The Mystery of the Crystal Portal 2: Beyond the Horizon Review for iPhone and iPod Touch

By on Dec 18, 2010 at 10:00 am

Nicole Rankwist, a journalist who discovered in her father’s basement a mysterious crystal portal, finds herself on a voyage to explore a world of floating islands and beyond. Her objective is to trace her missing archeologist father. But to do so, she will have to find various lost objects and piece together puzzles. All this, and more, takes place in The Mystery of the Crystal Portal 2: Beyond the Horizon, a sequel to G5 Entertainment’s earlier release, The Mystery of the Crystal Portal.

The Mystery of the Crystal Portal 2: Beyond the Horizon is a hidden objects game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. All the puzzles are wrapped within an interesting storyline and gorgeous scenery. Nicole needs to use her sharp eyes to find lost or scattered objects, with two other persons, Igor and Madame Staff, assisting her along her journey.

You can play the game as either a casual or advanced user. If you’re new to the game, you may like to pick the former, as it’ll provide you with more hints and tips to aid your progression. Game controls are simple. You can zoom into and out of the scene by pinching or spreading your fingers back and forth. Certain highlighted objects, called key objects, form the main puzzles, and you’ll have to tap these, whereupon a ring of tiny round pictures will appear. These are the objects you’ll have to find. To do so, you’ll have to scrutinize the whole area and tap around. Objects you find will “pop out” of the scene. With your finger, you must drag the object to the correct picture attached to a key object and tap it into place. One scene may have multiple key objects. Sometimes, you’ll have to solve one key object in order to find the item you need for another key object. Objects may also be hidden within other bigger objects, such as containers. Tapping the container will open it, allowing you to drag out the inner object.

If you’re stumped and can’t find further objects, you can touch the Tip button at the bottom right of the screen. Igor will then give you a hint. Once used, the Tip will take time to charge up before you can activate it again. Playing as a casual user will allow you to obtain tips more often.

The Mystery of the Crystal Portal 2: Beyond the Horizon is an excellent hidden objects game with beautiful graphics and delightful music. With the tips offered, it less likely for you to get stuck in the game, although whenever Igor just points with a finger (instead of highlighting a particular object with light), it can be baffling as to what exactly he’s pointing at. Altogether, the game consists of eight main locations, within which you’ll venture through thirty-four levels and eight mini-games.

Those who love scanning pictures to spot tiny details should definitely consider The Mystery of the Crystal Portal 2: Beyond the Horizon. This hidden objects game is currently available in the App Store for $4.99.

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