By Margriet "Daisy Gunpowder" Dumee on May 5, 2014

A missing father... That is the premise of our tale. He is an archeologist, vanished through a crystal portal. Why would he enter the crystal portal in the first place? Oh well, archeologists tend to do crazy things for new discoveries…

You play as Nicole Rankwist, the missing archeologists’ daughter. She happens to be a reporter, and embarks on a quest to find her father. Seeing as how your father vanished through a crystal portal, you go out and try to find pieces of this portal. On your quest you travel to various cities, and so you find new areas to search.

Nicole and other people appear as static images and conversations are shown through speech bubbles. Hardly HD gaming, but what the heck, searching for items is always a nice pastime. The backgrounds are beautifully drawn, albeit a tad too dark on some occasions.

The point-and-click system is a bit different than other games in this genre. If your pointer turns into a looking glass, click your mouse. This will open a container which might contain more items. When your pointer turns into a hand icon, click on the object. Repeat until you find a key-item. Clicking this item will show you a circle containing black and white pictures of other items you need to find. Not all pictures are equally clear. But hey, you like a challenge. Otherwise, you would not be playing this game.

Upon finding one of these key items, place them in the circle with pictures. The picture of this item will change from black and white to color. If you get stuck there’s always the hint button. When you find all these items you’ll have to solve a puzzle. Solving these puzzles will give you a piece of the Crystal Portal. After this, it’s off to a new city, new items, a new puzzle and, hopefully, a new piece of the Crystal Portal.

The Mystery of the Crystal Portal has means of adjusting the difficulty. It contains no scary scenes, so it is also appropriate for small children. It might even train their patience, because finding all items requires quite a lot of that. Although there is a hint button, it takes quite a little time for it to be available for use. I personally thought it was a fun game to play, and definitely worth checking out.

If you're interested in the Crystal Portal series, and you want more, please click here for the review of the sequel Mystery of the Crystal Portal: Beyond The Horizon.

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July 9, 2008