Adventure games have been a staple on PCs since the MS-DOS days, and match-three and hidden-object games have been gaining in casual popularity for the past half-decade or so. Put them all together and you get Cateia Games' Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Strix.
Looking like a game that belongs on a late-era Windows'95 computer, The Strix won't impress anybody by today's standards. The graphics, while clean, seem dated by at least a decade and the audio can best be described as so-so. But if you want to compare the visuals and audio to something that'll make them seem great, you can do so with the game's writing. The game's retail price makes things a little better -- GamersGate.com lists The Strix for roughly $7US.
The story of this all-too-brief game (it's easily beaten in less than two hours) finds a lady named Mina Lockheart revisiting her late grandma's semi-ruined (yet well preserved) mc-mansion where a couple of magical beings live and, for some reason, an evil presence known as The Strix wants to have control of. If that doesn't sound all too interesting, keep in mind that the who's and the what's of the plot are a little hazy.
Simple, outdated, and slightly dull, Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Strix is a PC game that might not quite be worth its seven-dollar asking price. There are many better options on the market and many of them cost less than this game. In short, it's hard to recommend unless you're still on a Win'95/98 machine.
Final Game Guys grade: D
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