The Keeper of Antiques: Shadows From the Past Collector's Edition
June 10, 2018
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Concept Art
Soundtracks & Screensavers
Achievements & Collectibles
Morphing Objects & Keeper's Rooms
In The Keeper of Antiques: Shadows From the Past, a powerful artifact, a Time Traveling device, has been stolen from your uncle’s house. Go back in time to the year 1985 before the treacherous thief can change the past and wipe off a page in history!
Elefun Games’ The Keeper of Antiques series is back with yet another cliché storyline – another time-traveling thief that stole an important artifact. Despite the rather uninspired storyline, this fantasy sequel hooks us in right from the start with an intriguing storytelling technique. The way the game incorporates story elements into virtually every single aspect of the game is definitely impressive, and the highly interactive nature of the game also helps elevate the mundane storyline to another level.
Not only that, but the gameplay of The Keeper of Antiques: Shadows From the Past is also very entertaining. As with most of the recent HOPA releases, the number of puzzles outweighs the amount of hidden object scenes in this game. While the puzzles might not all be unique, they varied in difficulty from easy to moderate and offer some nice twists on the standard formats. That being said, the real heroes here are the hidden object scenes, which are extremely creative, surprisingly challenging, and smartly integrated into the storyline. The game also includes a hi-tech gadget, which can be used as a neutralizer for cursed objects as well as a navigator. It does not add much value to the gameplay, but at least it does not require a tedious mini-game to be completed.
The production of The Keeper of Antiques: Shadows From the Past is stellar. The old-school art style fits well with the slightly muted color palette, and the cinematic cutscenes also add much suspense and excitement to the game. Moreover, the audio is used very effectively in Shadows From the Past. The ominous and occasionally intense background music works well in the context of the game, the sound effects are plenty, but are not overdone, and the voice-overs are top-notch.
The Keeper of Antiques: Shadows From the Past has a standard HOPA length of roughly four hours, plus an hour for the bonus chapter. The Collector’s Edition also comes with all the usual perks; a strategy guide, wallpapers, screensavers, concept art, soundtracks, achievements, collectibles, morphing objects, and a Keeper’s room.
The Keeper of Antiques: Shadows From the Past is a brilliantly-executed game with just enough new twists and neat ideas to spice up the cookie-cutter plot.