In the dark times of the Medieval a baleful society of the Cult and its adherers strived to seize the rule over the city, control its inhabitants and destroy all sources of knowledge and culture. Help Marla uncover the secret conspiracy, release her kidnapped brother and save the city!
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Release Date: Jan 3, 2014

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Feature List

  • Multi-language edition
  • Original game world
  • Intriguing plot
  • 40 game locations
  • The world transforms during the walkthrough
  • 26 mini-games
  • More than 50 3D movies and cutscenes
  • Unique meta game about dressing to mask the main heroine
  • Meta game on collecting precious stones, to get fragments of knowledge, a deeper history of the world
  • 3 difficulty modes(normal, advanced and expert)
  • Achievements’ System

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Back Story

Mankind has just got out from the dark Middle Ages. Superstitions and fears still reign the minds of the majority of people, but the germs of science and culture rapidly emerge and grow stronger. But, as it turns out, it doesn’t play into the hands of some of those in power. They are willing to make every effort and use all means to prevent the development of noble minds. The coup brews after sudden death of King in one kingdom and childless Queen is in mortal danger. A group of officials, financiers - merchants, local mafia and some members of the highest ranks of police belong to secret cult, whose goal is the destruction of any educational programs and new scientific achievements, which were very supportive and strongly promoted by the deceased king.
They're going to kill the Queen and enthrone his person - cruel and ignorant bastard. Police behaves outrageously in the capital, bandits openly run their dirty deeds, officials drown in corruption and are busy with their own profit. Common people are dark, terrified and trying to survive in every possible way.


The main character, young thief Marla is caught for stealing and thrown into the town prison, and her little brother Ray is kidnapped by the people in strange leather masks. With help of the former secret policeman Herbert Marla escapes from the cell and runs away to the underground catacombs. On the road she finds out that several other street boys were stolen from the town besides Ray. Herbert gives Marla task to steal mysterious cipher from the house of one merchant.
Decrypting coded message Marla finds out about the existence of a cult that stole her brother and also set a goal to destroy all the achievements of science and culture. During the search of Ray the girl encounters various representatives of science, who to some extent suffered from actions of the cultists. With their help, Marla finds a secret gathering of the cult and saves missing children from there.
After successful rescue, Marla with Herbert intrudes into the royal palace, where they reveal the head of the cult Morgana, who disguised as maid of honor of the queen for a long time. It is this maid of honor who was behind the assassination attempt on the king, because of which Marla’s father was killed.
With the help of Herbert, Marla prevents cult activities and reunites with her brother. A former secret policeman regains favor of the Queen and becomes at the head of security of the kingdom in general and of science in particular.

System Requirements

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    • OS: XP, 7, 8, 8.1
    • Processor: 2,5 GHz
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Any
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: 10.5 or higher
    • Processor: 2,5 GHz
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Any
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • OS: Ubuntu or equivalent
    • Processor: 2,5 GHz
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Any
    • Storage: 5 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
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41 of 42 people (98%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Fall of the New Age is a neat little game coming from Shaman Games, a promising Ukrainian HOG developer team that we already know from titles like Dreamscapes series earlier last year. Originally developed for iOS systems, this game is a beautiful time kill for a tiresome after work evening when you'd prefer having some gaming time yet do not necessarily want to be heavy on the attention span.

Our story takes place in a fictional Late Medieval - Early Renaissance period, where people start to leave old superstitions aside for the sake of science, logical thinking and societal progress. The death of the kingdom's benevolent king marks an ill omen for the future though: mysterious disappearances among orphaned children; raids on libraries, ateliers, workshops and academies; assaults on scientists, alchemists and philosophers begin. An ominous cult with the motto "ignorance is power" jeopardizes the promise and knowledge of the new age. Within all this chaos, Marla - a street urchin and a young thief - finds her young brother taken by the cult. With the aid of a swash-buckling mentor, Marla will try to stop conspiracies of the cult and find her brother by all means!

I know, I know... HOGs carry a tendency to reinterpret classical tales, movies or successful video games in their own paces. Here, we have a simplified version of the original Thief game, with a tense dynamic between enlightenment and ignorance, plus political power plays on the side. Nope, that sincerely doesn't make Fall of the New Age a bad game at all. There isn't much depth to it surely, but it’s a fun time kill. You just have to be aware of your expectations about it.

Artworks are alright, with suitably fitting medieval atmospheres and beautiful alchemical designs for puzzles. Character models and 3D animations work fine - even though characters themselves are nothing original. It was also a bonus that the game had somewhat decent voice acting. Esthetically, it is a decent game: not horrible, not spectacular either.

The gameplay is completely different than what we'd be accustomed to as a HOG. The game carries HOG dynamics - like puzzles, item collection, environment interaction etc. - yet without much HOG gameplay actually. There are 4-5 scenes where you'll be expected to find some random symbols from a list for a password or some items scattered around which can be used as a costume for Marla, in her various disguises. It was refreshing to see a dynamic explanation and use for HOG sequences for the story. A cute and welcoming change, indeed.

There are some reports for the Mac version not working properly - voice acting missing or item graphics not showing up properly - but I encountered no problems while playing this on Windows 7, so I cannot account for other systems. All in all, grab it on sale for a silent afternoon to have a decent time kill.

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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 27, 2014
At its core, this isn't exactly a hidden-object game... there are some specific scenes that are hidden object; when you are putting together a disguise, or unlocking specific doors... but most of this game is going back and forth through scenes, finding items, and then combining or using those items to solve puzzles.

The biggest problem with this game is that, beyond a few specific puzzles or missing that one item you just can't find/doesn't make sense... to me, this game felt rather simplistic. A lot of the find-object/use-object tasks felt like the game was holding your hand and they didn't require a lot of thought...the hidden-object portions are ridiculously simple, and could be mostly solved with simple random clicking. Lock-picking amounts to finding the right angle, and holding the mouse there for a second, and then doing it again and again and again... not really difficult. Fully completed in roughly 3-4 hours without using any hints and taking my time.

The final level of the game isn't actually obvious... you have to complete the story up to the final section, and then the game just abruptly stops with no solid conclusion. You go back to the main menu, and in the Extra's tab that's now open, there is an option to play the game, and that will start the final level... I'm not sure why they did this... I'm counting that as one of the game's more challenging puzzles.

The game has interesting ideas, but it doesn't really challenge you at all beyond a few specific logic/game puzzles that can be beaten in a few attempts... that, or I've just played far too many of these games, and these puzzles all start to seem the same.

Fun if you like these kinds of games, but I would wait for a sale... this is more of a rental or tablet/phone game.
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2014
Initially I was really hesitant to try this. Because it looked a bit like one of those find random objects in a pile of random objects games. But it is not like that at all. I was actually really impressed by this game. I haven't completed it yet, but I think I'm about a fifth of the way through judging by the page I'm up in the in game strategy guide.

(I took down my videos on this game because the soundtrack matched 3rd part content =[... sucks because I really thought that this game was. I may publish new videos without the music turned off) Okay, I did actually come across a random object mini-game in this title. However it was an hour and a half into the game. The game actually has large variety interesting puzzles and mini-games and that was just one of them. I never found this game to be tedious or repetitive. The puzzles are actually pretty good. Most of them are relatively easy such as just finding the next object needed in the area. But there is a constant flow of them. Some of the stuff was cool. For instance in one part I had to disguise my female character as a male fisherman with a mustache which was amusing. That meant finding and gathering objects which I initially thought were random and then actually assembling them into a costume. I was really surprised to find myself doing that all of a sudden. It was really interesting. Also for a point and click adventure puzzle game it has pretty good features. Even though I hadn't found myself getting stuck for long at any time yet, you can request a hint which will highlight the next place you need to investigate and you can skip some puzzles. Use of hints has a cool down, so it doesn't allow you to rely on having the answers fed to you. Also the actual the in game strategy guide is a written document that explains how to complete every puzzle in the game, it even has highlighted screen shots. I thought thought this really thoughtful, in case you get really stuck. By the way there is actually three different difficulty settings to choose from when you begin the game. In harder difficulty you are unable to use hints as often or at all and interactive areas are not highlighted. Like I said the game looks like one of those random objects game in the screen shots. But as soon I started playing it things looked a lot better than I expected. It actually has a quite a bit of animation which seems to be devoid in certain random object games. I actually really liked the animations. The fact that there are actual animations when you use objects instead of just fading items in and out during scenes is a really nice touch. The scenes themselves look good. I thought the cut-scenes, characters and dialogue were good and interesting. However as usual with my ten second attention span I didn't really catch all of it. I do like story's premise though, a conspiracy by those in power to keep people in the dark ages. I also enjoyed the music. There were a lot of things that I enjoyed about this game. I was very surprised by it. I like how it gives a constant feed of mostly small but interesting puzzles. I liked how instead of having to constantly find random objects for no reason every object you found actually had a purpose and was tool to allow you to solve the next puzzle. I can't say for sure, but I think that you could probably get between five to ten hours of game-play out of this. Click [url=]here[/url] for more let’s play videos =)
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2015
First.. I have to say Happy Birthday to Coupon Dumpster steam Group.
I got this game though their birthday giveaway and i am very gratful.

Now To review This game.
This game is a novel story type of puzzle game.
The game play itself is quite easy. Hints are given for free and there is a strategy guide right on your HUD that you can access at any time if you completely stuck.
There are 1-2 pretty hard puzzle but everything else is really easy puzzle or find needle in the haystack type of looking for hidden objects.

The story is quite well written and interesting but nothing too special is involved.

The graphics is basic but quite cartoon stunning at times. The character Disguise system is pretty cool.
There are a lot short animation and cut scenes in this game but nothing Jaw Droping good.

The music is basic... infact as i am writing this review i cannot remember much about music at all from this game. There are some at times but nothing worth spending my brain cell remembering.

There are only 38 reviews for this game at the moment and approval rating is about 60% positve and 40% negative.
That rating by itself explain perfectly how this game is scored..
6/10 for me. And recommended for puzzle game lover only. If you like cartoon graphics.. You can also give this one a try.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2014
It's point and click and puzzles and find the item stuff but it has many locations, interesting story and awesome art. You also get animated cut-scenes! Everybody loves nice cutscenes. I'm surprised this game is so well priced. It's only 10 dollars for hours of play and awesome art. Like seriously, artists/animators did a great job on this game. If you like point and click just get it because it's pretty damn good. You will like it because how can you not? My only critique is that it ends abruptly which made me go wtf but then you have to select "extras" and it gives you one more arc to play with real ending! But I don't even want to complain because a game of this quality is basically a steal for this price.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
Average Point & Click Adventure.
Not a bad story. Correct difficulty. Sometimes very easy, very few times hard.
It has the walkthrough inside the game, if you ever go stuck.
Not bad, not good.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2015
This was a typical point and click, hidden object, and puzzle game. I really enjoyed playing this game. Originally I had listed a problem that prevented me from completing the extras portion however, I realized that I missed one crucial element along the way. Once I did that, everything worked smoothly so it was not a game issue it was a user issue.

I read several people having problems with this game in its beginning but I bought it recently and have had no game issues with it at all from start to finish. It appears all those issues have been resolved if your pc meets the requirements of the game to begin with. The scenary is great with a good story line, I definitealy recommend playing this game if this type interests you at all.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
This is a Hidden Object Game that's light on hidden objects and works much better as an adventure-lite. You arrive on the scene as the terrible Cultists are taking over the kingdom, blowing up monuments and killing the wise. You might not ordinarily get involved, but your brother is snatched while he’s working as lookout for a burglary you’re busy committing, and now you want to get him back before he’s sacrificed in the terrible endgame Ritual.

There’s a swashbuckling feel to the game, though you won’t actually swashbuckle very much, and you’re helped by the dashing Herbert, a Musketeer type who rescues you from time to time and moves you through the chapters. Overall it keeps a good tone, with some English-as-a-second-language illuminations, a nice graphical feel, and an awkward bit of time dilation at the end - a calamitous event is about to take place, and you will take a break to make a tool and go retrieve an errant handle from someplace down the way before the event finally happens. Life during gametime.

An interesting but underplayed mechanic is the introduction of disguises. As you move through the world you’ll need to pretend to be people you aren’t in order to get past guards and infiltrate locations; while this looks at first like it’s going to be really interesting, ultimately it’s just a matter of clicking through hidden objects. There’s also a tendency to drop you into puzzles without explaining what the goals are, but this all works out in the end.

I enjoyed this. Main story beaten; extra-muros history and background comes via scrolls that are unlocked by jewels you collect in your travels, and somehow I managed to miss enough of those that I didn’t unlock the final set of notes. After 6+ hours saving the realm, I can live with that.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2015
Short version: 77%
Fall of the New Age is a typical hidden object game… without the actual hidden object parts. Still, as a casual level adventure, it has an exciting enough story.

Long version:
Fall of the New Age– made by upcoming Ukrainian indie developer Shaman Games– is sort of a lightweight version of the Thief series: you play as a burglar who winds up in a conspiracy devised by the evil Cult against the current power structure and their knowledge-based system in favour of a religious dictatorship. With a mandatory kidnapped relative and a swashbuckling mentor just to complete a few clichés.
Still, the story is sufficiently exciting and has a good pace, the characters are interesting… and for this price range this is a lot more than anyone can want.

As for gameplay… well, this one is not really a hidden object game. There are a few segments where you look for symbols, and some rummaging for clothes, but no traditional scenes, at all.
There is a larger focus on the point ‘n’ click style elements instead, which, for the most part, gives just enough challenge to turn the game into a nice, casual, lazy, one-afternoon relaxation.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
If you can get this game in a bundle or very cheap in a sale and you are absolutly into Hidden obejct and very basic point and click adventure, than this game might be something for you,.

Gameplay wise the game really doesn't have much to offer, other than "Click around untill you find every Hitbox and than use the obvious item", which cna lead to frustratingly combing screens for some kind of Reaction form the pointer, but sometimes the hitboxes are so close to each other that you will always miss one, for example I ahd to look up one item that was hidden right next to another one, because I didn't know the hidden itemw as there, I always assumed the buttonprompt send me to the other Item I did not need yet.

Than if you are stuck the hintsystem seems absolutly useless, it send me in between screens, instead of hinting towards the area to search, if it gives you a hint, it should not point away from the screen I need to find the enxt item to continue, thats bloody idiotic.

The sounds and music are ok, the vocie acting is uhh rather amateurish, the puzzles are mostly obvious and only a few minigames where you either hunt for hidden objects or you need to do some other puzzles are thrown in for good measure.

[Spoilers The story is rather lackluster, sometimes I wondered what the heck I was doing, so I got the plans of the cultist in the hideout, why the hell do I not simply flee, no I need to go up into a stable..and than jump down to get a horse, even if I had free access to the stable to begin with, than the loft freaking has an incredible locking mechanism with three masks, which need to be freed again from other stuff using tools, just to get a freaking lever, who the heck was living in this room before I rummaged trought it? Than I carry along a firepoker, maybe a bug that it didn't delete, but I could use it, but somehow a broken of arrowstaff is longer than my firepoker, whats the sense in that? Not to mention that the guards seem useless, there are huge explosions going on, but to guard those citygates. Furthermore whats with the ending, it cuts away far to early, I'm in the middle of the woods surrounded by bandits and some kind of witch, I disturbed her ritual and all her other plans, I doubt they would just let me leave. Edit: Allright I just realised there is another Chapter in the game, you jsut need to access the extra part of the game, however it was initially not clear that there was another Chapter in the extra section, as it just seemed to be about artwork and music. However they jsut traded one obvious sequelbait for another. [Spoiler over] Only recommended for people, who like casual point and clicks or hidden object games,
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6.7 hrs
Posted: October 2
Fall of the New Age is an adventure puzzle game set in the early Renaissance period where the pursuit of knowledge and application of logic are emerging as the way forward. You play as a young thief on a mission to save her brother from a nefarious cult whose ultimate goal is to halt this progress and return the world to one steeped in ignorance and superstition. You are aided in your mission by a mysterious stranger who is working against the cult. Unfortunately it doesn't get much deeper than this, but then it is a quick and casual game.

With regards to actual gameplay, Fall of the New Age is part adventure, part hidden object game. You will search beautifully painted scenes for objects to solve puzzles and progress the story/access new areas. There are a number of minigames throughout to break things up a bit/add some variety, and there are cutscenes as you transition from one area to the next to help progress the story.

I enjoyed Fall of the New Age for the most part - as others have said, it's a good game to play if you want some game time but don't want to play anything particularly taxing. The artwork is lovely, as is the music. The story is.. somewhat lacking, but there at least. The puzzles themselves shouldn't give you too much grief. Overall, it was an enjoyable way to spend a handful of hours. If you're a fan of hidden object games (or not averse to them and looking for a casual game to add to your library for some gaming down time), then I'd recommend Fall of the New Age. It's not amazing, but it's not bad either.

(I received this in a steamcrate bundle ..and left it open for an hour or so while preparing dinner.)
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Emblem Parade
6.2 hrs
Posted: August 14
A short and nice casual point-and-click adventure, with a few innovative thievery features: lock-picking, dressing up in costumes, and using slingshots. Unfortunately, these features are all very casual indeed: dressing up especially involves no real gameplay. Expect an especially casual experience.

There are a handful of hidden-object scenes, too, but it's really not a hidden-object game.

The animations are good, but the voice acting is very bad--perhaps due to the actors struggling with an awkward English script). Still, everything comes together to move the story along well enough.

Nothing amazing here, but it's pleasant enough for a thumbs up.

WARNING: Even though the game claims to support Linux, support is very bad. It would not save my game. I restarted it again in Windows and was able to play through without problems.
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7.0 hrs
Posted: August 7
I don't know about this game. Generally it is a standard HOG game and good if you need some new game, but a lot of the mini games annoyed me more than entertained me. The story is nice and I did enjoy it, still, I have mixed feelings. It is not bad, no, there are way worse games out there, but it is also not really good. I do recommend it, simply because we are always short of games in this genre and it will keep you going for a couple of hours. I played expert level and had wishes for the skip button with some of the puzzles. You cannot change it mid game.
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1.2 hrs
Posted: August 3
Keeps crashing on me, usually between every 5-10 minutes.
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2.7 hrs
Posted: July 31
Their first game is much better and done, this game need some fixing, maybe this game was rushed by publisher.
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4.4 hrs
Posted: July 29
I really wish Steam had a "meh" option.
Fall of the New Age Premium Edition is a HOG-lite puzzle adventure game from a studio that shows a lot of potential. Having previously played Namariel Legends: Iron Lord Premium Edition also by Shaman Games, (which was excellent by the way,) I had high hopes for Fall of the New Age. Some were met, some weren't.

The Good.
Great art style, graphics and cutscenes, as good if not better than the best offerings of the more established studios in the genre.
The sound effects and soundtrack fit the story.
The story for the first 66% of the game is very good, then it starts to get lazy.
Lots of puzzles.
Interesting game mechanics regarding the use of a slingshot, having to don various disguises, and a mix of both standard HO scenes and scenes that require you to find object outlines.

The Bad.
Bugs. Two puzzles were impossible to complete because the objects I needed to drag got stuck. Restarting had the same problem. (Windows 7 64bit)
Two cut scenes were in the wrong order, with a soldier I discover in a stables asking where his money is, and when I get the money and try to give it to him a few minutes later, it then launches the correct scene, where I run into him for the first time and the cutscene shows I know him and he asks for money if I want his help.
There are some jewels you pick up, you need 3 parts, I found 2, I never found the third, there's even a gate that requires all three parts. They are never used and you never need to open the gate. You end the game with 2/3 jewels in your inventory.
While the story begins strongly you soon realise it's the usual rescue a friend/family member with supernatural elements .... why do HOGs rarely try something original?
The game is too easy! The puzzles almost autosolve in a lot of cases, the lockpicking scenes are move a pin at random until a hole appears, and the point and click is incredibly simple with most objects required for progress found in the same scene or very near it. An experienced HOG player won't find much challenge in this game.
The "Premium Edition" adds a bonus chapter, in Namariel Legends, it was almost an hour long, original, and added to the story. I expected the same here .... nope, the "bonus" chapter is simply the final chapter. It feels as though the developer simply cut the last chapter from the game, leaving it unfinished, just so they could add it back as a "premium edition with bonus content." If you don't play the bonus chapter, the game ends mid-story ... the bad guys get to carry out their evil plan, and almost everything you did up to that point is meaningless. Your inventory even carries over into the bonus chapter! It's not a bonus chapter, it's the final act!

The problem with Fall of the New Age is that it's all icing and no cake. It looks great, it sounds great, the cutscenes are awesome, the story begins well, and then you discover that there's very little substance behind it. The storyline is generic, the game/puzzles aren't challenging, The voice acting is terrible. The game places you in an urgent life or death situation on 3 occasions and then waits for you to tour the town, have a few conversations, solve a few puzzles, and then eventually get back to the point where an executioner still has his axe raised over your brother's head, the librarian is still lying in the burning building, or the chemist is still coughing out his last breath after being poisoned! It's not a terrible game, but it falls incredibly short of Namariel Legends.
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Fleur de Skinny
7.1 hrs
Posted: June 5
Sadly I can't recommend this game. They had some nice ideas for the HOG and the disguises are nice, too. But they didn't do it with heart. For the first disguise you had to work with the pieces. All following disguises were just drag and drop. The faces of the characters were like masks and some of the animations were just wrong. The so called "bonus episode" were just a cut of part of the main episiode. :/ The thing that annoyed me the most is, that the hint button didn't work properly. It guided me to other locations or just told me that I couldn't do anything in the location I was in - but that was wrong. Lucky me - the walkthrough is included in the game interface.
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2.9 hrs
Posted: June 4
Fall of the New Age is one of those games that make me wish steam reviews had a "mixed" option. As others have said, it's undoubtedly a HOG- or at least a casual adventure game, since actual hidden object sequences are refreshingly few and far between. It doesn't appear to be made with the same engine as many of the other HOGs on steam, making for some nice little changes to the formula. Another plus is that all the art is original- no collections of cobbled-together photo assets here.

It starts out with a bang, treating you to a bombastic (for the genre) 3D animated cutscene, then deposits you into a prison cell to escape from as your tutorial, like so many other medieval fantasy games. I'm not ashamed to admit, I was reasonably pumped up to begin playing.

As I proceeded, however, my enthusiasm began to trickle away. The plot, while fairly generic, seemed decent, but I found myself struggling to get a hold on it, since the storytelling was done EXTREMELY poorly. The localiztion is awful as well- almost all the dialogue is phrased awkwardly or incorrectly, and the characters' grasp on the english language seems to get looser as the game progresses. Furthermore, the subtitles often aren't quite the same as what the characters are saying, and the mouth animations match up worse than a kung-fu dub. Voice acting is acceptable in some cases and hilariously bad in others. The 3D cutscenes are reasonably impressive for a game like this, but the animation is often blocky and goofily exaggerated, and some of the character models look pretty bad.

Gameplay is alright, although some (not all) of the puzzles were more obnoxious than I'm used to- I skipped a couple of them. I found myself resorting to the hint button more than normal as well, in part because it was often difficult to tell a small 'active' area apart from the scenery. There are several puzzles that actually require you to write down a sequence of weird symbols to enter into a later combination lock. Sometimes these are recorded into your diary, but that takes up the entire screen when you open it and sometimes even resets puzzles, so you may as well just write them all down. There are some other complaints I had about specific puzzles, but most of them can safely be grouped under the general "obnoxious" gripe I mentioned above.

The game is rife with tiny quasi-bugs, like expository text popping up at the wrong time. For the most part they can be overlooked, although I was briefly stuck at least twice when the hint button pointed me toward a puzzle that the game wouldn't let me solve because I hadn't yet seen the solution key. The game also crashed once.
The biggest issue I ran into, however, was at the end of chapter 4, when you rescue your brother. A small cutscene played, and I was abruptly shunted back to the main menu where a popup told me I had completed the game. I was rather incredulous, since the story really hadn't been wrapped up, even though I did technically accomplish my character's original objective. After checking the bonus features to see if there was any extra bits of gameplay, I chalked it up to more of the bad storytelling I mentioned earlier, and headed to the store page to write a review.
However, right as I began to write, I noticed a couple screenshots in the store slideshow that I had never seen during my playthrough. My belief that I had somehow missed the end of the game reaffirmed, I booted it back up(once again being assured that I had completed the game) and tried pressing "play" again, which finally allowed me to play the final chapter.

While the game is definitely not overtly bad, and offers some refreshing differences from many other HOGs on steam, there are unfortunately too many rough patches for me to give this a recommendation. I would, however, like to see more from this studio, hopefully with a little more polish.
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3.5 hrs
Posted: June 4
One of the best Hidden Object Games on Steam, telling the story of a young thief in the Middle Ages on a mission to save her brother from an evil cult. Engaging story, good puzzles and HO scenes, good quality videos too, 3 difficulty settings. After the main story there are a playable chapter and other extras, unfortunately no achievements.
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