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Hidden Chronicles

Hidden Chronicles
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Publisher: Zynga
  • Developer: Zynga
  • Genre: HOG
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Hidden Chronicles is Zynga’s newest and the first Hidden Object game on Facebook. It has many well-drawn scenes for players to find items or challenge friends in the FastFind, and at the same time also blends elements of unveiling mystery about the Ramsey Manor and management of the estate by restoring it with decorations. Let’s start our journey of discovery and mystery in Hidden Chronicles.

Hidden Chronicles Review:

Hidden Chronicles embraces us in as the successor to Ramsey Manor, left to our hands due to the mysterious death of our uncle who is a Guardian capable of seeing the history of an object by touching it. Blessed with the same ability, we are to start our journey through time and space, searching for hidden objects and clues to unveil all mysteries behind it.

Led by a beautiful ‘caretaker’, we first entered the library, the first scene where we learn the basic HOG gameplay. Each scene is depicted beautifully, though in disorder or in a mess. We need to find six objects in the starting levels, and their very names are listed on the bottom of the screen. Items are placed in such a fair yet difficult manner that we need to put our minds to it but don’t have to exasperate when finding an item in the least expected location.

When we don’t click or randomly click the wrong place, an arrow on the left side will appear to remind us of the help of hints, a magnifier offered in default in the very beginning. Using it, a circle will center hidden object for us. But we have to wait for its regenerating before next use. There is no tick-tack countdown, so we don’t need to worry about being kicked out halfway in the mid-play. But we will hurry up all the same, for speed influences the time bonus scored at the end of every round. Once we complete a scene, we will be scored based on speed, accuracy and hint, which decide our rank in the leaderboard and trophy amount we win. By playing scenes, we get coins, experience points and building materials, etc. and unlock more structures that can be placed in the estate for decoration.

In general, basic HOG gameplay is typical as what we are all familiar with, but it also adds two innovative elements, that is, Superclue and Minigame. In some scenes, one name of the list will appear in blue indicating the clue, which requires several steps to finish. For instance, we may be asked to light a candle (we need to first find the match, matchbox and candle and then use the lit match to light the candle) or balance a scale (to find the several light poises to counterweight the heavier one). And we may also chance upon mini-games in some scene, such as the one asking us to find 20 coins on a messy table scattered with pieces of paper in the Thief’s Lair. Mini-games are generally easy; we can choose to skip them or play for extra points.

Every scene can be replayed many times. In fact, the revisit of them is embedded into some quests which require us to gain a certain amount of trophies (up to five for each scene) of some old scenes. Replay is easier than the first try, because every object just locates where it is without change, despite the change of part of the name list. As we grow familiar with the scene, it’s just a piece of cake to win trophies.

We can’t unlock new scenes as we earn experience points to level up by playing scenes and taking quests. In this aspect, it’s similar to that of Gardens of Time, another hidden object game that allows players to unlock new playable scenes by building time gardens. In Hidden Chronicles, we need build the estate adding new structures to earn Estate points to unlock more scenes.

While decorative buildings are added immediately either from marketplace (for coins) or inventory (by playing the game), other structures are harder to build, taking long time, necessitating friends to be staff in certain structures, and requiring certain amount of materials such as paint can, copper pipes and spackle, etc.. Don’t have them? Then we have to ask for friends’ favor or buy them for cash, the premium currency.

Building materials are certainly not the single aspect where money goes to. Energy, premium scenes, immediate finishing or skipping certain quests and early access to new contents, etc.; the list is just long. Playing a scene costs Energy, eight points per round. We only get 30 points to start with and the maximum of Energy bar increases slowly as we level up. Moreover, the newly added exploration, represented by the Lost Trunk dotted in the courtyard, sets requirements in different amounts of Trophies, Clues and Coins, which are time-consuming to meet by playing but easily to skip for cashes.

While HOG impresses us as a game mainly for single players, Hidden Chronicles is set with some social elements. Honestly, the constant pop-up of friend-invite request and reward share is a little bit annoying, and other designs like free-gifting and favor-asking are just commonplace. What’s interesting is the FastFind challenge, just like the Weekly Blitz Challenge in Gardens of Time, which we can initiate or accept to compete with friends. FastFind has time limit (one minute), within which, whoever finds most objects is the winner. But it can only be played once a day, and it costs four energy points.

On the whole, Hidden Chronicles is a great game with a solid single-player hidden object gameplay together with interactive friendly competition, although it bears the Facebook-related annoyance mentioned above. Besides the bulk of searching gameplay, I’m also intrigued by the mystery-spun storyline. Who is the spy within the council of guardians? What’s the secret of master chronicles? Artifacts are the key to unveil the secret? I will continue to play to find out where the story leads me.

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  1. Carlyn Linan says:

    I’ve been gone for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this site. Thanks, I will try and check back more frequently. How frequently do you update your blog?

    • miller says:

      We are glad you love the website. We update it everyday with beta news,game reviews and previews and much more info. Come back regularly please. Enjoy.

  2. shawnababin says:

    thanks to friends who sent me a request to this game i will try and play it it reminds me of a game i played as a kid so i know i should enjoy………….

  3. Sarah says:

    I am not allowed to ask for energy from friends. No tab to click just a place to buy shows up. Help.

    • miller says:

      Hey, Sarah.When the energy runs out, a window screen will pop up, asking you to buy or ask for energy from friends. The "Ask for Energy" button is there under the Buy options; clicking on it will automatically posts a Energy Request in facebook. If your friends see it, they can send you small amount of Energy as free gifts. If you don't see the Ask-for-Energy button on it, it's perhaps due to the bug.If so, just try to refresh your page. Enjoy.

  4. sarah says:

    i am new to hidden chronicles. Everytime it goes to the library and Emma comes up on the screen I hit continue and the screen freezes. What do I do?

  5. maryann says:

    i'm looking for new neighbors that are not already friends of mine. It would help if it was setup as farmville where you can find people who plays hidden chronicles.

  6. phyllis wallace says:

    i don't like this game because you can't get more land to put your items on. everytime it i try to get more land, it saysyou have to unlock something, and you can never unlock the hidden tree house

    • Michelle says:

      you unlock the land by collecting clues (post for them), coins and trophies. click on one of the dark plots and you can post for clues there

  7. inavi says:

    where is the jeweled cast off chapter i cant figure it out helppppp

  8. rebecca says:

    hc needs to give us more scenes to play kiplings tiger is finished let us cross the water or road or something

    • Patty says:

      I agree, Rebecca!! You spend time building a nice estate and then you can't go any further because of land issues. I like this game, but getting ready to ditch it for this very reason.

    • ragwmg says:

      hi yes I have the same problem. I cant unlock any scenes unless I pay for them. Does anyone know if you do use estate cash, will we still be able to do the quests or just the trophies?

  9. Roxanna York says:

    I can't get the full screen anymore….I am suppose to play fast find games to complete a phase…so far, I have completed that aspect 4 times and everytime it resets itself and I have to start over…what's up with that?

  10. maureen fryer says:

    I need neighbors,how can I get them???

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  14. Debuzz57 says:

    Stuck and can not get more land. I have 2 plots to the west across the river, my estate is full, and I have over 500 trophies. A few of my neighbors have almost 700. And it says I have negative points to next level (51) I'm confused. I play through Zynga, have all the neighbors I can handle, and devote far toooo much time to this day already. What the heck?

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