The Secrets of Arcelia Island
Good story and locations, variation in challenges and skills
November 20, 2011
Graphics are great, gameplay was fun. Loved this one.
January 22, 2012
i love this game
this game makes me feel like i can fly, son!!!
July 19, 2012
Even though the graphics aren't perfect and the HOS aren't interactive I like the structure of this game, with a lot of backtracking, collectible notes and no sparkles in advanced mode.
February 15, 2014
"AHOY THE SHORE ! "
This is,actually ,a "FUN" game,altho it comes off being creepy.
Great Graphics,excellent story line pulls you in immediatley .
Got hooked by the BETA,then played the freebie hour , then
jumped in and bought it,yup,"Hook ,Line ,and sinker"
Congrats to BFG for a FUN time !!
May 5, 2012
Short But Oh So Sweet
GAME COMPLETED TWICE
Story: You, your father, and a small crew set off on a dangerous expedition to find a legendary island of magic and wonder. After getting shipwrecked in a storm, you wake up to discover you're alone on an island inhabited by strange creatures and plagued by four deadly curses. You must destroy the curses in order to find your father, and stop the tyrannical witch that is responsible for it all.
Developer: HitPoint Studios
Release Date: Aug 2011?
This game comes up with few surprises. It is formulaic, using the familiar 3-4 environments where we solve one aspect of the problem, held together by a basic structure. This is also clearly a low budget game; there?s been very little spent on the extras, there are no voiceovers whatsoever, and a few simplistic cutscenes.
But this game is a must have for anyone who prefers more HO over PA. There are heaps of beautifully drawn HOs, clear, not at all cluttered and a pleasure to play. There are only a handful of puzzles, and those easy.
OH, and there are collectible ?story page pieces?, which go together to make jigsaw puzzles that reveal story. Lots of (skippable) story available.
Arcelia Island may offer little that is new ? but its visual appeal, ease of play and soothing environment make it worth the price, for primarily HO fans and for new players.
February 22, 2013
"A Great Adventure For Fantasy Fan"
You have it all : hidden objects (not too much) / fun puzzles (intermediate and expert with a pass option) / great artwork / an immersive story and at least 5 hours of gaming. The serial is announced at the end of the game and I sure gonna play it ! Note :1) Beginner may find this game too hard. 2) Avoid this game if you don't want to read a lot.
The minus :
-no map (Arcelia is a big word)
-no video menu (Arcelia has many of them)
January 7, 2012
Great fun... almost 5 stars!
Nice fun game! Interesting storyline that sucks you in. Graphics are decent... not the best but very good. Good colors, mix of reality and fantasy, not too dark for those that are tired of creepy games. ;-) Classic good vs. evil. Also includes extra "story pieces" that you find and put together jigsaw style to read the story. (Not required to finish the game though... similar to CE optional play.)
The puzzles are varied and fun... challenging but not too hard. There are hints and skips as well as optional instructions (available by clicking the question mark). Also, hints work EVERYWHERE which is great! Options for sound, fullscreen, letterbox, casual/advanced mode and even a high quality video option! Story is skippable but I don't recommend it as it's really enchanting. Nice to see devs that listen to players desire for choice! Nice length... 6 hours with reading the story and not skipping puzzles.
The only thing keeping this from being a 5 star game is the lack of voice acting and the repetitive music. It's a game I turned the sound off on and I never do that. Also a few spots where the game expected you to have done something already so the hints were not quite right. But a quick trip to the online walkthru and problem solved. Otherwise great game! Well worth the SE price and could easily have been extended to CE quality!
December 1, 2011
Great Storyline and No Puzzle Frustration
This was a very pleasant gaming experience. The story was entertaining, and had a "complete" exit (it didn't feel like a rushed job). The puzzles were not too difficult, yet were just challenging enough to be satisfying. I recommend this game. (I am not giving a game synopsis because there is a demo version available for download.)
March 17, 2012
Four and a half stars!
I really liked this game. It wasn't a five, but getting there. I really loved the story line and all the characters. Wonderfully creative graphics! Watch out for all the paper pieces, it's easy to forget to look for them.
March 16, 2012