This is another one of the many find-the-hidden-object titles available on the Nintendo DS. You're an archaeologist trying to uncover ancient Mayan artifacts. The story mode has 20 chapters, each of which is further broken down into several 10-item hunts with mini game breaks in between them, but, as there are only 17 environments (plus a bonus one when you beat the game), and 5 mini games, you'll be repeating them many times, which gets old, because, after a while, you get more-and-more familiar with where everything is hidden, which negatively impacts the challenge and your enjoyment. The developer really should have made more environments and/or shortened the length of the story mode to avoid that.
Each stage has an extra hidden jade mask and Mayan tablet to discover as well, and, by finding enough of those, you can unlock the mini games for free play as well as all of the levels for "super search" mode, where you have to find EVERY hidden item, not just ten of them (although you still only look for ten at a time, new ones replace the old ones on the list as you successfully uncover them). The five mini games are pretty good: jigsaw puzzles, mahjong solitaire, matching pairs, swapping tiles to make photos, and spotting-the-differences between two photos.
Generally, the hidden items are easy to pick out with the stylus (you can pan the environments with either the d-pad or by sliding the stylus), although sometimes you'll have to tap several times to get the game to recognize them, which can get frustrating. If you get stuck, there's a recharging hint button to help you find trickier objects, although, of course, you'll get a score penalty if you use it. Likewise, you're punished if you tap all over the screen rapidly, trying to "cheat" by randomly finding objects.
The graphics and sound are both pretty nice, suiting the archaeological theme. Most of the objects are recognizable, although some of them are kind of muddy/indistinct which can make identifying them tricky, but, that's a problem almost all of the games in this genre have to some degree.
I liked this game, but the repetition does wear pretty thin the longer you play, so, it's also not the best find-the-hidden-object title on the NDS in my opinion. If this game had more environments, and the story mode didn't drag on for so long, it'd be a better experience, but, that said, if you like this sort of thing, it's well done and definitely worth a look, and the unlockable bonus modes give it some replay value.
yes: I recommend this product