The Mystery of the Crystal Portal is a hidden object game with a bit of a twist. Players still have to find the hidden objects through out the level, but before finding the hiddn objects the player needs to find the object that acts like a key. The keys are objects players can click on. Once the key is found and clicked it opens up with a few circles with pictures on them. The circles are the hidden objects that need to be found for that key object. There are multiple key objects in a level.
Some key objects will open other objects. In other words, if players solve the key objects out of order, they may get stuck. Some hidden objects rely on the solution of a previous key object. The number of key objects in a level are depicted by the question marks at the bottom of the screen. Players know how many key objects are in a level and the order they can be solved. If players can’t find a particular hidden object and the key object has been found out of order, it is possible an earlier key object needs to be solved first.
The Mystery of the Crystal Portal breaks up the hidden object levels with some puzzle mini-games. There was only one mini-game in the shockwave version of the game because the shockwave version is only a few levels of the game. The game is available as a full download. The mini-game challenged players to balance a scale. There was a statue on one side and players had to figure out the weights that weighed the same as the statue, causing the scale to balance.
Players have to solve the mystery of the crystal portal. Each set of levels brings the player closer to finding their grandfather. Players will get keys to the crystal portal and eventually find their grandfather and solve the mystery.
The Mystery of the Crystal Portal seems to have a good balance between the challenge and the fun. Some objects are hidden quite well, but there are hints players can use. The game is a full downloadable game, but the shockwave version gives you a taste of the game without having to download the trial. If you are a fan of hidden object games and are looking for a hidden object games that is a bit different, head over to shockwave.com and play a few levels of the game and determine if you would like to download the trial or purchase the full version.