Botanica: Into the Unknown Collector's Edition
I purchased this game on the reviews alone. I wasn't disappointed. Boomzap is noted for their beautiful imagery that is a dream to play. This game is no exception as many reviews will tell you.
This is not a difficult game, but one that is relaxing and fun to play. The story of Ellie walking in the footsteps of her scientist father is an interesting one. She tries to find out what has happened to him and this leads her into an adventure of her own.
In the Collector Edition you get to play the bonus 'Epilogue' game and this very nicely brings you to a conclusion only satisfied by a future Botanica game!
November 2, 2012
I liked this game. It was very pretty. The HO games were interesting as you had to actually do things with other objects to create the "hidden object" you needed. For instance, the object might be a red anchor and you had to find a brush, find a paint can opener, open the can, use the brush to paint the anchor...all before you could claim the red anchor. I found that much more satisfying than staring bleary eyed at a screen wondering where the object is. It was more inventory and puzzle based than HO which I thought was more challenging.
All in all, it was not a "head scratcher" game as you generally knew what you needed to do and just had to either solve a puzzle and/or find an item.
I recommend this game.
October 28, 2012
Pleasant Adventure Puzzler
Like with most adventure games, the environments are colourful and gorgeous, but the (thankfully brief) animation is awkward and pulls you out of the experience, imo.
It has decent voice acting in its cut scenes, of which there aren't too many.
The story is interesting enough, although I was a little frustrated when I came to the end and realised it was a cliff hanger.
I finished the game in little over 4 hours.
It doesn't really have traditional hidden object scenes, it has a good variety of puzzles, you never repeat anything, and they're pretty original.
I'm glad I got the CE, because I don't think I could have figured out 2 or 3 puzzles without the guide.
I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing so I'll leave 'level of challenge' at 'ok'.
I only got 38 ladybugs, and it's ALMOST tempting to play again to find all 50 (where could they be!?)
October 26, 2012
Better than I expected
I was pleasantly surprised with this game, as the title had it sounding somewhat dull and boring.
The graphics were lovely, cut-scenes well done.
Hidden object and puzzles were a tad too easy, but the hidden object games were interactive which is far more enjoyable than standard.
There are bonus items to find and achievements to earn, although 5 of them are 'hidden' which is a little silly as you don't realise until end of game. Also the title of the achievements gave one of the key plots away.
The only real complaints I have with this games is that it was too short. Took me under 4 1/2 hrs on hard mode for main game, and under an hour for bonus chapter.......could have been longer.
The storyline itself wasn't very interesting, but the game was laid out so beautifully and the tasks so interesting that the lack of story gets forgotten....right up until the end when you realise it should end with "to be continued" - a pet hate of mine!
If you are tossing over the CE versus the SE, I'd suggest whait for the SE as the bonus chapter was neither part of the story, nor a story in itself, but the game itself. whilst short, was still one of the best ones I've played in quite some time.
Highly recommend. :-)
October 25, 2012
This is the most beautiful game I've played in a long while, although in parts it felt a bit like a Avatar knock off, but I just found it interesting and beautiful, and forgave it for its somewhat easier puzzles, even though it did make me think in a couple of places. Just letting the main entry run its full length was like stepping into another world.
It was a little limiting on the places you could go in a section, which helped make it easier than it could have been.
October 23, 2012
Good game - but don't bother the CE
Just finished this game. I really liked the game itself, it had a different approach sometimes (more actions to be done in a HOS, for example; more intuitive play) and the scenes are gorgious.
The few things I did not particularly like were:
- the length of the game (too short)
- the extra gameplay - this was, as I felt it, a way to elaborate while the story had really finished (for now, that is; a sequel will be made, I guess) with far-fetched puzzles that really annoyed me.
But that's all really - I did like playing this game!
November 4, 2012
A nice and easy game, I like the concept and hope, there will be another in line :-)
October 22, 2012
It was OK.
Lots of colors, nice HOs, but nothing really new there.
October 25, 2012
Was an enjoyable game with a good story. Beautiful graphics not dark and dreary which is what I prefer. The ending left me hanging wondering if there is going to be a part 2?
September 4, 2013
Good, not great
This is a pleasant game with an interesting story line, and nice graphics. The HO scenes are varied, and held my interest better than most. My only complaint is that it plays slowly...the cut scenes are slow, and the story drifts along slowly as well. Good game if you want a slower pace, fast action fans, beware!.
June 1, 2013