Princess Isabella: The Rise of an Heir
My Opinion Definitely Hasn't Changed - Cure For Insomnia - Review Based On Demo
Widescreen: This did fill my 20 inch monitor just fine as I didn't have to adjust anything but some people just from reading reviews have the black bars.
There are 3 game play modes: Casual, Advanced, Custom (in which you can change the refill speed of both the Skip and Hint buttons but not the glints). You can also change at any time during the game. I played custom.
There is voice overs.
There is a journal however no map.
There is also a magic wand that is in between the inventory and the hint button. It can help you to do certain things you can't do by yourself.
You will get a Dragon Flute shorty into the game that you use to get help from the dragon.
HOS: Found by word list or find so many of any item. Not interactive.
Puzzles: The usual run of the mill found in many games. Just to name a couple: Stack the flutes in the center biggest to smallest and rotate the rings.
Hint/Skip: Charge up very quick.
My overall impression:
I've played the demo of the CE and that far from wowed me and my opinion definitely hasn't changed now that the SE version is here.
The first "Princess Isabella" is still one of my all time favorites, while I thought the second one was disappointing. I was however very anxious to see what this one might be like. Unfortunately I found this one to be very disappointing.
To start with the graphics I found to be very subdued especially the HOS however I didn't find them to be Sanford & Son junkyard. I'm also pretty much into cut scenes but this game had far too many.
The game play is similar to the other 2 "Isabella" games (portraits, break things, etc.) which is OK if you're into nostalgia, I suppose. However I would think they would try to come up with something new here.
The voice overs I found to be good as they seem to fit the game here.
The black bar tips/hints well they are not hints or tips, but instructions on what to do, where to do it, what to use, etc. I'm not sure about the harder mode but the custom no way to turn these off. I thought this was the whole purpose of a custom mode to set the game as you want?
Sorry Big Fish and developers. Two stars is the best I can do for this game. I'm afraid it's a no go for me. This was too childish, boring, and even too easy for my taste. I had all I could do to stay awake and make it through the demo time of this so I definitely won't be buying the SE version here.
As always, give it a whirl and decide for yourself.
June 16, 2013
What a let down!
I loved the first two Princess Isabella games. I have played them several times. There was a lightness and whimsical quality to them that raised them above the very dark and usual adventure games. It was fun having a map to make it easier to navigate. This last game goes too dark and loses the whimsy that drew me to these games to begin with. The going back and forth constantly ruins many a good adventure game. I got tired of going back forth to the same scenes. Please bring out a new Princess Isabella that brings back the charm of the first two.
July 12, 2013
not the best HO
Briefly, after 20 minutes of game time: outdated graphics, terrible music, stale Storry, just boring. Most pleased with a bad game, the graphics the player. It just pleased to finish the game.
June 17, 2013
I used to like this series but after 30 minutes of playing Princess Isabella: The Rise of an Heir, I'm not so sure of that anymore. The game is dark and overwhelmingly evil. I am sorry but there is only so much one can take before a game isn't fun anymore and it becomes depressing. I was hoping for better.
June 20, 2013
Ok for kids and thats all...terrible
June 20, 2013
Awful, awful, awful!
Music was so awful, the storyline was useless, challenge was a bit weird and annoying, and B-O-R-I-N-G!
June 16, 2013
Should have known from the title, this is geared towards preteen girls. It will make an adult's teeth ache, it's so sweet.
July 6, 2013
Why are the graphics so bad in this, when the artwork in the first Princess Isabella was so beautiful?? Gogi must have fired all the good artists and replaced them with monkeys!! All the artwork looks unfinished, with sharp edges and overlapping two dimensional images..really bad and disappointing. It looks as if it is still in the drafting stage. Next there is the matter of the VOs....the fairy helper thingy sounds like a squirrel on speed...really horrible and annoying and requires immediate muting! The printing is tiny, the objects and directional scenes poorly animated and too small and the mini games are standard and boring...and how many times do we have to call the dragon using the flute?...really started to get under my skin in a very short time! All in all, a total disappointment...wouldn't have it if they gave it to me!
June 16, 2013
I'm so disappointed
I liked the other 2 games in this series, but this one, is soooo hard to maneuver around. or understand...what's with the ruins and making it into words? How did that work? I don't want to use the guide throughout the game. I'm sorry, but this game was more frustrating than fun for me...and who need that?
June 19, 2013