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Tales from the Dragon Mountain 2: the Lair (Mac) Review

 
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7.0
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Tons of environments to explore, along with a series of challenging mini games, makes for a game that will keep you busy.

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Wandering back and forth between said tons of environments can get a bit tedious.


Final Fiendish Findings?

  Fans of the hidden object adventure have a new quest to undertake when an evil creature named the Strix returns to threaten the world in the second installment of the Tales from the Dragon Mountain series, the Lair.   In the first game of the series, we met Mina Lockhart, a young lady who […]

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Posted July 23, 2014 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

 

Fans of the hidden object adventure have a new quest to undertake when an evil creature named the Strix returns to threaten the world in the second installment of the Tales from the Dragon Mountain series, the Lair.  L0093_scr06

In the first game of the series, we met Mina Lockhart, a young lady who is suddenly faced with the prospect of saving the world. In the Lair, it is again up to Mina to save the world from the Strix, an ominous creature who has instructed his troll general to ready his troops to invade the world, with the intent of enslaving the unsuspecting people. Of course, Mina must do everything in her power to stop him, and this time she has a little help. Malik is a little green guy who was sent by the wizard Umberto find Mina and aid her in her quest. Playing as Mina, you and Malik will travel through a variety of different environments, helping people and collecting the items needed to send the Strix and his evil plot right back where they came from.

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As in most games of the hidden object genre, much of the gameplay in Tales from the Dragon Mountain 2: the Lair is of the wander around looking for stuff variety. For the most part, you’ll explore a variety of environments, looking for usable items which can be added to your inventory. Once found, your next task is to figure how and where to use said items. This search and find action is interspersed with a number of different mini games of various types, which serve to add both challenge and variety to a game that involves an awful lot of just wandering back and forth. These mini games range from the standards like reassembling pictures and tangram like puzzles, to a refreshing amount of action from a Bejeweled-like match three game.  If you aren’t the type who enjoys a break from hidden object searching, you can skip as many or all of the mini games as you like, after a short wait. There’s also a handy hint feature for those times when you get stuck on where to go, which can be easy to do in this game, simply because you are wandering back and forth between dozens screens, and there isn’t always a lot of direction as to where to go next.

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Overall, the Lair is pretty much standard fare for the hidden object adventure genre. There is a ton of different scenes to explore, and genuine challenge to be had in both the object finding and the many mini games that abound in the game. The story line is passably entertaining, as Mina must perform a task for each of the six players who hold the magical stones that will help her defeat the Strix. These tasks, such as planting a garden or baking some bread, generally require many different items in a lot of places, so they are challenging to perform. However, that also leads to a certain amount of tedium, as all of the wandering around must be done manually, with no handy map feature to drop you quickly where you want to be. At any rate, good times are there to be had for casual gamers looking for their next adventure.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)