Neptune’s Secret

Discover the secrets of Atlantis in this enchanting hidden objects game!

Neptune’s Secret is another hidden objects game from Big Fish Games. The game opens up with some well-illustrated cut scenes, complete with voiceovers, that set the stage for the adventure. The main character, Hannah, is introduced in these cut scenes as an orphaned infant. The general idea is that the God Zeus defeated the power-hungry God Neptune and imprisoned him. But before being imprisoned Neptune wiped out the city of Atlantis as revenge. The power that Zeus took from Neptune was placed in an amulet and given to a priestess for safekeeping. The amulet kept getting handed down through the ages until it ends up with the orphaned Hannah. Hannah goes to Oxford University and becomes an archaeologist who soon develops an interest in her origins as well as the origin of the amulet. This leads to her own adventure to find the mythical city of Atlantis. But the God Neptune has plans for Hannah, not the least of which is getting the amulet and restoring his power.

The gameplay here is pretty much what you’d expect in a hidden object game. There are various "scenes", that are beautifully illustrated I might add, where you have to identify the various object shapes listed on the right side of the screen. There is a timer and the faster you complete a level the more points you earn. You could also find "gems" in each scene that grant you hints to the location of hidden objects. This is particularly helpful if you’re having trouble finding certain objects. If you have no gems you’re out of luck though and could find yourself stuck for a while, clicking randomly. However, there’s a meter at the top of the screen that registers every mouse click you do. So if you start to just randomly click all over the screen in an attempt to find the various hidden objects the meter will fill up and the screen will start to go dark. This is obviously a feature that tries to discourage players from just randomly clicking as opposed to actually looking for each hidden object. However, if you’re patient you can just wait until the meter gets really low to click and you’ll never have to worry about the screen going dark. You won’t set any time records this way but if your stuck at least you know you can still randomly click your way out of being stuck albeit at a slower pace. While there is some variety in the various scenes and how you find the hidden objects each level is still essentially a hidden object puzzle. Occasionally there are more cut scenes after you complete a level that further the story.

The game can almost entirely be played with the mouse and left clicking. There are a few situations where click and dragging had to be done. You also have to create a profile at the beginning of the game by typing your name in. The good news is KeyStrokes (and presumably SwitchXS as well) is visible and functional whether the game is in full screen mode or windowed mode. So typing in your name is not a problem, nor is seeing and using the dwell panel in dwell clicking mode.

Neptune’s Secret is a typical hidden objects game that’s easy on the eyes and extremely accessible. The game is available for both PCs and Macs and you can find a free demo on the Big Fish Games website.

System Requirements:

Windows:

  • OS: Windows XP/Vista
  • CPU: 1.0 GHZ
  • RAM: 128 MB
  • DirectX: 8.1
  • Hard Drive: 65 MB

Mac:

  • OS: 10.4, 10.5 (recommended)
  • CPU: 1.83GHz
  • RAM: 512 MB

Paul Natsch

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