Great Game, Greater Disappointment
FROM CE GAME
Having recently rediscovered the first Phenomenon, City Of Cyan, I was totally hyped about this one. And the demo gave me cause to feel totally confident that I?d love it.
There is the expected beautiful graphics, fine music, and quality production values. Did you see those amazing eyes?
There are HOs with time travel portals that take you to the same scenes, but in a different time, with a new set of items. (This was cool when these ?time spots? triggered memories relevant to the story. Here, they are apropos of nothing.)
You also have an alternative to HOs that is new and most welcome. A cross between word association and scrabble, this game makes that last stubborn item all the more fun to find.
What other puzzles there are, are fresh and easy. An overall adventure emphasis makes it what I like to call an inventory oriented game. Your time is spent finding, earning and using inventory items.
But the most exciting thing of all for me was a truly interesting story. Not the find-my-parents part that never got past the first few minutes, but the story as Gloria (another lovable reason to like this game) tells it. Four feuding religious orders founded at the time of a meteorite strike are all out to get you, the offspring of a ?mixed marriage?. Here?s a little socio-political stuff to run with, I thought.
But that?s IT!! Nothing, nothing, the WHOLE game , not a single action that has anything to do with this story. What we do instead is collect gems for our amulet which allegedly means we have increasing power over the elements, although there was no sign that we did. We certainly never used such power.
It broke my heart . Insult to injury ? the ending was totally unconvincing and irrelevant even to this sorry tale. And very abrupt.
It?s still an excellent game in terms of artwork and gameplay, so I must recommend it, but I?ll never be able to love it myself.
April 28, 2013
The environment is very nice, with gorgeous scenes and sharp color scheme. The music is soothing and atmospheric, just the right music to set the mood.
However, game play is somewhat tedious. There are only so many times you can repeat "find a round object for this inset" before it becomes unimaginative. Moreover, you carry around a huge inventory, many of which seem unnecessary. For example, a shovel can only be used once. When you need it again, you have to find another one. Also, at one time you need to find four items to open a single gate.
The storyline is also kind of thin. There are background information you can read from your journal. However, the main point is to find out what happened to the character's parents. To that end, there is very little information throughout the game.
May 27, 2013
Just didn't do it for me...
This game has been on my wish list to try, so I'm happy to be able to play it so soon now on Big Fish Unlimited. The graphics were splendid --the blues and greens of the scenery was very relaxing. The story was appealing: Help someone with special abilities who's traveled to an island to find his missing parents. The HOs were two dimensional and the puzzles were intriguing.
However, quite often I felt like I was traveling here and there, carrying a bunch if items around, going from one thing to the next. It started to become tedious. Even the controls seemed a little rough at times, like when I would hit the wrong button and exit the scene I was in.
Give it a try and see how you like it. I seem to be in the minority on this one. Most people seem to love it. I don't dislike the game, it just didn't do it for me.
FAV: Journey to Atlantis
July 29, 2013
Much too short for something I paid for.
July 29, 2013
Phenomenon : Meteorite
The reason I just give this game an ok is that it takes too long for it to download.I just stoped the download.
September 29, 2013
Don't need sleeping pills!
Maybe it's me, maybe I've played too many of these games but this was torture. Most of the times I actually played it I fell asleep! It just seemed to go on and on, backwards and forwards without me caring what happened next. In the end I just used the map to fast forward to the end. Basically, I found it terminally boring!!
August 30, 2013
This game most intrigued me because of the story line. I'll admit, the game play was fun and had some unique twists I haven't seen in other games. After playing more than 100 games, that's a pleasant surprise. However, what started out as a great mystery fell flat at the end. The whole point was to find out who Daniel's parents were, if they were still alive, and why they abandoned him. It's not a spoiler to say you won't find any answers at the end. Instead, I'm saving you the money if you buy the game to see how the story ends. You won't.
Maybe if you buy the CE the final chapter will give a clue, but this one was a big disappointment.
February 2, 2014