Enchantia: Wrath of the Phoenix Queen Collector's Edition
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME IN HARD CORE (3rd of 3 modes) no sparkles, no black bar hints, no hints.
I can't believe that I don't like this game!
Normally anything Green Tea Games does is golden. They often, as with this game use Fragmented Object which I like very much.
So what's the deal?
The first cut-scene was a wow! - Stunning. Dramatic. A real winner. Got the blood pumping. The last cut-scene is also good, not on the same par but still very good.
In between was a bunch of really beautiful places with a lot of what felt to me like chores. For me this game was just not fun. UN-FUN.
Of the good --- of course the graphics and artwork are detailed and gorgeous and as mentioned the game started strong. The characters and voice overs are well done as was the music when kept at low volume. There is also a compass and jump map. Yay!
The rest just felt like a lot o' work....
STORY: It starts sort of being about finding songbird-chicks. Not the long legged ones walking around in mini-skirts with people writing songs about them, but these neon-colored songbird-chicks.
To this thin layer more plot was piled with the introduction of a new character or world. --The Elves did this, the Dwarfs did that, the Centaurs were involved, and then the Sky-bird- well that's something altogether different you see. Well, I didn't see, but that's just the point.
FROG/HOS: Part of the problem could have been the ever increasing number of FROG. Yikes! I mean yeah, the scenes were beautiful and at first I thoroughly enjoyed them, but a couple of times I noticed 3 in a row.
The reward for schlepping from FROG to FROG? -A piece of statue, some random potion for later use, some medallion or amulet or figurine.....Plug that in somewhere a box or door opens or yawn...
MINI-GAMES: What about mini-games? They were few and far between. Even though easy they were fun and cleverly put together. The ones I remember were plugging some figurine picked up elsewhere into the top of a box to get it to open. sigh.
COLLECTIBLES: There were morphing objects, but no other collectibles or achievements were apparent.
Unfortunately I cannot recommend this game.
For the person who wants a strong storyline, a little adventure, some fun mini-puzzles,don't stop here....
February 22, 2013
not a good game
I brought this game straight away, and I really wish I had played the demo first as I didn't enjoy it at all.
The story was badly explained and difficult to follow,
I thought the hidden object puzzles were annoying and there were to many of them.
Nothing was very linear and though the art work was beautifully done it was hard to find the active areas.
In short, I just wasted a tenner and I'm not happy.
February 15, 2013
To Loud Graphics
I have previously purchased all of the Blue Tea Games, but I will not be purchasing this one.
Scenes are jam packed with overdone graphics. Not only that, but the "travel" scenes are blurred and washed out.
Fragramented scenes are way to busy and cluttered with extremely bright colors.
There is way to much to look at, thereby making Scenes to decorative and to busy.
Bright colors should be combined in moderation.
This game is very hard on the eyes.
February 17, 2013
I'm with the minority on this one
I really like this developer's games. I really disliked this one. The first thing that hit me was how over the top the graphics were. I had just finished replaying an earlier Dark Parables game and the difference was shocking. This creates an additional problem during the HO scenes which are washed out, grainy and a real mess.
This was a visual disaster. But spend the time to download this huge game and see for yourself.
February 15, 2013
Just finished this game. I must say I was way disappointed. It dragged out to long. I saw the map at first and it had many interesting locations on it but you only get to go to a few of them. I thought it was very childish like cartoon. Storyline like LOTR theme. Characters looked silly and where annoying. There are no HOS just fragment find to create an object which where too hard and had to use the hint button as some items didn't even look like the ones you had to find. There was too many of these and they became a chore not fun. Random clicks helped, then the pointer bursts into flames for a few seconds!!
When doing a mini game you can't access the strategy guide and if you need to look at it you have to click the back button and access it which wipes your progress in the mini game which automatically resets.
The bonus chapter in the CE sends you 500 years into the past to revisit the same scenes doing some of the same puzzles as in the start.
February 23, 2013
Enchantia Not So Enchanting!
I know that alot of people will probably disagree with me when I say that this game is truely a mess. A storyline involving fantasy fiction that takes us to the world of Enchantia that is being threatended by the Phoenix Queen who has just escaped 500 years of imprisonment. She is very angry and now seeks a powerful relic that will reinforce her strength. and give her the power to reduce the world to ashes.
The game is a hopeless effort to dazzle us with overbearing sounds and visuals that are all in a disarray. The graphics are blurred and the artwork is really over the top. Game features three play modes and unfortunately you have sparkles unless you play Hard mode which eliminates hints and skips. Voice overs are relatively good and you have a basic tutorial that will speak to you which is new.
The game is a FROG and a warning to all, for those who enjoy looking for miniscule parts hidden in over-crowded scenes, than this will not only challenge your eyes but will cause mild dizziness and slight nausea.
Game features a task list and a mapp (or mystical compass) that will transpot you to areas of interest. There is no journal and basically you wander aimlessly picking up objects and using them inother scenes.
One hour of game time was enough to bring on a mild headache and a reluctance to pursue this torment of a game any further.
The only thing I can to the developers is nice try but perhaps we need to lay off the 'coffee' before we do the artwork. Also need to work on cleaning up the graphics.
Better luck next time but sorry, it's a definite Pass from me.
February 14, 2013
Blue Tea Games, you should be ashamed of yourself. You can, and have, done so much better than this. Poor graphics are a jumbled mess. HOS are find bits and pieces in that big jumbled mess. Personally, I really dislike this kind of HOS. Voice overs are irritating. Music and sound does nothing to enhance. Too many cut scenes. Too much time wasted. I found this game quite irritating, and will not buy it. Please do the trial first. Then decide.
By the way, why are the 5 stars always displayed first on the reviews. You have to press most recent first to get a balanced review.
February 14, 2013
This would have been a much better game if the graphic presentation had been done better. Every scene is overcrowded over-packed with imagery that makes you feel claustrophobic and the effect is confusing, the perspective is poor, and sometimes you can't even tell which direction the scene leads in. The hidden object scenes were "okay" but the colors seemed washed-out and overcast with a semi-greenish hue and the hunting for "parts" of an object in the scenes became a real task instead of being fun because they were so small and tightly hidden. The graphics really made this a dismal game for me and was such an annoying issue that I lost interest in the storyline early on. I'm sorry but I can't recommend it.
February 24, 2013
Don't waste your money
I play many (perhaps TOO many) hidden object and adventure games. I have never written a review other than one on a beta test, but this game is awful. Too much dialogue, poor grammer in the text displayed, SSLLOOWW action. Couldn't stomach more than 10 minutes in the trial.
February 14, 2013
Enchantia: Wrath of the Phenix Queen Collector's Edition
I don't know were to start, I loved the first part of the game. the storyline was off the wall. I never seen any visual or sound like this and the fact that their month move was great but the Bonus game made me mad. the walkthrough did not help at all, some of the area they had on the websit had nothing to do with the Bonud game at all, if you don't us the hints . you will never get out of it. let me tell you right now don't go into this Bonus game. one your behind will start hurting and next your head will hurt after that. this will make me stop playing these game. Good luck to you who goes into the Bonus game, my heart is with you.
February 18, 2013