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Level: LB Advent Calendar 2019 - Christmas Treasure Hunt back home search
Author(s): DavideBre
total rating:7.78 Gameplay &
Puzzles
Enemies,
Objects &
Secrets
Atmosphere,
Sound &
Cameras
Lighting &
Textures
Adngel 7 7 8 8
Jay 8 8 8 8
Jorge22 7 7 8 8
Jose 6 8 7 9
manarch2 5 7 7 8
Phil 7 8 8 7
Ryan 8 8 8 8
Treeble 8 9 9 9
young Lara Croft 8 9 8 9
category averages
(9 reviews)
7.11 7.89 7.89 8.22

Reviewer's comments

"Really a mansion level with a very good look and very well ornated and textured. All is magnificent here and your goal is look for 4 elements to decorate the tree in the main hall (good touch!); for this you must explore all the mansion looking for keys and doing some tasks. I really liked the 2 moveable knights puzzle, but the remaining gameplay is monotonous with a lot of backtracking and finding always dead ends, except the gymnastics in the pool room and in the gym. Except in the final flyby, there are not extra musics; only background melodies when you go inside certain rooms. Sometimes I missed more cameras to guide the player, but not always. A pleasant level nice to play but perhaps better following the walkthrough if you don't want to re-visit the same places often. Enjoyable anyway." - Jose (19-Feb-2020)

"This one was not nearly as much fun for me as the previous Advent level, Celtic Christmas Memory, even though it had much more dominant a Christmas theme. First of all, it seemed as though Lara had failed to pay her light bill, as it was much darker throughout the mansion than befits the Christmas season. Despite that, I was able to see what I was doing with little difficulty and didn't need to light a flare more than once or twice. More daunting was being required over and over to find a key in one wing and then trek back the other way to find the keyhole in another wing. This stretched out the playing time for me to nearly an hour, much of that being consumed by the necessary backtracking. Still, the level is well put together and provides an entertaining raid, albeit one of less than stellar quality. I thought that the goal of finding various accessories with which to deck out the Christmas tree was a nice touch." - Phil (09-Feb-2020)

"A nice level , peaceful and easy to play. The story was lovely, I had an enjoyable time going through it. Another thing which I like is the use of the new Lara model and the updated Croft Manor, though I wish it was a bit better modeled with more objects preferably and better lighting." - young Lara Croft (31-Dec-2019)

"Perhaps the first level where you have to completely decorate an Xmas tree by yourself... in general, this is a decent 30 minute game, with many, many tasks around the mansion to be absolved before achieving your ultimate goal. Sometimes it borders on the obscure (the pushable luggage you have to push from the back and the hideout of the sheets) and some backtracking is also a bit annoying. The looks are slightly grim and not always festive, but still competently done and with fairly realistic lighting, there are also few mistakes in terms of texturing, but some areas like the long hallways and also the gym and pool areas are a bit monotonous. Overall a nice and at least slightly festive level fitting for the season. No secrets to find." - manarch2 (24-Dec-2019)

"Initially, I thought that this was going to be a regular mundane drudge around the mansion, but it turned out to be pretty enjoyable. There's nothing challenging to accomplish, but the surroundings are constructed with care and are quite faithful to the original Rise and Shadow installments and a couple of neat puzzles keep things interesting. I only got confused near the very end when I had trouble placing the baubles, only to find that there was one direction (North) I completely overlooked. Ehh, it takes all sorts. A pleasant jaunt and just right for the season." - Ryan (19-Dec-2019)

"I definitely didn't expect to see such a faithful interpretation (has the term 'trlemake' been coined yet?) of the Croft Manor as featured in modern games -- a mix of Rise and Shadow, with the swimming pool and gym areas inspired by Legend and Anniversary, respectively --, but I was definitely surprised. It felt fresh and yet very familiar. Gameplay took me a while to kick off due to the jumpswitch I failed to spot as I was noticing so many keyholes, but fortunately there's a "master key" which opens most doors you see. Your quest for the Christmas tree decorations is a rather simple one, when you look at the big picture, but might have you running around in circles every now and then. Still good fun, though. 55 minutes. 12/19" - Treeble (15-Dec-2019)

"Christmas Treasure Hunt 8/8/8/8 At first, I thought this was a rather tedious load of running round the huge mansion looking for the various Christmas items, but as the game progressed I began to enjoy it more and more. True, there is a lot of exploring, but after a while I acclimatised to the ‘map’ of the layout and began to recognise areas from the camera hints. The items are required to dress the Christmas tree and involve some fun raiding. Even if you’re not a fan of mansion levels, they certainly feel a lot better at Christmas!" - Jay (13-Dec-2019)

"A beautiful recreation of Lara's house from the survivor reboot version. Puzzles are nice, not very complex nor original, but still entertaining and doing their function to make progress through the level. As Christmas level, there are not enemies nor mortal traps here. (And I didn't find any secret). But the puzzles items and objects used along the level, were nice and also supports correctly the Christmas manor theme. Lightning are not stunning, but it's enough to support the relaxing atmosphere of the level. Generally, It took me some 50 min to complete." - Adngel (13-Dec-2019)

"Thanks for the Christmas gift. Now, what do we have here? A search for things missing in the Christmas tree, locks and keys, a pick axe, Lara home alone and not even Winston anywhere, even though he's mentioned a couple of times, nice little puzzles to move along together with an environment that doesn't look astonishing but still looks good. I thought there was too little interactivity or maybe that it was too directed. I was missing something for a while until I remembered the slides, they had to be somewhere. Enjoyable." - Jorge22 (12-Dec-2019)
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