Chronicles of Albian 2: The Wizbury School of Magic
I played through the 1 hour demo and liked the game. I get the feeling it is geared toward a tween audience or somewhat younger. There is a lot of talking throughout the game but with the click of a mouse you can speed read through the comments or skip them altogether.
Story line of who stole the gold, and can we find the gold and still do some updates on the broken down school before the people who gave us the said gold stops by to decide whether or not they are going to shut down the school.
Lots of HO scenes with little extras added into each scene. Gem collection that earn coins, achievements that earn coins and some seek and find object placement puzzles thrown in as well. The puzzles are not that challenging but are still enjoyable. These coins are then used to upgrade the school while you are "investigating clues" to find the bad guy.
Graphics are quite nice in most scenes, a little dark in some but I think that may have been the point of the "room" I was searching.
Music was enjoyable and one of the few that I didn't turn down during game play. The game also had some amusing voices overs so I decided to just let the characters speak.
I feel like in the hour that I played I didn't get very far so it seems like it could be a longer game if you take the time to upgrade the school and immerse yourself in finding all the little fun stuff the game offers.
A good game for the right audience !
June 10, 2013
fun hidden object game
To be honest not much for the sodoku games but, beside that, it was a good game with likable characters.
June 2, 2013
Good game with a disappointing conclusion
Based on the twice-completed game:
Albian 2 is a little less straightforward than Albian 1, and it took a few scenes to get the hang of it. Basically it's the same idea, that you are to find and sell objects to make funds to upgrade the college. There's a more complex story line, and a lot of cumbersome back-and-forth between screens. There are both listed seek items (some are interactive) and those that are things to find or do to make the story progress; sometimes those items are held for some time before they can be used. One has to pay a bit more attention and think a little more than I'm used to on this particular style of game.
The music is ok if kept low; VO's are pretty good, and can be skipped on replay if desired. Re two of my pet peeves: there's still an overclick penalty, but the Sudoku games can be skipped, and you can buy an immediate skip on nearly all other mini-games. The story and dialogue are somewhat amusing and the characters engaging. Graphics are decent if a little primitive vs some of the great games today; I had no visual problem finding HO's, and my eyes are very old. It was slightly irritating to have to wait for each room to be loaded, and my computer is fairly new and decent. The "notebook" option helped slightly.
So.. what's not to like? I've loved and repeatedly replayed nearly all the Albian/gardenscape-like games; they're great relaxation. This one .. well, maybe not so much, as the ending left me frustrated. Simply, once the mystery in this game has been solved, no matter that there are unused found objects, no matter that there are many more upgrades to buy, the game then just hands you tons of money so you can upgrade but from the HO standpoint you're done. Maybe it's just that the gold you earn is way out of balance with the story progression; but whatever, it's very disappointing. I'd much rather earn the upgrades and *then* finish off the mystery, or reach both goals more nearly together. Maybe if I didn't detest Sudoku and most mini-games it would have matched up a tad better, but still not very closely, I think.
It was well worth the 2.99 DD price and a couple of replays but that's about it. I do recommend it but suggest not expecting great things. :)
May 29, 2014
Enjoyed the side games, and the story. Ended a bit abruptly though.
October 29, 2013
What a really cute game. There were a few issues but all in all had all that a CE has at an SE rate. There are 42 achievements, fairies to collect for a free object in hos, purchasing upgrades for the castle, jewels to collect, interactive map, and spellbook/journal for information. The bad points were extremely small objects, some dark areas that were hard to see in, good voiceovers with no mouth movement (that's ok, can make them go faster) and not a lot of info of what you had to do with inventory. All in all had a very nice time playing the demo, but need to try as it will not appeal to a lot of people.
June 18, 2013
Much better than the first one, but its buggy!
The game is decent, its not the best HO game, but the story is good and has voiceover. The HO scenes are challenging enough, but sometimes there are items hidden in dark that you can't really see. The game is fun, has achievements and seek and hide mode and its worthy to play, but I cannot continue, because it keeps crashing on me and always at same subscene in art hall (the drawer), I hope they fix it.
July 7, 2013
Have the first Albian game and loved it and still go back to it and play it over, so I bought this one without playing the trial and I should have. Albian 2 has a bit more gameplay than the first which was pretty much straight HO game and castle repair.The big let down to me on Albian 2 was the graphics , they werent very crisp and clear at all and I am constantly straining to make things out, more so on the indoor scenes (everyones eyes are different tho). still a pretty good game so will recommend.
May 26, 2013
They messed with a good thing
I really enjoyed the first Chronicles of Albian so was excited to see part 2. They made this one interactive, with an inventory and going back and forth between scenes to find objects to use elsewhere. I prefer straight HOGs instead of bouncing all over the game map, since I play to relax. Not a bad game, just not my style.
May 27, 2013
While this game has it's good points as commented on by many others, I have found it to become very tedious. I takes way too long to load scenes and I have gotten sick of the dialog. I think I am close to finishing the game and when I do, I will uninstall it.
May 30, 2013
Inferior to Albian 1 in every way
The graphics are not as crisp, the hidden object scenes are not very challenging, and the gems are huge compared to the first game. I found the music in the first one to be relaxing and pleasant, and this one is like every other game out there. There's more of a storyline but it's not all that interesting, especially if you're playing this because you loved the first one. I don't want to spoil the ending, but there's an ending. I was so disappointed. If they had not suggested this was going to be anything like Chronicles of Albian the Magic Convention, I would probably have given it a higher rating (4). I only recommend if you didn't love the first one or never played it.
May 27, 2013