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The Sacred Rings (Windows)

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MobyRank
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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.3
Overall MobyScore (3 votes) 2.7


The Press Says

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UHS (Universal Hint System)
In summary, I was highly entertained by TSR. It was a wonderfully successful sequel to one of my favorite adventure games, and not only lived up to its predecessor's reputation, but surpassed it in many ways. I felt that the game length was "just right," offering around 20-25 hours of game play. The graphics were awesome, the audio highly supportive, the story line was entertaining, and the challenge level of the puzzles should not leave anyone out.
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Adventure's Planet
Aura 2 è un buon titolo e un ottimo sequel, la grafica e l’accompagnamento sonoro sono di gran pregio e la trama nonostante la forzatura che ho descritto è intrigante e interessante al punto giusto.
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Adventure Classic Gaming
In sum, The Sacred Rings is a game that I can strongly recommend to experienced adventure gamers who enjoy challenges. Streko-Graphics is to be commended for creating such a worthy sequel. I have spent over 40 hours playing this game, thanks mostly to the game's many difficult puzzles. Gamers who have played the previous game but are disappointed by it are encouraged to give this game a try and this series a second chance.
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Puntaeclicca.it
Solo per la scarsità di salvataggi e i tranelli sleali, questo gioco meriterebbe l'insufficienza. Tuttavia, sbollita la giusta ira dovuta ad ore di gioco perse, debbo ammettere che è un bel gioco, con una bella grafica, anche se non proprio da grido, con tanti enigmi interessanti che andando avanti coinvolge parecchio e lungo come da tempo non se ne vedevano. Nessuno è perfetto.
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Adventure-Treff
Mir persönlich hat Aura 2 viel Spaß gemacht! In meinen Computersessel gekuschelt durch die wunderschönen Welten von Aura 2 zu streifen, grenzt fast schon an Erholung. Auch wenn ich bei bestimmten Rätseln zwischenzeitlich vor lauter Frust fast schon an die Decke gegangen bin – der Stolz, sie dann letztendlich doch gelöst zu haben, wiegt das allemal auf. Schade fand ich nur, dass Aura 2 so tut, als wäre die Story ein unentbehrlicher Teil des Spiels – mir war sie zu keiner Zeit wichtig, und auch die Charaktere sind mir leider relativ gleichgültig geblieben. Trotzdem würde ich das Spiel weiterempfehlen: wenn einem klar ist, worauf man sich dabei einlässt.
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GameBoomers
I had a great time playing this game and was immersed from the start. Did I enjoy this adventure better than the original? That is difficult for me to answer, for I thoroughly enjoyed the former and appreciated the latter for its continuation of the storyline. It is evident that Streko has indeed worked hard to improve their saga and increase its “adventure value.” Would I recommend playing The Sacred Rings?
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Quandary
The Sacred Rings is a good challenge and I'd recommend it for adventurers with a penchant for tinkering with contraptions and working out abstract puzzles. The difficulty level is such that you're sure to get caught out on at least one or two of the puzzles, but the pay-off when you solve them heals the pain. It's not a 'classic' but there's a lot to do and there's plenty of fascinating places to explore. A bit of tightening-up here and there would have been good, but despite this it's a satisfying journey helping Umang to save the world.
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Computer Bild Spiele
Grafisch kann Aura 2 überzeugen, wenn es Sie nicht stört, stets nur menschenleere, verlassene Orte zu sehen. Und auch die Steuerung geht für dieses Genre absolut in Ordnung. Ein wenig mehr Tempo hätte dem Spiel gutgetan. Insgesamt bekommt der Rätselfan hier aber eine "befriedigende" Dosis Spielspaß.
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Game Captain
Die Entwickler von Aura 2 – Die heiligen Ringe scheinen dem Design der Rätsel wesentlich mehr Beachtung geschenkt zu haben als der Präsentation und dem Gameplay. Ein schweres Rätsel reiht sich an das nächste. Um es drastisch zu sagen: Umang kann nicht einmal die Tür zum Klo aufmachen ohne vorher drei bis vier Rätsel dafür zu lösen. Das wirkt alles zu aufgesetzt. Zudem sind die Rätsel recht schwer geraten. Trotz des Notizbuches gibt es vom Spiel nicht viel Hilfe, so dass Aura 2 – Die heiligen Ringe nur eine Empfehlung für frustresistente und sehr geduldige Point&Click-Abenteurer ist. Wer am Vorgänger seine freude hatte, der kann ebenfalls getrost zugreifen.
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Just Adventure
Is it perfect? No. There are some glitches here and there. For example having a mouse cursor that says you can move forward, when in reality you can’t until you do something else first. Some screens at the cottage/mine area slowly rotate to adjust themselves to a straight horizontal when you enter them giving you a slightly dizzy feeling. There were a few stretched textures in some places, as well as a really ugly graphics glitch in the first location when you look up at the sky that obviously was missed during testing. Am I being nitpicky? Yeah, I probably am. The bottom line is that there are a few flaws in the game, but none of them are major enough to affect the gaming experience – well, other than that game over thing.
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Peliplaneetta.net
Seikkailupeleissä musiikki on aina tärkeässä asemassa. Aura 2:ssa se on mukavan orkestraalista, ja sävellyksissä on ideaa ja tunnelmaa. Valitettavasti sitä annostellaan täysin väärin: hiljainen pianomusiikki vaihtuu jännitystä ilmentäväksi, mahtipontiseksi orkesterituuttaukseksi ilman mitään syytä. Musiikkia ei ole sidottu mihinkään tapahtumaan, vaan sen tyylilaji ja voimakkuus muuttuvat täysin sattumanvaraisesti, pelaajan liikkeistä riippumatta. Tämä syö tunnelmaa pahasti.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Aura 2 est un jeu qui avait un potentiel énorme mais qui est au final un peu gâché par le manque de maîtrise scénaristique dont ont fait preuve les développeurs. Ils nous imposent en effet des dialogues basiques et des rebondissements qui tombent à plat. Restent néanmoins quelques puzzles retors qui plairont à ceux qui veulent mettre leurs neurones à l'épreuve. C'est donc avant tout ce dernier aspect qu'il faut retenir d'Aura 2. Un peu dommage car il y avait matière à faire quelque chose de grandiose avec un tel contexte de départ.
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DarkZero
If you liked text adventures and are looking for a modern re-imagining, then there is a lot for you to get excited about here.
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Worth Playing
Overall, I think that fans of the adventure genre will enjoy The Sacred Rings because the puzzles and challenges are just that good. Just be warned – if you enjoy a good story, character development, or choices about anything at all, you won't find them here.
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Adventurearchiv
Mal abgesehen von der akzeptablen Grafik und einigen verstreuten netten Rätseleinfällen konnte ich Aura 2 - Die heiligen Ringe leider so gar nichts abgewinnen. Die Geschichte ist fad und wird auch nicht besser durch gelegentliche Spannungselemente. Ich bezweifle auch, daß Aura 2 die am Beginn beschriebene Gruppe der Puzzle-Aficionados begeistern wird. Sie müßten sich zumindest mit den gelegentlichen GameOvers anfreunden können, eine gewisse Leidensfähigkeit bezüglich Lauferei und Handling mitbringen und sich jeden Anspruch auf Nichtlinearität zumindest für die ca. 22 Stunden Spielzeit abgewöhnen. Für Fans, die dies alles nicht schrecken kann, gibt's sogar eine gute Nachricht: Streko Graphics setzt die Reihe mit Aura 3 - Catharsis fort, das möglicherweise noch in diesem Jahr erscheinen wird!
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TTGamer
In all fairness though, I must admit this hardcore traditionalist take on adventure gaming was likely never going to be my cup of tea and while I did appreciate the effort and mostly flawless design of the game's puzzles (usually once I finished them anyway), I found it hard to overlook the aforementioned shortcomings. For somebody who thrives on puzzle solving and doesn't care too much about engaging storylines and revolutionary game engines, Aura 2 is very likely a perfect match, I just question whether this was the best direction to go with the game. Nevertheless, Aura 2 is what it is - a no thrills, generic feeling adventure game that could have been released a decade or more ago, which happens to have some very intricately designed puzzles. It is therefore not a very complete adventure game, but one which I'm sure will please a few gamers out there.
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Adventure Gamers
With its polished presentation, a nice variety of environments to explore, and plenty of puzzles and puzzle variety scattered throughout the game, The Sacred Rings has a decent amount going for it. Unfortunately, the overall experience is limited by a story that falls flat and a distinct lack of original ideas. The plot is very similar to what you will find in a number of other games, and there is little to grab a gamer's attention and propel a desire to learn more. Even if you love puzzles and don't require further motivation, you'll likely still start to feel like you've played this game before in one form or another. As Myst clones go, then, there's enough here to recommend to the diehard fans, and it shouldn't disappoint those who liked the original Aura. Some new ideas, however, or at least a little creative inspiration, could have made this a great game rather than just a good one.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Er zijn in het verleden al heel wat leuke Puzzel/Adventures op de markt gekomen. Aura 2 hoort daar jammer genoeg niet bij.
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Game Chronicles
If you can't get enough of these types of adventure games, well, you're in luck. Sacred Rings delivers the age-old formula that began with Myst, once again. If you're looking for innovation in the world of action adventure games, you're out of luck with Sacred Rings. It's typical in just about every way. Some gamers will like that of course, but others will be bored to tears.
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GameZone
For all the bashing I have done so far I will lighten up a little as I come to an end. The imaginative structures and environments are very intriguing with a couple “oh that’s kinda neat” moments and even though the puzzles are sometimes pointless it feels good to give yourself a pat on the back after you figure one out. But in the end, Sacred Rings is a bland and unmemorable addition to the point-and-click adventure genre.
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Games Radar
Only fans of the classic genre will really find much to get excited over in The Sacred Rings. The story is forgettable, the characters are lame, but the puzzles are definitely challenging.
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Je moet al een behoorlijk hardcore puzzelaar zijn om The Sacred Rings leuk te vinden. Er zitten een paar leuke en taaie mysteries in dit spel die je een gevoel van voldoening geven, maar verder is dit gewoon geen goed spel.
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GamingExcellence
There's just not enough to attract a lot of people to this game. The story feels non-existent, the characters are dull, and the puzzles mind-numbing. Perhaps those who like extremely challenging puzzles in their games will enjoy The Sacred Rings. Those who enjoy anything else will not.
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GameStar (Germany)
Umang, bereits Held des ersten Aura, muss auch in Aura 2 wieder ran, um mithilfe seltsamer Hinweise noch seltsamere Apparaturen zu aktivieren. Mit Logik kommt er dabei in den seltensten Fällen weiter. Das Ganze passiert in hübsch surrealen, aber schrecklich leblosen Landschaften. Fazit: Myst-Klon zum Ignorieren.
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GameSpot
You need to be a hardcore puzzle-solving adventurer to get any entertainment out of The Sacred Rings. While the game features some truly devilish mysteries that provide no small sense of accomplishment when solved, don't expect to get through this one without checking out an online walk-through...or tearing your hair out.
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Absolute Games (AG.ru)
И скучно, и грустно. Авторы замахнулись на трилогию, однако полностью выдохлись, не пройдя и половины дороги. Выйди The Sacred Rings лет десять назад, ее бы вовсе не заметили. Сегодня... В принципе, тоже не тянет советовать. Разве что уж очень большим фанатам жанра, страдающим от нехватки "мистоидов". Остальным лучше воздержаться и подождать нового проекта компании — Dead Reefs. По крайней мере, от него определенно веет свежестью.
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Adventure Advocate
Λοιπόν συνοψίζουμε: Ένα σενάριο που δεν πρωταγωνίστησε στο παιχνίδι, με αποτέλεσμα μία να το χάνεις και μία να το βρίσκεις, μια άσκοπη μετακίνηση που θα μπορούσε να συμπυκνωθεί στο μισό, μια ατμόσφαιρα που στο περισσότερο μέρος δεν κατάφερε να σε ενσωματώσει και πάρα πολλοί γρίφοι…Κρίμα, αν και είναι φανερό ότι έχει γίνει προσπάθεια και ότι υπήρχε καλή διάθεση από τους δημιουργούς το the sacred rings δυστυχώς δεν ξεπερνά τη κατηγορία του διεκπεραιωτικού.
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Digital Entertainment News (den)
Ultimately, The Sacred Rings provides more of the same that was dished out in Aura: Fate of the Ages: frustratingly difficult puzzles, an outdated presentation, and derivative structure. You conceivably might enjoy the game if you had previously found the original entertaining; be aware, however, that The Sacred Rings will not please contemporary adventure genre fans expecting a user-friendly, cel-shaded romp.
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PC Games (Germany)
Selbst als Fan von Adventures wie Myst, welche Sie zu düsterer Atmosphäre kryptische Schalterrätsel und Maschinen austüfteln lassen, und selbst wenn das Spiel zum Budget-Preis erhältlich ist: Aura 2: Die heiligen Ringe darf getrost im Regal bleiben.
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Gamers Europe
Aura 2 is terrible and I have no sympathy for it – Telltale Games have shown us with Sam & Max that you can still produce funny, clever, well designed and playable adventure games on a very low budget. Whilst games of that quality are still being produced, there really is no excuse for wasting your time on Aura 2.