Surface: The Soaring City
It's a new kind of games!
This game is astonishing!
You get surprised at every corner!
I'm a great fan of the "Surface" series but this one is the best!
You fly to another world full of surprises, HOS are only completed if you have some tools in your inventory but you are sure to have them.
Puzzles are quite fun, new but easy.
It's like a fairy tale you dream about and it cames true!
I love this game!
Thanks to Elephant team, they, as usual, made a great work and gave us the most beautiful game.
I want a game like this one every day! every week? It would be great enough!
March 16, 2013
another brilliant Elephant game
very rarely comment on games, but this one is an absolute pleasure to play. Even though the lip syncing is out it doesnt interfere with the games. the graphics are crisp and clean, hog are exceptional and the storyline fanatstic. I am an older player and thoroughly enjoyed this game...would highly recommend to anyone .
March 13, 2013
I love the Surface series. I know the dub is funny and some of the human/video integration isn't awesome, but who cares! The stories are always original and charming. Not to mention the art style is just lovely.
The Soaring City is my favorite game yet, from this series. It's whimsical and fantastic, but also has a nice steampunk edge. I also found the puzzles to be just difficult enough to be challenging without being too hard. If you want something different and you want to be entertained, play this one!
March 10, 2013
Great fun!! Differences to the Collector?s Edition :)
Downloaded the CE without hesitation and played the demo of this one to find out the differences...
Astonishing locations, real actors, welldone gameplay: found items are used topical.
3 modes to choose from. 8 chapters. Very helpful hintsystem: telling you what to do next. Therefore the CE's strategy guide is not really necessary...
We have an interactive map together with a tasklist. Lots of iHOS of that kind, that you have to combine some of your items out of your inventory with items in the HOS. Many minigames, some new, not too challenging.
This game ends conclusively after approx. 4 hrs. Bonus-chapter offered in the CE is an additional story.
All in all - although this game is not very challenging - you have a lot to do and to find out and that?s just great fun!! Again: Elephant Games did a good job!
I prefered playing the Collector?s Edition as I love to earn achievements and collect (the typical surface) flowers. With these flowers we are able to restore different areas in our philanthropy.
But if you don?t appreciate these extras, this SE is high recommendable!! Have fun!! :)
February 22, 2013
Steampunk Setting HOA
This Hidden Object/Adventure game has a nifty steampunk setting. This game has 3 levels of play: Casual, Advanced, and Hardcore. I opted for casual, but I think I could have done just as well with a more difficult setting. On casual, there are many (skippable) hints and tutorial messages, and the hint-o-meter recharges quickly. All cutscenes and narratives are also skippable, but I wanted to soak up the storyline, which is really well done. The Acting/animation is an interesting hybrid, but the syncing for the "live action" pieces is off, which can be a bit distracting. The puzzles are not too complex at first, and gradually ramp up. In each area (I played through the Demo, with time to spare) there is a bit of backtracking, and you have to really examine all the close-up boxes to make sure you've picked up everything that you can.
This game is atmospheric (haha!) without being moody/sinister, and promises a diverting good game time for those who like adventure puzzlers.
February 22, 2013
Great Fun... BUT!
This game is great fun. Elephant has done it again!
I liked this game, it was fun, but I had quite a bit of trouble figuring out where to go from scene to scene. It could have just been me, but it was difficult in that means.
The graphics are simply fantastic and the sound quality is excellent. The music isn't dark and even has a light side to it. The effects do add an element of excitement to the story.
The Hidden Object Games are not too challenging, but it is a bit different from the usual type. If you don't have something in your inventory needed to complete a part, you will need to come back when you find it. Not hard and really a relief from the usual hunt and find.
There is an inner-active map which is some help, but not a whole lot except to move from place to place. I found the hint button to be my BFF. It takes a minute for it to recharge, but it isn't that bad and is a great help is discovering what needs to be done or where to go next.
The mini games are pretty easy, but I did have to skip a couple of them. I don't have the greatest patience in the world so I am probably the problem there.
I loved the storyline. As silly as it was, it kept my attention and I still think Thunder needs to have his "wings clipped." You'll understand that once you have played the game. Silly yes, but it's a game for goodness sake and not meant to be taken seriously and it actually has a decent ending. Somebody actually put some thought into the story.
Over all this is a really good game. If you are one who likes a challenge this probably is not for you. It is simple for a change and that was nice. Just long enough to make it worth your money and not so long that you tire of it. As I said, Elephant has done it again.
February 23, 2013
First Surface game played-played for hours
The good: the length was impressive. I decided to play this game as a leisurely pace (I tend to stay up until I finish a game) so it took a few days. The story line was really very interesting, a genius who creates winged creatures? The longing for fllight? Cleaver really. The backgrounds were nice, not too dark. The mini-games varied in difficulty (I did skip a couple).
The bad (or the strange): not sure why the audio and the video of the various scenes were so off. I don't know why the mouths and the words didn't match. It was like a dubbed foreign film (maybe it is). It took me a while to figure out that inventory was used in HO games, but once I did, I liked this variation.
Overall, I am glad I took advantage of the sale on these Elephant Games. I look forward to playing the rest.
September 29, 2013
Still one of my favorite games
I love how they told the story! The theme is refreshing too. I'm just not a fan of real actors, otherwise this would have been a 5 for me.
September 23, 2013
one of my favorites!
Would give it four and half stars, not perfect but really enjoyed this one and was sad to get to the end. Loved that it had some originality to it and some very interesting items to look at and great scenes. you definitely wont feel as though you have already played this one! I like that it didn't have too many hos. l liked that some of the games actually took some thinking, wished there had been more of them. I also appreciate that it seemed like a nice long length while being really enjoyable. Thanks devs for a great game!
March 9, 2013
OK Game with English Translation Issues
Beautiful graphics and challenging puzzles, but the sloppy translation from Russian into English detracts from what might otherwise have been an excellent game. Definitely not up to the standards of other Surface games that I have played recently.
The worst blooper is in the bonus chapter, where you find a note that attempts to give advice on how to treat a broken leg. The note reads "In case of fraction, apply splint and fixate very thoroughly." (!!)
April 24, 2013