Apothecarium: The Renaissance of Evil
Patience Is A Virtue
I had a lot of fun. Was scratching my head a few times.
Looked into the walkthrough a few times. Puzzles were fun to do. Like they mentioned morphing objects is within the HO scene (liked that). Collected coins but did not use them to purchase hints. Sometimes hints were given within the extra boxes within each scene. Excellent game for SE glad I purchased this one. Try it it's either a yes or no. But not for everyone.
October 15, 2013
I just finished the trail. I had 37 minutes to play. The fist time, I tried it got stuck. So, just did not care to finish. I was enjoying it a lot. I figured it out. Now I can purchase.
August 11, 2013
BEAUTIFUL SCENERY....SOUNDS ARE GREAT...ARE WE GONNA HAVE A SEQUEL??...GOOD JOB DEVS!!
August 4, 2013
Why Did I do It?
I wasn't going to write a review on this, but I purchased it because of the great reviews it got. I didn't get very far in the Demo, so I wanted to give a review that perhaps wasn't so special.
I don't regret buying it but it changed from a really good game to one I couldn't wait to end. So far as time, you do get your money's worth.
The fun factor just wasn't there for me. It got so bothersome that I got frustrated with the mini games especially. I do like the morphing hidden objects though. Toward the end the story took a deep left turn to fairy tale land. That is what turned me off. You have a map, but it isn't the best in the world. I would click on a location and ther4 would be nothing to do and the hint button would take me where something needed to be done.
The sound was fine. Some of the voice overs were a bit on obnoxious side, but all in all the visuals were great. Hidden objects were well drawn and the music was good also.
There is a level of challenge which should be of interest to everyone. The morphing objects in the HOS were really fun and challenging and the mini games were a bit on the hard side. I did use the skip quit often.
Storyline skipped around and I either missed something or they left our part of the story at the beginning. I am going to play it again.
If you like longer than normal games and some difficulty getting around, you are going to love this game. I do recommend it.
July 17, 2013
Left me confused
I'm going to have to go against the tide with this one. I just did not enjoy it, although it was a fine game. Perhaps it was just not the day for me to play this one, I'm not quite sure. I felt befuddled, rushed, and impatient during the game. While the graphics were clear and it is a nice soft game release, I'll not be purchasing this one. Perhaps if I really wanted a day where I needed a thinking game, this would be the one. Not today however. :)
July 14, 2013
I loved the graphics, (not the animations) but lets be honest., the voice acting was atrocious to the point of making me cringe.
The story was vague and just didn't draw me in. The thing about this game is the fun of exploring and solving puzzles which it does a really good job of doing.
Progress is mostly intuitive with a few really bad black holes that leave you scratching your head trying to figure out what to do next. These usually occur where the hotspots are fickle. What compounds those situations is that even the hint function is useless when you need it most.
Overall I enjoyed playing this game. It's a fairly good length game that can keep you entertained even if you completely ignore the vague story and non existent plot.
May 18, 2014
Left me undecided
I found that I never knew what the objectives were, and the elixir recipes were ambiguous, All in all - this left me confused and I didn't really enjoy the game play. Too bad - it is nice to see a new game, but I felt like I blundered into understanding the goals only by accident.
July 13, 2013
I have to agree with the "low-stars." The story isn't usually important to me, I play mostly for the challenge/games. In this game I think the games might have been good but this made no sense in any category. Things change and you have no clue who/what/where. You're in one location and you click on "something" (you never know exactly what) and suddenly you're in a completely foreign and seemingly unrelated location. No clue what to do. I didn't get beyond the trial but for me, that either makes or breaks it. Sorry, I'll pass.
July 9, 2014
It may just be me but, i don't like timers, i prefer to come and go without timer timing me. I also don't get that constant morphing in the hidden objects that really bugs me, otherwise not a bad game.
August 9, 2013
Tedious and Confusing
I really wanted to like this game. The rave reviews swayed me to purchase it without doing the demo, what a mistake! The story is confusing, what to do next is confusing, the goal of the game is confusing. The story begins abruptly and seems to revolve around a plague in Italy and you needing to go to one town to find the cure. The town is under the control of a madman or an alien or something.
The graphics are nice, the voice overs are acceptable, the music is annoying (but can be muted). The iHOS are interesting in that some of the objects morph and you have to search and wait for them to morph back. The downside to this is you can't always click on an object even when it shows the "correct" morph'd item. On one of the iHOS scenes, one item could only be collected when it was the "incorrect" morph'd item.
The mini games are so-so and get tedious. There are surprise chests you can click to play additional mini games and collect coins or hint refills. There are also two coins in each scene that you can collect. You can use the coins in the "store" to buy hints (although I never did this). You do earn achievements which is a nice touch in an SE game.
The journal/map combo is clever in that it is a scroll. However, the map is awful. It is confusing and doesn't always show where "to do" items are located. It is interactive, but that doesn't help much when you can't rely on it to give accurate information.
The walkthrough is helpful and I used it a lot since it is so difficult to figure out what to do next. There are several potions you have to make, but the recipes you have to follow are not clear.
I realize I'm in the minority, but I do not recommend this game. I slogged through it because I was determined to see if it got any better. It didn't. As soon as I finished the game, I uninstalled it.
October 2, 2013