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Game Review   2007-03-23


Magic AcademyMagic Academy - Hidden Objects Puzzle 


It became a tradition for us to feature games with the elements of sorcery on Fridays, so you may spend the whole weekend casting spells...


This week we have a real quality game from Nevosoft, creators of Mysteryville. And this time it is another hidden objects variation.


Magic Academy is a series of hidden objects puzzles wrapped into the adventure plot.


Magic AcademyThe story takes place at Magic Academy; and you are to find your sister who disappeared while studying there. By solving a number of puzzles, (such as hidden objects and spot a difference) and learning the magical sciences such as foretelling and witchcraft, you are to collect the clues to finally get on your sister's trail.


The graphics of the game, the game plot, sequence of actions- everything has a touch of  Mysteryville. You'll see the same colorful locations, face the same characters - who seem more realistic than ever before. When you meet someone you get the feeling you've met them before somewhere. This is the case with your best friend, who has a resemblance to the title character of the kid fantasy movie.


But the rule of the game is good-old: check out the items on the list and find them on the playfield.


Magic AcademyLike in other detective games, your task is to solve puzzles in the limited time.  


Sometimes you will have to spot the difference in the academy rooms, on Egyptian manuscripts or solve a jigsaw puzzle.


Nevosoft team has made a lot of experiments with hidden-objects concept to derive the best out of it. And they have succeeded in it.



Thus, in some rooms of the Magical Academy you will have to hunt for the hidden objects while you can view only three items to find.


Magic AcademyIn general, you are to spot say 18 clues on a level, but you can only currently view 3 items out of this list. As you spot one of them, another item is added on the list.


I find it more exciting than just viewing a long list of around 20 items to find, trying to keep them in mind, and forgetting them after the first glance at the playing. This is more exciting as you don't know what you'll have to find, and this feeling adds more challenge to the game.


Out of all the hidden-object games, this one features the trickiest placement of clues. The point here is to search for the clues where you would never expect to find them   


Magic AcademyMoreover, given the poorly-researched theme of the game (sorcery and magic spells) sometimes you will have to search for the objects from the list just by their contours (though normally, they are just named on a list). 


Sometimes these puzzles are a great challenge for one's eyesight: some of the clues to find turn out to be a reflection in a mirror, silhouette on a wall or even a small sticker.         


As always you can use a hint, when it is available (hints become unavailable for a certain time after you use them). And don't forget about the penalty for random clicks:).  



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Game Review   2007-03-23


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Rate this game:Current game rating: 4

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Aureliz Rodriguez  2007-04-01 14:58:54
Exelent game.

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