Nearwood Collector's Edition
I'm not interested in the little Snoop-See, so I will be waiting until the SE. :-)
Developed by Magic Indie
Review based on demo
IN THE BEGINNING...
Jane Lockwood was raised by her Aunt after her mom passed away and her dad disappeared. Now her Aunt has passed, and left her a cryptic note that she's kept a secret from Jane.
Jane sets off to her parents' old house and meets up with Fey, who will be her elf guide through the land of Nearwood. Not only will Jane uncover the secrets of her past, but also she'll need to free Nearwood from the grip of an unspeakable evil.
PLAY THE GAME...
This is mainly an adventure game with puzzles. The HO scenes are few and far between; the demo contained one "multiple item" scene and two FROGs. The puzzles were all familiar, but did require some planning and thought.
The cinematics running behind the menu are mesmerizing, as so many have said. Graphics are artistic and fantastic, with objects represented realistically. The scenes are colorful but not garish. Animation is done well, which is good as there are a LOT of cutscenes (at least at the beginning of the game).
The music was appropriate to the theme, ethereal in spots, dramatic in others. At times, there were just the sounds of the forest. I thought the voiceovers were quite good.
The map shows active areas and transports, but must recharge before transporting again. This may be annoying further on in the game when the playing area becomes larger. A satchel holds clues for you. Inventory locks, and Fey serves as your hint.
Extras include a bonus chapter, the SG, collectible "Snoop-sees" that unlock an encyclopedia, and the developer's portfolio of sights and sounds.
THE LAST WORD?
While I don't find this game worthy of CE status, I do nonetheless like it and will probably pick up the SE. So that's my recommendation.
March 19, 2014
WORTH THE BUY...GREAT GAME
Nearwood CE Review
The game is quite fun and I really got into it. It was quite a long game, I did not time myself but I know it was at least 6 hours or more of game play plus an extra 40 minutes to hour on the bonus part and I usually finish games fairly fast. I did have to use my hint button a few times which I don?t normally have to do.
Perks of the game?
-the game is very long
-the hint button recharges quite quickly
-the music was good and set the game
-voiceovers were well done
-graphics were beautiful and very nicely done
-there were not a lot or to many HO scenes
-there is a map that allows you to travel and shows you were things of interest are
-finding the little creatures was fun however I found over 100 and still did not find all of them :(
-the puzzles were not too difficult but fun and challenging
-the story line was good and very enjoyable with a great and happy ending thanks to the bonus chapter :)
There are a few cons but they don?t measure up to the pros of the game?
-it was hard to find all the creatures in some areas
-there is a lot of back and forth between scenes and at time for getting were you were or were to go next
-even though there is a map it only lets you travel 2 or 3 times and then it has to recharge before traveling any more
-the bonus features, besides the bonus game play, I found to be kind of lame
So that?s about it I hope this helps ya all
Have fun and enjoy:)
August 28, 2013
Nice graphics and game play. Voice over is very good, but a lot of talking. You can skip the talking completely, but you can't "click" through it to hurry it along if you read faster than they talk, as I do. Jump map is nice, but it does not have the name of the location on any of the dots. You go so many places, it is sometimes hard to remember where the crossroads, or whatever, might be. It needs to be labeled. The jump map also has a meter that needs to reload before you can use it to jump again...very annoying.
The SG is located in a bad place. Too much clutter. The SG is nice, but when you blow up the pictures to see a better view, they are quite blurry. As usual, not happy about showing only one chapter. Makes me wonder how short this CE really is. Hint system is good and takes usual amount of time to reload. You find three creatures in each location, which will add a page to your journal, explaining what is happening...cute. Nice music, very relaxing.
HOGs are silhouettes and some are quite hard to find...eye strain. Games are not simple and take some time and thought to complete...very different and clever. This game was not extremely challenging, but well done. I'm not sure this is CE worthy and I do not find the "need" to run right out and buy it, but I will put it in my puddle for a CE special, and get it later.
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.
August 9, 2013
Another beautifully rendered game and adventure...abeit...TOO SHORT!
Loved the game the story the graphics are absolutely pristine and so much color and detail....I will probably play it again just to really take in all the beauty and detail....plus I didn't get to the Snoop-Sees fully story, a nice little aside to the main story. If it had been as long as Rite of Passage I would have given it the same 5 stars and a new favorite....alas it was no where near as long which along with new and interesting ways to find HO's is my biggest incentive to urge others to buy at CE prices - keeping in mind that it also must be a great story with A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. graphics. Although I did pay out the price.....simply because well I ran out of games to play LOL....really BF you need to get more HO's and adventure games pumped out..... it's toooo long in between.
August 8, 2013
Very Nice Soothing Game (Based on Demo)
Although the game started off with a sad story, it proceeded with very beautifully visual and soothing game play. The music was also very soft and lovely, so if that kind of atmosphere puts you to sleep, this is probably not your game.
I found the little helper kind of irritating, but overlooked that because of the visual and sound quality overall.
I liked the puzzles and found none were over-the-top challenging. There was a lot of back and forth but then the transporter map was useful for that.
I dont see much point in the collecting of little critters, but it does give you more to do in the game.
While I can't say it was a knock my socks off game, it was a breath of fresh air. Not sure it is CE worthy, but I would definitely purchase the SE version when it is released.
August 8, 2013
Such a wonderfully artistic game
The art style, the details, the landscape! They were all simply breathtaking!
I absolutely recommend this game to anyone who values the visual quality of the games! I loved doing the challenges as well! Almost everything was perfect! I'm definitely going to be looking for other games by this team!
(See my full review on my blog)
December 28, 2013
Have you watched the intro animation all the way through?
If you haven't you really should. This is the only game I know of where you can really enjoy the game before you even start the game. The animated sequence loops, but I think it's enjoyable. The game itself is fun. I'm not fond of annoying little creatures/characters, but they aren't too annoying in this game. I like the puzzles and most of the artwork. But that intro is what earned it the stars.
September 28, 2013
good game. Little short and not much HOS
Pretty good game. Needs to be longer for a CE. No real HOS if you are used to finding what is listed under the HOS. The HOS that are there are good and interactive. Puzzles are good but not really new. Have little critters to find. Story is good and graphics are also good. I think you should wait and get the SE when it comes out.
August 10, 2013
Nearwood Next To Perfect
Finally a game that meets my must have list. Beautiful Graphics. Charming and interesting characters. Nice flow to the game.
Puzzles and HO's were very good and lots to do. Some back and forth for those who hate that.
Just about had it all.
August 26, 2013
Although I dont like "mother dies" motive, this game was quite interesting.
Played only 30 mins but I guess it's gonna be a buy. :)
August 9, 2013