Surface: The Soaring City
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
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
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
Captivated out the gate then got dull
I was pulled in by the story during the demo that I just had to get the game. Once in the main area where most of the game is played it became formulaic and the graphics phased into a real-life animation style which for me seems a little grainy and lazy. The story really was interesting but some of it had to have been lost in translation as it didn't always make sense and the real-life character actors were way over the top. I began to use the hint button a good deal just to get through it. Though I wouldn't say it's a bad game it just wasn't what I had hoped for from Elephant. I missed the beautiful artistry and the magical moments that were spoken of but never delivered on.
March 13, 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
This game starts out with potential, then falls apart from a silly, disjointed story. It goes something like this -- your maverick brother Jeremy has been carrying on experiments with flight -- by growing wings on people, it turns out. A dastardly rival sabotages his efforts and jails him in a giant cage on a floating city where he and a population of flying people live. Then the machinery for the floating city goes haywire, and it's about to crash to the ground (which takes forever, of course)... The convoluted, overwrought story never really takes you in, and the HOGs and puzzles begin to feel tiresome -- especially when you often don't know where to head to next. That's because there are lots of weird "solutions" to puzzles (like using bubble gum to repair a leaking pipe) and lines ("This is a fuel compartment. Finding flowers will be one more step towards a successful ending to this adventure." -- what??).
Finally, Surface games tend to use garish colors and backgrounds with mixed perspectives. It results in scenes of buildings, objects, and landscapes stacked together in haphazard fashion, and it just looks awful.
June 3, 2013
I loved the other Surface games but this, although long, somehow didn't gel with me. I was disappointed not to have things to collect and the actual game seemed the same as many others. We need some new twists in these adventure games!
February 26, 2013
not sure what all the hype was about
this game was okay, but it didn't stand out to me at all in the way I have seen in other reviews of the game. First, as a professional game artist, I can say that the art in this game was not well done. It's all done by photo-manipulation ( a photo-collage technique done in photoshop) and most of it is poorly done and very unconvincing with no attempt to correct the mismatching lighting on all of the various photos used. The actors in the game appeared to be complete amateurs. When my boyfriend saw them, he thought for sure they must just be the developers themselves. The storyline, though somewhat original in theme, was poorly written to the point of absurdity. Watching it, there were many points during which we found ourselves laughing at how poorly done the writing was, and how little sense the story made.
Still, this game was alright, and with the exception of the acting, writing, and art, delivered just what I've come to expect out these type of hidden object adventure games. It offered perhaps just the right level of challenge for my preferences, and although I am not sure how long it took me to play through, it felt like a pretty good long time to me. Overall, I was satisfied with my purchase of this game.
February 26, 2013
Great, while it lasts
This is a beautiful game. I like that you need some inventory items in order to complete the HO scenes. Good story line w/ a steampunk theme. Nice cut scenes as well. My only problem with this game is it's length. I finished the demo in 42 minutes which means you are almost 40% of the way through the game in an hour. That yields a sub 4 hour game watching the cutscenes and not using hints. That's just not long enough. Others may feel the game offsets the shortness, but I don't. So, no buy for me
February 22, 2013