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Chronicles of Mystery: Curse of the Ancient Temple review

The curse of the bad writing

For

  • Maintains much from The Scorpio Ritual
  • Generous hint system
  • More than just pointing and clicking

Against

  • Can be polished off in two hours
  • Generic and badly written plot
  • Expects multiple play-throughs

This puzzler is a modified version of PC point %26rsquo;n%26rsquo; clicker The Scorpio Ritual. The plot (religious artifacts, untold powers, sinister cover-up) remains, as do most characters (feisty lady archaeologist, crusty professor), but a lot of the pointing %26rsquo;n%26rsquo; clicking has been excised in favor of seeking %26rsquo;n%26rsquo; solving, followed by yawning %26rsquo;n%26rsquo; wishing you%26rsquo;d bought something else.

The Story mode can be polished off in two hours, with a generous hint system speeding things up. The game%26rsquo;s played for points, however, and you%26rsquo;re meant to play several times to beat your previous effort. That%26rsquo;s unlikely, as the plot%26rsquo;s generic and badly written. Activities are a disjointed mix of point %26rsquo;n%26rsquo; clicking, item-finding and touchscreen minigames - the latter two being available in separate modes. Had the game focused on just one (at a push, two) of these disparate bits it might have been okay, but as it is it%26rsquo;s a flimsy mess.

Jan 25, 2010

More Info

GenreAdventure
Description<p>Full of minigames, touchscreen item searching, and a quickly finished story mode, had the game focused on just one (at a push, two) of these disparate bits it might have been okay, but as it is it&#8217;s a flimsy mess.</p>
PlatformDS
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating12+
Release date:3 November 2009 (US), 16 October 2009 (UK)
Available platforms:DS
Genre:Adventure
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