Secret Trails: Frozen Heart Collector's Edition
Bloomingspring has always been your favorite place to visit, not just because of the year-round sunny weather, but because your little sister Emma, calls it home. You're planning a secret visit for Emma's birthday, but your surprise is ruined by a freak blizzard in the middle of July! What caused this storm? And who is that suspicious man slinking around Emma's house? No sooner have you reunited with your sister than she is kidnapped. Rescue Emma and bring summer back to Bloomingspring in Secret Trails: Frozen Heart, a gorgeous Hidden-Object Puzzle Adventure game.
November 24, 2013
Foxy Games Studio
Three Difficulty Settings
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Concept Art & Soundtracks
Achievement & Collectibles
For those of you who are not familiar with Foxy Games, their previous game was Mystic Legacy: The Great Ring; released as a Standard Edition over a year ago. So basically, Secret Trails is the studio’s first Collector’s Edition offering, the looks are awesome but does it really worth the CE price tag?
First off, Secret Trails has awesome graphics. The icy and snowy landscapes are extremely well-done with vibrant colors and beautiful sceneries. All the scenes are very attractive and detailed, what a treat to the eyes! It is a pity that this game does not support our widescreen monitors, it is the first CE game that does not fit our monitors in quite a long time.
Secret Trails looks amazing but does it play amazing as well? not so much. The game starts off showing great premise, you are visiting your sister, Emma – but once you arrived, she has been frozen and kidnapped by a strange man; guess what, you have to rescue her as the whole town is slowly covered by ice. The frozen town plot has been done and redone so many times, and the developers of Secret Trails shown no intention in trying to spice things up. As a result, the story remains pretty weak and unoriginal all the way through.
There is nothing fancy in the gameplay either. We could feel a little bit of Deja Vu like we have played this game before, as it is pretty similar to other titles with similar theme. However, in Secret Trails, you have a special Magic Brush which can be used to create ice animals, nice idea but it gets a bit tired after a while. Apart from that, the gameplay is predictable and simple. The Hidden Object scenes are easy and very typical, puzzles are nothing very challenging but some of them are big time wasters.
Furthermore, Secret Trails is also weak on the Extras section. There are Collectibles and Achievements and other usual gallery stuff but you cannot replay mini-games or any of the searching scenes. Not to mention that the Bonus Chapter is extremely average as well. At least, the main game has a long length, so the SE price tag is still very worthy.