Amulet of Time: Shadow of la Rochelle
Average HOG with good graphics
The two main points of interest of this game lie in the great visuals and the little bit of [very] general historical information on the times of Henry II of France, although none of it is 100% historically accurate.
As for the locales, they are nicely detailed and crafted, but they are all indoors -except at the very end - and rather dark for some. They are also very repetitive as you visit and revisit the same locations time and time again.
Many HO Scenes, not too difficut to handle, with a good hint system and the usual odd useless objects to find.
Puzzles come up now and then, in small number; nothing original here either: a tangram, unentangle threads, etc...
Tasks are well stated but awfully simple and the adventure side limited.
Other than that, you encounter the traditional ghosts, and skeletons in a torture chamber.
Not a bad game, in a nice wrapping, but that offers the same sort of stuff as dozens of other games, with a low level of challenge and few reasons to get enthralled by it.
Recommended to HO fans.
February 14, 2012
Just a HO game
Lots of reading and does not give me a full screen. This is for HOS lovers, just to many of them for me. Does not seem to be that hard.
April 26, 2013
Visually colourful but rather too easy
The story is based on an assassination attempt on the French King in the 16th century which gives some very pretty scenes to visit. The graphics are very clear & everything is well drawn, this is a bright & colourful game.
There are the usual hidden object scenes with word lists & others whereby you have to find a list of objects to collect to assemble something, a dress or parts for a machine & these can be found in different locations. If you are not sure of what an item looks like you can hover over the word with your mouse & get a silhouette. This is very much a hidden object game; there are a great many of them & if you like adventures with only a few H0 this will not be for. You will collect a lot of items in your inventory but most of them get used quite quickly.
There are some puzzles which are, for the most part, very easy; sliding tiles to make a picture, a lot that require hand/eye co-ordination such as stopping a light in a specific area of the screen, untangling lines, etc.
There are two modes of play, easy with a 45 second hint recharge, sparkles & glints on significant objects or difficult with 90 second hint & not a sign of a sparkle anywhere. You get a ledger that tracks the story as you go & gives you a pocket history of some of the characters you encounter & a task list to keep you on track.
You will not need a map as there is not a lot of going back & forth between locations. The music is not very noticeable & the voiceovers are average but a nice easy to play game; it took me around 3 hours to finish. One odd little thing was an evil jester who popped up from time to time; never figured out why he was there.
April 15, 2012
It's a start...
This game gets a 10+++ for beautiful scene art, graphics and animation. But, a -10 for game play and logical progression.I admit I got hooked into buying this game because it *looked* really good, but it plays like the average European attempt to mimic domestic game producers. The confused story and minimalist player interface doesn't help to direct the player, and wandering around scene to scene, trying to find a way to progress is not my idea of fun. It's a good start, but they have a ways to go.
February 15, 2012
It gets boring very quickly
At the beginning of the game, I thought that this was a good storyline, and found it interesting to travel to different times. There are 2 game modes. I played in Difficult mode and there are no sparkles.
- The graphics are quite good.
- The HOS are clear, and the objects easy to find.
- The hint system is good.
- There is a task list.
- The puzzles are way too easy.
- The dialogs get boring after some time.
- Actually the whole game gets boring, because it's only a matter of going back and forth, playing some HOS, solving easy puzzles. There is no challenge at all.
The game is rather short; it took me a bit more than 2 hours.
I could recommend this game only as a DD, and even then...
October 16, 2012
Another one of the 'I wanted to like it, but...' games.
I love the thought of time travel and hidden object games, Many of the games in my library are in this theme.
This game seemed to drag. It takes time for it to set up. I also did not care for constnatly wandering around, especially in the seamstress' shop looking for dress pieces. I just felt I was already two steps ahead of the story and I had to wait for it to catch up, or doing things that were tedious, like retrieving the key in the dungeon. There WERE easier and more logical solutions that could have been used.
PROS: Beautiful graphics (often what pulls me in to check out a game in the first place if I am on the fence about storyline). Then there IS the storyline: time travel, and setting something right. I often do not play with sound, so unless it is garish, or a game says 'best played w/sound' I will rarely comment on this aspect of a game. While some of the HOG's were challenging, a few things were a bit tedious.
CONS: Oddly, it is in my pros as well: The storyline. The premise is great, but even a great premise can lose its appeal if it takes forever to move forward. I can understand taking longer if it was a child's game, but this isn't. We don't need our hand held to have the story progress, just keep it at a steady, forward, logical but challenging pace, and more often than not, you will do fine.
Conclusion, Tweak this a bit. Not a whole bunch, but some. I think right now, I will hold off on getting this game, but maybe later on, I'll give it another chance and like it better. It has happened.
I will recommend this game, though. It does touch the brass ring, so to say, it just does not grab on to it yet.
June 21, 2012
Over too soon
All of the accolades given to this game by other reviewers are true; the graphics are stunningly beautiful, the nod to history is gratifying, the music, lovely. However, when I can finish a game in a few hours I feel cheated. I do wish that the game had lasted longer. The game play was fun and I wanted more.
February 15, 2012
Based on the demo. This game has great graphics. It starts out very well, even including a corny, scary ghost. Then you see other ghosts as the story moves along. But after the first 20-30 minutes of play, the pace slowed down to a crawl. As for the historical part, one thing really stuck out for me... a wooden replica of an 18th century steam locomotive, before steam locomotives even existed? I will not buy this one.
February 29, 2012
In this game, once again you are transported back in time to solve a mystery. I finished the entire game and was glad this was free for me. The graphics were beautiful, but the game itself so-so. Not too many puzzles and they were pretty easy. The HOS often came two at a time and were not difficult. Also, after completing the HOS, you are sometimes rewarded with 2 or 3 items which is unusual. The log book seems to be more useful for recounting the history of the characters rather than as a place you can store info for future reference. Overall a pleasant diversion but I definitely wasn't drawn to play for long periods of time.
February 21, 2012
The game is all in all fun but i am not sure this is one of my favorites. Puzzles are relatively easy. Not always easy to comprehend but at least the hints are useful.
February 21, 2012