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Explore secret locations with Joan Jade in the amazing game!
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Three things stand between you and your children -- a jungle teeming with danger, the ruins of an ancient Mayan tribe and a band of thugs -- and you're not going to let any of them stop you! Take on the role of Joan Jade, archeologist of the year and mother extraordinaire, as she searches for Hidden Objects, solves mind-melting puzzles and beats one ingenious minigame after another in Joan Jade and the Gates of Xibalba!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.0 GHz; RAM: 768 MB; DirectX: 7.1; Hard Drive: 110 MB

Publisher:

ToomkyGames

Homepage:

http://www.bigfishgames.com/games/5464/joan-jade-and-the-gates-of-xibalba/

File Size:

79.9 MB

Price:

$2.99

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Joan Jade and the Gates of Xibalba :
In Brief:
Joan Jade and the Gates of Xibalba was originally given away on April 16, 2017! where it received a positive 89% from 38 votes with 37 comments which you can read HERE.
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You can see community reviews of Joan Jade and the Gates of Xibalba HERE and more information in the Big Fish forums HERE. You can also see a written walkthrough of the game HERE as well as some videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE (Polish).

You can also see a gallery of almost 60 images of the early stages of the game HERE; (there are duplicate images, so just over 40 original ones)
Introduction:
Explore secret locations with Joan Jade in the amazing game Joan Jade And The Gates Of Xibalba! Are you a true daredevil able to think clearly even in the unexpected situations? Lots of obstacles are waiting for you and if you don’t step back, you’ll be able to save the children. A great reason to fight till the last, isn’t it? Joan Jade needs your help! She won’t be able to find her children alone! In the game Joan Jade And The Gates Of Xibalba you dive into the mysterious whirlpool of ravishing adventures, so get ready to lots of surprises! You’ll visit in the remote corners of the world, only a few of explorers can boast that they have been there, others will lie you. So, let’s start! Joan Jade is a famous archaeologist, who took part in lots of expeditions but recently she decided to finish her career as an explorer and study the new area – cooking.

Now she is a happy mother and it’s very important to take care of children. But her rivals who are not so successful are at all pains to get all the maps with secret routes and they have kidnapped Joan’s children to obtain this information. Join Joan to teach the enemies a good lesson! All the traces are going to the mysterious Xibalba, an extremely dangerous place. Start the expedition right now! Guide Joan in the stunning locations and do your best to cope with the hidden object scenes and brain training mini-games. It’s high time for training both your attention and quick sightedness, there is a list of hidden objects in front of you: find all the items to go to the next locations and reveal the criminals. Explore the dangerous jungles, complete all the mini-games there and go to the ruins of an ancient Mayan tribe in the game Joan Jade And The Gates Of Xibalba! Enjoy the amazing graphics and the intriguing storyline, Joan is relying on you. Lots of precious trophies await you, help Joan cope with difficult tasks and find her children in mysterious Xibalba!

The original reference I used from from MyPlayCity (April 16th 2017) no longer exists as the game was removed from their library.
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The Game:
The story opens with Joan rushing to the Yucatan to search for her children, Jim and Emily, who were volunteering at an excavation site but went missing during a storm. Frustrated by how slowly the local police force is taking to get a search party together, Joan – who’s no stranger to exploring – sets out to find her kids herself and ends up investigating a strange old temple nestled deep within the jungle.

Joan Jade combines elements of hidden object and adventure gameplay. You’ll spend most of your time picking up anything that looks important and adding it to your inventory, then figuring out how to use these items on your surroundings in order to gain access to the next area. One of the first things you’ll do, for example, is search base camp to find something to clear vegetation and a light source. You’ll also occasionally be able to zoom in on certain areas and enter a close-up hidden object search where you’ll search for random objects like a vase, hammer, arrowhead, or gloves.

Some areas are larger than one room, and you can move from one scene to the next by clicking on arrows that mark each exit. If you get stumped and need a clue about what to do next, you can click on a compass to receive a hint. The compass takes a minute to recharge.

Joan Jade and the Gates of Xibalba makes a good first impression, with bright cartoonish graphics reminiscent of the Samantha Swift series, well-designed scenes, not-horrible writing, and a handful of interesting – if not groundbreakingly original – mini-games, like sliding block, pipe fitting, spot-the-difference and memory matching puzzles. I enjoyed the way you were allowed to skip a mini-game after a certain amount of time had passed but would suffer the consequence of not being able to earn a trophy for beating it. (Ample incentive to stick around and try to figure the mini-game out rather than rush past it.)
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The game starts to lose a bit of steam half way through its 3-4 hour playthrough time, though, as the temple interiors start to look similar to every other Mayan, Aztec or Incan-themed hidden object game you’ve ever played, and the mini-games start to repeat themselves. If I’m going to be asked to spot miniscule differences on fish, for example, the game could at least swap in different-looking fish for the second, third and fourth time around, or maybe even come up with some different animals altogether. The ending is abrupt and rather unsatisfying as well.

Joan Jade and the Gates of Xibalba is a pretty package and not a bad hidden object adventure, but ultimately comes up a little short on depth and staying power.


Edited reference accessed HERE. Original review written by Erin Bell on 29th Jan 2010. Edited by Whiterabbit-uk 16th April 2017
The original host I uploaded images to no longer exists and the slide show of almost 90 images that was posted HERE that I uploaded to Photobucket are now locked because since posting them, they have reduced the amount of space you can use for free significantly. I have tens of thousands of game images from well over a thousand games and mods for various games that I am no longer able to access unless I pay a subscription for five different accounts, which would be a small fortune that I cannot justify at this point in time.
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Notes on Security
I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game and it found 3 hits (Bit Defender Theta, VBA32 & Jiangmin) from 60 antimalware engines. The downloaded executable may include some low level adware that only opens your browser to TooMKy's home page after the game has installed, The installation does not inject any malware into your system. When your browser is opened to TooMky's home page when the game has been installed, it earns TooMky games some money, part of which is given to the developer of the game for allowing the game to be given away free. The results of the scan which you can see via the link below are probably picking up the low level no invasive adware and in my opinion are false positives:

https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/32cbda88e313c5dc0ea74312435bfa10475b73ea9cae75237b04fd911471269c/detection
Other Free Games:
The latest games from Epic Games include Horizon Chase Turbo and Sonic Mania and will be available to add to your EPIC games library until Thursday 1st July at 4pm UK time/11am EST when a new set of games will be available to add to your account. Since Epic Games started to give away games I've accumulated over 270 games not counting duplicates, most of which are either AAA or high end indie arcade games.

Also from Epic, If you play online with friends there's a decent PvE/PvP free FPS game called Scavengers with a coop mode (I checked it out recently and it looks fantastic as well as plays well) and you can still get the clicker RPG Idle Champions as well as other multiplayer games. I've been posting redeemable codes for free chests that contain various buffs and other items for Idle Champions (time limited for 5 to 7 days from the day of posting) over in the forums HERE. They contain various items that boost your heroes abilities and health as well as affect your group of heroes in game, for example potions that boost health or DPS, contracts that can improve armour or weapons already used by the heroes or other contracts that add specific amounts of gold to your bank as well as items of jewellery, armour or weapons that buff your characters stats. I don't usually play clicker type games, but this one is well supported by the developer and has a massive following. I'll be posting codes for as long as I continue to play the game. I've posted some help sheets and links to a game wiki via the above link as well

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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
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Another HOG that's new to me: thanks, GGOTD!

Weirdly, I find the mini-games in this relatively easy, but the main gameplay astonishingly difficult, at least to begin with.

The game explains that you should hunt for 'ancient artifacts,' the first of which is given to you as a skeleton. I haven't yet found any more, though I 'artifact' is such a vague word that I have no real clue what I am meant to be keeping my eyes open for.

I'm definitely NOT into the 'trophies' thing, but if that's your bag, there are plenty of them to collect in this game.

You may find the difficulty off-putting, then again you may find this is for you because it's NOT (IMHO) as easy as many other HOGs. I had to resort to a walkthrough to find out how the heck to exit the very first scene (!). As always, very easy when you see the solution.

I would certainly recommend this for fellow HOG fans: try it and see how you like the general difficulty level — or perhaps that should be frustration level?!

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  27 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#3

Is there anyway to turn off the game tutorial? I find it somewhat annoying.

Reply   |   Comment by Mewzical  –  27 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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this game looks great, sadly the graphics go from awesome to iffy (as example temple menu is great, begin police station sucks) and some things are misleading, for instace you are supposed to find 3 bones but one of them is a skull, sure skull is made of bones but...also the items are usually easy to find but not all, one of the 3 eyes was put in a very dark place so at least on my monitor you can't see it and must use hint...the tutorial is not really helping, it states obvious actions and it comes back again with some other info, but it mainly lets you be on your own or use hints rather than be useful to your progress...the first puzzle seemed to be a level 4 puzzle but only had one stage and not 4...anyway you can easily find things by random click or hint so this might balance the fact that the story is not always pointing you into the right direction...however the game is quite small in size and seems to have potential, so i will keep it and keep playing it ...ah, the game is not working in wondow mode for me, it claims my resolution is too low https://prnt.sc/172rghf but this is the max i have on video/monitor so that's one very annoying point, other games work fine in window mode when they support it :( well, at least is quiet when minimized wich is a pretty good idea when you have something else to do and take a break without closing it

Reply   |   Comment by huh  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

huh,

Hi Huh, Thank you for you feedback; appreciated. :)

Incidentally, what is your maximum screen resolution? This is quite an old game, so I would have though it supported by most modern computer monitors?

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
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