Strange Discoveries: Aurora Peak Collector's Edition
Gorgeous graphics and good storyline. Stuff happens at the beginning and you enter into a mystery. Pleasant music and nicely-done voices. Did I say the gorgeous graphics and wonderful animations - especially liked the changing birds and flowers. Collect souvenirs. Good ratio of HOS and puzzles. CE extras include ability to replay HOS, puzzles and music, as well as look at the preview art, in addition to the normal bonus game and wallpapers. 3 modes of play. Very good production values. An entertaining play.
July 13, 2013
A Nice and Relaxing Game - Review Of Completed Game
STORY: You take on the role of a geologist and you get a call from your brother Alan to join him to investigate some of the odd mutated plants and animals along with some mysterious crystals at your grandfather's resort - Aurora Peak.
CHAPTERS: 7 (bonus review at bottom)
There is Widescreen.
There is Voice-over.
3 PLAY MODES: Easy, Medium, Hard.
In Easy mode, the Hint button takes 60 seconds to recharge.
In Medium mode, the Hint buttom takes 3 minutes to recharge. Skip is the same for charge up. Hint is also helpful outside of HOS as I tried it out during my demo time before I actually started playing the game.
In Hard mode, sparkles and hints are disabled, and you cannot skip puzzles. There are black bar tips however.
BOX: There is also a box at the bottom that will give you the stories of the different characters as you encounter them.
MAP: This is transporter and shows where you are, where there is things to do and also shows areas with ? marks that haven't been discovered yet.
HOS: A very nice variety here: Word list, silhouette, place items back into the scene and they are very interactive here. I thought these were really well done here.
PUZZLES: I really didn't come across anything new: Rotate rings, get the bear out of the maze, making potions, etc.
Well I'm going to start off with the graphics. I thought they were beautifully done. I had no problem with them being fuzzy, dated or anything else. I also really liked the cut scenes.
The voice overs are really good however the characters mouths don't move.
I really enjoyed the game play as I thought the balance of HOS, puzzles and adventure traveling back/forth was well balanced but didn't come across any HOS until the demo time was almost up and then more as I moved along in the game.
I also felt the main game came to a satisfactory conclusion for me but the bonus chapter does add to the story. Some locations are from the main game but some new ones. I was also satisfied with the length as I don't like for games to go on and on.
Main game 4 hours. Bonus Chapter: 1 1/2 hours. I mostly played in the hard mode. Only switched back to easy mode to find 2 objects in the HOS and to skip 2 puzzles. Oh and I also didn't find all the morphing objects. Those for me were pretty well hidden. I didn't find these to be as obvious as most games I've played. I only found 12 of them.
20 morphing objects
Gallery of Concept Art and Music
Mini-games (6HOS & 15 puzzles)
Overall 4 stars from me. I only have 2 criticisms about this game and that is: While I enjoyed the story and this game for the most part I wish this would of been more suspenseful and no I don't mean going the way of the occult and the thing that annoyed me the most was the 3 play modes: . If you choose not to have sparkles you lose hints and cannot skip puzzles? You have to switch back/forth. I didn't have to do it a lot thank goodness but I don't like this at all. Please address this Big Fish and developer by just making a CUSTOM MODE where we can choose if we want sparkles, black bar tips, the hint/skip to fill quick and then have it apply to the game.
As always, give it a whirl and decide for yourself.
July 15, 2013
I really didn't want to like it but...
Well, I read the reviews and thought this should be interesting. After the first half hour, thought it was a bit easy, but then hit a wall in the game. Drove me nuts not being able to figure it out, so had to resort to the guide (I HATE doing that!) to continue. Just didn't warm up to the game, but...
The graphics are absolutely beautiful. Games were fun, love having a ratio of more mini puzzles to HOS. The other reviewers covered all the morphing, achievements, guide and map.
I think this is a really good game. I will probably buy it as the SE, because I just didn't fall in love with the game. If I had played it before last weekend, I would have purchased the CE when the sale was in effect. I also am not familiar with the developer, VASI Studios.
Demo'd it on Medium level.
July 24, 2013
It's okay, nothing special, other than graphics
The best thing about this game is the unique artwork, esp the crystal affected plants and animals.
Otherwise it is a pretty standard HOG. The HOS are good, puzzles are nothing new. Story is a little predictable. There are a few morphing objects to find, not sure why they are "souvenirs" or why I'd want to have a place to look at them again.
Played on hardest mode and had no trouble. Thankfully you can mute the voiceovers and music.
Bonus game is the same level of quality as the regular game.
It misses being a fantastic game for so many reasons, make sure to get it on sale if you decide to get it.
July 24, 2013
Demo is worth a try!
Nice game today. Graphics and game play are very good. I really liked the jungle atmosphere, realism and sound FX. HOGs were clean and not difficult to find items (switches between straigh HOG and silhouette). Games were not extremely difficult but do take some thought and a bit of time on some. You have a choice of cursors to use, which is really great...and they actually work as they should!
Liked that you could click through the dialogue, since I read faster than they talk. There isn't really much in the way of dialogue in this game, so other than the sound FX, it is pretty quiet. There are morphing objects, which I like, but they are not as easy to see as you think.
This is a nice game, as I said, but something is missing. There isn't much action, but there is a lot of running back and forth to the same location and scene, so put on your tennis shoes. Yes, missing brother and you are there to save him and everyone else, but the location makes it an interesting story. Even though I have sworn off CE games, I may have to get this one during the great sale and see where it goes (I'm sure I know already). Going to give the other game that came out today a try first...I may get them both.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may not care for this one at all. Thanks for the reviews.
July 13, 2013
This game was pleasant and challenging and I liked the story line about saving a resort that is family owned. It was different and colorful. I think the voice overs could have been a little more entertaining but as it was you understood who was speaking. I found this game less challenging then others but some of the mini games were very challenging. I liked the HOS sceenes they were challenging but not annoying. All in all this game was fun to play.
July 13, 2013
A lovely, interesting and beautiful game.
"Strange Discoveries: Aurora Peak" was a very nice game to play and it was different, for a change. No gloomy locations or characters and colourful graphics. I really immersed myself in the world of Aurora Peak, it felt believable, the story and the characters. The storyline was a bit different and definitely interesting. A great game, no doubt about it.
The bonus chapter was equally beautiful and Edwards' yacht was very beautifully designed. The storyline was practically the same, but building the machine was very fullfilling. This time, you really did save Aurora Peak and its animals and also its flora.
The puzzles was another thing that I liked about this game. My favorite was the one were you had to heal the little bear cub. I wish there would had been more of these!
My only downfalls with the game were:
- Not that many places to visit. You were almost always at the Resort. More locations would have been really nice.
- In the bonus chapter, there a bit too many HO scenes and, although in the main game you had two or three types of hidden objects scenes, in the bonus chapter you would only look for objects on a list. It was disappointing and a bit tiring.
Overall, I loved to spend time in Aurora Peak! This game was a real joy to play. Very beautiful but also very meaningful in its environment related messages and advices.
July 22, 2013
This was a nice light, bright, colorful, fun game. Not bad storyline and some interesting characters. Not overly long but decent. Loved the morphing items and achievements and I liked that they were carried into the extra chapter. Makes it feel like it is more of a continuation of the game instead of just an after thought add on. A fair amount of varying HO scenes and quite a few mini games which I like. They' re good at breaking up the game play. The music was pretty good.. it changed with the locations and the VO's, with the exception of the brother, were fairly well done. Flying the hand glider was fun. What made this game I thought, were the achievements and morphing items as without these it could have been a fairly average game. But overall I quite liked it. Well done.
July 22, 2013
Could Have Been More ...
Good Graphics & Sound ... With A Story That Was OK ...
This Game Was Enjoyable, But Very Short With Very Little To Offer In The Wow Factor Department And Therefore Not Worthy Of A CE Price ... Although The Bonus Chapter Does Add A Nice Conclusion ...
I Got Mine For Little More Than A SE So I Can't Complain Too Much ...
July 14, 2013
A must buy for me.
Didn't get far on trial game but the colours are clear, map works great (sure saves time). The sound quality is great but the music bothers me. I am a slow player so I get the bass for awhile. heh heh. Puzzles great, HOS well placed of objects we need, clever hiding job. I will be getting this game soon.
July 13, 2013