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Spirit of the Ancient Forest Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — Spirit of the Ancient Forest

Learn how a simple girl Sarah managed to frustrate the plans of the Dark Lord!
User rating: 18 (95%) 1 (5%) 12 comments

Spirit of the Ancient Forest was available as a giveaway on February 19, 2023!

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A simple girl Sarah puts off on an exciting journey to the Ancient Forest. Having met a forest wizard, she learns that the Great Tree, which is the soul of the Ancient Forest, is in danger. The Dark Lord, with the help of his vassals, poisoned the Heart of the Great Tree. Sarah and her friends will have to frustrate the machinations of the Lord, fight him in his Citadel and save the Great Tree.

An exciting story in hidden object genre, puzzle, occurring in a colorful fictional world.
91 game level.
12 hours of fascinating gameplay.
More than 10 different game mechanics.
500 unique game tools.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; Processor: 2 GHz; Memory: 1024 MB RAM; Graphics: Any DirectX 9 and Shader Model 3.0-compatible graphic adapter; DirectX: Version 9.0; Storage: 1 GB available space; OS: Mac OS X 10.8+; Processor: 2 GHz; Memory: 1024 MB RAM; Graphics: Any DirectX 9 and Shader Model 3.0-compatible graphic adapter; Storage: 1 GB available space





File Size:

104 MB



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I posted a brief comment for what I though was todays game giveaway. The game in question (I'm not going to say what it was) was scheduled to be given away today according to the date, but a different game i.e Spirit of the Ancient Forest was given away instead.

Unfortunately I've been otherwise engaged for most of Sunday, so didn't realise until now that the game wasn't released today.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

The first level where you are required to drag the clutter pile with the mouse to separate the items in order to make matches DOES NOT WORK. I cannot click & drag; clicking only activates the object (makes it hop up and down to show it is selected.) I tried both left-clicking and right-clicking. The only way I could get through this level was to use a bunch of hints to clear the larger objects, and match the tiny tips of objects that were in view.

Reply   |   Comment by IL Gal  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

IL Gal, In level 2 for example you have to match 20 matching pairs of items from the screen cluttered items but cant move the items around and that is normal here. Some items might only show parts like the handle and slightly hidden, or rotated a bit so looks differently, while some others might be fully hidden until you remove something else. What you can do is go to options and switch to very casual where there is no time limit and then if needed use the hints as you did until you clear the level without time pressure. In general there are some puzzles and in some of the other clutter games where your goal is to remove all the objects on the screen so it gets easier as you go in those rather than still having the full clutter even after removing a lot of stuff. So some people may or may not like this clutter matching as presented in this specific game (as others may differ) but at least you can do it without the time to see if you enjoy or not after doing 10 levels or so. -David

Reply   |   Comment by DataDragon  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

DataDragon, I think they're talking about separating the piles. You have a pile on each side of the screen, and you find matching objects by pulling items from the pile, putting them to the side, and then matching them.
I'm having the same problem.

Reply   |   Comment by Tad  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

IL Gal, At the top of the screen there is a level indicator in the top center between menu on the top left and score on the top right. On level 6 where you declutter the center and then match, you hover the mouse over an item then hold down the left mouse button and dont let go to pick it up and you can use the mouse to move, then let go of the button to drop it once its in the place you want. I had no issue there on windows 10 64bit and an external mouse plugged into a laptop. Not sure if that is the level you are having the issue or another later level which you or Tad can mention and I'll look again. I misunderstood as the earlier levels like 2 are designed to not allow you to move around the items.

Reply   |   Comment by DataDragon  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

No, level 15, and those like it.
There are 2 piles, one on the left and one on the right. You have to drag pieces off of the piles and 'store' them on the open area until you find a match.

Reply   |   Comment by Tad  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Agreed - this is very similar to Dream Walker from a short bit ago. I have enjoyed playing that one - and I'm sure this one.

In Dream Walker and in this one, I've had it where the matching item was not visible - buried under objects. Restarting the level was needed.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave6d6ky  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I like these games because I don't have to think. It's a game. I play them when I have something else on my mind that I need to think through, or when I have a few minutes to kill. I enjoy them. I get tired of the hidden object games where I have to go to a location, backtrack to another, find another and round and round. My only complaint with the Catch the Witch group - different from the Clutter (Puzzles by Joe) group is that they are glitchy. Mouse clicks often times do not work or they are off and pick a different item. This particular one was better that way than some of the others.

Anyway, thanks for the game. I'm glad to have it.

Reply   |   Comment by Kelltic  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Spirit of the Ancient Forest is less like a typical Hidden Object Game and more again of the clutter-style hidden object scenes matching if you like that. Although most of the puzzles are these find in a clutter type games, there are also the occasional jigsaw puzzles or slider type puzzles available as well. It is indeed similar to the Dream Walker game given away recently on Feb 5, 2023 and many others such as Clutter VI Leigh's Story Sept 18, 2021 and Hiddenverse: Tale of Ariadna Jan 23, 2022. These jigsaw type puzzles which can be skipped will earn you an extra hint to use in the clutter puzzles which can be helpful, and the hint feature will recharge faster when you click on the crystals, located within each clutter puzzle. If you don't use a hint, you will receive extra points, and you get points for any remaining time you may have. The storyline progresses between levels a bit at a time. Keep in mind there are also 91 levels and so a bit long to see all the variety and issues that may turn up without a full playthrough.

If you've never played Clutter games like this one, you must remove matching pairs of items, triple matches or sometimes variations in some of the games such as one object in color and its match without color in a heaping pile of junk (clutter). For example in level 2 you have to match 20 matching pairs of items from the screen cluttered items but cant move the items around.

In options, you can choose between 3 different modes of difficulty, Very Casual with no time limits, Casual with just enough time (well, not always) or Hard which gives you 20% less time than casual typically. This game is similar in part to Namariel Legends: Iron Lord. In that one, the game is primarily a point & click adventure with puzzles which some may prefer. It appears they first offer a hidden/object adventure game and then take parts like the characters, storyline and objects and make a different "clutter" style game. Overall the gameplay enjoyment will mostly depend here on your enjoyment of doing many clutter puzzles. Rating: C+

Reply   |   Comment by DataDragon  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

I'd say this game fairly closely resembles the series of fourteen Clutter games from Puzzles by Joe ("the original Un-Hidden Object game"), with its "big untidy pile" object matching, arrange-the=vertical-strips, and just-plain-jigsaw levels.

A new "story" panel appears after each puzzle, which makes a somewhat "tacked-on" attempt to provide a "plot" to tie the puzzles together. If you've played a HOG from Wondershare, which likewise alternates apparently unrelated (left over from other games?) HOG screens with a "story/progression" panel, you'll understand.

To Rufus, I'm happy enough playing "clutter" levels, but then I did enjoy the one PBJ Clutter game I played (Clutter VI: Leigh's Story), which has a LOT more "clutter" levels than today's GGOTD: but did have a half-decent plot about Leigh, a gamer girl (playing Clutter, obviously!) to keep one hooked.

So, that's my tuppence-worth: hope it helps you decide whether or not you'd like today's GGOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

To my recollection, We've been given a game away before maybe within the last 4 weeks or so which had the same format of gameplay where the game starts off as a puzzle and transitions to a story and the next scene is a match the like hidden objects.

It's not really a hidden object game it's more arcade like with variety for other challenges to be solved. At first I thought this game would frustrate people who play these games but the good news is that there is a super relaxed mode for those who want to try and get into the mood to play this game for quite a long time.

In my opinion this game is not for everyone - it's simply for those who want to break from the normal tradition of hidden object games but at the end of the day you may find a premium HO game more enjoyable to play which don't subject you to a nonsense of different puzzles.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

I find in particular the find-matching-items-in-a-big-pile puzzles get extremely tiresome after the 3rd or 4th round. There are way to many of these puzzles in this collection.

Reply   |   Comment by Rufus V. Smith  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
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