Forgotten Books: The Enchanted Crown Collector's Edition
Actually enjoyed the Bonus Game more than the main one.....
I didn't enjoy the storyline of the main game as much mainly because of the snarling grotesque "demon" of a thing which early on in the game told me to DIE. ugh!
But the bonus game was without it and we see the rabblit chasing his hat from one portal to the next. I loved obtaining the pages to the next book to enter and there were 4 in the bonus. There seemed to be much to do and I found it more challenging than the main, too.
So I'm not sorry I bought the CE .. for the bonus game alone it was worth it.
May 14, 2014
Curiouser and curiouser!
Well, I never! What an unusual game. At the moment I just do not know how to rate it, so I'll come back to that!
It is certainly a different take on a familiar theme and opens with a very engaging 'chase' scene where a white rabbit (Liev) is running from the 'baddie' (Eldov), but just as he reaches his king to warn him, the enchanted crown is stolen and the king disappears.
Things slow down a bit after 'signing in' and you receive a telephone call from an old librarian friend who tells you of a strange, unfinished book which has arrived in his library. Strange things are happening and the staff have run away.
Arriving at the library to investigate, you examine the book, receive a request to help to help save the land of Torelion, accept and enter the book where you immediately meet the king's mother. She gives you an amulet containing an ancient prophecy which you need to decipher to save the world.
Finally your interaction with the game starts.
Gameplay is mainly finding and using objects to further your quest, helping other characters to receive a helpful object and an occasional HOS. (There is a puzzle option if you don't like HOSs).
During the trial I encountered 3 HOSs:
* Find 11x objects
* Find silhouette objects (same scene as #1)
* Find and use silhouette objects to find further objects etc
I only recollect one puzzle and that was within a HOS.
There are achievements to be earned. There are jars of paint to be found to complete a painting later but these are not hidden in the usual way of collectibles. None of these extras can be viewed until you start the game.
So, back to my rating of the game. I am still quite perplexed. It is so different from the usual games in a number of ways, yet the same in many others. It is a bit slow, yet when the pencil pops up and changes something in the scene, it is intriguing. The scenery is charming and there are plenty of creatures to interact with or rescue.
I think, because I find it quite unique I have to rate it highly in some areas, yet the challenge will be quite low.
I always say this, but this time I REALLY mean it, you MUST try this one first. I suspect you may love it or hate it. Or maybe, like me, you just will be unable to make up your mind. Curiouser and curiouser!
May 10, 2014
Alice in Wonderland?
You are a journalist invited to write a strange story--a book has been received and strange things have been happening since it was opened. The first couple of pages are there, but the rest of the book is blank. As you examine the book, on its blank page a pen writes asking you to help. Curious, you write "yes" and suddenly you are IN THE BOOK. A whole new world awaits, complete with rabbit advisor/servant to the king # my "Alice in Wonderland" reference #. There is an enchanted crown that keeps control of the kingdom and everyone is happy. But a monster man wants the crown himself for revenge # we don't know why at this point #. As you start sniffing about, the pencil draws in obstacles and changes things into a perverted notion of what they were: for example, a simple beautiful mushroom is turned into an ugly sleep-spore bearing mushroom.
There are collectibles; I think they are paint bottles. The game wouldn't show the achievements or collectibles until you collected them, so I can't say how many or what they are. I didn't notice a map, but we do have a diary scroll. The music and graphics were good.
This had a "fairy-tale" type feel to it, and I like those, so I liked this game. The demo was short. Even though I play slowly, especially the first time, I was done before the hour was up. That's never happened to me before! Some may think this too "cutesy" but I liked what I saw. Try it and see if it catches your interest.
May 11, 2014
I enjoyed playing this game. Different for me and I liked it.
May 10, 2014
Better than I expected!
I won't go into great detail as it's already been said, but this game from ERS is such an improvement from what I had begun to expect from this developer. It's not a child's game; it was a good, challenging, entertaining game. Glad I bought it.
May 13, 2014
Love how this story draws you in. Very charming and well played out adventure game. The HO's were a lot of Shadow with task. Has a nice map with jump ability. All the Characters fit their persona's and the voices to go with.
Also I took the time to look around the front page and got to see a photo album of the makers. Nice touch. This game is a must have and a keeper.
Oh notice too the delightful pop up boxes that you made choices in when setting up the game play. Just story book all the way and were the best so far at presenting the entrance into their magical world.
It is so close to perfect I want to give it four and three fourths stars. The only reason I did not do five stars was it was very easy game which is fine for me. I enjoyed it immensely. I just think expert gamers may get bored. Family fun and a must go on my to buy list.
May 11, 2014
Veddy Interesting Library (based on demo)
The storyline grabbed me as I thought it was interesting; an old friend calls you from his library, something strange is going on when they received this book. You check it out and when the book asks you for help you decide to answer yes and the adventure begins. You find out there is a magical crown which a villain wants and when the hour glass finishes, the king is killed. You receive help from one of the king's subjects which happens to be a rabbit [shades of Alice in Wonderland] and a shield from the kings mother. You also find out that while in the book someone is rewriting it as you are on this adventure which changes things a bit.
1--graphics and voiceovers are great
2--an interactive map #beam me up Scotty# which tells you where tasks are to be done
3--lots of characters
4--various HOS, find a number of items; outlines of items and they are interactive
5--collectibles which add to the story #painting items#
6--achievements to earn
7--4 game modes from casual to custom
8--if you don't want to play the HOS you can skip to a puzzle
As I said the storyline intrigued me but I found the game to be a bit slow in the beginning; it started picking up but then the demo was over before an hour was up. Hopefully it will continue to pick up if so it has the potential to be a great game; but since it stopped before I could really get anywhere I'm giving it 4 stars.
You might find that you may not like it but give it a try, it may intrigue you as it did me #good thing there is a sale this weekend.
May 10, 2014
An Enjoyable Game ...
Nice Graphics, Sounds, Voice & Video Bits ...
Not Quite As Busy As Most CE Games; The Collectibles Being Placed Where They Could Easily Be Found ...
The Bonus Game Seemed A Little Detached From The Style Of Play In The Main Game, But I Probably Enjoyed It More Than The Main Game ...
Some Of The Voice Bits Sounded A Little Cheesy, But Generally Very Well Done ...
May 31, 2014
Loved this game.
I really enjoy the games that have to with fairy tales. I get tired of playing the grim and gory games. This is a light hearted game.
May 27, 2014
Nice to have FUN again
This one really made me feel good and light-hearted, what a great Fable to discover. I love the graphics, sound, and storyline; puzzles are not difficult and if I found one negative, it is the HOs are not new and seem too easy so far thru the demo. I don't know how I missed this one when the CE came out and only demoed it today when the SE showed up. Even though I don't think it is necessarily a CE game, I'm going to get the CE version since there is a special on today and I want to get yesterday's CE game. My Sunday will not be boring.
June 8, 2014