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Mysterious Treasures

It's always fascinating when a developer, having come up with an engaging idea for a puzzle game, tries to justify the premise after the fact with a storyline. Case in point: Mysterious Treasures by Sky Mill, which spins a simple grid-based strategy game of getting more coins than the CPU into a high-seas pirate adventure. It's a simple little game that makes for big fun.

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This is a classic game type. I don't remember the generic name of the game, but I used to play a version as a kid called "Maxit" and had to write my own for an artificial intelligence programming course.

Before I go on, let me say that the graphics are cute & I definitely enjoyed playing the game. Personally, I wish I had the skills to produce a game with nice graphics & audio.

I'd like to see something like Mysterious Treasures that does a little more with the underlying game. I think I'm just getting a little tired of seeing old game mechanics repackaged as new because they've simply been skinned. And no, I don't think the 5 lives aspect is really building on the concept much.

There was a recent game called Riding Shotgun that did more with this idea. It still felt like there was untapped potential, but the developer of that one put a lot more effort into the sound, art, gameplay, and story.

To me, this one feels more like a cheap clone, thrown together quickly.

[This game is by the same developer as Riding Shotgun. -Jay]

Ah, so it is. I guess that would make Riding Shotgun an upgrade to their own concept. It's a big improvement in every area. Mysterious Treasures probably came out first.

If I may make a suggestion, this sort of information might be good to put in the review blurb.

[I actually believe this game was created after Riding Shotgun, perhaps Big Fish Games wanted something a bit simpler and more casual? I've updated the review with a reference to Riding Shotgun. -Jay]

I just heard back from the developer about it. Here's what he said:

The first game was "Riding Shotgun". Then we took into account some of the comments and feedback from players. And we made a new game "Mysterious Treasures". Although the game is somewhat easier, but it is more balanced. The game is more suitable for an audience of facebook and bigfishgames.

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