Echoes of the Past: The Revenge of the Witch Collector's Edition
I enjoyed this game quite a bit. This is the fourth installment of the series. Even though the storyline is getting a bit tired, this game is fun. The graphics are nice, the HOS were enjoyable (some traditional, some interactive), the mini games were fun and plentiful, the must was a bit annoying after awhile. The journal was helpful. The ending was satisfying and led directly to the bonus chapter. The bonus chapter was a nice extension of the story.
Even though I enjoyed this game, I hope the developers will let this series go after this one as the storyline is played out.
November 15, 2012
Rinse and repeat
Review based upon completion of game and bonus chapter.
This is the 4th installment of this series and there will be a fifth. This is the first time I bought the CE. Again we go to the kingdom of Orion to fight the same witch. This time around she creates evil versions of perfectly harmless things that you have to normalise again using magic powder. All of which are trapped in a box that you open with the same puzzle.
+ very decent game length
+ varied puzzles
+ excellent hint function (and you will need it!) and good strategy guide
+ varied puzzles
+ quite interesting storyline
o this game series used to be spider free, this time you get a giant one (no interaction, it's only there for a while until you powder it away) - 6 small ones as amulets in the bonus game, but if you can stand the ginormous one those are a piece of cake
o I did not care for the peggle jump and molecule placement puzzles
o items are placed back into the HO scenes
- item distribution not wise: you get some items early that you drag around for a long while until you finally get to use it
- same goes for the opening of rooms - you open too many rooms with too many riddles at once...
- ...so in short words: you always have too many riddles but not the items you need for them
- no quick travel -> lots of senseless to and fro
- some puzzles are repeated ad nauseam: light up the lines 10 times, place molecules 6 times, peggle jump 3 times
- not many different HO scenes, some of them repeated up to 3 times
Bonus Content: The Epilogue starts immediately after the showdown and took me 90 minutes. It seems to build a bridge to EotP V, which apparently will play in the present. The overly dramatic introduction ("Be the first to find the book!") doesn't hold up to its promise, there is no race. The other boni are a repetition of the mini games and a level creator for a open door puzzle. You can chose the level layout and the symbols you want to use. Then just press play and you have created your own puzzle. It's not much, but kudos to the developer for bringing up something different than the usual extras.
Bottom Line: The tried something different and the game fits well with the series. However, the negative points tainted my enjoyment of the game. If you don't mind the repetitions it's okay. The bonus content doesn't seem necessary for the full picture.
November 8, 2012
I AM A PUZZLE FAN AND THIS HAS LOTS OF THEM! SOME WERE QUITE CHALLENGING,AS WELL!
This is my idea of an excellent game; great puzzles with very little, clear HOs. Even the HOs were interesting, better than usual. I play the games for the fun and challenging factor. And this is my kind of game!
October 28, 2012
best hidden object game 2012
Best hidden object game I have played in a long time. Good length, puzzles got progressively harder, good back and forth between scenes. A-one.
October 7, 2012
fun hidden object game
in this, the latest installment in this hidden object puzzle adventure series, the wicked witch has returned and is seeking revenge on the kingdom of Orion. it is your task to save the city and its inhabitants from her dark powers. to vanquish the witch, you must restore power to the magician's staff by finding the jewels it was encrusted with -- jewels that the witch has cleverly hidden
September 16, 2012
Like it...Bit hard!
Been working on it for 3 days now! Really enjoy that in a game! Havent had that since Return to Ravenhurst! My all time fav!
September 1, 2012
One of the best challenges
I had a blast with this one. I am not usually stumped as I play lots of hidden object games. But this one had me running back and forth and it was enjoyable. I forgot some rooms I went to so I had to use the hint (played expert level) but it didn't distract from the overall game. Tops in my book.
August 22, 2012
just finished demo
i have played all the previous games of this series and i liked them quite a lot, including this one. the music that is typical for this game made me feel a bit like deja-vu.
the level of challenge is quite average, not too challenging and after a while it becomes predictable what is expected... no twists, just a repeated scenario in different scenes and with different persons in the story...
i quite like the voices, they sound very authentic though they talk a bit slowly. i think i will purchase the SE.
i am happy that i do not have to go through numerous HOGs.
August 14, 2012
WOW WHAT A GAME
I own these 4 game and they just get better and better
and just when you think its over and you wish there was more of the game a BONUS game i would recommend
this game to everybody !!!!!!!
August 2, 2012
One of the Best
This game has to be one of the best I have played on Big Fish!! I loved everything about it from the graphics, mini games, and the story line!! It was one of the best well designed games I have experienced in awhile!! If you want a challenge and want a game that will hold your interest this game is definitely your game!! I really hope there will be more games like this available, as it makes you feel like your money is well spent and your time is well invested!! Thank you for making an amazing game!!
July 29, 2012