Enchantia: Wrath of the Phoenix Queen
Wish I hadn't purchased...
I have enjoyed other offerings from Blue Tea Games but this game left me feeling... disappointed. The art work seemed grainy and the bright colours everywhere were a bit garish.
The gameplay was tedious and also it was such a short game. I disliked the fact that there were 12 areas of gameplay showing but only 5 could be played. Yes I know, it's the SE not the CE but I felt cheated somehow. I'd rather not have known about the other places.
I wish I had trialled first before buying it. :(
May 3, 2013
Morally Challenging Story
This was a lovely game with beautiful graphics, mystical scenery and objects, great mesmerizing music. Fun game play seeking out the fragments of objects and moving between the various kingdoms to find the things needed to reach the seeker's goal. The problem with the game is in the story and the hopeless choices that the player has to make. AdriannaIP stated it very well.
I spent a lot of time in the game searching for a way not to chose extermination of one tribe over another. (I think that's the only reason the game took me 3 1/2 hours - short game.) Believe me, I hated the choice I had to make to advance the game. I saw many reviews talking about what a great game this is for children. I don't know if the CE might have had more options, but the SE is NOT for children. The choices require an adult sensibility and an understanding that this is only a game, not real life. Some story elements might give some children nightmares.
That being said the story itself had all the elements of the hero's tale and fantastic fantasy. I'm not making a recommendation. Playing the demo will not help make a decision whether to buy - the hard choices happen late in the game.
August 13, 2013
It started off good but jumping between worlds got old really quick! Great visuals. I will try to give this game another shot but i really have to be in the mood for it. I guess I was expecting so much more from this game. I just can't put my finger on why i was so disappointed with it
March 28, 2013
While beautiful to look at, this FOG was tedious. Lots of running back and forth. And while a map was provided, it was on a larger scale that the site to site play and didn't help to move around.
Not a buy for me.
March 23, 2013
I really wanted to love this, but....meh
I think the graphics are amazing in this game, but I didn't really like it that much. The main issue I had was everything you collect looks the same, so you really don't know where to put things! I have played HO games for years and love the high difficulty level, but this was not what I expected. The scenes are stunning, and I have to say that again. However, this is not a buy. I also didn't like the stop sound if you tried to click something and nothing was there.
March 23, 2013
Very pretty, not great gameplay.
Although this game is great to look at, it is rather tedious to play. Unless you sit down and play this all at once, you forget what you were supposed to be doing and it can be difficult to figure out what your supposed to do. There is a lot of backtracking and the map is not helpful.
May 5, 2013
Not all it is cracked up to be!
Sorry, but I will no longer go by what the key contributors scores are. This game is three stars at best. Visuals good, but over the top. Some of the games are good, but others were not interesting. If you play a lot of hidden object and adventure games; this game will bore you. I kept falling asleep trying to play it. Too much back and forth and uninteresting nonsense items to gather and place. Not impressed.
March 31, 2013
darker than I would have liked
Based on recently finished SE game, normal difficulty (but only use hints as a last resort).
I like these games that jump from world to world and have no map, it's more challenging. The mini-games had a wide range of difficulty. These and the HOGs were pretty well balanced, except in the final stretch -- it does give a sense of urgency, though, to have to run around and find a whole bunch of things in a whole lot of places quickly. As in other BTG I've played, both logic and intuition are needed. I liked the complexity of the gameplay.
The graphics are, of course, beautiful. Cut scenes start out being blurry, but I've grown to appreciate that, as it reflects the disorientation one would feel if truly thrust into a completely new world. This game was generally well-voiced, by good actors.
However (not a spoiler, I hope): unresolved moral ambiguity made for a rather unpleasant game. Near the end of the game, players are abruptly forced to choose between options that turn out to be equally horrible. This game would be rated PG if it was a movie. The end...let's just say I was dissatisfied with it.
I suppose the CE enables the player to visit ALL the worlds left over on the map. After finishing the SE, I have no desire to do so.
October 5, 2013
Did... Did I Just Play A Blue Tea Game?
I found this game to be quite boring to begin with, but it did get slightly better as the game progressed. Once again, Blue Tea has not floored me with a game, and I was very disappointed, considering the file size for the trial was 542MB.
The story was fairly uninteresting for me. It?s a typical good versus evil battle with some medieval and magical twists. The story interested me a couple of times, but overall, it didn?t intrigue me. I played 35 minutes of the trial before I got bored and quit.
Blue Tea?s HOS returned in this game. These HOS are so unique, and there are a lot of objects to find in each scene, so a Hidden Object lover will have no trouble. Unlike a few games these days, there is only one type of HOS.
The puzzles were relatively simple and had easy to follow instructions and simple controls. A player should have no issue here, although I skipped all the puzzles because I couldn?t be bothered doing them. If you run in to any difficulty, the skip button is quick to recharge.
The gameplay is rather simple and straightforward, with the hint providing excellent help if you need it, telling you where to go and what to do. This would be a great game for beginners, as I did not get stuck once. One thing I must mention that annoyed me was the tutorial. It was the worst I?ve seen in a game. The tutorial has a VOICE-OVER! The voice-over for the tutorial was extremely annoying, dull and slow. I had read the text ages before the voice finished? Never again will I take the tutorial for this game!
The graphics, as always, were outstanding. A lot of detail was put in to artwork and character design, with everything being extremely clear. Character voice-overs were standard, with nothing outstanding, but they weren?t terrible either.
- 3 modes of play, the usual Casual, Advanced and Hard. I played Casual.
- Hint and Skip- they recharge quickly on casual, and the hint is extremely useful outside HOS.
- There is a compass that acts as a map that allows you to travel all over Enchantia. However, I did not find a map that allowed you to travel between different parts of the locations (e.g. to one area of the forest)
- There is no Diary, which is odd for games of this genre lately.
I found this game to be rather disappointing, and in all honesty, I believe it is not worth the 1GB download. For a game that large, the game has to be outstanding, and it just wasn?t. I can?t recommend this game.
July 10, 2013
Not bad but not great
This game is visually appealing, good music, the controls sometimes act a bit twitchy but the story is predictable from the start and the puzzles aren't exactly a challenge. Could be better so I'd wait for a sale if I were you.
April 8, 2013