The Agency of Anomalies: The Last Performance
This was my first A of A and I loved it!
The CE The Last Performance was my first Agency of Anomalies game and I loved it. I have since played the others and, for those who chose to wait for the SE, you aren't missing anything. The whole story is contained in the SE and the CE bonus chapter doesn't add anything to existing story or set up for a sequel. I'm not unhappy to have purchased the CE though.
There is a lot to like about this game. Beautiful, clear and colorful artwork; good (not great) music; 3 types of HOS's with can-see objects; fun minigames-some original; a good mix of HOS-minigames-adventure; some back-tracking but not bad; a high level of enjoyment.
If you did not get the CE, I highly recommend you try the SE. You won't regret it :)
October 12, 2012
Fun, enjoyable game
(I played the CE the plot is 100% tied up here in the SE version)
Good, stand alone 3rd game in this series from Orneon. I enjoyed the first one but didn?t like the second one.
The plot is the weakest part but it was enjoyable how it was done. People from a theatre have these strange abilities and the owner is missing. While you are looking for the owner you can take the strange abilities of the people you meet, kept in the form of a crystal ball and use it on items. But because of the whimsy of the characters that kept it different and engaging along with some very good puzzles and nice graphics.
I nearly didn?t buy this game due to the first 10 mins of frankly seen it all before gameplay, but thanks to a CE sale I bought it and enjoyed it despite this (due to lots of puzzles which keeps me engaged along with collectables that aren't in here so you can factor that in.).
There is a lot of backtracking and again I wish this DEV would bring us the transporter map.
I played the hardest of three settings ? no skip or hint button and no information button on puzzles. You do get black bar tips but there is no random click penalty on HOS.
- Variety of HOS
- Lots of puzzles
- Good length for a SE
- Lot of backtracking (no transporter map)
- Not that many new areas
- Unoriginal setting and part of plot
- Repeating of both some puzzles and HOS
I give the following numbers on HOS and puzzles, so you can decide and deduce if this game is for you. I try my best with recording them but I might be out by one or two.
23 HOS (hidden object scenes)
There are three different kinds of HOS; list, silhouette and reverse (put items back into a scene). Most were mildly interactive, no random click penalty, some tiny items, most were quite clear.
11 original scenes, each one is repeated and one you have to play three times:-
3 original silhouette
5 original list
3 original reverse
14 different mini-games
17 crystal ball type (5 original)
I really enjoyed the puzzles in the game, not so much the crystal ball ones as these were repeated . There were a couple of hard ones ? one very nearly blind jigsaw (2nd one) and the maths took me a while.
Spoilers ahead as to some of the type of puzzles (I am useless at describing puzzles, but if you can decipher lol)
The crystal ball ones were: 3D rotate the picture, click on opposite icons to make a path (positive and negative), astro ? move cloud to change the path, colour in area (fill up a shape with a spray bottle), link atoms together ? ends have to go in opposite end (cup or rod).
Mini-games (some of them)
Simple click on one tile others will rotate to make a picture
Pipe type combined with lines of light
Arithmetic (the math isn?t hard but not repeating numbers took a while)
2 nearly blind Jigsaws ? (just a couple of outlines then rest is blank)
Click on correct line to make a path to get to the light
Move an object to get the light to connect to all the others
Paper doll puzzle
Move ball on path with obstacles to get the lights by using pre-programmed arrows
TIME main game at least 5 hrs
(on hardest setting - so no hints, no skipping puzzles and I was looking for collectables which aren?t in this game which takes a while) I say this so you can judge your own speed from it.
October 12, 2012
A Masterful Performance
FROM CE GAME COMPLETED SEVERAL TIMES
I like this game, the third in a really good series of paranormal tales.
As well as innovative views of HOs, like silhouettes one time, return items the next, and some standard list HOs, we also get some really odd special powers.
The puzzles are equally mind bending and imaginative, and many I found quite tricky. The crystal ball that other reviewers mention is a good example of the kind of ?different? I mean.
As with the previous instalment, this was absolutely gorgeous artistically, and for that alone worth playing.
I?m rather ?over? carnivals, and therefore was very pleasantly surprised with the originality of characters, their predicaments and their visuals, all were excellent and new.
Everything about this game feels original and alive.
April 8, 2013
The Weakest Link but Still Good Fun
For those who opted not to buy the CE version of this game, in my opinion, you really did not miss much by waiting for the SE version. Although I am a fan of the series, I just found this latest installment rather disappointing compared to previous games. My lack of enthusiasm began with the storyline which was rather weak; a theatre where performers have turned into freaks. They seek your help and as Dectective, you must retore them to their human form and solve the mystery behind the secret brotherhood called The Seekers. Still, the game is a very good HOPA, heavy on the adventure and puzzles. As always you have very graphics, although slightly grainy in some scenes, good artwork and good voice-overs. There are three difficulty settings to choose from and option for wide screen. Gameplay is your basic HOPA with 7 chapters. In my opinion, the BC was rather a waste of time and added nothing to the main game. Game features include a journal but no map so expect alot of backtracking. HOG fans will enjoy the HO scenes which were well done and came in three modes; Finding items on the list, Finding objects according to the silhouettes, and reverse HO scenes where you place the items back to their proper place. A far cry from just your basic HO games. There were puzzles to solve, inventory items to pick up and best of all were the mini-games. Some I loved and some were challenging to play. The 'extras' in this game included the crystal ball that offered special powers that you had to collect from each victim and 31 vinyl records that are hidden throughout the game. There is also a list of achievements to be earned which does offer you replay value. In my original review of the CE version, I did not give this game 5 stars as I felt something was amiss. I got this distinctive feeling that this game was a rush job. Same game features as the others but just different setting. As I mentioned, the storyline was weak and lacked substance. However as a SE game, it will more than satisfy your need for a most enjoyable and entertaining game.
October 12, 2012
A FAVORITE SERIES
The Agency of Anomalies are consistently polished, well developed stories with a variety of fun puzzles, clear and crisp HOS [lists and put the objects where they belong], excellent graphics and interesting animation in the HOS. Won't disappoint! The dialogue, however, is faster and more stilted than a person would normally talk. The amulet with powers is a nice touch. A few enjoyable hours of play.
October 12, 2012
Another Excellent Anomoly Game
Review is based on the entire SE game. I thought this was the best of the Anomoly series, although I thought they were all excellent games. The story was pretty good and kept me interested throughout. Graphics were very good; sharp and very colorful and well done. Good cut scenes and the voice overs were good. A good mix of HOS and puzzles. There are three types of HOS and they were well done and not that difficult. If you like long games, you'll love this one. Lots to do and plenty of locations to visit. A map would have been useful as there are plenty of locations to visit so you need to do a little remembering. Puzzles ran the range of easy to a bit difficult, but you can always skip a puzzle if needed, and I would not recommend this game for beginners. All in all a nice challenging game at times, which will keep you plenty busy for a while.
October 15, 2012
It was ok
A lot of the clues and objects to find were obvious. Traveling back and forth between scenes was sometimes annoying. There were two connect the pipes puzzle games in the first hour which I don't happen to like. The cursor was slow and off target.
October 12, 2012
Weird and enjoyable
I give it a 4.5 ..most all about this game was fun other than a bit too much back and forth, for my liking. It was a strange story with odd characters and I found it interesting and fun. It was, to me, not long or short but just about right. The hint button continually was helpful as it would point you in a direction to find where you needed to go without telling you exactly, which I like. The graphics were good and the music not irritating. There were many locations to look at and not too many HOS, although there were a few, they were different types. Worth the money--fun to play!
December 31, 2012
fun hidden object game
Loved all about it EVERYTHING!!!
October 14, 2012
Worth the money Not hard
Another in the series and a good game. I got the SE based on reviews. The graphics are good and has voice over which I like. The HOS are not all that hard but you do need to look hard for some.
My only complaint is that you have to keep going back and forth with finding and using clues.
The finding clues are not hard and seem to be in logical sequence.
This is a fun and enjoyable game to play and buy.
November 4, 2012