Otherworld: Omens of Summer
Had me, but just for a while
This is one of those many games that hooks me in with the demo, but gets annoying and frustrating as it moves on. I liked the demo because it seemed to have some different things to do that were fun. There was that, but as the game progressed I got frustrated with unclear instructions for some puzzles. Most also have a hint button but in many cases it wasn't much, if any, help and I had to check the walkthrough just to get a clue. In some cases even the walkthrough gave only the same instruction with a picture of the result, but no actual directions as to how to get there.
It was sometimes hard to use an inventory item because it took multiple clicks, and I mean multiple, for it to grab and work. Again I found myself checking the walkthrough, thinking I must have missed a step or was doing something wrong.
I encountered what seemed to be a glitch and had to start over with a new profile. I won't go into that here but I did post about it in the forum.
All in all, the game does have it's good points and it can be enjoyable. Maybe it's just me, but by halfway through it I just wanted to be done and move on to something else.
July 19, 2013
Otherworld 2: Omens of Disappointment
I was so looking forward to this sequel and snapped it up when it showed up on the $3.99 5 minute special before I had demoed it. Not sure I can put into words precisely what I found so disappointing. Maybe it was just that Spring of Shadows was such a fantastic game that it would be extremely difficult for this sequel to live up to that standard.
? The graphics are excellent but do not measure up to Spring of Shadows. Where Spring was beautiful and breathtaking creating an enchanting atmosphere that was a pleasure to explore, some of Summer is beautiful but most of it tends to be on the drab and dreary side.
? The story was very dark and disturbing and seemed to be almost lacking compared to Summer. It left a lot to be desired and it is easy to see the ?handwriting on the wall? not very far into the game. I like dark games but this one was just a bit much for me.
? Instructions for the puzzles were sadly lacking or confusing to say the least. Just one example that comes to mind was using the walkthrough just to find out that the confusing instructions were just for a simple slider puzzle.
? Although this is listed as a hidden object game, it is more like a puzzle adventure and the hidden object scenes are rare and confusing. Many times I would start searching in a scene for something useful only to realize after a bit that it was HOS. Not sure exactly why that was. Perhaps because of the list of items getting lost at the bottom of the large letterbox window? Perhaps because the HOS looked a lot like any other scene in the game? Maybe something else?
? Long wait time for puzzle skips. There were a few that I didn?t even try to finish solving and just waited for the SKIP to fill which was boring. And giving a ?time played? at the end? wonder how much of that was spent waiting on puzzle SKIPs?
? I also had an issue with the game flickering which was probably my computer and not the game since it seems it was not an issue for others. But the farther I got into the game, the worse the flickering became. First it was only in windowed mode but then it cropped up in full screen also. Made the game almost unplayable by the end.
Spring I just hated to see end. Summer on the other hand toward the end of the game I just couldn?t wait for it to be over! I doubt that I will buy any more games in this series. So my suggestion is that you try this game before buying so that you are not disappointed like I was.
May 22, 2013
Played for a time and quit. There are some dark HO. This one I got out of quickly. Just something so I decided to go no further. Judge for yourself. Just not my cup of tea.
March 9, 2013
makes no sense whatsoever
do the game designers speak English? the puzzle instructions are almost unintelligible and the puzzles are nonsensical to the nth degree....I can't complete any because they make no sense ... pretty graphics though
March 30, 2013
sorry to give it a bad score i'm sure its a great game, trouble is as with people who don't like creepy crawlies i am terrified of birds. So big warning to anyone else with the same problem there are a lot of big black crows & I just felt really ill.
March 10, 2013
waste of money
This would have to be one of the worst games that I have ever bought.The game has no sense of what you are to do and the map is useless.
May 24, 2013
Not worth the bandwidth to download
Loading scenes for this game state that it is not for anyone under 14. I think the games in this are only suitable for younger players; they are much too simplistic and childish for an adult. Also, it is not particularly frightening and I doubt anyone over the age of 8 would be alarmed by it in any way. I`m seriously tempted to ask for my money back on this one.
March 13, 2013