so you might want to take a break when you are playing it.

Story
As i said before, the story in this game is very straight forward. The story was made as minimal as possible, although it's still retaining the most important part. The story progression flows smoothly, although the ending is quite dissapointing because of the minimalism. The ending is somehow like telling you "Hey, this game is ending. Bye.", and it just.. send you back to the main screen.

Graphics
The graphics in this game are on par with similar games (ex: Artifex Mundi titles), and i don't really have any complaints with that. The walkable paths are clear enough, and the hidden objects are blending perfectly with the background.

Sounds
To be honest, the sound doesn't bad nor great. The bgms are relaxing. However, it can be quickly forgotten.

Hidden Objects
There are a lot of Hidden Object mini games in this game. One scene can be used for like 3 hidden object games. If you don't really like Hidden Object games that much, you'll mostly just random clicking everything, hoping that you'll find something listed there, or clicking the skip button, as there is no achievements both in game and in steam to 100% with.

Most of the items are hidden well; some items even have almost the same color with the background. Some are placed in the foreground, and some in the background. You'll probably have been thinking to click that hint button even once, and clicked it.

Pros:
- Tons of Hidden Object games

Cons:
- Crappy ending

Conclusion
It's a Hidden Object heaven. There are tons of Hidden Objects to spend your time with.

Should you buy this game?
Yes.
That's if you like Hidden Objects. Because of the length, i suggest you to buy it when it's sale (when i write this review, it's on 80% sale, which is very cheap for games like this).
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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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Product received for free
Crystals of Waste of Time

I was very excited to play this game initially because it is the first point and click game that I got from steam.
However, as I played through the game, I was able to understand why this game had a mixed review on the steam store page and why it was given away for free on different giveaway websites.
I do not know if this is a chronic setback for most of the point and click games but I found the game very tedious and repetitive to play. I had to search the same place and play the “click the objects (a minigame that has a similar rules to that of "I Spy")” minigame over and over again in order to get certain items. This process made me very frustrated and gave me the strong urge to quit the game without even seeing the ending.
Moreover, the unhelpful details in the “click the objects” minigame made the game somewhat annoying to play. For example, it took me some time to find the object called “decoration” as the object was located in a room full of things covered in extravagance and luxury.
If there is a reason to play this game, that would be the trading cards. Just play the game until the cards drop and sell them for a little cash.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Product received for free
My playtime: 3 hours (based on steam).


Intro
Crystals of Time is a Hidden Object game which mostly focuses on the said part. The story was made very simple and straightforward, making explorations to be the most thing you'll do in this game. Because of it, don't be surprised because there will be no cutscenes in this game. The intro and ending are all using text conversation.

Although there are some puzzle in this game, the numbers are scarce compared to the Hidden Object games in this game, making the genre "Hidden Object" to be very accurate. However, i have to admit that most of the Hidden Object games are unlocked at unpredictable times and places, which makes me not knowing that it's already been unlocked. Because of that, i either have to exploring all places or clicking the hint button whenever i'm stuck.

Note that because there are a lot of Hidden Object games in this game, you might get tired doing it so you might want to take a break when you are playing it.

Story
As i said before, the story in this game is very straight forward. The story was made as minimal as possible, although it's still retaining the most important part. The story progression flows smoothly, although the ending is quite dissapointing because of the minimalism. The ending is somehow like telling you "Hey, this game is ending. Bye.", and it just.. send you back to the main screen.

Graphics
The graphics in this game are on par with similar games (ex: Artifex Mundi titles), and i don't really have any complaints with that. The walkable paths are clear enough, and the hidden objects are blending perfectly with the background.

Sounds
To be honest, the sound doesn't bad nor great. The bgms are relaxing. However, it can be quickly forgotten.

Hidden Objects
There are a lot of Hidden Object mini games in this game. One scene can be used for like 3 hidden object games. If you don't really like Hidden Object games that much, you'll mostly just random clicking everything, hoping that you'll find something listed there, or clicking the skip button, as there is no achievements both in game and in steam to 100% with.

Most of the items are hidden well; some items even have almost the same color with the background. Some are placed in the foreground, and some in the background. You'll probably have been thinking to click that hint button even once, and clicked it.

Pros:
- Tons of Hidden Object games

Cons:
- Crappy ending

Conclusion
It's a Hidden Object heaven. There are tons of Hidden Objects to spend your time with.

Should you buy this game?
Yes.
That's if you like Hidden Objects. Because of the length, i suggest you to buy it when it's sale (when i write this review, it's on 80% sale, which is very cheap for games like this).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Good HOG game with nice artwork, satisfying puzzles and atmospheric music.

I only have two minor issues with this game:

a) all hidden object minigames activates several times, forcing you to do them many times again.
b) time travel element feels largely unexplored within the story and the end was bit abrupt to my taste.

Other than that, this is one of those better hidden objects games and I can say I enjoyed it afterall.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Product received for free
Crystals of Time is the first hidden object game I have ever played and I must say it has been a positive experience. I just finished another game of the same category which was significantly better so I have a basis to compare it to and I can see its flaws.

For those who don't know this genre, these can be best described as point-and-click puzzle games, where the player has to spot different objects hidden within a (usually hand drawn) picture (similar to the Where's Wally? books) and solve certain logic based minigames. There's also a story which links the puzzles together and if the game is good, it's similar to a simpler kind of an adventure game. There's also inventory and item use, but it's not that complex as experienced in true adventure games (you can't combine items for example). Also, you can't "die".

In Crystals of Time we take the role of Ashley Ford, a thief who must find her Dad (also a thief :)) in a mysterious mansion, involving a professor and an experiment gone wrong. The story is pretty functional but it does make a mildly good job of linking the puzzles together. The game's unique feature, the time travel is a good idea, but it fails to make the most of its possibilities: there's always a hint where to use the crystal, in order to travel back in time and find something that's exclusively there, so basically it just opens up a new location.

The journal is quite useful, you can find all the important notes (and story related details) there, refer to it, if you get stuck. The problem is that most of the time getting stuck means not finding the next hidden object location. Sometimes you'll have go back to previous locations and search for hidden object places that appear randomly. The game does give you hints, but it would have been more logical if it gave some leads instead. Also the objects are sometimes not really easy to click on and they don't always match the description (there are also some spelling mistakes present).
I know that this what this game is mainly about, but there are simply too many hidden items parts, especially towards the end. At that point you'll acquire almost every single item you need through this method, one by one, which gets quite tedious. The minigames are fun though and you shouldn't be having any problems with the adventure elements if you've played hardcore adventure games before.

The graphics are all right for the genre, I liked the beautifully drawn pictures, but they aren't as interactive as seen in similar games. The locations are nicely selected, even if they are a bit cliché (old mansion, mysterious island), but you can't blame the developers for that. Resolution seems a bit lower compared to other games, which shouldn't be a problem, but it doesn't help spotting carefully hidden things blending into the background.
Music is relaxing and mysterious sounding, fitting for these kinds of games.

Crystals of Time is a pretty good little hidden object game but it's certainly not at the peak of the genre: the story isn't engaging enough and the hidden object parts (even though it's a hidden object game) are overused. Still I do recommend it because it's relaxing and if you like hidden objects it's got plenty of it :)

PROS
+ nice hand drawn pictures
+ atmospheric and relaxing

CONS
- fairly minimalistic
- overused hidden object elements
- some spelling mistakes

RATING
5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
If there was an option for "meh" as a recommendation, that would work. The HOG scenes are fine, the story is fairly interesting... but there are some major problems. First, it is so insanely random that it drove me nuts. You have to constantly go back and forth between random and otherwise completed locations to play the HOG games. I hate using the hint button, but I eventually had to. The only other option was to literally click through 10-20 screens to figure out which one I needed. That aside, gameplay is very simple and the mini-games are easy. The artwork is nice and the music adds to the mood of mystery. So it's not all bad, but definitely something you want to buy on sale, if at all.
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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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