Namariel Legends: Iron Lord
Really Fun Adventure
BASED ON DEMO
That is: NO HO SCENES & NO PUZZLING PUZZLES EITHER
I am not usually into these mechanical steam punk sort of games, but this one isn?t like any of that type that I?ve seen. It is as much FAIRY TALE as it is ROBOT INVASION.
There is a VERRRRY LONG intro that gives us the backstory, but it?s EXCITING and ATTRACTIVE and has wonderful MARCHING MUSIC to set the OMINOUS scene.
The kingdom of Namariel is invaded by robots led by the evil Iron Lord. We see the palace destroyed, the king humiliated, the queen fleeing. Heart rending stuff. Turns out, though, that this is all a show on your uncle?s mechanical music box. Or is it?
Your uncle is an INVENTOR and it is to him the king turns to for help. We are to go on a quest to seek out NOSTRAMUS, the seer who foretold the catastrophe. We never get to leave even, before the Iron Lord?s minions capture us and throw us into prison. Now we must ESCAPE and RESCUE our uncle, and make the JOURNEY to Nostramus.
We?ll have HELP along the way. We have a gadget which allows us to READ MINDS, a cute little ROBOT assistant to go where we can?t, and a strange SQUIRREL-LIKE critter who follows us around and is quite useful.
There is a lot of CUT-SCENES in this one, enough to really bug some people, but I found them fun. They are FLAWLESSLY DRAWN and the VOICEOVERS are EXCELLENT. Lips are out of sync, though.
All the ARTWORK is HIGH QUALITY and IMAGINATIVE.
The few PUZZLES so far have been VERY EASY, while the ADVENTURE ITSELF a bit more DIFFICULT for me. This was at least in part because I couldn?t COMPREHEND the mechanics.
But HINT is DIRECTIONAL, so I made do with that. NO MAP. I never even thought to look for SKIP. I don't think the game has one.
I like this game. I think it will appeal to those who usually like steam/mechanical games, but has a WIDER APPEAL, including those who enjoy a good FANTASY game with just a dash of *cute* as well.
It'd be EXCELLENT for ADVENTURE GAME amateurs (which includes me).
June 5, 2013
Kingdom attacked by an iron army, will you save it ?
Played the whole demo, regular
- 2 modes, regular, expert
- Voice overs
- No map
- 12 achievements to be gained throughout the game
- Shortly after starting the game you assemble a mind reading device. It goes at the bottom right of your screen, pretty useful with animals !
- A little later you get a little robot who will help you through tricky situations, it goes at the bottom left of your screen, next to the notebook
- Hint is extremely useful
- No H0
- Mini games are good and not over difficult
- Good graphics
- I got black bars at the top and bottom of my screen
A peaceful kingdom is attacked by an iron army, only the baby princess escape the castle. With the help of your uncle you try to save the kingdom and the prisoners. A very nice game, which is a nice change. Well worth a punch card credit.
June 5, 2013
Cartoon Puzzler game
Based on the demo, I am impressed with the game play of this release. Cartoon-like graphics but animated smoothly, most of the time; this is not pixar standard but good nonetheless.
It is a puzzle game with the player finding things to do to meet certain challenges and then finding the bits or completing a puzzle to activate them or, as is often the case, find that you need another piece to complete that you haven't found yet!
The characters that speak have voice over and text but the animation is rather like those japanese kung-fu movies where the lips move and speech come later and doesn't seem to tie in at all with the movements. Anyway, that aside, I found the game challenging enough without being infuriating. Some of the actions seem slightly illogical- I found myself doing one puzzle when I had no idea why I was doing it! That was revealed a little later when I had collected some of the other things I needed for the puzzle.
Some amusing moments in the demo - Guardian/Uncle has mechanical leg which needs oiling regularly..... Strange squirrel/cat-like animal that you have to mind-read...Mechanical robot that can be distracted by a film of its leader... Venus fly trap that can be enlarged to defeat a flying robot....
I guess there are more later in the game which looks quite large in size.
Less that good bits... speech synch- but this is just a minor bugbear- no map, so no quick moves to where you need to be - this entails a lot of back and forth, revisiting puzzles/challenges to final complete them. Diary rather limited in scope and detail - a reminder rather than a hint or help.
Hint recharges quite quickly on the regular level though.
All in all, I recommend this game
June 5, 2013
Great, but the ending could have been better
This is the first game I have seen with this type of theme. I really enjoyed the steam punk influence. The characters were really good. Someone must have a awesome imagination to come up with them. The artwork is wonderful and the storyline was good. I have to say I was really disappointed in the end of the story. I felt like I was left high and dry. I would like to have seen more closure for the main characters and an explanation to what happened to the King and Queen. Overall I was pleased and went ahead and purchased the game after playing the demo.
June 7, 2013
Adventure without hidden object scenes
What a relief to play a great game without hidden object scenes. I like to get on with doing things, not stopping to poke about a pile of stuff to continue the game. Some devs have great games but too many hidden object scenes, so I love this game where I use my brains to solve problems. The hint button is helpful if you get stuck and the inclusion of helpers brings a new dimension. Been playing for a couple of hours and would recommend this game.
June 6, 2013
Not my usual favorite type of game, but I liked it
First of all, if I had read the reviews, I would never have bought this game. I like HOGs and this was anything but. However, I tried the demo and liked it. The story was not especially compelling, the visuals were just so-so, and the audio left much to be desired. In spite of all the drawbacks, I had fun! It helps that I am a big fan of steampunk and this game had elements of the genre.
I usually skip all puzzles, but I actually completed about half of these. I gave all of them a whirl and only skipped when they grew too repetitious or boring. My husband completed some of the puzzles, since he likes them. Also, most of the puzzles fit the storyline, which was great, as it is a pet peeve of mine to have random puzzles just thrown in for no real reason (I'm telling you, I really hate puzzles#.
I bought this on a BOGO weekend, but I would have paid full price for this game. The game lasted a good four hours, even with the puzzle skipping. So, if you hate most puzzle adventures #like I do), try it on a demo. You may like it!
October 12, 2013
This game is just an adventure with no HOS, awesome graphics and a fun and entertaining story line, I just couldn't stop playing, very absorbing and excellent steampunk references all through the game for fans of the genre.
July 5, 2013
Excellent value SE
I liked this one a lot.
Cartoony graphics with an appealing and well explained story. No HOS (which is fine), plentiful puzzles which made some sense, likeable characters. Not a hand-holder and there were definitely moments when I went through the classic adventure "apply everything to everything" routine. Haven't done that in a while.
A couple of quibbles. The hint system isn't always helpful. It is directional, but occasionally took me to areas where no action was yet possible due to unmet conditions.
The only other real quibble I have is that the ending was far from clear to me and rather rushed. I haven't seen a CE version of this on BigFish, but gather there is one. There is a cut scene, but precious little explanation to go with it and the whole thing just grinds to a rather abrupt halt. Since this is a decent length game, I felt slightly let down.
Give it a try. If you enjoyed the Nightmare Realms games, you might like this.
June 17, 2013
I had overlooked this game in the past. But based on the reviews, I thought I would give it a try. I usually don't look at the ratings but use the screenshots instead. This time I didn't and was very pleasantly surprised. It was fun and challenging.
August 14, 2013
Great Game with A Little Edge
This was a great game. It started out with some edge and the story and puzzles were not obvious. You had to think about your next step. Many games are so obvious...it is just a matter of obtaining the next item to progress but little thought is required. This game made you think about how to use inventory items and how to work through puzzles. This was closer to the old days of PC adventure games and there were no HOG which was a plus.
Highly recommend. I didn't give it a 5 as the latter part of the game somewhat lost its edge, but still was a great experience. Wish Big Fish would have more games that were a bit grittier and difficult.
June 29, 2013