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Big Fish "Search" function odd? #1235812
12/12/20 08:23 PM
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I decided to check on whether there were any more games in the Secrets of the Dark series because I have loved those games so far. I did a Search for that complete title. I got 1687 results, each one focused on a SINGLE WORD in the phrase, not the whole title. So, I got everything from Dark City to Midnight Castle and Dream Walker (seriously ~ because there was one key word in the game descriptions, not even in their Titles).

Does anyone find this odd? I remember the Search function taking you to the title you entered, so I'm bewildered. With a Grab Bag result like this are we supposed to read through all 1687 titles, to see if there is another Secrets of the Dark game somewhere in there? How do you Search for other game titles?

Re: Big Fish "Search" function odd? [Re: Reenie] #1235814
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When I can't find a certain title on Big Fish after having used the search engine, I enter it into a search engine and in general I get the link that takes me to its download page on Big Fish.

If you are looking for other games by a certain developer, I will often type into a search engine something like this, for example: Big Fish Games Orneon, for example. By doing that, the first link I get takes me here:

Orneon Limited

Of course, in this instance you would have had to know who the developer of the Secrets of the Dark series is in order to do that.

I guess what I am saying is that the Big Fish search feature often does not yield the result I am looking for and therefore I tend to go through search engines to find what I want on their website. Thus far, it has worked for me. I am not sure why the search feature on Big Fish doesn't seem to work a lot of the time - or if it does, you just have to wade through many titles to find what you are looking for.

Re: Big Fish "Search" function odd? [Re: Reenie] #1235834
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I go to "PC Games Home" and then select "Adventure". The games are listed alphabetically, so if you know the name of a game you should be able to find it there.

Re: Big Fish "Search" function odd? [Re: Reenie] #1235837
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Marian and OldBroad, I will try both those methods. Thanks!

Re: Big Fish "Search" function odd? [Re: Reenie] #1235862
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One caveat to add: there are actually some Collector's Editions that are not listed on the Collector's Edition page. Why this is the case, I do not know. For example, the CE of Secrets of the Dark: Mystery of the Ancestral Estate is not listed on that page. It is, however, listed on the Adventure page. Definitely not an exact science.

Re: Big Fish "Search" function odd? [Re: Marian] #1235878
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I did on-line searches not at BF for some of my favorite series. Unfortunately, I did not find any that I missed yet. However, I did see that the posting entities in each case had put them in the order in which they were issued, so I added that info to my database. That was fun to find. I think I'll use that info when I replay any of them later.

Now, I am going to try a search just for 5BN games. That should be rewarding! joy

Re: Big Fish "Search" function odd? [Re: Reenie] #1235887
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If you want to know what all the Five BN games are, you can also check out their website here.

Re: Big Fish "Search" function odd? [Re: Marian] #1235896
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Yes, thanks, I did look at their site. Not surprisingly, most of my favorite and replayed games come from them.

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The thing to remember is whenever you use a search function on a site that sells stuff, its not really a search engine like bing or duckduckgo. They will serve up the results that they want so they can sell you what they want you to buy, not necessarily what you are looking for. Amazon and the rest are the same. They are not true search engines.

Re: Big Fish "Search" function odd? [Re: CountZero] #1235917
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Thanks. Yes, I do recognize that they are vendors and, as such, want to sell their games. I am interested in the order in which the games were published, so that when I replay them, I could play them in order. I know from experience that it mattered in Lost Lands, for one example.

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Originally Posted by Reenie
Thanks. Yes, I do recognize that they are vendors and, as such, want to sell their games. I am interested in the order in which the games were published, so that when I replay them, I could play them in order. I know from experience that it mattered in Lost Lands, for one example.

When I want to know the order of a game series I usually go to my favorite search engine and type in the game title. Usually a wikipedia link will show up with the needed information.

Re: Big Fish "Search" function odd? [Re: Reenie] #1236361
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If you want to do a search on the Big Fish website, don't use the Big Fish search.
Use an Internet search like duckduckgo (or whatever search engine you like) and
restrict to the website using site:bigfishgames.com

You can try using quotes. Big Fish's webste may ignore them but some Internet
search sites don't.

For example, to search for Lost Lands on Big Fish, type this into an Internet
search:

"Lost Lands" site:bigfishgames.com

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You can also search for series at rgamereview:

https://www.rgamereview.com/popular-game-series-lists-for-computer-and-mobile

They don't have all game series, but they have a lot of them and keep reasonably
up to date.

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