Awakening: The Sunhook Spire Collector's Edition
No good direction on where to go next.
I like most of the games, but this one did not give enough information if you got stuck, especially on the bonus section.
August 30, 2013
Loved It? Not So Much
I will be going against the grain here. I have played all the other Awakening games and really liked them. Sadly, this one does not top my list of "must haves".
While this one still has the soothing music (perhaps a bit too soothing) and pretty colors in the scenery, the puzzles were a bit too abstract for me. I got some of them, but some of the clues for the puzzles were so obscure that I had to click the skip button in order to progress.
The map was no help at all unless you knew WHY you needed to go somewhere. And the darling little owl was not much help either in the way of hints. I asked for a hint and didn't understand it. After wandering aimlessly, I asked for another hint and got the same message. No help at all. Finally, the journal gave me a clue, but by the time I figured it out, my demo was over.
I did like the unique HO style near the beginning. However, that was not enough to convince me this was a game I had to have. Maybe I just couldn't think outside the box today, but I would have to say I can't recommend this game.
August 17, 2013
Still better than most BFG HOGs, but not as good as previous Awakening games
Overall, I liked the game, but not as much as I liked previous Awakening games. The hints weren't very helpful and often involved hitting the hint button over and over again in different locations either because it kept pointing to an area without any hint (an area in which I could not figure out what to do) or it kept giving extremely vague hints with no idea where the object was that I needed to interact with. The in-game guide is nearly useless because it's not complete (or, if it is, I couldn't figure out how to access more than the tiny bit that was visible). There was nothing to tell you what the various elemental forms of the Dragon did, either. Some of the click points were so constricted that I had to click things into the same place 5 times before they worked or stuck. Honestly, I found that my opinion of the game largely alternated between frustrating and boring, neither feelings I normally felt playing previous Awakening games. It's a game with good potential, but I think they should have taken a bit more time to polish the game (and they could have left out the hidden object scenes, but I suppose that's asking too much for a BFG). All that being said, the graphics were lovely, as usual, and there were plenty of cute critters to interact with, as usual. Thus, I give it 3 stars.
August 21, 2013
Not up to Awakening Standard
I have to agree with MRSSHARON. I've played a lot of HO games, including the other Awakenings, but this one is just so-so. I had my doubts with the demo, but figured it would get better as it went, so I bought it. It didn't.
I normally don't use hints and almost never use the skip button. I probably skipped as many minis as I played. The ones I skipped were just too confusing. Even with the description it wasn't clear what I was supposed to do. I did think that the hints were pretty clear, but as I said I normally don't use the hint feature of a game and had to use it A LOT with this one.
BTW, the minis that I did play, were mostly time wasters. How to solve them was obvious, but they were structured in such a way that you had to spend a lot of time doing it.
I gave this game a 3 overall. I think that's charitable.
August 18, 2013
Nowhere near as good as the first 3!
Here we go with a 5th installment of the Awakening adventures. I have 3 of the first 4, didn't care for Skyware Castle and couldn't justify getting it for my collection. This game has the same type of graphics and blah colors. Game play is nice. Music okay.
The map identifies the locations when you run the cursor over it (major plus). Does have morphing objects, and they are not that easy to spot. Like the little dragon.
This game was not all that exciting, nor was it very challenging. I was not drawn in like I was with the first 3 games, which were very good games. I did sort of like the HOGs...different with the need to change the screen color to pick up the object. But again, not exciting.
Did not care for the SG at all. Mostly because you can't access it from the game screen, you have access from the menu, then triple exit out to get back to the game...too much clicking. Went backward in time with this one. I found it easier and less time consuming to just use the hint button, which worked quite nicely. Even with the special today, I do not have the need to purchase this game. Too bad, I do like the series. I'm not even sure I will get the SE when it comes out. It is not a bad game, so I do recommend it. The devs just needed to take a little more time with it.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may find this one quite enjoyable and exactly what you are looking for today. Thanks for the reviews.
August 17, 2013
sad awakening for me
The game is one of those where the developers do not know when you should be closing. Dragon and Owl nerve only, the Storry becomes boring part by part, it's always to do the same. The puzzles are quite complex but not difficult to participate. The graphics are not the best. The music is ok. At some point, the help is not available or the answer meaningless. That does not make it easier and frustration comes on. For this, my time is too precious.
August 18, 2013
This game was a pain in the butt, to say the least!! I have mixed emotions about the game. The scenery was pretty and I liked the cute characters, especially the dragon and the owl. However, I had difficulty figuring out what the hints meant, where to go, etc. It was a cute enough story but just too confusing. I finished the main game and started the bonus but had to quit as I got to a puzzle I could not skip and could not figure out the instructions. When I don't get to play the bonus, I don't feel like I've gotten my money's worth out of a CE. I have played the other Awakening games and am sure I will get the sequel to this one if they produce one. All in all, this game needs improvement on instructions, etc. but is still enjoyable enough and I do recommend it.
August 22, 2013
NOT the best Awakening story!
I'm a huge fan of the Awakening series but this one just didn't make it! Far too many puzzles! I'd rather have som more HOS instead. The story is not as intriguing as the other four in the series. Actually it seems like the creators had too little time on their hands or just got sloppy. If you love the series you'd want to play it and is well worth the time since it's a continuing story but if this is your first encounter with princess (now queen) Sophia I recommend getting started with the first ones instead!
The only really cute and innovative character in this game is the catfish! Cutest animal ever seen...with a cool attitude as well!
August 20, 2013
Conclusion until the next chapter is out
I am not the biggest fan of this series and wonder why so many people like it. I bought them all based on the rave reviews it had received. I was disappointed in the earlier games, but this one was a bit better.
The makers cut down a bit on the mini-games which was a good thing. We meet up with our characters to save the Sunhook Spire from an attack as well as save Sophia's parents. If one follows the storyline, they will have to get the other four games.
I did enjoy the series for the most part but I would not of paid full price for them. I also don't think this CE is worth it either as the bonus game again is a bit short. True, it is the part where you save the parents, but it really lacked the sense of adventure.
I also tired of the same old characters and the drawn out style of the story.
Again, I recommend this as a SE and a freebie if it is on sale quite cheap. Fans of the series will love it.
August 26, 2013
Not as good as previous games in this series
I generally like the Awakening games but this one didn't feel like the others. There was not enough of a story to carry me through the game. It just seemed to jump from one mini-game or puzzle to another without having any reason.
Even with the two for one sale I will not be buying this game.
August 17, 2013