Awakening: The Skyward Castle
Could have been better
I loved the first two in the series, and #3 was OK, but this one is just disappointing. The graphics are well done, and it's a long game, but the storyline is almost non-existant. There are lots of puzzles, and many are different, but most have vague instructions at best. In the jigsaw puzzles, if you are not spot on with your cursor (to the very pixel) you won't be able to place the pieces. There was a connect the pipes puzzle that was full of leftover pieces and many of the correctly place pipes had open ends - usually forbidden in this type of puzzle. Eventually I started just skipping puzzles which I never do usually.
I think the developers got lazy with this one. I gave it 3 stars for the quality of the graphics. Otherwise it would have gotten 2 stars.
April 15, 2013
I'm giving this beautiful game 3 stars because it is an unusual mix of absolutely gorgeous artwork and confusing game play. You get your money's worth if you like games that last a long time, but that isn't the most important thing for me. The graphics and layout of the land are wonderfully done! Combine that with the music which is equally suitable and this final chapter in the Awakening series will quickly draw you in. That may not be enough to keep you, since the mini games are often confusing and there is no direction to even begin, you just have to jump in with point and click and hope it begins to fall in place. It's good to have the wise owl always at your side, and a saving point that the mini games can be quickly skipped to continue the story. It's not the most interesting story, but if you've gone this far you won't want to leave before finishing the series! I'll play again and see if what I've learned the first time around gives it more sense. . .
January 28, 2013
Having played the previous 3 "Awakenings", this fourth was very disappointing. The story line lacked substance. I was forced to use the hint button (which was very helpful) more than I would usually because there was no logical next move.
Although I dislike too many HOS, a few more in this game would have added some enjoyment. There were far to many mini games and they were repetitive. I probably skipped half of them. I will mark this one "don't bother playing again" on my list of many HOGs.
January 23, 2013
I love the series but not this one
I finished playing it but had to force myself. I have truly loved the series and was so excited to see a new game. The visual quality was as outstanding as the others. Wonderful story and I love the realm the series takes place in. However, the game was boring. The puzzles were too easy and some of the quests were also too easy. It lacked the adventure I felt playing the other games in the series. There is a map but I am unsure what it is for other than a map. There was no interactive use for it. I do like that they divide the game into chapters so you hit a level of completion and move on. The pirate was a definite Johnny Depp take off and was done poorly. If you are a beginning player I would recommend this game.
November 3, 2012
annoy me and annoy me again !
very nice graphics but very annoying and nonsense puzzles.... i was happy when i've finally finished.
November 2, 2012
I have the series of these games. I found the first 3 to be very good, with Moonfell Woods being my favourite. However, this game was a little disappointing with the puzzles. Most of them are glyphs, some of them are extremely easy, but a lot of them are very frustrating. There are no clues as to how you are supposed to play them. I normally love the puzzles in games but these I passed on. Not like me! but they were just too mind boggling. Over all, I found the game to be visually great, but a bit choppy.
October 8, 2012
I Should Have Known Better.
I'm not a big fan of past BOOM-ZAP games, and despite that, this one, for the meager 18 minute trial I got, seemed better than their usual offerings, so silly me, I bought it.
To clarify my "poor" rating for Level of Challenge, typical of all task-driven HOGs by these creators, most of the tasks are disjointed, incredibly out of any order, impossible to figure out where to go next, and most times downright frustrating. I swear they use Excel spreadsheets and highlighters to keep track of everything while they're mashing it all together. Coupling that with too many really vague or pointless mini games at every turn means I won't be finishing this game any time soon, if ever. Very disappointing.
October 7, 2012
The story and music are good but the characters you meet are too random and the game just goes on and on. Also if I see those darn ruin symbols in another puzzle I'll lose my mind, it felt like doing home work. The story's nice but not fun to play. Save yourself the time and money, just ask someone what happens.
September 30, 2012
Not a fan
This wasn't a very good game. Most of the challenges didn't make sense and a lot of the mini games were hard as what they asked you to do made little or no sense. Not a fan of this one and quit after a while as I just couldn't handle it anymore.
January 3, 2013
Worst Game Yet
My favorite BF games are the HOGs. I wasted time and money on this game that other people obviously love. I finally gave up on it and deleted it without finishing because I really hated all of the minigames. I know now not to try any of the other awakening games.
November 8, 2012