Botanica: Earthbound Collector's Edition
Pretty flora and fauna but not much else to recommend it
Like Vicki, I had just finished A Christmas Carol, and this game is nowhere near as good. I might have given it another star if it had just been the SE, but as a CE, definitely not worth it. And as good as A Christmas Carol was, I wish I had not bought the CE of that one either. The main game was great, the BC was juvenile.
I played the earlier Botanica but it was so long ago I couldn't remember much about it except the basic premise of people stuck in a world of fantastic flora and fauna.
Some very nice artwork, but generally only really good in the closeups. Most of the time you are viewing things from a distance, and they are not well defined. This game was very hard on my eyes.
A few of the mini games were fun. Others, such as putting together broken pieces of things or matching feathers and such were just plain tedious.
The map was pretty good. I used it quite a lot because I was tired and bored and wanted to get through the game.
Characters looked and acted goofy. For me, it is much harder to get into a game when I am playing as some cartoon character rather than experiencing the adventure through my own eyes. The characters weren't very likable, especially Queen Kassandra, a real arrogant you-know-what.
The CE Extras weren't worth a dime to me. While the bonus play had some pretty scenery, it was more of the same back and forth, pick up this and that, go back, do a puzzle, get an item, go back again. I mentioned some pretty flora and fauna. Well, I might have wanted something pretty for a wallpaper, but NONE of the wallpapers had the pretty stuff! Every one had a goofy character! Nor did I care about the collectables or achievements. Yawn.
Music did not add anything and did not match the scenery and situations.
Special effects weren't very special and the animations were pretty ho hum, compared to what we get in most new (and even a lot of the older) games.
This game was not mysterious or exciting, two things that are most important to me in a game. Maybe okay for young children. Not my cup of tea. For some really great adventure, try the Weird Park games.
January 29, 2014
not worth it!
Maybe my rating is because I just finished playing "Christmas Stories - A Christmas Carol", I'm not 100% sure. However, I did not like this game. The graphics were nice but nothing special. The game felt like you were suddenly dropped into the middle of a story you should already know something about but didn't. I gave up after 23 minutes. I had a few problems clicking on items in the HOS scenes.
December 16, 2013