Twisted Lands: Origin
Okay, but not buying
The cut scenes were jerky, made me feel nauseous. Too much time spent traveling back & forth to areas that grew further apart. I would like the option to limit action (bugs crawling, branches moving, etc). Scene changes seemed long to me. I only did the one hour, won't be buying it.
March 31, 2013
This might have a few spoilers but nothing that will ruin the game. You NEED to play the first 2 before playing this game or it will not make any sense. In fact, playing the first 2 games and then this one didn't make much sense either. I think for this trilogy of games to be successful you have to buy the CE's because I didn't and from what I've read in other reviews says that the bonus chapters filled in the story more...
I found this game OK...it wasn't terrible but it wasn't terribly exciting either. I bought it because I wanted the conclusion to this trilogy which I sort of got but it just left me with questions. Like what did Angel & Mark from the first 2 have to do with the prequel? I almost feel like this game is a remake of Jurassic Park but instead of dinosaurs, its mutant creatures derived from a plant that has healing properties but also turns people into monsters. That being said, not really sure what happened to Mark or Angel.
While he's exploring the island in the first one does he sniff said plant and end up turning into a creature himself? Or was everything a hallucination before we see Angel? Was Angel really in a hospital? And if so, what for? What did the lost souls in that picture album in the 2nd one have to do with anything? Then in this one...its a prequel so Ernesto lives but in the 2nd one he's in the morgue...why? why would he come back to a place where his mom died and evil was lurking? I get family history but come on now.
So I am deciding to view it as a Jurassic Park phenomenon. In that movie, they need to leave the island because dinosaurs have taken over, killed a bunch of people and its not safe. But afterwards, no one tends to the island, kind of like in this game. Everything stays as it was because no one wants to deal with it or knows if what they saw was real or thinks anyone will help them anyways, so it stays the way it is. years and years go by and then someone decides they want to go back to the island and have a look. They heard danger was there and what do you know? IT IS and the same thing happens where everyone dies blah blah because the island is been taken over. Its a place you should never return under any circumstances. It should have been quarantined years ago. Change dinosaurs to spotted monsters and you have this game.
I played all 3 of these games within a 6 week period and it still is fuzzy so to truly understand this series, I recommend back to back and take notes. I, however, will add this to "played" pile and leave it at that.
March 30, 2013
Learn how the Lands became Twisted!
TITLE?Twisted Lands: Origin
VERSION?Standard Edition (full game)
GENRE?Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure (supernatural)
STORYLINE?In this prequel to Shadow Town and Insomniac, you play a detective hired to find his friend's missing daughter on the island which, we discover, is named Tormente. Uncover the backstory behind the events of Shadow Town and Insomniac; find out what happened to the people of Tormente.
OVERVIEW?Origin answered a lot of questions about the mass disappearances and strange creatures of the island. In that way, it neatly tied up a lot of loose ends for the series. However, I'm still hoping for one more sequel to take place after Insomniac as I think there are still unanswered questions.
GAMEPLAY?Point & click adventure interspersed with HO scenes and puzzles. There are plenty of HOs to satisfy fans. Scenes repeat but objects within them do not. There are lots of items to collect and use. Puzzles range from simple to medium difficulty.
INTERFACE?Journal: Yes, and it also contains a task list. Map: There is a map this time and, while it's not a jump map, it does indicate your location as well as areas with current actions. Hints: Available both within HO scenes and in adventure mode. Specials: Collect miniature architectural sculptures to fill in a diorama. Strategy Guide: N/A.
TECHNICAL?Minor issues only. The cursor tends to cover the description of the inventory item. When you're finished with an area, it doesn't close automatically, which makes you think there's still more to do there. (This was true of the other two games in the series as well.)
GRAPHICS?Painterly, but crisp in the HO scenes. Fantastic background design.
CUTSCENES?Animated this time, as they weren't really in the other two. And pretty decently done as well.
MUSIC?Dramatic and orchestral, but also with some ambient pieces. Not intrusive or annoying.
SOUND?Game and ambient sounds appropriate.
VOICEOVER?There were voiceovers this time, and they occurred throughout the game and were pretty well done. The detective's narration was done in a sort of gritty film noir style.
SUMMARY?Well worth the time and money, especially if you have the rest of the series.
March 13, 2013
loved this ...a jumper
im new to bgfish so a bit behind this game made me jump a few times with the effects in it,loved it,kept you wanting to run around more.played for 10 minutes and knew its on my got to get list.love that there is interaction with people talking but not irritating.music gets you going,graphics are great.
January 31, 2013
So much to do
I absolutely enjoyed this game. There is so much to do and just when you think it is over a whole new area opens up.
Needless to say, it is a pretty long game. Well at least for me. I don't use the SG unless I am totally stuck, but it is more fun to figure it out. The graphics are very well done although objects can be very small sometimes.
The story is very good, you need to read everything so it will make sense. I will have to get the other two Twisted Lands now, because I enjoyed this one a lot.
The map is also very helpful. Lots of walking, but that is what I like. Never got boring. This is truly a gem of a game.
December 30, 2012
Love Love LOVE this Game!!!
Excellent game, I'm still playing it now but have to review it before I forget to. What imagination and creepiness!! I feel like I've been playing it forever but that's not a bad thing! The town part felt a little stretched out but then on to a whole new area with tunnels and cliffs and even more ghosts and creepy atmosphere. Love the score, LOVE the graphics, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes creepy. On top of all that, I appreciate the character I'm playing, his down to earth attitude and the text writing for him. I personally am a little wry so it suits me. I also like how they build suspense with the little thought clouds that pop up in moments of anxiety. Highly enjoyable game - kudos :)
December 29, 2012
Rich in HO scenes and with an absorbing though sad storyline (I refuse to give away any spoilers!) this game will provide satisfying gameplay for a few hours. The graphics are good as are the VOs. The hint gives directional help and doesn't discharge unless pointing to a HO scene or an object or area of interest. An interactive map would have been a real plus as there is a fair bit of backtracking involved
November 27, 2012
A Delightful Fantasy Game
If you like games in a fantasy setting, then this one is just about perfect. Beautiful scenery, pleasant soundtrack, fairly easy puzzles, and an interesting storyline. I liked the fact that the mini-games were not limited only to hidden object scenes. It's a fine introduction to the "Twisted Lands" series, and I recommend obtaining the rest so as to multiply the enjoyment.
November 27, 2012
Great game - Again
All of the Twisted Lands games are above average, but this one was even better than usual. I just finished Insomniac again (I seldom re-play HO games) and had to get this one.
Don't be looking for a detailed review. Just:
HOS were fun, with some clever hides.
The puzzles covered the range from easy to quite difficult, at least for me..
Story line held together - some games start OK then, well, lose control.
I'll probably re-play this one too.
November 23, 2012
all of the twisted lands have been good so far
i enjoyed this one. good graphics, not hard to see at all. has a journal with a map (not transporter) but will tell you places that have objectives. good hints that will tell where you need to go which for me is good. fast recharge and skip charges as well. good storyline. follows right along with others.
October 21, 2012