Yucatan seems at first like a variation on mahjongg, but it really isn’t. You are not looking for matching tiles, but colours that match a wheel on the right side of the screen. You are attempting to uncover blocks that will lead you to new Mayan pyramids in the jungle. The blocks themselves look not unlike square Sweetarts. I was more tempted to eat them than actually play this game, with the exception of the rainbow pyramids, because of the black stripe in them, which would deter an antilixic person like myself from indulging in them. Those rainbow blocks are to be held on to until you can go no further, because they may be the only thing that keeps you going in Yucatan. When you come to a point where you can go no further on a puzzle, the devs give you a new puzzle, but you are still basically trying to uncover the same puzzle piece. The adventure you seek is a bit elusive, and you might be better off finding it in the Treasure Seekers series of games. All Yucatan left me was hungry for fruit-flavoured candies, but as for the game, it was about as blandly average as it gets.
This latest version of the Treasure Seekers series has just made this series an autobuy for me, for the whole thing. The devs have taken two of my favourite things, time travel, and hot ginger dudes, and put them together in this game. Tommy is the focus in this edition, and we still get the great gameplay and puzzles. We get that strategy guide to help us along when we get stuck, but this game has added the the 4th dimension into the mix, and it just makes the magic so much better. Tommy shows us some of that Treasure Seeker ingenuity we have come to love, but by using the new resources as his disposal, he takes on his arch enemy not only in the 1930s, but in our time, and goes back to the 14th century to get into a search for the Holy Grail to prevent an asteroid attack. The Treasure Seekers should come out of cyberspace and into a TV series. There is so much going on here, Nelly and Tommy could take on the world from any time and anywhere, and still make it back home in time for High Tea and a Manchester United game. Read more...(270 words, 31 images, estimated 1:05 mins reading time)
Tommy and Nelly sure do get around, and this time they are hopping all over the Continent as they Follow the Ghosts in this paranormal adventure. These games get even better and better every time they come out with a new one. This time you can access the strategy guide directly if you get stuck. Pretty amazing upgrade for such a great series. The puzzles are more involved now, as are the creatures and ghosts you will encounter. From an 18th century British sea captain, supposed “yeti” attacks in the German Alps, and even more mysterious creatures in France, Egypt, and Siberia. The puzzles are fresh, and you gain a new perspective on your redheaded paranormal investigative team, with the serious geek girl and her wise-cracking brother who knows how to make a ghost move on to the afterlife. I will most definitely bee seeking out more Treasure Seekers games, but as far as I know, there is only one more in the series left to go, but the kids have just come of age, so they have many years of investigating left in them. Let’s hope their devs do as well. Read more...(226 words, 31 images, estimated 54 secs reading time)
Our redheaded Treasure Seekers are back in a new place and time. Tommy has gone off on his own to an old castle in Romania to investigate some magical paintings, and has sent word for Nelly to join him. Supposedly he has found the secret of the Philosopher’s Stone, a magical artifact that can turn lead to gold, among many other things. Nelly is not comfortable with the idea of her younger brother investigating such a mysterious case on his own. Romania has a dark past, and when dealing with magic in such a place, the risks are huge. Nelly goes to Totenkraft Castle to meet up with Tommy, but he is nowhere to be found. She finds her passage blocked by some paintings, and in each painting are people who are in need of her help. From ghosts to genies and more, Nelly’s only wish is to find her brother safe and sound, and the people she assists give her clues to help her along her way. Read more...(234 words, 31 images, estimated 56 secs reading time)
This is the first in a series of hidden object puzzle games that feature two redheaded kids, Nelly and Tommy, and how they become professional treasure hunters. In Treasure Seekers: Visions of Gold we first meet Nelly, the older of the two kids, and we learn that she’s been having dreams about pirate ships and buried treasure. As Nelly is exploring around the house one day, in which we help her do, she finds a chest with a map on the top of it. She goes to the derelict house nearby to find her little brother, Tommy, and there they find more clues to the map and learn that their grandmother was a pirate. What a cool grandma! The first part of the game looks to be set in the 1920s, and we do know that LaFitte, the last of the great pirates was still pillaging as late as the 1840s, so the timeline is plausible. There are still pirates out there today, as we know from the recent news, but this deals with finding treasure from the Golden Age. Read more...(358 words, 31 images, estimated 1:26 mins reading time)