Sable Maze: Forbidden Garden
Not As Bad As It Seems!
My first though when I saw Forbidden garden was good grief, what has happened to Sable Maze? The Forbidden Garden appears to have taken a 360 degree turn from the first two games in the series and is now presented as a fairy tale, fantasy type game. Unfortunately the early part of the game seems more like ?Dream Day Wedding? than an intriguing Sable Maze game. Oh well ? on with the story. You will play the game as Wisteria who has returned to the family estate for your marriage to your sweetheart Ryan but, alas, poor Ryan manages to get himself captured and dragged through a mysterious portal in the family garden and, yes, you must save him. You soon learn that there is more to the mystery in the garden than the mere kidnapping of Ryan, for it seems that someone has a vendetta against your dad who has been hiding a family secret for years.
Yes again in another game from this developer, we have all those pink and purple tones that normally appeal to eight-year old girls. The graphics are excellent but just a bit over the top for my liking ? at least in the early part of the game. That being said, the graphics are excellent and really beautiful, which will appeal to those of us who like ?pretty? games. The voiceovers are okay but the dialog seems a bit corny. That being said the sound package is overall very good and even has lip-synced voiceovers.
We have the standard tools including a little ?spinner? on the lower left that contains our notes, trophies, collections and other bits of information. We can also gain separate access to the map by clicking on the map icon below the spinner. Fortunately the map is the interactive transporter type that will show us areas where we have tasks to complete, which I always find helpful when I am at a loss for what to do next. Okay, early in the game we do acquire a pet helper who is really mom, who has been changed into an ermine. At least we can use ?mom? to help us in certain situations.
There are the various types of interactive HOPs that we have come to expect in games from this developer, and most of the HOPs involve completing one or more puzzles to finish the scene. There are quite a few puzzles in the game with some being more difficult than others.
If you like fairytale, fantasy type games then you will most likely find Sable Maze Forbidden Garden to be an interesting and entertaining game. The game is a gorgeous game with excellent graphics that many of you will immediately love but for others, if you can get past the pink and purple flowery, over the top, early part of the game, the story develops and becomes far more interesting. Because I love some of the other excellent games from this developer, I purchased and played the CE, which in the end I thoroughly enjoyed. As always, I recommend that you at least try the demo to see if this is a game you will.
August 22, 2014
Loved this game. Good story line with stunning graphics that make you stop and take in the scenery. Very fairytale-ish with easy mini games and HOs but still captivating for the adult players. The ending seemed too abrupt as if the game developer ran out of time but the overall length was just long enough. I was pleasantly surprised that it kept my attention all the way through.
September 23, 2014
Interesting Hidden Object Game
Liked the different puzzles rather than simple hidden objects. Also a chance to play "match three" instead if you find a puzzle too challenging.
August 27, 2014
pure enchanting magic!!!!!
MY MISTEAK OF THE WEEK!! DID NOT GET CE!! I WILL BUY EVERY CE FROM DAILY MAGIC FROM NOW ON I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF THIS GAME OLGA OLGA WHAT A GENIUS MIND YOU HAVE!!!! GREAT STORY MAGNIFICENT COLOR GREAT VOICES PERFECTION IN EVERY CATAGORY!!! LONG SE GAME FLOWED PERFECT JUST WANTED TO PLAY ON AND ON AND ON THANK YOU A MILLON TIMES OVER
August 24, 2014
There isn't anything I could say about this game that wasn't positive. I really enjoyed it.
September 1, 2014
I have played dozens and dozens of this type of game and this was an almost perfect example of what I usually look for. Apart from being on the pink and purple end of the color spectrum, which I gather some people - not me - hate, the graphics were beautiful and detailed. The sound was exceptional, not too much music, and the sound effects really added to the game. The plot was more or less what you would expect, but even though the game was quite long it was not boring. Two things they did really well, in my opinion - the helper creature was adorable, and used quite frequently. It wasn't just a throw-in. Usually those helpers don't do it at all for me but this one I liked. And second, the HOS were MUCH more interesting than usual. Usually I just tolerate them but I enjoyed these. You didn't just find items on a list, most of the time you had to find items in a particular order, using the first to get the second, the second to get the third, and so on. Some people complained that the game wasn't logical but I have to disagree - I only needed a hint about three times because it was usually very clear what you needed to do next, and the tasks made sense most of the time. And surprise! You never needed a crowbar! The puzzles were on the easy side, some of them childishly so, but a couple were pretty tough and there were a few I had never seen before. They really packed a LOT into this game and unless you hate purple I suggest you give it a try. Don't be put off by the opening 5 or 10 minutes, which is pretty treacley - it gets better, I promise.
November 13, 2014
Added to my collection!
Hi all. Well, I gave the CE a go and didn't feel it was CE worthy. Not to mention the fact that all the blues and pinks really make my eyes tired very quickly. I always give the SE a shot, since I have often changed my mind about a game after playing it again, but very seldom go back and purchase the CE version. My thoughts on this one didn't change much.
The graphics and game play were nice and clear, even with the blue and pink colors. Some day, hopefully, the devs will pay attention to the reviews. Music is nice. Voice overs and animation were very good. Jump map was well done and areas identified by name and picture, in case you forget what something looks like. There are some very nice sound FX in this game.
HOPs were a little different and fun and each was played a little differently than the last, so you don't get bored with the same thing all the time. Items were not too difficult to find, but took some thought to complete. The puzzles were quite simple and nothing new. Disappointed in how slowly the skip and hint button filled. Hint system is quite helpful, but didn't use it all that much. Mostly I used the jump map, since it told me where there was something to do and I didn't have to do any back-tracking.
I still did not find that this game was CE worthy and even for an SE, it was not all that challenging. However, since I have all the others in this series, and a punch that is about to expire, I am going to get it and add it to my collection of games. Besides that, I really liked how the HOPs are set up and I find the need to see where this story is going, other than saving the fiance.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may not care for this one at all. Thanks for the reviews.
August 22, 2014
I liked this game. From the start it's colorful and bright with smooth, detailed movement. The ermine, for example, was well animated with path and expression varied to each situation. (Yes, I felt guilty when I'd throw her into a huge Fail.) The story, okay. Inventive, a decent villainess, clear tasks, not too much talking.
One thing important to me is the visual clarity. I'm 60 so if a game hides arrows in narrow tree trunks I get grumpy. This game scores high. Throughout the game, it was bright and easy to see. Many dark games I turn up the screen all the way and still can't make things out.
I play casual and found the visual cues to be useful but not overly directive. Also the HOs mix it up, some are hunt to find, some to collect (eg, fragments), some to find and combine.
I enjoyed this game a lot. I rarely review games but this one deserves a strong review. Very good work.
September 1, 2014
Things Your Dad Should Have Told You Sooner!
Turns out your father is actually from another world, Fairy World! He neglected to tell you this vital information, and now the Fairies are taking revenge by taking your fiance Ryan Wedgwood. A long time ago Fergus Fay was engaged to marry Queen Mab, but Fergus met a beautiful human, Laura who stole his heart and would eventually become your mother. To keep Queen Mab from following him into the human world Fergus stole the other fairies magic and stored the magic in a scepter and sealed the portal between their two worlds with 5 seals. Somehow Queen Mab has found your father and she's not exactly happy with him, so she kidnapped Ryan out of revenge, "say goodbye, he belongs to me now"!
I was really disappointed with the Fairy Tale theme this Sable Maze edition took on. It's a complete 360 degree turn from the genre that I loved with the previous editions, mysterious and creepy! Don't get me wrong, I like Fairy tale fantasies too, just don't put them where they don't belong! Not only do I have to deal with pink and purple glitter, but mom just got zapped by the scorned Queen and now she's a cute white fluffy Ermine, even worse, dad doesn't seem a bit concerned about her new look! There are a lot of inventory items to pick up and use in every scene and some of the items require repairs or need to be combined when indicated by a + sign above the item.
The Hidden Object Scenes are what you would expect from a fairy tale such as this, lot's of bright girly colors, peaceful doves, jewelry boxes, hats and kittens. They are all basically interactive, progressive list finds requiring you to find one item on the list and use that item in the scene to find the next item on the list. The mini games are mostly forms of puzzles where you slide tiles around a board with only one empty space, or slide tokens on a rail to form a picture. I really enjoyed the movie camera slides game where you had to place color coded slides into the correct compartments, slides could only go into an empty space or on top of a slide of the same color.
The Collector's Edition has a bonus game available, a built in strategy guide, jewelry collections, wallpapers, concept art, a diary, music and match 3 games, but IMO, this edition is probably the better choice, I don't think the CE has enough extras to tip the scales, enjoy!
September 14, 2014
It is a cute HOG. AndIliked it was not the dark roads intro with a haunted house story.
It's a fairytale with colors, fairies/elves and beautiful gardens.
Beyond that it's not that original. But still well made and.. cute.
August 22, 2014