Awakening: The Sunhook Spire
Another winner from Boom Zap
I confess to a bias. I've never been disappointed by a game from this developer. The Awakening series is my favorite. I love the mini games here that are always different. At first they might seem difficult but all the clues you need are on your screen. This one is also a good length. I finished the demo with 3 minutes to spare and the walkthrough shows the end of the demo is 19% of the way through the game. So a five hour game as well.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that I like the maps to show where there are areas for you to do something. This map just allowed you to jump between areas.
A sure buy for me and a great addition to the Awakening series.
September 15, 2013
Definitely worth a go!
Overall, this game is very enjoyable and quite different to many other similar games.
The HOS have a new little twist to them, which I like very much. There are only a few HOS though and actually wished there were more - not something I often wish for!
I also enjoyed most of the puzzles - especially the ones that I haven't seen before.
The reason for 4 stars is because of the MAP. It does provide quick access to other rooms and shows you where you are, but it doesn't indicate active areas.
I must admit, I do click the help button quite a bit because it basically tells you what to do next!
September 30, 2013
This game has nice graphics and a typical storyline. It is interesting enough to keep playing. It was quick to play and of course you have to go back and forth to get clues to unlock other clues. It was easy to play but the same tedious back and forth for clues gets old fast. Nice game.
September 15, 2013
kind of hard game.
played casual. low/no sound. hint/skip charge fast. mini games were mostly hard for me. great story in a series of other great games. queen sophia is looking for her parent's spirits. there is a gnome that has cast a curse over all at sunhook spire. it is up to her to fix things. you have to think about what to do sometimes. there is a diary and map. i didn't really use the map so i don't know if it is interactive or not. sequel.....i don't doubt it.
October 6, 2013
Just like the others this one was great, however it was over to quickly.
October 6, 2013
Not a bad game...
I did demo the CE and didn't feel that it was CE worthy for reasons you can read in that review. I decided to demo the SE version and found the following: The graphics and game play were very nice. Vibrant colors throughout the game. Very nice voice overs. HOGs were well done and a little different. Games were not all that difficult, although they did take some thought and time to complete (I did skip one). Music is nice, but gets annoying after awhile.
Hint recovery is very quick. Didn't care for how the hint system was set up though...too much reading to get to the point. Did not care for the jump map set up either...everything too close together and not clear. There is a lot of running back and forth, so you really need to use the map a lot.
This wasn't a bad SE, but still don't think it was CE worthy. I am going to get this SE, only because I now have 13 punch credits and need to use one before I lose it. Nothing new in the story line, but the games made this one challenging, and I think all level of players would find this one interesting. I think this one is closer to 3.5 stars.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may find this one not quite what you are looking for, or it may the perfect game for you. Thanks for the reviews.
September 15, 2013
The Sunhook Spire
I am an intermediate player. This game was a challenge for me. For those who like a challenge, this is for you. I love and own all the previous Awakening games. The visual scenes alone was what drew me. Then the story line; always excellent. I traveled and fought along side Queen Sophia in her quest to find/save her parents from Dreadmyre. It's great!!! However, for me this version falls just a little short of the previous games. Not in the visuals, it has the same beautiful graphics as all the others. It's the many puzzles/mini games that got to me after a while. I ended up skipping a couple of them. For people who love to solve puzzles, etc, try this games. You will love it. I'd rate this game at 31/2 stars.
September 25, 2013
Is It Really That Short?
I noticed that a few of the reviewers mentioned the length - but they said it in an offhand way, such as the one who said "great game to waste an afternoon with". Unless that afternoon is 8 or 9 hours long, I'm going to be incensed.
Aside from that, this game is of course well done. the graphics are as great as always - kind of stunning.
I just think we need to stop accepting 4 hour games as ok. Because they're not. All over the gaming world, including casual gaming, there are adventure games that can last for 12, 16, 20 hours or more. This has to stop being allowed.
December 31, 2013
Running out of Story
I love the Awakening Series, but this one feels like the story has nowhere else to go. the entire saga just involves the Spire and doesn't advance the tale much at all. Still, it's beautiful to look at and fun to play.
Pros: The owl and Dragon are always fun, and the time the dragon changes throughout the game. Graphics and sounds are great. Activities are logical and you clear your deck between each chapter so you aren't dragging stuff around. Nice characters (Ironhoof).
Cons: NO MINIGAME EXPLANATION - There were a lot of mini-puzzles I skipped because there was no explanation as to the how the game was played. Some are easy to figure out; others didn't seem worth the effort. The hint shows you a move - but that's it. Story lacks. It's very much a "go here, do this, do that." Game. The parent flashbacks don't move anything forward and you're pretty much in the same place at the end of the game as the beginning. Grimble is more annoying (might be a pro if you like hating him).
Overall, a solid game with a lackluster motivation.
December 13, 2013
played all the awakenings
not enjoying this one much
its kinda slow and boring repetitve
November 2, 2013