Awakening: The Goblin Kingdom
Not as good as Moonfell Wood
This 3rd installment of the Awakening series was OK but not great. I enjoyed Moonfell Wood (2nd installment) a great deal more. The scenes in GK were not as visually beautiful or interesting. Again, this is not a series heavy in Hidden Object scenes so if that's your true love this one isn't for you. There were MANY mini-puzzles required and some multilayered. The difficulty level was about the same and Moonfell Wood and much better than the first Awakening that was very easy. The hints (from the purple owl) were for the most part unhelpful. My one true complaint is there were a few mini puzzles that had very vague or incomplete instructions. It was pretty frustrating trying to figure out exactly what you were supposed to do.... what the goal of the puzzle was. The strategy was not difficult once you figured out what they were asking for but they could definitely have been more detailed and clear instructions.
I would probably test drive the next installment before buying but overall I guess I would recommend The Goblin Kingdon.
December 20, 2011
You know a 4th installment is coming
I knew this story would end the way it did....the dev's gotta make some more money on this story! Ok, I'm being a bit mean but the game was drug out with puzzle after puzzle after puzzle...come on! I will give credit that the puzzles (mini-games) were very creative and less technical and that was different/enjoyable....for a while, but after so many I was getting a bit bored. I also figured out other things in the game so there were no surprises for me... I enjoyed the last installment more than this one and probably won't buy the next. Maybe I am burning out a bit on this genre since so many people loved this....but I just feel as if this story is over already or should be. Sorry, I don't like being negative...but I am telling my true feelings about this game. Hope you like it more than me.
December 8, 2011
Sophia seeks Goblin help
Review based upon completion of the game with 24 out of 29 achievements.
Sophia is at large again. After escaping the Dreamless Castle and crossing Moonfell Wood she now reaches the Goblin Kingdom to seek help. Of course it will be more complicated as it seems.
+ adequate game length
+ (some tough) achievements
+ varied minigames...
o ...but at least 95% of them are ridiculously easy
o voiceovers only for the storyteller (as usual)
o very easy HO scenes
- I don't know if my 23'' resolution has something to do with that, but the graphics are blurry and not sharp at all
While some achievements are very tough to complete (find optimal solutions for riddles - but they don't tell you which ones beforehand) an experienced player will likely breeze through the game. I am ready for Sophia to finally find her people.
May 7, 2012
disappointing after the first two
I wanted to really like this game because I loved the first two. But somehow this one didn't have the same charm. I don't think it was because this one is about goblins!
The graphics are again excellent, but I found that there were too many similar puzzles and that they weren't very imaginative (BTW I do dislike Match 3 puzzles!).
It seemed to me that this time the developers hadn't made that extra effort but were more or less rolling out the same stuff as before.
I also thought that there was a bit too much hand-holding and some things you had to do were rather obvious.
A pity, because there are lots of things I did like about it, particularly the graphics and the idea that's in place for the next one is really good, so I hope that the fourth installment will rise to better things.
I am not sure whether I really recommend this game. On balance probably yes, but with the reservations above.
April 1, 2012
Previous versions are better...
I played in previous versions, and I like them. This versions did not meet my expectations.
August 9, 2012
Beautiful Art, annoying soundtrack
The art is gorgeous, the minigames were so-so...I think this game is meant more for children. The soundtrack becomes very repetitive and somewhat discordant, which really annoyed me as time went on.
June 29, 2014
I like the previous awakening games better. the minigames are kind of repetitive and dull in this one.
April 12, 2014
The game is cute, but it's a peculiar combination of appeal to pre-to-early teen girls and puzzles which at times may be too convoluted to hold their attention. The lack of clarification on what exactly is required to solve them was sometimes irksome. I rated the storyline as poor because of the saccharine plot and the somewhat annoying and smarmy owl character.
Graphics were decent, music unremarkable, length satisfactory. It could have benefited from an interactive map and (as mentioned) clearer directions for solving the puzzles, but all in all a fairly entertaining family offering provided there is adult help with puzzle solving.
Not a bad game at all...just not a really good one.
I recommend this game with the aforementioned reservations.
January 24, 2014
Fun and easy
This game is fun if you are looking for simple puzzles and a cute story. Not challenging, but I like that sometimes.
March 6, 2012
I enjoyed the first two games very much. This one was a let down. It seemed rushed to the market. The storyline wasn't as good as the first two. In fact, it was boring. The challenge was less. Overall, it needed more work to meet the standard set in the first two.
November 29, 2011