Allora and The Broken Portal
My new favorite game
I am usually pretty critical of the games I buy. I LOVED THIS GAME!!!!. If you really like hidden objcect games this is definitely for you. The majority of the tasks are HO scenes with a few high quality mini-puzzles thrown in. The HO scenes are great - some easy finds and some really challenging ones. A great mix of difficulty. The entire game is absolutely beautiful. The scenery is stunning and beautifully drawn/animated. The worlds are gorgeous and varied. Even the music is great!! I usually get annoyed by the music and turn it off. Not this game! In a refreshing twist the hints are actually helpful! No dumb character that follows you around but provides no value. There are two characters that travel with you but you are not dependent on their help to complete the worlds. I really liked the journal and the fact that you did not have to keep checking it to progress through the game. The text is fairly brief (not tons of time reading useless dribble) and you are told when you have completed each map location. You also get to re-visit many of the locations again later in the game with new challenges. I would highly recommend this game for HO fans. It is now my new favorite game.
December 29, 2011
Relaxing fun Hidden Object Games
I very much enjoyed the game. It was easy, not hard but sweet., The mouse and the Fairy, who keeps calling you Human is funny.This is a Game for young and old, to play. So give it a try it is well worth the money. For people who worry about the how long it is, .It too me about 4 hours. I like to read everything. Enjoy.
November 12, 2011
Beautiful Relaxing Fun
This was a great game. The graphics and music were really beautiful, and the story and characters were cute and charming. The puzzles were very nice. They were intuitive and logical, and it was pretty clear what you needed to do next. My only caveat was that sometimes it was hard to find all the active areas in the game. I would mouse all around and the cursor wouldn't change at first. Still, a very nice game.
November 14, 2011
Mayzy's Review- Allora and The Broken Portal
This game was a bit of a toss-up for me. It had definite ups and downs. The plot was very basic, at best. Your goal is to move from scene to scene finding crystals and runes so you can save a wizard and go home. There ya go, you can skip just about all the dialogue scenes, because that's pretty much it. The puzzles were very easy and the music annoyingly repetitive.
What this game really had going for it, though, was the art. It was colorful, whimsical, and quite beautiful. The hidden object scenes were just lovely to look at. I am very partial to games which take a good, stylistic approach to their art, rather than grainy, 'copy-and-paste' realism.
I wish that the review system allowed ranking rather than just yes or no for recommendation. I'm going to have to put no, as I definitely wouldn't recommend paying full price for Allora, but it might be worthwhile as a daily deal or if you have a good coupon.
January 4, 2012
Family Friendly, But That Doesn?t Mean Easy
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME
Story: A powerful wizard has been sucked into a portal and is lost. Only you can save him. Approached by an Elf girl and a rodent friend, only the eyes of a human can be used to travel to Faraway Forest and save the wizard.
Release Date: Mar 2012
The cartoon-styled graphics, absence of evil and monsters, the cute companions, and magical machinations may all make it seem like strictly a kids game, but Allora is a challenge to grownups as well. Its gameplay style is unique.
The game is really just one long HOs, but put together in a way that I find much more interesting than standard pure HOs. Each self-contained ?location? contains at least one scrollable scene and two or three other scenes, from which you must find a number of list items, including ones that will become part of your inventory and are needed to get the required number of crystals or runes you need to complete the location.
You are taken back to each of these locations later, but the scenes have altered a lot since you were there. I love that trick.
Good for a little of something different.
February 22, 2013
This is entertaining and relaxing at the same time. Lots of HOGs, and the items change somewhat if you go through the game again. Most of items are well hidden, so you can feel a bit of accomplishment when you finish a level. The graphics are well done; this is not one of the "eerie scary" games that seem so popular these days. The mouse is the cutest one I've seen since Mickey! Overall, I really liked this experience, so much so that I bought the game.
December 5, 2011
Glad to reach the end
The story was not really very exciting. After a while I didn't care if I found the needed crystals and runes to help save the wizard. The hidden object scenes were rather cluttered and many of the things were small or so well blended into the background so I was using a lot of hints just to move the game along. The music was appropriate, but repetitive to the point of becoming annoying when I was playing for a long stretch. It was a nice change from the games that have darker themes, but in the end, I couldn't wait for it to end. In fact I considered deleting it a number of times, but was just too stubborn to do so.
February 5, 2012
This one is gorgeous and relaxing
Wow today's D/D really is a great one. The game is pretty simple, mainly HOG with a few very easy puzzles to solve. This said the game wins for me purely because of the beautiful scenes in this gorgeous land of the fairies. The scenes are so beautifully created that whenever I got really stuck finding an item I didn't even want to use the hint button.
This game is one to relax over and enjoying the artwork.
Really loving it, a definite buy for me.
April 29, 2012
"Save the Wizard"
For some it's either too sweet or too sour. Different strokes for different folks. I personally love the game, and yes it's a buy. "Hi Human" is what the mouse and fairy call you throught out the game, it made me chuckle. Phenomenal logical thinking game. Excellent puzzles.
November 26, 2011
PLEASANTLY SURPRISED! IT IS ALL GOOD!
Buying my games carefully over the years, yet, Big BFG Sale allowed me to go outside my norm. Found this "gem". Really liked the whole game theme here. They needed a human "you" to help and they promised to put you back. Hidden objects you don't mind looking for as music is soothing, artwork is detailed and creative. Objects interact with objects to locate crystals. No looking for sparkle areas as you go room to room. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.
November 29, 2011