Awakening: The Sunhook Spire Collector's Edition
Let's start with the good -- lovely graphics and sound and a pleasing story line as Sophia's journey continues. I loved the previous four games in this series and looked forward to enjoying this one just as much.
However...... there is an inescapable feeling that the developers decided to clean out the refrigerator and make a huge casserole out of the leftovers from previous games. Not only did the minigames seem more obscure than I expected but the game itself was sometimes buggy and the ending was really no ending at all. For example, in the scene where the chandelier hits the pillar, a screen came up saying I had completed the game -- when I clearly had not and had an entire inventory of items left. In one section, I had an extra set of objects that had already been used. (It eventually disappeared). I'm a fairly experienced gamer but found I needed far more help than usual on this one -- which is not that easy, as the strategy guide requires you to exit the game, find the answer and then get back in -- an awkward arrangement at best. Neverless, I will probably continue to buy future games in this series.
August 31, 2013
The Owl Quoth: "Who the fishsticks is he?"
Yes that is correct...you begin your adventure with a cheeky companion owl and a pocket dragon who accompany you on your journey. The storyline has been done to death but it's a cute little game nonetheless.
There are 15 achievements to earn. A few of them encourage you to complete each chapter in less than an hour and complete the entire game in under four hours. The rest are given for acquiring all of the morphing object collectibles,not using hints/skips and playing the game on the most difficult mode of the three. The CE also includes a Bonus Chapter, collectibles, concept art, wallpapers, soundtrack, cutscene replay, and a strategy guide.
August 17, 2013
Can't give it 5 stars.
The scenes and storyline are good BUT the directions for the side challenges are poor and in most cases I found myself skipping them due to not being able to work out what was required.
I found this disappointing.
Love the wise owl hints and the dragon that changes to different elements as required, but it didn't make up for the difficulties due to lack of clear instructions or that some items were kept for so long that one lost direction about where they might belong.
Can't give it more than three stars.
September 4, 2013
Not the best
Let me just say that I own all of the previous games in this series and really enjoyed them but this one seems lack luster at best. The storyline is barely there and it just becomes an endless search for missing pieces. It starts our pretty well.. you escape from your captors and begin the next leg of your adventure. However it goes downhill from there. The best part of this series has always been the mini games but this one... not so much. Some were ridiculously easy and the rest were really difficult ..not because they were complex but because they were nonsensical. One, where you must turn some dials to match the colors/designs made no sense whatsoever. Even after staring at the solution in the SG I could not see any connection. This happened a few times with different mini games. It was also true with some of the inventory objects. This game lacked both flow and any drama at all making what to do next not always obvious and you sometimes forgot why you were doing all this back and forth. Not my favourite addition to the Awakening collection. By the end I just wanted to be finished and was getting quite impatient with the whole thing. I didn't bother with the bonus chapter. I own at least 400 games and usually like most things but this one lacked any reason to care about what you were doing. It's okay but certainly not the best one so far.
September 2, 2013
Not as good as previous Awakenings
I used to love Boom Zap and their Awakening series. But this game is much below their standard. The minigames were confusing, some of them were too easy and other too hard. Most of the time I didn't know what to do even with instructions. I think they should just stick with the usual easy and fun minigames. I had to use skip and hint many times which I usually don't do. The story wasn't so enjoyable. I think they just didn't have any new ideas for the series. And the bonus gameplay was downright boring.
The graphics and music were beautiful as usual though.
I reccomend to play old Awakening instead.
October 1, 2013
Awakening the sunhook Spire
I was really disappointed with this game. I love the Awakening series but will be reluctant to buy another. It was a boring game and also did not like the graphics much or the characters. Nothing like as good as the other graphics on the other Awakening series. Also i had to keep asking for hints on nearly every scene. Not really good enough not as magical
September 30, 2013
Made for Younger Audience or Folks Looking for Easy Play
I bought this game too soon after the release. I needed to wait until more people played it. It seems to be based on a much younger audience. If you've played a lot of HO games, then you're probably going to be disappointed. Games were pretty simple and not very challenging. I didn't care for the characters always speaking at every move explaining what I needed. I didn't have it on simple play either.
August 28, 2013
Play only if you need to complete the series
Played the Dreadmyre mode and was way too easy.
Lack of instructions in mini games was frustrating.
The game felt like it was just thrown together to get another one in the series released. Most puzzles involved a lot of random clicking to solve. sorry but this is not one of my favorites.
August 25, 2013
awakening the sunhook spire
this game was very boring no help from the hints never knew where you had to go even the strategy guide was wrong on one of the puzzles so I never bothered to finish the game very disappointed
August 25, 2013
CE version? Rather, once again, an old game which is to be sold new with a few extensions. Actually, a simple HO game like many others. Common graphics, appropriate music, simple puzzles. I wonder why I should buy it again?
August 18, 2013