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Golden Trails 2: Lost Legacy Collector's Edition

Score: 84%
ESRB: Everyone 10+
Publisher: Awem Studios
Developer: Awem Studios
Media: Download/1
Players: 1
Genre: Puzzle (Hidden Object)/ Puzzle/ Adventure

Graphics & Sound:

Golden Trails 2: The Lost Legacy Collector's Edition has some really nice aesthetic touches, especially for a casual game. I really like it when developers go the extra mile to make levels that are intricate, interesting and engaging and Awem Studios definitely does that here. The game takes you to various locales across England, Africa, the Caribbean and South America, and even though they may be places as simple as a bar room or a jailhouse, there is so much going on that you want to keep exploring. Awem does employ a method that J.R. Nip hates and that's when the items you are looking for may not exactly be to scale as what you would expect from seeing them down in the menu at the bottom of the screen. However, I actually enjoyed the tricky way some of the items were hidden, even if they weren't to scale. In most levels, there is something going on to attract your eye, like small animals scurrying about or bugs running to and fro. While they employ static images, these moving extras help to breathe life into the levels. Every now and then, a bandit will also pop up from behind something and if you shoot him, you get extra points.

In addition to a pleasantly eerie soundtrack that varies depending on what level you are on, you'll also hears creaks and groans throughout the level, sometimes alerting you to a bandit about to pop out or just setting you on edge to match the atmosphere. The voice acting in the cut scenes is a bit on the stiff side, but the cut scenes were done in an interesting style that made them feel very animated, even though they are mostly static.


Golden Trails 2: The Lost Legacy Collector's Edition is a combination hidden object/adventure game that weaves a fairly deep story into the gameplay. You play as Henry Moore, a young man dead-set on freeing his grandfather, Baron Moore, from being wrongfully imprisoned by the evil Captain Morgan. Unbeknownst to his grandson, it seems Moore was on the trail of some treasure back in his pirate days and Morgan wants it, and as you discover this side of your grandfather that you never knew, you unravel a long-hidden mystery that spans generations and involves two families.

You'll travel from location to location looking for items that further along the plotline. There will be lost family heirlooms that are extras you can collect, plus 250 clovers that are hidden throughout the levels. If you collect 150 of them, you will open the Bonus Content, allowing you to actually complete the storyline. I'm not sure I would call the completion of the storyline "bonus content," but I guess it was a way to get people to search for the clovers. Also, you can unlock Unlimited Mode by reaching 50,000 points. This allows you to try each level you have already unlocked and see if you can beat the best time on the leaderboard.

As you go to the various locations, you'll be presented with a visual list of items at the bottom of the screen. As I mentioned earlier, they may be in a different position or their size may not be correct, but most are still pretty easy to find. There is a Hint system if you need help and this fills over time. As you click on items, they disappear from the list and are replaced with other items. If an item hasn't yet appeared in the task bar, you can't click on it, even if it will be on that task bar after you clear other items out. This was especially annoying when I could see items listed in the Inventory Items list (located to the right of the regular list of items). I knew I'd need it soon enough, but the game wouldn't let me pick it up yet.

There may be things to move about or interact with using special items you pick up and you may have to go to a few different levels to get things to help you complete a previous area. From time to time, you will be presented with a mini-game such as a slide puzzle or recreating a shit with pieces and parts, and you'll have to complete that to progress or simply wait for the "solve puzzle" button to fill and you can skip it. You'll also have shooting gallery levels where you shoot bad guys and avoid innocents to collect more clovers. There are also much more difficult puzzles that will come up that allow you to complete a level and while you can also skip these, you'll lose out on a lot of points if you do. These are typically fairly intricate and involved things like a large picture with several layers that could be shifted to recreate the original picture, each one changing those around it.


For the most part, Golden Trails 2: The Lost Legacy is pretty easy. The items are usually easy enough to find, but still present a nice challenge. Overall, it's a pleasant experience instead of a stressful one. The Hint button fills up often enough and typically, I found that I could locate just about everything and only needed my Hint button occasionally. More often than not, if I was stuck, it was because I was missing something that needed to be interacted with or was located elsewhere.

The major puzzles at the end of levels tended to be far more difficult than the other mini-games. These involved a lot of patience and detail work, such as reconstructing a picture when everything has been twisted about. Turning one part of the picture affects other parts, and so on. Still, nothing is insurmountable and the Hint system and ability to solve puzzles without really solving them makes it such that anyone can progress.

Game Mechanics:

The mouse is used for everything in Golden Trails 2: The Lost Legacy. You will click to interact with objects and click to pick things up. You'll click to move items about in a puzzle and click to shoot bandits who get in the way. Overall, it's nothing unexpected.

You can also earn Trophies that you can later view in the Trophy Room and these can be anything from earning a certain score, to killing a certain number of bad guys to even obtaining a special heirloom in each location. While these are more for bragging rights than anything else, some people really like Trophies, so they are here if you want to earn them.

You can also look through the Developer's Diary and you can listen to the various songs in the Soundtrack section. There are also downloadable wallpapers and a Shooting Gallery to brush up on your skills. These are some of the nice little touches for this Collector's Edition.

Overall, I enjoyed Golden Trails 2: The Lost Legacy and played it through to completion. While the story was a little convoluted, I applaud Awem Studios for intertwining an interesting backstory for players to unravel. If you aren't sure if you will like the puzzle/adventure side mixed in with hidden object, download the demo and give it a whirl. I enjoyed it though.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

Minimum System Requirements:

OS: Windows XP/Vista/7; CPU: 1.0 GHz; RAM: 1GB; DirectX 9.0; Hard Drive: 265.87MB

Test System:

Windows Vista, 2 GHz AMD Phenom 9500 Quad-Core Processor, 8GB RAM, Realtek High Definition Audio On-Board Sound, NVIDIA GeForce 8300

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