Botanica: Into the Unknown
This game had potential but the many flaws made it a miserable game to complete. The biggest problem I had was with the Erratic control; hard to pick up items, didn't respond exactly when or where it should and at the end of the game I just had to keep clicking and clicking to get one "rare" response. This speed ran through the ENDING so that I totally missed how it actually ended. Many of the mini games were impossible to understand or responded again, erratically even completing tasks that were NOT completed. I won't be playing this frustrating game again. Big disappointment, glad I didn't buy the CE.
December 11, 2012
When this game starts out, you think it is going to be something very unusual, with "botanical" challenges that differ from the usual types of games.
Unfortunately, after about the first third of the game, all that ends and it becomes little more than a below-average adventure game.
I did like the bright colors, and the hidden object scenes, of which there are not many, were more interesting than usual. But that's about it.
The mini-games were either incredibly easy or incredibly hard. Not much middle ground.
And the game is too short for my money. Only took a few hours to complete.
What a shame.
January 17, 2013
Short game leaves you wanting more.
Botanica is a good game. It has excellent visuals and good story. I finished gameplay in 5 hours - spaced out over a week.
There are limited HOSs and a few challenging puzzles.
Some puzzle are easy. Some rely on point and shoot.
Some puzzles are jigsaws. Others are spatial logic and
observation. Some were too difficult.
There are no specific instructions for difficult puzzles.
Its gameplay is too short for me. Especially the finale.
SPOILER>>>The game's ending:
(is set up for a sequel)
I was disappointed at the end. I didn't want the game to be over.
I enjoyed the flora and fauna and player's role on a jewel colored planet.
The interface/ journal was quite good compared to other games.
It's a good game for players who are bored with spooky themes. Understand though, its a short game leaving you wanting more.
December 5, 2012
Beautiful scenery, easy challenges
I enjoyed this game, although it had a familiar storyline (evil queen, friend turns out to be villain, etc.) and mini-games that were way too easy to solve. However, I played through some of the most imaginative and beautiful levels I've ever seen, and that is why I love this style of fantasy game. I'm also glad that the authors indicated a sequel is forthcoming. Now, if they beef up the challenges a little more, the next game should rate 5 stars.
January 27, 2013
Absolutely beautiful and worthwhile
This is an amazingly beautiful game! The best graphics and colors I have seen lately. Only sorry I didn't get the collector's edition to have the strategy guide but hints are plentiful, challenge is very good and I have no complaints whatsoever. Would have given everything excellent but I am spoiled by the interactive maps recent games have supplied and wish the regular edition of this had one.
January 21, 2013
Very Relaxing Game
Enjoyed all segments of this game. The 'critters' were very interesting and the story, HOG's and mini games were fun. The graphics were beautiful. Hope we don't have to wait too long for Botanica II.
January 9, 2013
childlike yet visually beautiful HOG
"Botanica" is a hidden object game that gives the hidden object scenes a twist: most of the objects you have to search are not just in a junk pile and out in plain sight, but you need to manipulate other things in the scene in order to find them. This makes the HOG scenes fun and more challenging than usual. The best thing about "Botanica" are the visuals: They are very beautiful, and it looks like you entered a very green fantasy planet. However, the story line didn't convince me - the usual trapped in other world, search and help friends, ... As an adult player, I also had the feeling that the story line and visuals were rather aimed at teenage players #or even younger#, since you often mount an animal to proceed to the next scene, and it seemed childish and fairy-tale-like. The mini games were very easy and didn't need skipping, even in the harder mode.
Personally, it was not my style, but who likes fairies and fantasy will like this game. Also, I liked the twist on the HOG scenes, so I would recommend it.
November 26, 2012
A sweet game
Really beautiful graphics....colourful scenes with not a ghost or ghoul in sight...lol.
Not too many HOS and the ones there were, were interactive and fun to do. The puzzles were not overly difficult and the storyline took you to where you needed to go next so not taxing on the lil grey cells.
This game for me was a nice change from the ones I usually play, a lovely relaxed pace and pretty to look at....sometimes thats all you want!
November 27, 2012
Feeling like a grumpy old man/woman
After the disappointment trying MCF9, I decided to download another Hidden Object Game. I had heard this game was a great.
I feel like a grumpy old man/woman saying the past was so much better: I find myself wondering why they don't make games as they used to. I remember a time when games were challenging, entertaining and fun, even if the tech in it wasn't outstanding. I seem to have trouble finding new games that excite me as the old ones used to, and this is just another one I won't bother buying. I'm not even sure I'll finish the demo.
The art quality is good, I liked the drawings; and the voice acting and soundtrack -as far as I heard-was pleasant. although the girl talking is a bit monotonous
The storyline might be ok, but I soon found myself spending more time watching the looooooong cutscenes than solving puzzles (as far as I got the puzzles and object areas were EXTREMELY EASY).
A good thing is that the cutscenes can be skipped, and if you do you get a small summary of what you missed. Unfortunately this made me wonder why they spent such long time in scenes that could be summed up in two sentences.
The game seems very relaxing though, which is good, and I insist I thought the drawings were lovely.
I'd encourage people to try it out at least. Maybe if my mood had been slightly different I would enjoy this game better, but I actually turned it off and decided to re-install one of my old-old games. That says it all, I guess.
November 27, 2012
Great game. I really like the mix of little games. It's not always the same thing and it's nice!
November 25, 2012