Otherworld: Shades of Fall Collector's Edition
Not my cup of tea
I didn't care much for this game. While I thought the graphics were awesome, there was only one HO in the hour I played (and not a very good one) and I didn't care for the mini games. Not worth 2 game credits to me.
October 17, 2013
THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES
As much as I dislike being in the minority and in spite of the rave reviews, I just gotta say:
THIS GAME IS NOT FUN.
Unlike the first two in this series, this third installment lacks originality, interest, and adventure.It is almost as if the design team were on auto-pilot assembling unused scraps left on the floor from the first two releases.
TRUE, the first in the OTHERWORLD series is one of the best games of its kind that I have come across. There is fine artwork with well rendered graphics that deliver an original, delightful and unexpected fantasy universe. The story is engaging as are the characters. HOS, mini-game, and adventure element-This one first on all cylinders and is a must have.
TRUE, the second OTHERWORLD has attributes similar to the first, so the art and graphics are still gorgeous as they were we we first saw them. The continuation of the story was still engaging and the game play fun, so this one is a keeper for me as well. There was a new element of "hand holding" through heavy handed black bar hints that cannot be turned off and take an extra click to clear which dampened fun factor.
ALSO TRUE, THIS NEWEST OTHERWORLD brings nothing new or spectacular to the table. Yes, this third time around the graphics are still beautiful but not much new in the way of artwork and nothing new about this now thread bare story. Even so, there should still have been fun to be had. There wasn't.
Unfortunately, every ounce of FUN-FACTOR was sucked out by the game construct.
From the start, game play is linear with the player led by the nose each step of the way leaving nothing to chance. Top this with heavy handed black bar hints that cannot be turned off and require an extra click to clear.
ONE NICE THING I will say, this is the first game I have come across that offers the option of turning off the achievement pop-ups.
Very nice touch because in this game just about everything earns an achievement pop-up.
For me the combination of linear, tightly controlled game play, blatant black bar hints, and the incessant stream of pop up achievements made for a game that was tedious rather than engaging, interesting, or fun.
October 20, 2013
Stunning graphics but the storyline is disrupted.
February 6, 2014
Otherworld: Bizzarro Land
I don't know where to begin with this game. The title gives you no indication of what it's about. As a very long time Hobbit fan from before it was popular, this story is loosely inspired by the "hobbits" themselves. Everything else is up for grabs.
I will be fair and say I played this on the casual level of the demo only. The game play was very fractured and not logical.
Fiona is on a quest with her very annoying storm cat that I wished I could mute when he was talking. No voice over from Fiona....so she is sort of invisible....but then of course, you are supposed to know that YOU are Fiona....a little blonde girl that looks like "Heidi."
The game play went from extremely easy, to not even a brilliant player figuring out....EVEN with help. It was sort of hit and miss, and a couple of places did not even give the option for a "skip" when it gets monotonous.
The "hobbit people" are called Kowalds....and are very warty unappealing characters. They had very amateurish character voices and were just annoying overall.
I'm trying to find a redeeming aspect to this game, but even the music was somewhat depressing. If it weren't for the disconnected game play, I would recommend it for a "fairytale" for kids.....but then there are the faceless supernatural futuristic beings that one encounters that even take away from the "fairytale" for kids aspect.
I don't really totally dislike many games ......this one has pretty colors.....but not even great art and visual quality. So I have to say that I don't recommend this for any reason.....not even a freebie.
It's a good start for a new developer.....hang in there.
October 27, 2013
Wow, not good at all.
I played 30 minutes of this game and just couldn't get into it. Weird would be a good description. Now I played the other "Otherworld" titles and both were quite good. This one is not.
October 26, 2013
Way too cute
Recognizing some may really like cute, I hesitate to identify that as my main reason for not liking the game. Very little challenge and despite superb graphics it just seemed boring. I didn't need to spend much time on demo to know that I won't be buying....or even using a coupon!
October 17, 2013
Same old same old. This is not a buy for me, for sure. I played for a while so, boring. No normal ho's. I just won't buy, for this factor. I was disappointed.
October 17, 2013
Played about 10 minutes of demo. There is a puzzle where you have to find "fey" creatures (whatever they are) and others. Had one fey creature left to find, but the hint button was absolutely no help.
Definitely a pass for me, although I'm sure fairy tale lovers might like it.
October 17, 2013