Echoes of the Past - The Castle of Shadows

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Play On: Windows/XP/Vista/7 & Mac

Rating: 86%

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After discovering an ancient painting, the Royal House Museum invites you to explore the recovered artifacts, and the mysteries within. Restore the royal amulet to break an ancient curse and stop an evil witch from regaining her terrible powers! Dive into Echoes of the Past - The Castle of Shadows and save the royal family from their curse and explore a fascinating world full of Hidden Object scenes, and perplexing puzzles.

Game Review

If you have ever played Royal House of Stone then Echoes of the Past Download is a semi sequel to this game. Maybe I just invented the word, but it means a game that has changed its name and has been revamped, but essentially follows the same premise as the last. Many think that the game changed its name because the last game was not well received. Therefore, instead of releasing Royal House of Stone 2 which would have failed, developers have changed the name. In this guide, we will explore if Echoes of the Past game: The Castle of Shadows will be in the recycle bin, or take prime position on your desktop.

In Echoes of the Past: The Castle of Shadows, you have been brought back to the same museum as the last game in order to examine a painting. This painting has been coming to life and scaring guests, as it most probably would (similar to ghost busters 2!). After your previous success, there are some high expectations on your shoulders, and your pointing and clicking expertise is much needed. Your goal is to go into the painting (not metaphorically) to solve the mystery from the inside. When you are in this painting your goal is to deal with the problem. However, it seems the word of your arrival may have spread and every character in the painting had a problem that needs solving.

Echoes of the Past game

The great thing about Echoes of the Past Download: The Castle of Shadows is that there are enough changes in the game to stop it from looking like a follow up. As many of you will know, a lot of the games in the mystery section all feel like the same game with a different background; however, the developers of Echoes of the past have stopped this from happening. For example, one minor change is in this game you have to find additional mirrors to unlock more hints. This means you have to pick and choose when you use your hints rather than using a scatter gun approach.

Echoes of the Past gameplay

Another benefit of Echoes of the Past: The Castle of Shadows is that the game time has been almost doubled. One of the reasons why the last game was not well received is because it could be completed inside two hours. However, Echoes of the Past: The Castle of Shadows has a respectable 4-5 hours' worth of game play, which is in keeping with others in the series.

Unfortunately, a lot of the puzzle games are straight out the mystery genre back-catalogue; however, we will leave this up to you to decide if this is a bad feature.

Verdict

For many, Echoes of the Past: The Castle of Shadows has done enough to break away from the genre, which in its own rights is worth top marks. However, some of the puzzle games are exactly like others, in fact, you may even think that you have played them before.

In terms of graphics and sounds, the game does not offer anything different to other games on the market. However, this is not a bad thing, because the standard is extremely high.

Overall: Echoes of the Past: The Castle of Shadows is one of the better mystery games on the market: 86/100.

Final Score: 86%

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