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More Park Ranger Duties
Budding Park Rangers can look forward to more training as @Casual Art releases the next title in its Vacation Adventures - Park Ranger series. Available in Collector's Edition format, this Hidden Object and puzzle solving adventure, now up to version 15, reveals a newly unearthed Aztec Pyramid, a new Founders Trail and the rescue of stranded zoo animals to test your abilities as a Park Ranger.
As with previous versions found in this series, you can opt to be represented by a male or female ranger with an appropriate headshot image. Adjustments can be made to the volume levels used for background music and sound effects plus opting to view the game in full screen mode. A choice of tackling the game in Casual, Challenge or Extreme modes are available as you set about your duties as a Park Ranger working in the Pinecreek Hills area.
Once you have put together a picturesque map of the area you will be expected to cover, you will be informed of your general duties. Along with assisting visitors to the area, you will need to be on the lookout for various wildlife creatures and all manner of trash. These elements will need to be collected as you follow a set path covering the whole park area.
A visually impressive scene, representing the current location, will be overlaid by a panel across the bottom of the scene. This panel will be made up of sections showing silhouettes of certain wildlife, a bin for disposing any trash found, a list of 18 required items, displayed six at a time, that will need to be located. There are also Hint and Mega Hint options to aid your search.
Each location will present a variety of challenges based around Hidden Object searching and mini game puzzles. Integrated into the scene will be 30 miscellaneous items, various wildlife creatures. a number of trash objects to which you need to direct your addition. There could also be an occasional camera symbol for capturing the scene for inclusion in a photo album for viewing at different times.
The listed items will be in text format. If an item in the list is coloured red this will indicate it is hidden somehow while a item coloured blue means it will require a task to be completed. If wildlife is found then access will be granted regarding relevant information. At the conclusion of each location, you will be awarded stars and points regarding your performance for the collection of trash and wildlife plus an Eagle Eye bonus if you did not use the Hint feature. Points can be used to purchase souvenirs from the in-game shop.
Following each Hidden Object location scene, you will be challenged to complete a mini game puzzle. The choice of puzzle varies and will often make use of scenes previously encountered in the game or relating to tasks forming part of a Park Ranger's duty. You could be asked to create a scene that had been broken up into strips or segments which need to be rotated or swapped around.
An occasional jigsaw will make an appearance along with a series of concentric circles whose movement is linked. Solving number codes will need to be carried out using mathematic formula while spotting differences between similar scenes and matching face-down cards make an appearance, Restoring an illustrated map and completing work square puzzles are other possibilities.
Once your Park Ranger tour of duty is over you can then move on and tackle the various bonus items that form part of the package. Making up the bonus items are extra levels, wallpaper, music, puzzles and an extreme mode where you need to find all the items concealed within every scene in the Pinecreek area.
You will certainly not be short-changed with regards to challenging game play with this title. Vacation Adventures - Park Ranger 15 Collector's Edition can be downloaded from Gamehouse.com where it is priced at $19.99. The game requires a 1.0 GHz processor with 1024MB of RAM running Windows 7 and later.
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