"Alabama Smith in the Quest of Fate" is built on an adventure game framework and stars the young archaeologist and his girlfriend, Anastasia. You will do a great deal of exploring both in Alabama's university office and at Machu Picchu where your adventure takes you and you will be poking your nose into every available nook and cranny, solving puzzles, managing the large inventory you'll collect, bombing back and forth in time with the use of a magic artifact, the Amulet of Time. And hovering over the game is a shadowy nemesis who wants to lay his hand on the Crystals of Fortune before you do.
The game really is a hybrid between Adventure and Hidden Object and it is nicely balanced so you don't get too much of either The hidden objects are really hidden and sometimes blend so well with the background they are very hard to find. You will be hunting for the elusive Crystals of Fortune. But before you can be on your way to Machu Picchu you have to find 12 golden Incan statues. You'll be prying open crates, climbing walls, looking in wastebaskets, cabinets, poking in plants, creating cleaning solutions and much more.
The tasks you need to perform, artifacts you need to find and areas you need to visit all appear on the bar at the bottom of your screen. There are ample hints and you aren't penalized for using the hint mechanism often. The mini-games are quite hard but are varied and interesting, However, you can skip any that you like.
The art work is very good indeed and overall this is a fun, challenging game and by no means a pushover. It is quite a good enough challenge to appeal to serious players, but the more relaxed and perhaps not as astute casual players (like me) will like it too, as the hint mechanism will bail them out when necessary!
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Alabama Smith is back in an all-new time-twisting adventure involving powerful relics that could alter the destiny of mankind! Join Alabama and his girlfriend Anastasia, as they hunt for the elusive Crystals of Fortune using the Amulet of Time. Jump back and forth between the past and the present to solve mind-bending puzzles, search for cleverly hidden objects and stop a shadowy nemesis from finding the Crystals first!