Awakening: Moonfell Wood
Storyline, graphics, and sound are all impeccable. The length of game is a around 6-7 hours. Visually, it is much better than the Dreamless Castle and the level of challenge is taken up a notch. I love the whole premise of this series and the fantasy world built around it. That's why I was So Disappointed that such a beautiful game was ruined with repetition of the same puzzles and mini-games Over and Over again. (arranging picture pieces or object pieces or matching pairs) Its DRAINS the joy out of the game. What hidden objects there were, was mostly Fragmented with a handful of regular H.O Scenes. 1/2 way into the game I got so bored with puzzles, that the game just stopped being fun and it became more about just finishing it, to see the ending.
April 3, 2012
In one word: Redundant
The graphics are pretty and the story is there but as a whole I became bored with the same old puzzle time after time after time. Always the same things. It got to the point where I would just skip them so I could get on to the next place and hopefully find something new or interesting.
If you don't mind gobs of puzzles that are color matching, item matching, reassembling then you will likely enjoy this game. If you're like me and like different challenges then this one is likely to bore you to death.
February 5, 2012
I should have tried these games first...
I had seen the banner for the first Awakening game plenty of times, and it looked absolutely beautiful and so much brighter and more inspiring than other HOPA games. I know it sounds weird, but that banner for it really sold me. Then, when people said that it wasn't hidden-object-heavy but adventure and puzzle-focused, I was sold. Between those factors and the stellar reviews, I went out on a limb during a sale and bought ALL FOUR installments. I was *that certain* that I would simply love it.
Not so. The graphics ARE lovely. But the story is pretty flat and does not keep you engaged; it is not an intellectually or emotionally stimulating game. And, more than anything, it is WAYYYYYY too easy. I mean, I felt like my intelligence was being insulted. (Note that this review is similar to the one I left for the first game, but I feel about the same - this one gets one more star for being slightly more challenging...just slightly...# This game would be great for beginners and children, or for parents to play with children. No, I do not need gore or creepiness. I can take it or leave it, and prefer G-or PG-rated games. And keep in mind that I started playing this back when I was more beginner-to-intermediate, so I didn't need as much of a challenge then. This #and the first one# ended up taking me over a month to finish playing because I would only play it while waiting to download another game, or if I was too sleepy at the end of the night to want to use my brain at all. It was just *that* not-riveting and not-engaging. I'm slowly making my way through the third one now that I also unfortunately bought without trying on that fateful day. I guess I learned my lesson; I thought the only thing that would make me really dislike a HOPA would be for it to be almost exclusively HOS. This series proved me wrong. :#
Note that there are many 3-star-average, older, hokey HOPA games that I have really enjoyed and played through to the end in a matter of a day or two. Actually, this series and MCF: Ravenhearst are the only HOPA that I have NOT played straight through without getting so bored that I start playing other games before finishing. And that's out of dozens and dozens of games...
January 22, 2014
Became very repetitive
This game was charming for the first hour. It has lovely graphics and a storybook feel that I enjoyed.
Unfortunately the minigames become very simple and very repetitive. I don't play casual games for grueling intellectual challenge, but I'm a little insulted by constant minigames asking me to find the two berries that look alike, the two glyphs that look alike, the two moths that look alike, and so on.
The plot also fades into the background as the game progresses, and between that and the repetitive, simple tasks, I lost any urgency to keep going. I bought the game and played through about half of it, but I probably won't finish it.
March 31, 2013
Sorry, I'm Just Not a Fan
I tried this second Awakening came thinking that I may not have given the first one a real chance. I had the same result, I really did not like this. There isn't enough help, hints are no real help at all. There isn't really any guidance as to what is required in each level. I admit I'm not an experienced HOG player but I just don't want to have to work this hard when I'm playing.
The graphics are incredible, actually liked that aspect of it.
January 30, 2014
Way too difficult to find hidden objects, had to transfer up and down back and forth to find hidden objects , never had very many objects found in an hour , I guess I just don't have enough college to do this.
January 17, 2012
This game was just so-so. I did not find it that fun. 2 stars
December 21, 2011
too childish for me
I'm always looking for an escape from the usual horror story games but this one was just too childish. Everything appeared to be straight out of a children's book, even the graphics.
September 13, 2012
Nothing works. Pick things up and can't use them. Nothing turns or fits even when I follow directions. Cute, but useless fairy.
November 30, 2012
A Game for Pretty Princesses
This game is great, If you're a 9 year old pretty little princess. Otherwise, the storyline is contrived, the graphics are so-so, the game play is tedious, and the puzzles are easy. It is definitely geared towards little girls, so if that's not your thing, don't bother.
December 11, 2012