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PC Game Review: Amazing Adventures The Lost Tomb

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Amazing Adventures The Lost Tomb is a hidden object game with mini-games and travels throughout Egypt. This sharp looking game lasts a long time with over 100 levels of play. With that many levels, it's amazing how it rarely feels like one plays the same rooms repeatedly or hunts for the same objects in 22 locations.

While the game won't blow you away with anything special, it's a well-produced game, from graphics and story to mini-games and bonuses. The historian's mission is to find the Lost Tomb by completing 20 missions with each containing multiple levels.

Although the hints are almost always available, the game makes a point of mentioning it when reporting the score, and that is enough to discourage hint abuse, especially when using a hint takes away 4,000 points. When using a hint, the hint meter starts over again and must fill up before it's ready to give the next hint, but it doesn't take long.

A perfect search — which is completing a level without using any hints — equals 15,000 points. The game awards bonus points for finding two items quickly, even for those who opt to play relaxed mode. Too much random clicking leads to losing points. Players also have the opportunity to earn title promotions, but it won't mean any extra pay or perks.

"Find the Lost Tomb" is the story game mode while the "Secret Game" resembles — without giving away too much — unlimited game play. Within the story mode, you can either play timed mode or relaxed mode. Having relaxed mode helps make the game more enjoyable for many players who want to make the most of the experience rather than racing against the clock.

After finding all the needed treasures, the mini-game enters into the picture. Mini-games include jigsaw puzzles, comparing two rooms for spotting the differences, and tile swapping, among others. One of the other games is the popular memory match game, except this one calls for finding same color, same type, related items such as a glove and baseball, or identical objects.

The difficulty level in the placement of the hidden objects is medium. Some objects are easy while others take a lot of work to locate. Those having played many hidden object games will be pleasantly surprised at the unpredictable locations of the hidden objects. Long, thin items won't necessarily be where the player expects to find them.

What's more, the game throws a few curve balls in its word choices in the list of objects to find. That's nothing new, but it does the job without getting carried away and while keeping things fresh. A "red hexagon" references a STOP sign. You can't help but laugh with hints like "Flew the coop" or "Ribbit!"

Also hidden in the game are 21 ancient Egyptian scarabs, which need to be found to unlock the secret game. Even if you forget to keep an eye out for the scarabs, you shouldn't have any difficulty locating them since I found all 21 despite forgetting about this little game within the game.

Hidden object games have quirks. Some make it difficult for clicks on the correct object to register. In the hunt for a spike, I correctly clicked the right item and the game seemed to say, "Nope. Uh-uh, that isn't it." Finally, the situation called for a hint and sure enough, it was the right object. This was a rare incident, fortunately. Another time, the list included "3 hand tools," but a hammer, a boomerang, an arrow, a C-clamp, a fork, and a knife didn't count. The name, in this case, was too broad.

While Amazing Adventures The Lost Tomb doesn't have anything that hasn't shown up in one game or another, it's a nice full package with a long-lasting value that is sure to please anyone looking for an adventure of the hidden object kind.


About Meryl K Evans

Meryl K. Evans, Content Maven, is the author of "Brilliant Outlook Pocketbook" and the co-author of "Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites." She has written and edited for a bunch of places online and off. A native Texan, she lives a heartbeat north of Dallas in Plano, Texas with her husband and three kiddos.