Namariel Legends: Iron Lord
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
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
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
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
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
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
An Adventure That Coulda Been....
As a fan of Playrex Games I expected fun and challenge from this adventure. Well, there is, sad to say, little of each. The fun so far (45 min. of demo) has been in the rather lame one-liners from the main character and his uncle. But that's not a big downer. The biggest flaw for me is the cartoonish graphic style, the almost totally linelar gameplay and the feeling of non-involvement for the player. So far, no HO's, you pick up an object, use it now or a bit later, find another object, repeat (yawn). Long dialogue which vanishes too quickly and unmatched VO's that you cannot replay. The story isn't all that bad, but the mechanics make this a tiring trip back & forth without much feeling of accomplishment. In short, there are much better adventures out there and this is not the best Playrex offering around.
June 5, 2013
Liked it a lot, you have to lock the inventory or it will drive you crazy, up and down every time you move over it.
It's a big game, and i am considering buying for today special 4.89 good bargain. keeps you going , kinda hard, but not too.
June 5, 2013
TOO TECHNICAL FOR ME
Review based on about 3 hours of game play in casual mode..
Animation/VOS - Good but not as much as I had hoped for.
HOS - None but you must search each location for various objects which will go into your inventory.
Hint - Fast charge. Gives clues and directions.
Journal - Contains story, photos, clues, etc.
Inventory Bar - Locks into place. Items used fairly quickly in other locations.
Liked Jim, my little helper. :-D
Puzzles/Mini-Games - Very unique. Different from the norm of sliders, etc. Fast skip charge.
Could have done without the constant loading from scene to scene.
After a while, this game became too technical with the many items you had to find parts for and repair. I had forgotten what the storyline was about. I do enjoy games involving robotics but this game didn't hold my interest for very long.
For those of you who like a game with challenge, adventure (so do I but not this much. lol) and NO HOS, you'll love this one. I will recommend based on these features because I realize to each his/her own. Happy gaming to all!!!
July 29, 2013