Strange Discoveries: Aurora Peak Collector's Edition
Leaning over the peak
I like this game, but it leaned over to being a little tired game. The graphics and characters were great. It kept me busy. HO's were okay. Had plenty to do. Interaction with critters.
The hint button did help and the interactive map did get me to where I wanted to be, but did not really help me to see where I needed to work. So was left guessing which area to go to for items or things to work on.
I Like the game and would buy it. I don't think everyone will like it though.
August 5, 2013
Good Game BUT Im So NOT Excited!
Years have gone by and you get an urgent message from your brother who wants you to return to the mountain resort once owned by your Grandfather. Upon arrival, you notice that plants and animals in the area have started to morph and it seems to be a natural phenomenon connected to some strange local crystals. You realise that there is a devious plot that could endanger the entire world and its up to you uncover Aurora Peak?s deadly secret.
To be honest, I wasn't paticularily thrilled with this game. The graphics were mediocre with a somewhat cartoonish look to it. There are voice-overs and music that is very non-obtrusive. Three play modes are offered and you have the option to switch during the game.
Game features include a journal and a map that will allow you to jump. There are achievements along with a list of morphing objects that are somewhat difficult to spot. Puzzles are relatively easy to solve but mini-games were nevertheless interesting to play. So why did this game not thrill me? I just could not immerse myself into the plot and for me, the look of the game was somewhat dated. However I did enjoy the HO scenes which varied and were somewhat challenging to play. Alot of interaction and some objects were difficult to spot. So I still ask myself; Why did this game not thrill me? After all, it has all the elements we expect from a CE HOPA.
Perhaps the storyline is just a bit too familiar or perhaps I have played too many of these of late and am getting somewhat bored with just going through the motions. However when in doubt, I merely compare a game to those I have enjoyed and that really sums it up. Compared to games like Witches Legacy or Myths of the World, it seems that this game just lacks the WOW factor. Developers have made a rather good attempt and It does have collectables and achievments and apparently the bonus section does seem to add closure to the storyline.
I personally am not thrown over but nevertheless will take advantage of todays sale which I believe will prompt many to buy this game. It is a good game, not great but will no doubt come down to preferences.
July 13, 2013
No real WOW factor
It's nice. You have the usual CE features including:
* morphing objects (apparently, though I forgot to look for them)
* a variety of HOS styles (silhouettes to find, use to find next/interactive word list/replacing objects)
* lots of puzzles including making potions though they are very straightforward
* map which I didn't need
Graphics were colourful.
Story was same old and I didn't really care about the characters. They 'suggested' what to do next and (maybe I am just pedantic, but) one of them had a missing wife who he was apparently searching for but he was still standing there everytime I went past, another warned you not to move because of something terrible behind you and then told you to dash about finding the bits to mend her broken machine.
It's worth a try and you may find more in it than I did in my hour. I will look forward to seeing reviews of the whole game but, sorry, I'm not prepared to invest yet, even with the offer on.
July 13, 2013
An OK CE that could have been great...
This game was really annoying because the play mode options were either easy and medium (both with sparkles), or hard (with no sparkles, hints or skips)! So, played hard mode as hate sparkles, but had to keep switching modes in options to skip puzzles, get a hint or find a HO in a scene.
And even having switched back to hard mode for HOS, the dreaded sparkles still appeared, in what were mildly interactive HOGs.
The music was ok, the graphics good but not exceptional, the voices a bit slow in the chat scenes. There were morphing objects, and other collectibles.
Not an overly long game; finished entire game including bonus level in 4 hours.
The SG was useful and easy to follow.
I bought it as there was a weekend discount, would not have paid full price. A good game for beginners that like to be hand held and shown the way with sparkles, but for more seasoned players it's a bit of a damp squib.
July 13, 2013
Good, not great
I enjoyed the opening of this and really hoped for more. It reminded me a little of Botanica, but didn't take advantage of the exotic things happening to the plants and animals in Aurora Peak. A pity - this felt like a missed opportunity to do something a little different.
Apart from a few issues convincing the cursor that the hotspots in HOS really were the hotspots, I had no gameplay issues. This is a lavish, professional production, but it all feels rather routine.
I suspect we haven't seen the last of our misquided villain either. If there is a sequel, I hope it has the courage to take the game a little further.
I do recommend, but on reflection, should have waited for the SE. This is a 3.5 star CE for me.
July 13, 2013
Its Too Bad, Its Just OK
In the beginning I thought this would be a great game, but as I went further along, it just got little boring. I had to use the hint button too much just to figure out what to do next. I don't know, this game was just not for me.
July 14, 2013
Nothing new, nothing outstanding, nothing to write home about
This isn't a bad game, it's just sort of blah. No real challenge, too many H0's in later chapters, collectibles and achievements are sort of tacked on.
The story - Crystals sprout around your inherited resort and start mutating all life, plus people are getting kidnapped and something is going on. Not bad, just boring. The mutating crystal thing is an interesting concept but it doesn't really get used.
Gameplay - No H0's in the first few chapters but tedious amounts in later chapters. Middle chapters have a few silhouette variations and one lonely "put the items back" scene. Mini-games are dolled up versions of the usual stuff and many of them are slow. Inventory items are fairly obvious. Morphing objects are mostly very obvious. A few I clicked on thinking it was something I needed.
Can't speak for the extra content. After the 4th H0 in 10 minutes, I was too bored to finish the game and can't play the bonus chapters.
I really wish I hadn't let the sale talk me into this game. It's maybe worth the SE price if there's nothing else to play.
July 14, 2013
Objection To Sparkles In The Advanced Level
I very much dislike sparkles in any game and thankfully they don^t exist in the medium level (or called the advanced level in general) of a great majority of games. But in this game unfortunately they are there in the medium level and you cannot cancel them. So I selected the hard level which has no sparkles but in this level the hint and skip buttons do not work.
I don't use the hint or skip buttons frequently, but I'm not a great fan of puzzles and not very patient with them. When I'm frustrated I prefer to skip it and continue the adventure.
This game does not give me the chance to enjoy it as it forces me either to tolerate the sparkles (which I can't) or to solve each puzzle whether I'm bored or not (which I don^t
like to do). As a result I pass this game.
July 13, 2013
Graphics were nice in this game, but that doesn't make a good game. It was painfully easy to play and it was not very long. The CE version is not worth the $$$. Therefore I cannot recommend this one, even to a beginner. There are much better games to start out on.
August 9, 2013
Not what I expected
I bought this game and didn't finish the demo believing that it would be so much more than it really is. The longer I play, the less enthusiastic I am. The graphics are beautiful, yes, but it has just turned out to be, to me, another "on the search for (fill in the blank)". For me, it's just an okay game, but I would recommend it.
July 22, 2013