Patricia's Quest for Sun
Outstanding artistry, unique puzzle concept
This game is entirely hand painted and the music was written for this game.
The story is a most curious activity indeed. You are following Patricia, a Guardian of Home World, as she flies around the universe with "Saucer" in search of "Sun". (Some inanimate objects are given "human" qualities and surnames appropriate to their purpose in her world.) She lands on an unknown planet and sets off on her search using her purse of endless things and her trusty Sense Maker to figure things out. The Sense Maker appears to be an iPad prototype. (smile)
The entire journey is both story book and a sort of jigsaw puzzle. Every puzzles is the same -- a jumbled picture in a rectangle divided in squares. Click on 2 blocks to exchange their positions. There are 2 modes, you cannot switch between them once you have created your profile. Normal has a grid of 48 blocks. Hard has a grid of 192 blocks. (Um, good luck with that.) Thank goodness, in both modes, the corner blocks are marked.
There is a hint feature but no skip feature, so be prepared to spend a lot of time on some of the puzzles.
The music is Zen like, as is the game actually. There is no timer, and you do get lost in the etherial story and mesmerized in solving the puzzles.
The game has some bonus features: Complete the game and get bonus puzzles and bonus music. There are also achievements during play.
The game is customizable -- you can download your own music. You can also create puzzles by importing your own picture and background files. The feature worked as advertised (on my Mac.)
I think this is a "you either love it or hate it" kind of game. I liked that it was different, but I could only play it a few puzzles at a time.
The artwork is stunning. There is an amazing contrast of soft and hard edge painterly quality -- may not be your style, but the talent to create it should be applauded.
January 20, 2012
not quite my type of game
I generally like story lines where you have to save someone, search for exciting things, be a detective, even lately have become addicted to building villages. This game unfortunately is none of the above. I guess it was listed as time management but here is Patricia who uses a magnifying type device and puts together what she sees through jigsaw puzzles. I finally figured out there is actually a clue in each picture you have to put together and that made things a little easier. I can't say the graphics were great but it did seem to allow you to download your own music. Not sure this would be good for beginners but that's what these trials are for. I played to the end but it's not in my list of games to get. Just not enjoyable.
May 12, 2013
Calm, soothing, but not if you are prone to eyestrain
It is good to look at the completed pictures and listen to the music. Just what you may need to relax and decompress.
The challenge is iffy. Since too many tiles are simlar, you may be driven to click at random, exchanging tiles systematically until all fits. You can do that very easily.
Also, staring too long trying to make out minute detail gave me painful eyestrain.
So, if you are prone to eyestrain as I am, do NOT get this. Find anohter soothing game. The rest can enjoy.
April 21, 2013
Way Too Short
I was excited to try this game made up of only jigsaw-type puzzles (although the edges are smooth) and I was enjoying it....but was able to finish all the puzzles in about two hours. I expected with such a simple concept, we'd get literally dozens and dozens of puzzles, but that was not the case.
I don't see much replay value, either, since once you figure out what the pictures are supposed to look like, the challenge is gone.
I'd encourage other developers to try something like this, but please make it long enough to be worth the asking price.
January 23, 2012
Really need a good eye for design
Perhaps this game works better if you purchase it and have unlimited time to play. There are no instructions, help, or hints that I could find, so you have to figure out what to do.
The puzzles involve swapping two tiles until you receive a check mark that indicates you've found the right spot for a particular tile. The problem is, the artwork is of a surreal world, and you don't know what the picture is supposed to look like. That makes it really challenging, and you have to be able to picture how a design from one tile would carry over to an adjacent one. Or do as I did periodically, which was to take a tile and place it in every available spot until I hit on the right one.
When you start a puzzle, run your mouse over the tiles until you see a check mark to indicate a correctly placed tile so you have a starting point. Also, you will see small triangular arrows appear on the corner tiles, indicating to which corner to move the tile. I liked this, (and would have given it another star if instructions had been provided), but I'd say this is definitely a try-before-you-buy kind of game, as it requires some ability at visualization ... or just random luck!
May 21, 2012
not worth the time
The game is obscure to the n-th degree: I think my comp developed a glitch - but I wasn't even sure if it was indeed a glitch - or a game fixture :)) I am not wasting time on a smth like that.
Visuals are good but the music is too soothing meditative, after ten-fifteen minutes you feel llike falling asleep.
October 15, 2013