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7 Wonders of the Ancient World (DS)

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Manufacturer: Mumbo Jumbo / Genre: Puzzles / Release Date: 2007

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      16.08.2010 20:12
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      Another great puzzle game

      Following my love for the jewel quest ds games I was excited when I found this game which is basically the same but with a different storyline.

      7 wonders of the world is suprisingly based on the 7 of the Ancient World for those of you who don't know what they are here they are:
      Great Pyramid of Giza
      Hanging Gardens of Babylon
      Temple of Artemis
      Statue of Zeus at Olympia
      Mausoleum of Maussollos
      Colossus of Rhodes
      Lighthouse of Alexandria

      The game is like one of my other favourites jewel quest where you have to match a minimum of 3 blocks to unlock the game. As you unlock the squares you also unlock 'building blocks' which the little men at the top of the screen carry into their tomb type thing. They use the blocks to build whichever 7 wonder level you are currently on. This one is a single player game. You can play it in free play mode where you unlock the squares or rune quest mode where you have to get remove a specific number of one shape before the time run outs.

      I enjoy this type of puzzle game and so for me its great especially for focusing my mind and destressing. I know that some people think this game is a bit of a rip off of jewel quest and bejewelled which can be played online as well as the ds. But the thing is you can either play those games again and again or I can play this one with different patterns it makes not difference to me I still enjoy it.

      I will give this game 5 stars because I love it!
      It can be picked up for around £10 online.

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      14.12.2009 13:33
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      A puzzle game

      7 Wonders of the Ancient World is a puzzle game whereby you have to connect 3 or more items in order to make them disappear. In this game, different colour gems are used to express the 7 wonders of the ancient world. The background used are different shaped pyramids, which I guess makes it a little tiny bit more interesting.

      The concept of this game is very simple. You have a number of blocks of different colour gems on a given shape and you make sure that each block has been 'destroyed' once. You can tell which ones have been destroyed from the colour of the background. However the complaint I have about this game is that, it is too repetitive throughout the game and even each level looks pretty similar, except the slight change in the shape of the base (background), which is a different shaped pyramid of some sort.

      This game has the game modes of:: free play and rune quest. The both of these game modes are pretty similar to me and I really dont see much of a difference for this game maker to have to have made two game modes.

      I can play this game if I absolutely have nothing to do or need a change in a DS game, but as for game play longtivity, I would say it has very little. Once you play one level you have kind of played them all.

      This game could definitely have potential but making it a little more interesting by maybe suggestion some mini games in between each level or some kind of bonus game. I dont believe this is a very fun game, or at least not for very long anyways.

      I wouldnt recommend you buying this game, unless it was about £3.00 or something.

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        02.07.2009 17:31
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        Fun for a while, not bad if you can get cheaply!

        This review is for the game, 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, a game for the Nintendo DS developed by Hot Lava Games and published by MumboJumbo Software. The game is essentially a puzzle game where you have to match up similar objects to progress through the game.

        The game is based on Bejeweled, a popular game where you have to match up three or more runes to be able to progress through the game. The title of the game is based on the seven different levels you work through, ie, the great pyramids, Temple of Artemis, Statue of Zeus, Mausolus Mausoleum, the Lighthouse of Alexandra, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the hanging gardens of Babylon.

        Really the game doesn't change as you play it, you are faced just with differently design boards, and some additional features where you can blast away some of the runes in different ways such as the fireball and lightning features. If you want a game that you can play for a few minutes at a time, this would fit the bill, but I soon tired of playing the game for more than a few levels.

        You can choose between playing the game in three different modes, the story mode which is where you work through the seven levels, the free play mode where you can play any levels which you have unlocked, and the rune quest mode, which is really a slight variation where you have to get rid of some runes first and meet some more precise targets.

        In terms of an original concept, this game has none. It's based on other games and adds very little in terms of variety of depth, simply changing the storyline and graphics to make a new story. The graphics are sufficient in the game, being quite bright and arcade like, although the sound isn't really particularly creative.

        I'm not a very good games player and I often stop playing a game because it's too difficult for me to finish. However, this game is quite easy to finish and a few hours of playing the game should be sufficient for most games players to be able to finish the game. This does definitely limit the longevity of the game, as I had little interest in playing through the game again after completing it.

        There are absolutely no multi-player features on this game, which is quite unusual for a DS game. There's no reason why a multi-player feature couldn't have been added, so its omission is disappointing.

        The game currently retails for 15.95 pounds on Amazon if you want a new copy, but can be found slightly cheaper on sites such as eBay and Amazon if you are happy with a second hand copy. The game is rated 3+, so is suitable for children of nearly all ages.

        Overall, I enjoyed this game, but it did have the feel of the sort of games which can be played on-line for free, which did make the purchase price seem a little expensive. But there is lots of game play, so the game isn't necessarily poor value for money, but for me, it was just average. Worth a look if you like this sort of puzzle games, but with an update planned for mid 2009 by the publishers, it might be worth waiting to take a look at that instead.

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        31.05.2009 11:36
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        Fun and addictive but nothing new and not great value for money.

        Platform : Nintendo DS
        Publisher : Mumbo Jumbo
        Developer : Hot Lava
        ESRB : E Everyone


        The Game:

        The aim of the game is to build the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World in a race against the clock matching three same-coloured magical rune coins to supply your workers with the building stones needed to create the 7 Wonders.
        In a nutshell it is a bit like "Connect 4" but you only need to match three symbols or colours, as the game takes you on a journey through 49 colourful levels along the way collecting valuable power-ups and secret bonuses.
        There are 3 levels of play: Free Play, Story and Rune Quest, played out over 140 levels with 3 difficulty levels.


        Gameplay:

        I personally found the game to be quite addictive but very repetitive and the major problem with it is if you lose all your lives you have to go right back to the very beginning of the game, which is extremely frustrating as the final level is an absolute nightmare to complete.
        There is nothing to differentiate it from "Jewel Quest" apart from the setting, but that does not make it a bad game, as I said it is quite addictive, but it just doesn't bring anything new to the puzzle-adventure genre.


        Conclusion:

        If you enjoyed playing the likes of "Bejewelled" or "Jewel Quest" then you will find hours of addictive play without being challenged to solve any new type of puzzle.
        If like me you were expecting a new addition to my favourite type of DS game (as a mum of two I spend hours waiting in the car for them to emerge from various after school clubs and pastimes and discovering the DS has made the waiting time pass far quicker!) then you will be disappointed.

        Overall I felt that this game didn't represent particularly good value for money as it is the sort of thing you would expect as a freebie pc download, or a giveaway on the front cover of a magazine, but that said it does pass a few hours and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

        In summary there are far worse games at much higher prices on the market - it is well worth a try if you see it on offer at a heavily discounted price, or if you have not tried the puzzle/adventure type of game before.

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          27.05.2009 13:29
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          Addictive fun if you like match 3 games

          Well I don't know whether to slate this game or sing it's praises! I love it and hate it equally!

          It's a match 3 game moving through various levels with sub levels within. Building the 7 wonders of the ancient world as you go. Believe me, when you get to the end you will be able to name them all as you have to start at the beginning again if you lose all your lives, I certainly couldn't before playing the game apart from the Pyramids at Gisa and Hanging Gardens of Babylon lol.

          It's very addictive and the early stages are relatively easy to complete which is ok to get you into it. They are shortish, ideal for picking up and playing if you've got a few minutes, or if you're like me don't need any excuse to leave the housework for a while! The later stages are a bit harder because the time gets less the further you go on. The grids get more difficult too.

          It's very frustrating in that I can get to the very end game with some ease, however the last stages are driving me banana's. It will not let me win! My DS has nearly been thrown through the window on more than one occasion I can tell you.

          There is a free-play section too though I don't play that too much, I'm determined to get to the end of the game if it kills me!

          If you just want a pick n play game you'll really enjoy it. It is somewhat addictive though so be prepared to play for hours.

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          17.05.2009 21:39
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          go for it if you like repetitive tetris style games

          I have spent many hours playing this game... - it is not really anything special, but i find it quite addictive! - bit sad really, all you do is match up 3 shapes/colours the same in a vertical or horizontal line... thre are blocks that fall down and you gradually build up statues/ buildings to complete a game. If you like silly brainless games like this then definately get it. Theres not really much else to say - my husband finds it irritating - he is not into this type of game. For the price you pay it is fine. There are different game options if you do not want to do a drawn out multi-level game then select one of the other options. The game remembers which section of which level you have got to, so you can turn of the game and continue - otherwise it would be very frustrating!
          To sum up - if you like mind-numbing games like tetris then this is definately for you otherwise dont bother!

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            14.05.2009 06:00
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            Good game will keep kids and adults quiet

            Another puzzle game like many others is what i thought when i bought this game although i knew i would still enjoy it when ever i decide to play my ds for ten minutes. Matching up three gems to eliminate them from the board gains brick you need to help build the seven wonders of the world.
            With several difficulty settings i chose the hardest one being a slight pro at puzzle games, it does get more difficult as you progress but with puzzle games if you fail, you pick it up later to finish the level off another time.
            This game is great for a quick 10 minutes but you will find yourself getting addicted and before you know it an hour has passed and you can't adjust your eyes because of starring for too long.
            Overall 7 wonders of the ancient world has hours of gameplay and why not challenge your friends to beating your high score!

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            06.05.2009 19:59

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            get it cheap, and enjoy it

            Simply put, this is a waste of money. It is not worth retail price of £30 at all. It is only slightly better than an online puzzle game, and anything more than £5 is a rip-off..

            The game is very simple, get three in a row to destroy the gems abit like bejewelled, and you advance in levels. It is quite addictive, because the boards change shape and size and you have to get as many points as possible, and beat the time.

            It is rather too easy annd repetitive, hence this game loses its flavour and you would get bored of it too easily. However, it makes use of the stylus and feels good to use. The sound is irrelevant and unecessary and only wastes battery life.

            Overall it is quite fun and addictive but only for a short time, so do not buy it unless it is in the bargain bucket, for around £5 or less. It is a great game for those stressful times but nothing more, as it lacks depth and story.

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            29.08.2008 15:27
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            Fine for a level or two, but soon gets old.

            I recently got a 50-in-1 games cartridge for my DS after my interest for it waned, and it certainly worked as I've been playing loads since it arrived!

            One of the games on the cartridge is 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. I recognised the title from playing online demos (games and Ciao pass my work days quite nicely, thankyou very much!) so I knew what the game involved. I wasn't expecting anything too exciting, more like a "filler" to bump up to the 50 total of games. I was pretty much on the money.

            7 Wonders is a game much like Bejeweled where you swap icons around to make rows of three. The difference here is that the background for that row changes colour, and you have to change the entire board. Still not a new concept.

            There are two modes of gameplay on the DS version: Free Play and Rune Quest.

            Free Play simply means that you can play any of the wonders you want, although you have to unlock them first in Rune Quest.

            In Rune Quest, where you travel through the wonders completing several levels each, you must clear the board and free up (by letting it drop through the bottom of the board) a building block or two each level. After the level you get a picture of the wonder and how far it is progressing, eg 15%. The levels are timed, but the time limit is so generous I never got even half way down it, and you do have multiple lives.

            The levels are also ridiculously easy to master. There are a lot of bonuses which will clear a whole line or random tiles over the board. I expected the game to get harder as I went on, I've played similar games which have certain tiles locked so that you have to work around them and include them in a match row to break the chains. Here the only variation was some tiles that had to be matched twice to clear. That's a lot of samey levels to complete the "quest".

            As I got further in the game, I noticed something that really bothered me...they list EIGHT wonders, not seven.
            For each wonder you are able to read a short history blurb about it in layman's terms.

            This isn't one of the more well known DS games, unsurprisingly, but it can be found online for between between £8 and £20 (I couldn't find it available at many places, eBay seems to be your best chance to buy it) and I'm sure if you looked hard enough you could find it at some larger games stores, probably in the bargain bin.

            One pro is that the game makes good use of the stylus, by which it is controlled completely. However, the icons are so small some players may have trouble telling the difference between the them, I did sometimes and I have pretty good eyesight. If you're colour blind, definitely forget it!

            I definitely wouldn't buy this game had I not got it included with others. If you enjoy relaxing puzzle games you will most likely enjoy playing it for short spells. It can be picked up and put down easily and is perfect for if you only have a few minutes to play. It is definitely not worth the money. The Rune Quest mode is so easy. Overall, good controls, average graphics (this type of game doesn't really need great ones), uninspired music and sounds..boring game.

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