When I saw Secrets of the Ark on the shelf at my local store and read the back of the box, I thought this
sounded like a good one. One of the phrases on the back of the game box that caught my eye was something along the lines of, "...logical, solvable puzzles".
I realize there's more than ones school-of-thought on adventure game puzzles. You know how there's those sorts of puzzles in some adventure games where you have to combine some really outlandish, bizarre items in your inventory? (It's almost like you have to read the game writers/ developers' mind to solve some of these obscure puzzles.) And then there's those types of games that are more along the lines of, That
makes sense. These things are not a matter of "right or wrong", more a matter of preference. I tend to lean more towards the logical. This games' puzzles don't always put me in mind of that quote on the box of "logical/ solvable". That one puzzle of putting a cockroach on the clock to get the hotel manager out of the office? Yeah! That
I think the quote on the back of the box is mis-leading (granted: this is just my opinion). Another thing I did not notice (as they say, read the "fine print".): There's a subtitle underneath the title of Secrets of the Ark, and it's, A Broken Sword Game.
I've never played a Broken Sword Game. Yes, of course, I've heard OF
them through the years, but nothing about them has ever drawn me to one. Back in the '90's, I was actually a fan of the FMV games (remember Gabriel Knight II: The Beast Within? The Phantasmagoria games?). The Broken Sword games appeared too "cartoon-ish" to me. I've played many animated games since
then, but what I consider sophisticated graphics (I even play some horror survival games, like the Silent Hill series). This latest Broken Sword game, evidentially, is the first one in 3D. I've tried both keyboard and mouse clicks to move the character, but don't particularly like either; movement is awkward and jerky.
I read Gremlin's review here on this site, and there are some things I quite agree with: you can't "click through/ escape" dialogue. AND.......George Stobbart. This guy gets on my nerves.
Whether it's a novel, movie, or a game, I like off-beat, interesting characters, and this can even be the "lead" character. There's even the "flawed" character, or the "anti-hero" can be quite intriguing. Gremlin refers to him as "smug"; he's ingratiating to me also. It's tough to warm up to a game where you don't even particularly care for the lead character. It's going to be quite an effort to get through this one. Can't win 'em all, eh?
Anyone else like this game? Don't like it? Couldn't care either way?