Jodie Drake and the World in Peril
Awesome graphics, fun mini puzzles.
Really enjoyed it.
April 7, 2012
Slightly different HO Game.
My review title of "Slightly Different" refers to the 'take a picture of the hidden object' concept. Really liked it...nice change. The HO scenes are wonderful and the puzzles,while not very difficult, were enjoyable. If you want a break from Adventure type HO games, you should give this game a try A bit more dialogue than I prefer but you can skip it. Enjoyed the music. I gave the Storyline rating a good, because it was detailed, although maybe too much so.
July 21, 2013
That was loads of fun
I really enjoyed playing this game.
April 14, 2012
Jodie Drake and the World in Peril
Jodi is a travel photographer sent to exotic places to get those cover shots. She visits Paraguay, Egypt, Greece, India, China, and Easter Island. The objects are presented in either the traditional list format, or images to photograph. The mini-games offer a variety of mid-level challenges interspersed throughout the chapters. Storyline is interesting, but ending is predictable.
October 6, 2012
A Different take on HOG
This is a review of the demo.
Jodie Drake is a travel photographer and you travel around the world loking for interesting photos.
The different take on an HOG is achieved through the use of a photographic approach to hidden object scenes. It gives a purpose to searching for random objects.
The graphics are good but not great.
The cutscenes have VO but not in the game itself - annoying when lips move and no sound, you can skip through the text quickly.
There are several levels to each stage comprising the HOS and puzzles.
The HOS consist of silhouettes, missing pieces or a straight list of objects.
The puzzle scenes are interesting (labyrinth, connecting pipes, jigsaws etc) but are not that challenging.
There are a choice of modes - timed play or relaxed.
There are unlimited hints but it takes 30 seconds to refresh.
Sound FX are good and music is not annoying.
Overall I recommend this game, if like to find different ways to approach HOGs.
February 26, 2012
Not a bad game
Finally, there's a hidden object game without murder and mayhem. I find this game refreshing because of the way the game unfolds...you take pictures of the hidden items and the items are at the top of the screen, sometimes in silhouette. At the end of each level, there are mini games which are not bad and it adds a welcomed variable to an otherwise straight and boring HOG. I'm happy that we don't have to collect tools for an inventory and I'm happy that I don't have to click around to figure out how to use the tools not knowing what I'm looking for. The story line could be better but it's okay. All in all, not a bad game. I would recommend.
August 20, 2012
SOME DAUNTING SCENES
Personally, I very much liked this game because it was challenging; most of these games have the same old, same old storylines -- vampires, ghosts, lost relatives, archealogical mysteries, etc. but I particularly liked the fact that I was able to take on the mini-game tasks and actually successfully complete them WITHOUT skipping.
Actually, the only mini-game that I skipped was the last one -- have NEVER been able to figure out how to ascertain the proper steps to click on 1 thing and it move 2-3 other things-type puzzles. I also have to admit that I DID use the hint button on the last chamber map to escape as you LITERALLY only are given seconds to run through said maze to successfully exit it.
Yes, there were some screens that were somewhat daunting (ESPECIALLY since I was playing the timed version) but using the hint button helped. One of the key points for me was to peruse the pictures of objects to find BUT to look at the scene(s) and pick up items that I figured were actually in the above-mentioned silhouette pictures. It made it FAR EASIER to seek and find the hidden objects doing it that way (especially since I played the timed version) than to try to actually picture the object in my mind as to what was needed to be sought and found.
All in all, a very nice game; thought I bought it today as a DD, I think that this game is even worth the full price.
August 16, 2012
For some kinds of HO fans, Yes! Underrated?
From the free trial..... Scintillating characters, no. Deep plot line, no. But I have found myself really enjoying it, and I was surprisingly engrossed. The clues are *subtle*. Not hidden in dark corners, or buried in lousy graphics. Just very subtle. Minigames, ditto. I may actually have to buy this one to have the time to hunt and enjoy, without trying to rush through a trial to see what's what!
August 16, 2012
This is a review of the demo. It's more like a 2 and a half star rating. The game so far hasn't completely grabbed me, but I like the photography approach to hidden object scenes. It gives a purpose to searching for random objects.
The graphics are good but not great. The people are not wonderfully drawn. They are paper doll cut outs for both the cut scenes and the game play, but the cut scenes have pretty decent voice overs. However, their lips don't move in the cut scenes.
The game play scenes also have paper doll cut outs of the characters for mono/dialogs, but in these scenes their lips move, but there is no voice over. This I found distracting, but it can be ignored after awhile. I think they should have reversed the scenes when the lips move.
The puzzle scenes are interesting and not that challenging. They are designed for a timed play, and you can choose timed play or relaxed mode. In relaxed mode the puzzles are quite easy. The game gets points for having a choice of modes.
The hidden objects are variant in size and tend toward "life size". So, insects or some symbols can be quite small. The graphics are generally OK, if a little fuzzy at times, and I found myself using the hint button (which is quite innovative with how it becomes part of a camera flash) a little too often for my taste. It takes 30 seconds to refresh.
Sound FX are good and music is not intrusive and set at a low volume by default. I think the music fit with the locations well.
The story draws you in slowly and plays kind of like a travelogue. If you like to travel you get to see some loosely interpreted scenes of exotic places, which makes the game more fun. There's danger hinted at in the beginning before the game flashes back to play through the events leading up to the apparent danger. Game play hints at being average in total length, with each chapter having several levels to complete.
Overall I recommend this game, if you're hard core and like to find different ways to approach HOGs.
February 11, 2012
Female with a name of DRAKE????
Jodie Drake a photographer, is conned into aiding the evil professor Bergan and his cohorts while travelling around the world and has to thwart his attempts to become 'master of the world'.
This game, to me, was not very inspiring and it took a long time for me to just accept it. The cut scenes were like a talking comic book but in the general game there was only reading and no voice overs. The graphics were only just serviceable and I was far from impressed. The puzzles were fairly simple and were the same old, same old with matching pairs,connecting pipes, spot the differences, dark mazes ect, nothing really new. The hidden objects were a bit better with the standard list type quite good and at least the taking of pictures aspect was not like some of the other games like taking pictures of a broken tile, a piece of guttering, a shoe lace and other uninteresting stuff. The shape type were a lot harder and sometimes almost impossible to detect in amongst all the other superfluous paraphernalia. Not the best game I've played but I saw it through but I can only barely give it the three stars.
July 31, 2012