Revived Legends: Road of the Kings Collector's Edition
Warning Massive Cute Alert!
BASED ON DEMO
And they just keep coming... I give up on trying to ignore them, the cute games just won?t stop and I can?t stop wanting them either! But if you are not into cute, RUN!
This game is in cute overload! In fact, it?s overload all the way. We even start with not one but two vehicle accidents! As well as 2 cute companions and a fairy who helps out with backstory!
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
The artwork on this one is a little primitive, clearly by design. The brush strokes are broad, lots of solid colour, everywhere very well lit. The many ?magic creatures? are drawn in loving detail and do seems magical. The fantasy world we visit is likewise lovely. The British voiceovers are good (and a nice change), the words are spoken a little too slowly for me, but not uncomfortably so. I love the music, which is light and relaxing.
This is all a bit foggy (pardon the pun) in the early stages ? I couldn?t quite get a handle on what was going on. We happen upon a man who has been enchanted into a tree, and that gets us into all sorts of trouble. An evil wizard has escaped from his tomb, he is controlling a terrible fog which will destroy not only our world, but another, magical one besides. We give and receive help from all manner of magical creatures on our quest down the Road of the Kings.
Nothing startlingly new here. There are interactive lists for the HOPs. There are puzzles, easy through to ?you?ve got to be kidding?. There is one puzzle that you replay each time you need a new rune charged (there were 3 in the demo). Each time it is a bit more challenging, but not the hardest mini-game by far.
The adventure is easy, and there?s a good map with ?you can do something here? and ?you?ve finished here? indicators ? my favourite. It also jumping. The notebook is unobtrusive and I didn?t use it. Hint is directional. So it is pretty easy to get around and figure out what to do next.
There is a whole lot of collecting going on! We need to find 38 tiny little bells, which are definitely not easy to find. There are also 20 magical creatures for your bestiary, and crystals needed to restore the fairy?s power. These last two are not exclusive to the CE (although the bestiary probably is), because they are needed to complete the main game.
There are loads of achievements, but most are of the ?meet the fairy? kind.
Then there are the staples ? gallery items, bonus chapter, SG, and replayable mini-games.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
I didn?t enjoy this one the most out of all the cute fantasy games of late. While it is definitely pretty, and the characters are surely lovable, but there is nothing in this game that is outstanding. The puzzles are mostly known, if in slightly different forms, even the critters have a certain lack of originality to them.
Not that it?s not a fun game, I think it is, just not extraordinary. All this considered, I think I?ll rate the SE higher.
November 2, 2013
Too cute, annoying black bar!
I tried to finish the demo twice, but just could not get into this game. Cutesy with a silly story line, and the most annoying black bar tips ever...no matter what you do it keeps repeating the same unhelpful lines! The only way to play this if you like cutesy stuff is to turn off all hints and the black bar. It looks good, but seems a re hash of a lot of other games.
November 2, 2013
Talk talk talk + cute animal sidekicks + convoluted story = no thanks
Clearly I have the minority viewpoint, but I was not at all enchanted by this fairy tale. Which is a shame, because it had some of the best original puzzles I've seen in a long time. Unfortunately, they couldn't save the convoluted storyline which was constantly interrupted by NPCs monologuing backstory at you. At length.
While the graphics were quite vivid, they had an unfinished look that I found unappealing. Proportions were off, and light and shadow were missing, leaving each scene flat and lacking depth and life. The animation was clunky and reminded me of a low budget children's cartoon.
The music was light, airy, and fit the theme of the game. Voiceovers were fairly well done, which is a plus, since you listen to them a LOT.
Gameplay was standard adventure with iHOs, puzzles, and mini-games. There was a lot less of the "find shapes that are really keys" than in most games, and more working through tasks.
The last straw for me was the overdose of nauseating cuteness that prevailed. It wasn't enough to have one adorable animal sidekick; this game gave you TWO. Ugh! Who started this revolting trend anyway? Fantasy and fairy tales are not sweet or cute. Dragons are especially not cute; they're fire-breathing predators. Yes, even the baby ones. (And I won't discuss the purpose of nymphs as this is not an adult forum. Suffice it to say that they're not cute either.)
Obviously, this is not a buy for me, not even in the SE, and I don't recommend it unless you're addicted to sugar.
November 3, 2013
What a Mess!!!
This review is based on the Demo.
I rarely review games anymore, but this one made such an impression I simply can?t help myself. I really liked most of the beginning of the game; the graphics and story line were fun and clear. I even could put up with gathering the cutsie helpers, two of them. At least you didn?t have to dress them, you just had to use them to complete a couple of tasks.
Then the story goes several different directions all at once, forgetting all about the events of the opening scenes, forgetting all about where the opening scenes occurred, and before the end of the demo spirals into an unfathomable mish-mash of virtually every fantasy story you have ever heard. The story makes no sense and you have to travel between two different realms to complete tasks. Oh, on top of the cutsue helpers you gain an amulet that you have to repair, too. Oh, joy :(
There is a recurring game where you recharge runes. I take very little time with mini?s when doing a demo so that I can see as much content as possible. But, I played it long enough to know that I would never be able to complete even the simplest version and hated every minute of trying. I finally got to where I didn?t even attempt it, just waited for the skip button to charge and moved on. Other mini-games and tasks were equally loathsome so I skipped them, too.
The soundtrack is so repetitive that I turned it off after about 2 minutes.
To sum this one up, I have no idea what the developers had in mind for this game, but the end result is total garbage. They had a good start, but then abandoned it in favor of an unfathomable jumble of plots and goals. Frankly, I wouldn?t download the full version of this game if it were given to me for free!!
November 3, 2013