Big City Adventure: Sydney, Australia
A Good, Solid Game
NIce game, not hard, clear graphics, easy mini-games.
My only complaint is that it was overly long and rather repetitive.
March 4, 2012
A HOG on the barbee - A guy's review
With 76 levels of pure HO scenes with a few mini-games in between each one, this should promise to eat up some of your free time. As a fun little extra you get to learn a bit about different places within Sidney, Australia. This is a game that is suitable to play in-between more story driven games, when on the phone or while waiting for something. Playing through this in one sitting might leave you rather bored, unless of course you are a pure HOG lover.
As a pure HOG it is quite good, but seeing it came out in 2008 (this being 2012) you can clearly see the graphics being quite pixelated, especially on the bigger screens. The scenes them selves too seem a bit grainy and unclear, but nothing that makes it unplayable.
The music is typically what you'd expect to find in this type of game, upbeat and lighthearted. I think I would go mad if I was to play it on high, so luckily you can adjust it to your own liking, or all the way off.
You can play with a time limit, or in relaxed mode, whatever floats your boat. I played it in timed mode, and it is really quite easy with heaps of time to find the objects, and an assortment of help tokens to use. Of course time will get shorter as you progress through the game.
You do return to the same scenes, and usually have to find some objects you already found before. This I don't care much for. It somehow seems a bit lazy from the developer, but I guess it opens up for unlimited play.
All in all an ok game if you are into pure hidden objects games, and want something to sit and relax with. Must be very suitable for PAD's and laptops on travels and such, where you can start and finish abruptly.
Recommended for HOG lovers, not so much for adventurers.
June 1, 2012
An OK game
Big City Adventure - Sydney, Australia This is a long, repetitive hidden objects game. You and your family are visiting the city of Sydney, but rather than seeing lots of the sights in this city, you see the same 12 or so scenes over and over again. There are 76 rounds to the game, so that means that you see the same scene around 6 times. Postcards pop up for each round giving you information about the site you're visiting. These are different each time. So there's lots of reading if you're in the mood. If not, there's a Continue button. There are mostly different objects to find each time a scene is repeated. Most objects are fairly easy to find, but some are very tiny, or else they are the same color as the background, or else they are half off the screen or only partially shown. In between the hidden object scenes there are mini-games. These are also very repetitive. You work jigsaw puzzles over and over, as well as doing Mahjong, three different kinds of matching games, which are boring after a while, and hitting a crocodile. Over and over and over. There are skip buttons in case you have trouble with the mini-game although this is not likely, since all are very easy. There is no penalty for clicking, and at times that is how I found some of the objects, just clicking away. So bottom line, if you're looking for something mindless, where you do the same kinds of things over and over, this is your game. If you get bored with repeating the same things over and over, skip this one. I'm recommending the game, but with the above reservations.
October 20, 2013
The newer games are better
I played the newer Big City games before playing the older ones and I found them less distracting to play. For example, in the New York, and London games there is the opportunity to fast continue, rather than sitting and watching stars flash for the time bonus and I didn't have to sit and watch all the coins I earned flash and listen to the repetitive ding ding ding before I moved onto the next level. Also, in the older games (Sydney and San Fran) there are glorious flashes every time I find an object. Very repetitive and annoying. So if you are thinking of playing the Big City series, and you don't like to watch a lot of flashing and not being able to move to the next level without watching your score flash, your time bonus flash and zing and count your unused coins individually before moving onto the next level, then you should enjoy all the games. Thanks to the makers of this series for improving the visual aspects of the games in the subsequent games.
July 14, 2013