Expects too much to move on.
Too bad, I did like the game and it was very relaxing but almost impossible (for me) to get the three stars on all levels to be able to move on. Very limited hints, should have all the hints I need or want, if it's my game I'll expect to use all the hints I want, there wasn't even any way to get more hints. Also, if I solve the puzzle with one or three stars, I want to move on to new pictures. Can't do it with this game, you'll stuck doing level one puzzles (forever?)
May 16, 2012
Very difficult but fun puzzle game
As often happens, I'm writing a review after playing this game for some time in order to help people be clear about what the game does and does not do.
Let's get the negatives over with: sound only goes on and off (but I enjoy the music#, how to play can be obscure, and hints can be irritatingly unhelpful.
Now the good part: This is a truly original game. You get various black shapes that can be turned each of four ways, and you need to assemble them into a picture. This can be quite difficult and frustrating. The fact that the name of the picture is in Japanese does not help, except in the case of a few Japanese words I do know #koi might help everyone!#
I'm not sure why people say you can't progress without getting 3 stars. That is simply not true. You do have to play the "easy" level of each group to go to the "medium" level, so that may be the confusion. Also, there is no timer. The score is turn-based #how many manipulations of the pieces did you need to solve the puzzle?).
I love it when the black-and-white outline changes into the very nicely rendered color picture. It's worth all the agony.
As a photographer, I enjoy trying to read some sense into the outlines.
For those who like a game that takes some real effort, with no time constraints and a good reward, I recommend you try this.
May 16, 2012
Sit ups for the mind
This game gets a plus for being different, that being said however, different is not always better. I played for about 20 minutes, and could see where this could get very frustrating, very quickly. As an artist some of these puzzles probably made more since to me, and I enjoyed the music and complex thought behind the puzzles. If you used up your hint buttons, there was no where else to go for help. You would be stuck till you figured it out. The titles for the puzzels were Japanese so while the word BIRD might have been helpful, the title of the puzzle was of no help. I think a literal translation should have been included. When the hint showed you the entire puzzle, it was so fast that it might as well of not shown it to you at all. Also because the artwork was in the sumi ink style of painting, someone not familiar with those images would need a good imagination to figure out what they were. If the easy levels were like this than I can just imagine how annoying the hard ones would be. I might have bought this game if a walk through page was included.
May 16, 2012
Great New Concept
Different, interesting and challenging game. I usually play HOS and adventure games, but since I love jigsaws, I figured I'd try this game out. I didn't get to the more challenging levels yet so I can't comment on them, but the beginner levels were fun. The object of the game is to take parts of shadow pieces and form them into a picture. They are Japanese scenes and are accompanied by beautiful, soothing music. The graphics are gorgeous. A good game for stressed fishies!!!
May 16, 2012
Creative and Interesting
After reading prior reviews I was not sure I'd like this game, but I find myself really enjoying it. I finished the first 18 levels (level one for 3 categories) in 30 minutes, with no hints.
Others have said there is no way to gain more hints, but you do accumulate them as you play and finish the puzzles. I did not analyze how quickly you gain them, however.
It is not clear how the "star" rating works, but it seems to be a combination of speed and the number of moves it takes you to finish a puzzle. In general, I spent some time on each moving the pieces around to see how they fit, then once it was solved I could re-do the puzzle and could usually get 3 stars on the next try. For the first set of puzzles there are only about 5 pieces to manage.
Of the hints they describe in the tutorial, the one that shows the final picture is probably the least useful. I could usually distinguish (though not always) a recognizable element - a tree, or animal, or water feature, etc. that helped me orient - and I would recommend, don't be shy about starting the puzzle over. it's much more confusing to have all the pieces there if they are not aligned correctly.
No "timed" mode
Just enough challenge to be stimulating
Not much instruction, but i found it pretty self-explanatory
Other have indicated not enough hints (I didn't have a problem, though)
Some have indicated that skill at art would be useful; I can say for myself that I have virtually no artistic talent whatsoever. You should have a good sense of spacial relationships though, and definitely it's for those who enjoy puzzles. It's possible that experience with jigsaw puzzles would be helpful.
Bottom line: Give it a try for yourself, you might be surprised!
May 17, 2012
Great if you love puzzles, but way too short!
I think this is one of those games that isn't fun for everyone. It's mostly for people who love puzzles and want to be challenged.
I was able to complete all 53 puzzles in the demo with 7 minutes to spare, so it took me roughly one minute per puzzle. It was a really fun game, but there's no need to buy it since most people were able to get through the majority of the game during the demo.
May 20, 2012
This was a great game!
This game was great! It didn't matter how many stars you got when a picture was completed, as long as it was done, you would still advance to the next level.
The pictures turned into full color when complete.
Extra hints were obtained whenever a picture was complete.
In playing the demo, we got thru the first set of easy games in all the locations and were starting on the medium set.
Of course, we did not get 3 stars on many, but had fun trying and did use a bajillion hints on one in particular!
You can mute the music, if desired. You can also play in windowed or full screen mode and toggle back & forth.
The graphics are the best and you can download the completed pictures <from the gallery button> to your computer. That's a plus if you wanted to use them for screen saver or background.
Thought it was a grand game and you had to kick into logical mode to decide how the black shapes would go together to complete a picture.
It's a buy for us.
May 16, 2012
I was looking forward to this
I'm gutted. The description of this game read so interesting and innovative, hence I'm so disappointed. The real challenge of this game seems to be to start it as in getting into a level and then trying not to click anything that will alter the screen settings. Instead of 'play' with a click facility this game leaves you guessing which one of some arrows to click to play. In the process of trying to open the first level my screen settings went from full screen to windowed and suddenly I found myself playing the game inside the window of my BFG manager, which got completely confused and only went back to normal after me locating the game via the control panel and deleting it.
The little bit I did play before deciding to stop due to never knowing what of my settings the next click would alter, didn't really exite me at all. I assume you are supposed to add and then turn around some ink blobs to create Japanese ink art. The idea is great, but the execution is diabolical and as the game itself alters my settings I don't want it. I rather decide the settings myself. This really needs to get taken down from sales.
May 16, 2012
I think there will be people who will like this game, but I'm not one of them. To make the pictures you click on a tile at the right, the game puts it at the correct place. All you have to do is click on a button until it's in the proper orintation. Thats the game.
Everything is in Chinese or Japanese, so had a fun time learning what buttons to click on.
Could see myself playing this game in the dead of winter, with snow up to the rafters, maybe.
May 16, 2012
Puzzle like game
There is no volume control-on/off only
There is no level challenge -one level
minimal instruction at beginning
Other than that-you are give scraps of a picture & are to rotate them into a picture. if you are correct the picture turns into a colourful painting
Reminds me of a jigsaw puzzle, in away.
There is a timer & you can earn up to three stars for perfect (I never really paid attention to that aspect)
As one comment on boards said, this is a nice ZEN like break between murder & mayhem, but I prefer Zenerchi for that
Will take you some figuring out on how to play, but I'm sure there are gamers out there will find this relaxing & fun.
May 16, 2012