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  • Summary: In an enchanted world of mystery, beauty and boundless imagination, begins the epic quest of Lydia, a young girl embarking on a journey of enlightenment that takes her to the gates of Dragonvale Academy where she will become a new apprentice. Upon her arrival, something is terribly amiss. The campus is deserted and even Celeste, Lydia's best friend who is a scholar at the Academy, is no where to be found! While exploring, Lydia stumbles across a most disturbing object... a doll she gave Celeste as a keepsake. It is now clear to Lydia that treachery and sorrow lurks in the halls of the Academy. Accompanied by a charmed dragon named Zak, Lydia must quickly overcome trials in The Chamber of Passage, understand the secrets of the runes and glyphs, and master the forces of magic to uncover the mystery behind Celeste's disappearance, Dragonvale Academy and the beloved keepsake. [Adventure Company] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. It has a couple of problems here and there (like odd echoes to the dialogue), but it sports a couple dozen intriguing puzzles, it’s well made, and it’s well acted.
  2. Although nothing about Keepsake sparks the furnace of mind-blowing innovation, it is still a well designed and thoroughly compelling game that traditional adventure game enthusiasts of any skill level can dive into and love every second of.
  3. There are other minor niggles, but none should detract from the surprisingly entertaining experience that Keepsake offers.
  4. An enjoyable adventure experience, with few technical flaws and shortfalls.
  5. Those whose idea of a good adventure involves inventory puzzles and plenty of characters to talk to may be put off by the emphasis on solitary exploration and puzzle solving, particularly given the game's surface resemblance to other quest-style adventures. But the beautiful setting, along with an interesting storyline, clever puzzles, and lots of little magical touches all help to bring the game to life.
  6. An adventure game that could have been much more if players weren't preoccupied with the game's poor voice acting and bugs. That said, if you're itching to play a new point-and-click PC adventure with good puzzles, you might not be disappointed with this sub-$30 game.
  7. Do yourself a favor and forget this Keepsake. [Sept. 2006, p.76]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. CalebC.
    May 16, 2006
    Beautiful graphics and music, excellent puzzles (and hint system), engaging storyline and the voice acting (NA version) is just fine, in spite of what you may have read to the contrary. A thumbs up and a hearty recommendation to all lovers of the Adventure game genre. Expand
  2. VladP.
    Apr 11, 2006
    Wonderful, beautiful, very beautiful. The music is lovely, the story is adorable. Now that's what I call a school of magic! This is the type of game that you never want to end. You just want it to go on and on. Expand
  3. MaraM.
    Dec 14, 2007
    This game has beautiful graphics, storyline, and I can't believe it's been so under-rated. In this day and age when games are so violent, this one is beautiful, has a good meaning, and is magical. I put this game up there with "The Longest Journey" and "Syberia"....truly beautiful, and fun to play, and the characters are fun and lively, the story enthralling. The artwork is so intricately detailed, and the fun is finding things and solving the puzzles. I loved traversing across the different levels of the "castle".....Truly an awesome game. Expand
  4. Apr 23, 2013
    Not a hidden gem, more like hidden silver piece but I'm still glad that I found it. Atmosphere was great however the hint system was a bit too tempting but you gonna need it eventually. Expand
  5. ClaudeP.
    Apr 30, 2006
    it is a nice game but there is too much talking and technically it is like going back 5 years ago even more and the ending is so full of cliché. Allways the same sound of footsteps or door opening and closing whatever the place. By chance the puzzles were good! Expand
  6. BrentL.
    Jun 25, 2008
    I give it a 3 because the puzzles weren't bad and the graphics and sound were passable. This game fails in every other way. The story, voice acting, pacing, gameplay, characterization and the presence of bugs are all disappointing. Comparisons to The Longest Journey can't be serious. (I haven't tried Syberia.) I might recommend this game to a 9 year old or a senior citizen who is unfamiliar with computers, but even then I'd have my doubts. Expand
  7. RonD.
    Nov 23, 2007
    Story: what story? Technical: can you run up and down a long flight of stairs three or four at a time? Have you ever heard footsteps continue after a person has stopped moving? Have you heard footsteps that sound exactly the same on grass as on a paved surface? Lydia also has boundless energy; she runs everywhere! Acting: voice acting, in the main, attrocious. Puzzles: lots of these; if that's all you want, by all means play this game, but watch out, you have to solve them in the right order! I could never have solved a lot of them without a walkthrough. Basically, boring and frustrating. I certainly would not dream of playing this game again. If you want just the opposite: two games of the year are The Longest Journey and Syberia (pt 1 & 2). These are games I can play over and over again. If you like adventures, with no violence or dying, I can recommend these two whole heartedly; worth double what they sell for! Just a word of caution: The Longest Journey has two characters who swear a lot - not recommended for a younger audience - rated T, I think. Syberia would suit any age. Make sure you get both 1 and 2, it's really just one game. Expand