Unfinished Tales: Illicit Love
Thoroughly Enjoyed This Game!
I thoroughly enjoyed this game. It had beautiful scenery, great hidden objects to find (some even hard), and a great storyline to follow. I'm glad it had a map to follow. You could click on a spot and be transported to that area without having to back track. Overall, great game.
December 5, 2012
This game did have a good storyline, you are Thumbelina set out on an adventure to save your prince from the evil witch that has taken him captive with the intent to marry him herself, you must break the evil spell not only on your prince but you as well. The graphics are good with a fairy tale quality to them, which fit the game. HOS were clear and objects were easy to find. Unlike some there are no extras to collect, or morphing objects which I tend to enjoy, so that was a bit of a disappointment.
This game really was different and not what I'm use to from Elephant games. That being said, I found the game difficult to follow, you do have a transporter map which moves you quickly from place to place, and it shows you areas with current tasks, without being clear on what tasks. You are leaving many tasks undone in so many different areas, that it would become difficult to remember what needed to be done in what place. Seemed to be a lot of jumping around, and I even looked up the walkthrough at one point near the end of the game, which I very rarely do.
The game does have a good length to it, some of the really great games feel like they end too soon, I found myself just wanting to get through this one, which was a shame.
All in All it was a good SE game and i was glad I purchased it instead of the CE version.
March 3, 2013
An unexpected delight - 4.5 stars
I was prepared to be skeptical about this game, as I'm not a big fan of twee fairy stories. But I love Elephant's games, so gave this one a shot. Was I surprised! I read a review of one of their games in which the reviewer stated she thought the devs should call themselves Elegant Games. I completely agree.
The art direction is superb. The way that they envisioned a world in which Thumbelina lives, and the mixture of tiny objects on a large scale and what we would consider "normal" size right next to it -- pretty much perfect. The details, the complexity of the environment, the small touches (the magician's makeup, for example), all made for a lovely, immersive gaming experience. I loved it. I also loved the fact that nature was an integral part of this world. Twee was nowhere to be found. Instead there are animals, and birds, and seasons, and forests, and things of the real world all gorgeously rendered, and cleverly integrated.
The game's difficulty, I thought, was in figuring out how to use the inventory items. Some were less than logical (which is fair), and a couple of them were way less than logical and required a hint. The minigames/puzzles were Elephant's usual standards - good variety, and good creativity. The HOS were fun, given the scale issue. (Looking for a sunflower seed, for example, that ends up the size of a cart :) ). The dialogue was well done, and sometimes funny, and the VO acting was excellent.
Thumbelina as heroine -- clever idea. My only gripe was that I'm of the age to remember the song about Thumbelina from the Hans Christian Anderson movie, with Danny Kaye. And that song, once it's in your head, is hard to remove ;). Accompany the song to images from Captain Kangaroo animating it and it definitely never leaves your brain.
January 14, 2013
I've only played the trial for 15 minutes, and I'm already sold on the beauty and charm of this game! I couldn't give 5 stars for the challenge because I obviously don't know about that element of the game as yet. I can't wait to purchase this one. It's going to be a favorite, I can tell.
December 24, 2012
Right in the middle
Unsure about this one. For some reason this game reminds me of Princess Isobelle.
The visuals are stunning. I enjoyed changing the seasons and blown away to find all the appropriate changes in the other rooms . The devs did an amazing job with the visuals but not the VO.
Thumbelina's voice was so irritating so better turn the sounds off. Another thing I did not like was too much hand holding. IMO the game suits beginners on HOPA.
With Thumbelina's voice the prince should go with the hot looking witch.
If only for the visuals yes I would recommend you try this.
December 9, 2012
Sometimes, it is all about the story.
I played the SE version. The game was quite sweet, without the dark scary story line in many other games. There were just a few HOG with the majority of the games as puzzles. Quite frankly, many of the puzzles didn't make sense. It wasn't that they were hard; I don't think. The directions were not clear for me. After several trials, I still couldn't figure out what I needed to do. Thankfully, the skip (as well as the hint button) really was helpful. I like stories and this looked like a game that was going to provide that. However, in the SE there didn't seem to be any explanation as to why this Raven Queen was connected with the prince. How did certain villagers survive, while others were turned to stone. No idea. Left me hangin'. I really hate it when that happens. Maybe the information was in the CE only. Again, frustrating. They left room at the end for a sequel.
The game was okay. Could have been great with better editing on the story.
December 2, 2012
Disappointed in this Elephant
When I see an Elephant game I jump on it. I wasn't that impressed with the trial but it had such great reviews I thought I was missing something special. As it turned out the items I collected didn't make a lot of sense when it came time to use them... i.e. the soap dish. I never would have thought to use it where I had to. And when I KNEW where an item went I had to place it "just so" or it would be rejected only for the hint to tell me exactly when I had just tried. After playing the Nutcracker this game was sooo below Elephant standards to me. Obviously others loved it. Well, I'm off to try Detective Quest the Crystal Slipper !
December 17, 2012
not too bad. fun if you have a bit of time to spare.
December 25, 2012
Fun game with humour and imagination!!
I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed this game and found the storyline truly imaginative, scenery beautiful, colorful and diverse. What really got me though was the sense of humour in this game and I was chuckling throughout. Definitely would recommend this game - super fun!!
December 16, 2012
find something else
I like HOG games a lot and play them almost exclusively. However, I simply cannot play a game that sends you hunting from one screen to the next and only a small 'game' at the end of the hunt. Uninstalled the game after less than 30 min playing.
December 2, 2012