The Mystery of the Crystal Portal (Full) Review
- Pleasing visuals.
- Solid story.
- Slow gameplay may turn some off.
If you enjoy story based hidden object games with puzzles, Mystery of the Crytal Portal is just what you're looking for.
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Hidden object games tend to divide people. Some like to search an environment finding treasures while others see them as a waste of time. To make the genre more palatable, they have often been combined with intriguing storylines and puzzles. Mystery of the Crystal Portal is one of these games. You play as Nicole Rankwist who is on the trail of her missing father. As you travel from locale to locale, you find objects and solve puzzles to unlock clues, and complete the mystery.
The game is controlled via a touch and drag interface. When searching for items you can use the pinch motion to zoom in and out. There are key items that need other items to open. Once you find one of these items, touch its counterpart on the key item and you're one step closer to completing the screen. If you get stuck, there are hints that are available every few minutes, or you can spend some money and recieve enough hints to breeze through the game.
The visuals are rich and pleasing, especially the establishing shots of new areas. Some of the objects can be annoyingly hidden, but that's par for the course is this genre. The music and sound effects are ok. There is only the one game mode, but it should keep you busy for more than a few hours, and a well told tale is always worth experiencing again.
For those looking for a much slower paced game, where brain power and observation are used in the place of reflexes, then Mystery of the Crystal Portal might be the gaming break you're looking for.
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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
● Free hints when you are stuck or buy them to speed up your progress
● iPhone 4 Retina Display support
When playing, use pinch to zoom in and out. You can reach ALL objects with the full zoom - the game is designed to be played actively using the zoom feature.
You get a new hint every few minutes - so you always have a free hint when you are stuck. You can buy more hints to speed up your adventure, but it is optional and not required to complete the game.
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