Nice, relaxing game
The storyline is good. The graphics are nice, a bit cartoonish. There are HOS and FROGS, easily found because sparkling. The puzzles are easy. There is a journal and a task list. I missed a map, which would have been helpful since there is a lot of going back and forth. The hint system is good, recharging quickly. The game is rather short, about 2 hours, but it's a relaxing game, good for beginners or for a little break from more challenging games.
September 8, 2012
Since you gave your Soul away
Review based upon completion of the game.
This is one of the games I did a beta for. Back then I complained that this game was falsely advertised as "open world game" and it still isn't, it's just your ordinary HOG or HOPA as you may call it. Bandits enter your house and suck the soul out of your sister, then escape. But they leave a purple globe behind. Your duty: Restore your sister!
+ quite good graphics
+ regular HO scenes mixed with (interactive!) FRO scenes
+ diverse riddles that are not repeating
+ good guidance for mini riddles
o items are placed back into HO scenes
o some screens are slowly loading
o Sonya looks quite nice
- LOTS of senseless back tracking as the game sends you to areas that are supposedly clear for a long time (without any hint to go there!)
- unsatisfying ending (that might be cleared up in the CE bonus content - note: this is just a suspicion, I haven't played it and did not receive an answer in that thread)
Bottom Line: The backtracking is unnerving. If you can get past that it's a good game. We've seen that kind quite often already though, and nothing much stands out.
February 21, 2013
Overall I really like this game. I played 6 hrs. according to play clock. IMO, there really wasn't a storyline...sister gets kidnapped by some thing, you have to save her...pretty basic, but there was so much to do, I didn't really care. Graphics, while grainy in some scenes, were nicely done. IHOG/HOG were not junk piles, mini-games fairly simple, but enjoyable.The game started slow, but got better. Cut scenes are cartoonish, but you can skip. There's no map, but there aren't many places to go. You will need your sneakers cause there is some back tracking. Hint system is helpful and refills quickly.
April 6, 2012
Not too challenging
A Hidden Object game from SpecialBit Studios; the graphics are not as crisp as they could be although I really like the artwork; the H0 scenes layout makes it easy to find the objects. Some of the scenes are Fragmented Objects rather than word lists so there is a little variety. The mini games during the demo were easy enough, some the usual pipes, sliders, etc. & a few that I haven?t played before.
You have 24 achievements to earn through the game, some are on the lines of watching all the cut scenes, this is a problem as for some reason they are in cartoon graphics unlike the prettiness of the rest of the game & they take you out of the game mentally.
There is a voiceover in the prologue but once into the game there is only dialogue occasionally; the music is excellent & there are some lovely background sounds but the game seems very quiet, like playing in a hushed library.
The hints recharge in 90 seconds which is a long time but there are clues as to what to do next in the journal &, after the first room, a task list.
There is a lot of backtracking & no map so you will need extra sneakers for this one, there is only one mode of play but at least the sparkles are subtle.
All in all this is no convoluted interactive H0; it is a straightforward H0 with pretty scenes & a definite buy for me, I don?t always want a challenging game.
December 17, 2011
A nice game, but with too many HOS
I played this game after having played The Land Inbetween, which disappointed me by being much too short for a decent game (3 hrs of gameplay). So, I had some misgivings about this game, but the overall reviews seemed to be good enough to give it a try.
First, I really do like the graphics... I love these beautiful comic strip drawings for the cutscenes and the graphics of the game are nicely coloured, crisp and full of detail.
Second, the length of the game is decent... double the time you can spend with The Land Inbetween.
Third, the level of challenge is not high. There are a lot of HOS and they are repeated - something I dislike very much. On the other hand, the HOS aren't difficult at all and I kind of like the interactive object scenes. Puzzles are few and not very challenging.
There is no map, but you don't really need one... the hint button is quite effective; whenever you are stuck, it will set you back on track.
Notebook and task button help you to keep track of the game.
All in all, I don't regret having played this one. I think it's decent enough to give value for your money.
September 5, 2012
lower than average SE hidden object puzzle adventure
I did not enjoy this game.
From the first 5 mins I didn't like it. Stupidly I bought it without trying it, as it had been a CE so thought it would be OK.
The graphics were not to my taste and the style of graphics seem to change from gameplay to some cutscenes. Then the cutscenes were trying to be a comic strip, with split scenes but just didn't gel with the rest of the game and wasn't well done. The story/plot was all over the place.
The first hour was so boring, it did get a bit better as it went along, but by then I had given up. I am used to backtracking but there was no logic to it and was scattered all over the place.
There were some nice puzzles, nothing unique and while not hard, was a bit harder than a lot of IHOGs. Pipe puzzles I usually can do in less than a minute but this one took a bit longer which was good. But found the star gazing one (the 2nd one) just tedious like a couple of others.
There were some nice areas, the tree house with different rooms in it was about the only enjoyable part of the game for me, Maybe because there wasn't all that backtracking.
If you need to spend your punchcard on something and they are about to expire, then do look at this. But if you are on a budget and you don't buy every SE that is released, then pass this one over as there are plenty of better HOPAs (hidden object puzzle adventure) games.
This is on the lower than average of SE games. While not a terrible or bad game (being objective) it blends into all the other IHOG games, and will not stand out as one of the better ones.
A D+ game for me. With C being an average game.
November 19, 2011