Apothecarium: The Renaissance of Evil
I loved this game but for some reason my computer didn't, so I'll review on what I was able to play. The story line takes place towards the middle ages and is about evacuation of the plague. It has a great storyline. The hos were totally fun as they had morphing objects and you had to get the object before it morphed, you also could play match games if you preferred. There were 3 levels casual, adventure and challenge. In the journal there were tasks, replayable puzzles achievements and coin collection so that you can buy upgrades. You have to earn hints, so it made it difficult in the beginning. You also need to watch as you put items together that have landed in your inventory. I found this game to be exciting and fun and definitely would recommend.
July 13, 2013
what a different and great game
Boy not this one is different some what to the other games and is a real challenge to play. Not hard just lots going on. You also get achievements. Almost looks like a CE but not. The graphics are good and the music is intense. The hint button works good. The HOS are really good and not all that easy, lots to find and some change. Really different but fun. Lots in interaction in this game with the items you find as how to use them. Good directions during the game and has voice over.
You need to try this one and see how you like it. Again different than the normal SE that you are used to playing.
July 13, 2013
I love this game, I bought it right away after a few minutes..The graphics and sounds was awesome..I loved the story line..
Thx BG and devs you out did yourselfs on this game..
I recommend this awesome game..
November 2, 2013
My new favorite
Wow what a game. Hard to believe that this wasn't a CE. This has it all. Thoroughly enjoyed the game play, the story line, the puzzles and everything else. I don't usually rate games but this one was worth a comment.
September 22, 2013
Colorful, brilliantly conceived imagery; exciting music score; a fun (if not historically accurate) tale and lots of puzzles make this game a must have. Never know what delightful scene will open next. Glad I didn't pass on this one.
August 17, 2013
don't miss this one ,try it looks like a CE and it worth more than a SE , wont regret and I cant believe when I played the demo excellent graphics storyline and it long I run out of time I haven't excepting this
August 10, 2013
Outstanding (and a real surprise)
This one wasn't what I expected. As others have commented, it is loaded with things to do. There were so many rooms that I was beginning to think I'd never reach the end. "What?! ANOTHER one?!" I don't buy games unless there's a jump map. Here we have one that is beautiful and clever -- even with this, they went to the max with the design. The game takes morphing objects to a new level -- they're within the HOS! Clever, charming and fun. I loved the artwork and the wildly imaginative world it depicted. Surrealistic! Soooo much attention to detail. Even the deep backgrounds have things to look at. I wanted to linger on each scene to take it all in. This one has way more in it than many so-called Collector games, so it's well worth the price of an SE. You'll get hours and hours of fun. And it's not always easy. Pay attention to your surroundings. Some of the objects you're seeking are well hidden. I wasn't familiar with the devs before this. I'll definitely watch for their games in future. I hope they keep to this standard of excellence! Wow!
August 7, 2013
Unique scenery awaits you....
I really enjoyed this game, especially the scenery. It had very imaginative rooms and there were plenty of rooms to work through! If you like puzzles, the mini-games will keep you entertained. You also have the option of switching your HO scene into a match 3 which is good. Overall, a great play.
August 5, 2013
Possibly a little gem (for those with patience)
I think I love it because:
* it's an SE with all my favourite CE features -
- 20 achievements
- coins to collect to buy hints (hint does not refill)
- map to obtain which is interactive and informative
- morphing objects
- inventory objects to combine
- surprise boxes to win by solving puzzles
* it's really quirky and unique -
- morphing objects are within the HOSs
- new puzzles that I haven't encountered before
- a villain who goes "Mwah ha ha!"
BUT, and here's why you need patience and understanding:
* there ARE glitches
* some of the words used are odd eg "clutch" for "C-clamp"
* free hint to travel but you have to buy the rest so have to keep popping to the shop
* the characters' voices and the music can get on your nerves
* no full screen so some things eg the map are a bit hard to see.
HOWEVER, I can put up with that for the sheer novelty of the game and (since I have a coupon) will buy it.
DEFINITELY try before you buy and persevere. This is a 'marmite' game - you'll either love it or hate it!
July 13, 2013
What a drugstore!!
Usually soft releases are laughable and/or forgettable. Apothecarium is neither. Based on the demo only I can attest this game shows lots of promise to be a very fine addition to the HOPA genre. It's not the best drawn game that I have ever seen and there are some little issues that I have which keep me from bestowing 5 stars on it. The most glaring issue I have is with the mini-puzzles. Unless I just have not seen it, there are no how to's as an aid to solving the puzzles. Some of them really need instructions. There are voiceovers which is practically a must these days. I like that the HOG scenes include morphing objects that are integral to the scene. The storyline is nothing new. Some baddie is terrorizing a town, this time using a plague to dominate the world. Our task of course is to defeat him.
There are powerups which can be purchased by acquiring coins strewn about the village. They can be of assistance either in HOG scenes or in alternate Match 3 games that can be used in lieu of the HOG's. I think there is a map but darned if I can find it. If the puzzles had instructions this would be a stellar addition to the genre. The lack thereof demotes it somewhat. That it is available as an SE version
from the getgo is a plus. Apothequarium outshines lots of CE's out there. I have a game credit running out in a few days so I will get it as a freebie. All HOG and HOPA addicts should certainly give the game a trial as it will not disappoint.
July 13, 2013