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Secrets of the Past: Mother's Diary Giveaway
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Game Giveaway of the day — Secrets of the Past: Mother's Diary

Reveal the terrible mysteries of a haunted house!
$9.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 19 (90%) 2 (10%) 11 comments

Secrets of the Past: Mother's Diary was available as a giveaway on July 24, 2022!

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Uncover the Secrets of the Past: Mothers Diary! A main character of this game receives an unusual birthday gift from her foster parents - a letter written by her real mother. The girl desperately wants to know the truth about her origins and begins her own investigation. It seems that all roads lead her to a haunted and abandoned mansion. A terrible tragedy occurred in that place many years ago. But old houses keep secrets well! This is a story about love, death, treachery and lies. Can a young and innocent girl unravel the dangerous secrets of the past?

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.2 GHz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 266 MB

Publisher:

MyPlayCity

Homepage:

http://www.bigfishgames.com/games/6799/secrets-of-the-past-mothers-diary/

File Size:

249 MB

Price:

$9.99

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#1

It's my 25th Wedding anniversary today; we married in Bangkok then travelled around Thailand for three weeks, it's the best vacation (apart from a six week cycling holiday while we were still students) that I've ever had. .

Been really busy today getting the garage sorted because we have guys coming around tomorrow to check out the roof to see if it's suitable for solar panels (it's south facing)., so I'm really late moderating. Still feeling weak from that virus.

Now it's time to celebrate our silver anniversary. :) I'll check back later to moderate any comments made.
Secrets of the Past: Mother's Diary:
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In Brief:
Secrets of the Past: Mothers Diary is a hidden Object game with excellent graphics..

It has been given away twice previously; the first time was on the 22nd Oct 2017 (my daughters 17th birhtday) where it rceived a positive 86% from 35 votes with 26 comments which you can see HERE . It was given away again on the 18th April 2020, where it received a positive 89% from 35 votes with 16 comments which you can see HERE.
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The Game:
The graphics were okay. There weren't too many scenes to move through and the story was straight forward. I expected to find a little more in the mystery, but you can easily guess the ending (or what the main character wanted to find out) in the first few scenes of the game. The scenes were just still images with no animations included. All you had was a simple list, and simple items to get. There were plenty of HO scenes and they were at least drawn very nicely.

There weren't many puzzles in the game, and while some were challenging, most were not. One of the most challenging aspects of the game is that there is no walkthrough in the game, so if you get lost, you're kind of lost.

The hint meter is in the form of an an eye, which was a locket that was given to the main character at the beginning of the game. Hint's are fully charged and ready for use when the eye is fully open. It was cute, and pretty creepy, because the eye follows your mouse movements. A hint is not wasted if you use it in an area where you have nothing to do, instead it will tell you that you have nothing to do here. When you are in the correct area, it will show you what you should be doing there.
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There were no vocals in the game, and the music wasn't that great. It repeated most of the tracks already played in the game throughout every scene. When one song ended, there was a pause of silence, and shortly after, the next song would play again.

There's not too much of a reason to replay this game. There are no extras and there's nothing you could possibly miss, unless you want to go back and retry some of the challenges that were in the game. Some of the weird things about this game also included the names of the items and the items themselves. Some item names were odd and didn't look a whole lot like what you would expect that item to look like. A lot of the same items appear around, and you pick them up multiple times, even the same item you already picked up in that area.

Edited reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by Quee on June 27, 2012. Edited and briefly added to by Whiterabbit-uk 20th October 2017, then reposted 20th July 2022.
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Other Reviews and Videos of Secrets of the Past: Mothers Diary:
You can see Big Fish community reviews of Secrets of the Past: Mothers Diary HERE (see the bottom of the page) and more information in the Big Fish forums HERE and HERE. You can read a Dutch review of the game HERE. There are a few in-game videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE.
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+34)
#7

Don't bother here. Negative comments always get deleted!

Reply   |   Comment by Lawrence Carter  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Lawrence Carter,

That's a very sweeping statement Lawrence; What you may perceive as something being deleted is probably a late moderation. I've not fully recovered from my Covid infection, so I'm not moderating as often as I would normally. Comments don't show up to the community until they have been moderated; sometimes not until the following day (depending on when they were posted and where in the world).

The only comments I've ever deleted were ones that included derogatory comments, usually referencing a community member, or other bullying comments, or nonsense words and sentences. I've never 'ever' deleted a comment that gave a negative review of any game given away here as everyone is entitled to their opinion and I have no personal interests invested in any of these games. I started posting reviews and moderating back in 2007 as a thank you to the game giveaway team because they had opened my eyes to a whole load of arcade genres that I'd previously ignored. Prior to the giveaway site starting in Oct 2006, my main gaming loves were AAA games and a few arcade genres such as breakouts, shmups, and to a lesser extent match three games with the odd platform game thrown in for good measure (eg Gish and Wik & the Fable of Souls).

If I do delete a comment (part of a moderator/admins job) I always post a reason for doing so (unless its a nonsense word like the example below).

The last comment I can see in the trash bin was deleted on the 26th April 2022; it was a nonsense post i.e. something like the following:

XDGUH. (literally)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#6

First, happy Silver, WR!!! Many more.
Second, for those who, like me and another poster, found that the game opened to 1/4 of the screen size, here's what finally worked for me: Set the compatibility settings, THEN click Fullscreen (just clicking Fullscreen won't do it). Now, since my screen is widescreen, this doesn't exactly give fullscreen (no widescreen option) but almost. When you close the game after a while, the compatibility wizard will ask you if it worked and say yes and it should hold the setting.
As for the game itself, I've only gone a little way but so far I'm finding it okay, but the intro graphics and the scene cuts and action are very slow which I'm finding annoying. But I've been craving another HOG so I'll keep playing and it does show some promise as the puzzles so far are doable but not too easy.

Reply   |   Comment by neme  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#5

The descriptions didn't grab me, so not downloading, but noticed a potential tip when I read the comments on the BigFish game page (game seemed to polarize many, and average was the overall conclusion) that might be helpful. There might be a way to cut down on the dreaded "nothing to do here" hint syndrome that plagues a lot of games. Somebody mentioned that the journal might help. I noticed in Whiterabbit's always useful picture posts ("always useful" should be our friend's other nickname, IMHO) this statement. "All important events and discoveries will be written in the log." One of the BigFish posters mentioned something to the effect that, if you had blank pages in the log, that room wasn't completed. Might help to check the log every time you believe you've completed the room - or perhaps the log lets you know that - but then you'll know there's no reason to return to that room, or to stop there if you have to go through to another room. Having not played it, that might be completely irrelevant, but, "nothing to do here" has been one of my great frustrations with HOGs/Adventure games, so if there's any way to avoid or reduce that...

Happy Anniversary WR, and Mrs Rabbit! Cleaning out the garage. Romantic! :P Ah well, contractors. What can you do?

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#4

These are my notes from its previous release which might be helpful to some would be downloaders.

"It crashed a few times on my Win 10 system. When playing, some items mislabelled. example a golf club is actually a hokey stick. Also the needed colour notes to the piano disappear and you need to then guess as they are washed out in the notebook, so mark them down when they first appear."

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#3

Having a bit of a time to get this to fullscreen on my 4k display. Even tho it says 'fullscreen' it's just 1/4 of the screen so it must scale only to 1080 then? Can't see anything well enough to actually play this yet.

Reply   |   Comment by Jon  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Jon, this game was originally designed for a display of the 4x3 aspect ratio. Many graphics chips will allow you to center a game full screen in order to play it properly. I don't have a 4K display but I can tell you that. On my laptop the game has black borders at the left and right hand side of the screen which is normal. You could adjust display scaling on your laptop to see if it improves.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Jon, take a look at my post above, maybe it will help you, too!

Reply   |   Comment by neme  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

neme, Once I found where I'd installed it (lol) I set it for Win7 and it launched just fine in a letterboxed format as I expected from an older game. Luckily I don't have to change resolution back and forth every time I'd want to put some time into this. Thx for reminding me about applying specific compatibility that I'd forgotten about since most anything autoconfigures these days usually.

Reply   |   Comment by Jon  –  22 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

Today's game seems very polished with some of the best visuals I've seen yet. It was very clear to see the objects on the screen which makes any hidden object game. Story line is actually decent and the animation transitions are not too bad in certain parts of the game.

This game is not too configurable as far as graphics options - No ability to turn off the custom cursors for those computers that may have issues, only music and sound effects can be adjusted. The developers button in the main menu simply shows who made the game.

Upon first launch I noticed that the screens to indicate who made the game transitioned slowly, one to the next but eventually once you launch the game again it is a quicker process.

One thing that did look a little creepy was the eyeball that moved around when you moved the mouse. I guess I've seen more strange things.........

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  23 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
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