The Mystery of the Crystal Portal
By G5 Entertainment
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Featuring innovative hidden object gameplay, an intriguing storyline, and stunning full-screen graphics, The Mystery of the Crystal Portal is a thrilling escape for the whole family. Embark on a brain-bending adventure with Nicole, whose father went missing after making a discovery that could "change the course of humanity”. Nicole searches the globe on an eye-popping quest to discover the truth behind his invention.
● 7 Picturesque Settings
● 22 Levels and Mini-Games
● Loads of Brain-Bending Fun
● Use pinch to zoom in and out to find all objects
Game available in: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian
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What's New in Version 1.3
Embark on a brain-bending adventure that's full of unique hidden object fun!
- Minor bugs fixed
- Minor improvements
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Good game with cultural flaws
This game was fun, and it had variations on the hidden objects not seen in other games, such as having to complete one set of hidden objecte before moving on to the next. It gets away a bit from all the hidden objects at the bottom. In fact, the first thing to find is the sets of hidden objects. On the other hand, the puzzles at the end of each hidden object stage were not that challenging.
The main reason I am giving it two stars, though, is because it has major “cultural” flaws. The biggest being the ruins in Guatemala, which I assume are based on Tikal. The character in these scenes was a North American Native American, not a Guatemalan/Mayan. Aside from that, many of the artifacts were all mixed up. I know these games are never really that accurate, but having been to Tikal, it bothered me to see artwork resembling the Northwest and other areas outside Guatemala all lumped into these scenes. Not great education for kids.
The other scene that bothered me was Africa. This happens so often. Africa is a continent, not a country! All the other scenes were country specific, Japan, Guatemala, Russia (which was already the USSR under Stalin by1928, the setting for this game, by the way), U.S. Could you now have at least picked a country like Tanzania or Kenya? I hope you can be more culturally sensitive in future games like this.
This Is My Favorite
I enjoy the seek-and-find type of game, and this is my favorite of all that I've tried. I can see why it won awards, because the designers clearly put a lot of time and thought into the user experience. There are key objects that require you to find regular objects and drag them over. Once those have been found, other items are revealed, or new key objects are created. Each room has several animation affects that add to the appeal. It's a very beautiful game.
At the end of each chapter is a puzzle, and I enjoyed all of them. They hit my sweet spot of being just challenging enough to be interesting and not so impossible as to be aggravating. One can also skip those puzzles and continue on with the seek and find parts of the game.
I loved it, and will come back to it in a couple of weeks and replay under a different user name. I wish there was a sequel!
Fun game, but...
This game was fun, and a little different from others in a good way, but...
First, I'll give you the good points:
• You have to finish a set of objects to start the next. This, to my knowledge, makes this game unique.
• You only see the drawings of the objects you have to find (in a different position than the one they have in the actual screen), so this game has no problem with the localization to other languages.
• The graphics are quite nice.
Now, the bad points:
• You have to pass the mouse all over the screen to find the next "main" object and, some times, even a place where another object is "hidden out of view". This is tedious.
• It has cultural flaws, which are already well described by other reviewers.
• Compared to other G5 games, this one feels too short (it has approximately less than 20 screens).
• The animations between scenes are too long because the text stays on screen for too long, and there is no way to speed it without skipping the whole story (I want to read the story, not skip it).
In any case, this game could last you well over five hours if you do not use the Hint button too often. The story is nice (although feels short), and the graphics are good.