Can you solve the exciting mystery of "Mystery of the Ancients: Black Dagger" in time? Use your skills to unravel challenging hidden object puzzles, explore beautiful locations and reveal the truth before it is too late!

When a police station is attacked leaving an officer dead, Detective Duncan calls you in to investigate a suspected supernatural crime. After arriving at the scene, everything is in shambles and several witnesses report that the perpetrator had superhuman strength and speed. Things take an unexpected turn when the clues point to an ancient dagger and the spectre that wields it! Explore interactive hidden object scenes and play fun mini-games as you uncover the mysterious history behind this artifact! Can you defeat the Dark Lord and save the day in this spine-tingling adventure?

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

jennifer626 ,

Short but awesome

MariaGlorum's Black Dagger is much better than most of Big Fish's recent offerings. It may truly be a new game! There is no journal, but the map enables teleportation and is beautifully rendered in 3D. The map also indicates when you have collectibles to find in each scene. You can customize difficulty.

The HOPs are very creative and each one is structured differently. The mini games were moderately challenging -- not too easy, but you can work most of them out with time. The storyline was fresh, and the graphics and soundtrack make you feel like you're actually fighting evil! Black Dagger has one of the best bonus chapters I've ever played, in terms of both engagement and challenge; it followed naturally from the main story.

Collectibles consist of crowns in each scene and 8 statues of characters. If you collect all 23 crowns, you can complete a jigsaw puzzle. Collecting the statues just gives you glory. :-D

Cons? Gameplay is too short (23 scenes, about 3-4 hours), which is why I have already finished and can write this review. The back button is awkwardly placed in the lower left corner, while all the other icons are squished together in the lower right. You must manually update the map constantly if you want it to flag areas where action is needed. These are minor issues, however. I didn't experience any glitches.

My rating is 4.5, and while I'd love to give this game a 5, I've lowered it to 4 due to brevity.

moxie ruby ,

No Mystery Here--Buy this one!

This is only my partial review, but BF gives us a terrific one with this game. I didn't want to stop playing, even for these few words. If you have been desperate for a great game, this one is immensely playable, immersive, rich--with innovative, multi-layered puzzles. More later!
After completing the game and the bonus, I must unfortunately subtract a 1/2 star. The game was very brief, but perhaps I only enjoyed it too much? My verdict is still to buy--especially at reduced price of 3.99. It is quite enjoyable and well thought out, particularly the multilayered puzzles. HOGs can become very repetitive but this game avoided that trap. Thank you developers! Now please give us more great games and we will buy them!

catalina5 ,

It’s A Keeper!

Really enjoyed this game! Very interactive during hidden object scenes, which I ❤️. Although the graphics were grainy, this did not affect gameplay in my view. There were too many enjoyable and cleverly done scenes, along with some great special effects.
There were your collectibles, crowns and character dolls. Voiceovers were very nicely done as well. Teleporting map was provided (which wasn’t a whole lot of help) but that’s the challenge right? Highly recommend picking this one up as it is very entertaining and a huge step up from the other new releases as of late.
I had contacted Big Fish 🐠 regarding our lack of New Releases for us IPad users and they were passing the info on to the mobile team. Voices need to be heard if you want more games.
So fellow gamers, please don’t hesitate to write them and let them know. They actually stated, that my feedback was appreciated. I certainly want to see more games (like the olden days) don’t you?
Play & Enjoy 😊Looking forward to our next release as it is hard to make these shorter games last.
KdBoots 🤠


Big Fish Premium, LLC
1.1 GB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, French, German, Japanese

Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
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