Amaranthine Voyage: The Shadow of Torment
Another excellant game
I enjoyed this story very much. The hints were very helpful. The games were medium hard and the HO were a different mix of silluette and regular HOs . I enjoyed the riddles as well.
Overall, I feel this game had a lot of interesting elements and was long enough to warrant a purchase. The story ending room open for a sequel. The story had two choices for the heroine and that was unusual.
August 29, 2014
DON'T PASS THIS ONE BY.
I JUST FINISHED PLAYING THE DEMO AND I HAVE FOUND THIS GAME TO BE A PURE DELIGHT. THE HOS WERE DIFFERENT THAN THE NORM. AND THERE WAS NOT A WHOLE LOT OF HANDHOLDING. THE DIFFICULTY CAN BE CUSTOMIZED. THE MAP IS HELPFUL AND TRANSPORTABLE. THE GRAPHICS ARE BEAUTIFUL AND THE STORY WAS FUN AND ENTICING. I CAN'T BELIEVE I MISSED PURCHASING THIS ONE AS A CE. NOW I AM GOING TO PURCHASE THIS ONE AS A SE. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY ANYONE WOULD GIVE THE NEGATIVE RATINGS.
September 4, 2014
this is my stuff...you want to riddle for stuff?
beyond 5 stars i have never stopped playing a game to do a review ..till now. absolutely wonderful..bright,no cutesy helper almost thought that scraggly cat thing would jump in lol.. when i checked the reviews wow..i said only 3 stars.. noooo i don,t think so. everything about this game is amazing.. i admit i was bored for awhile with the few past hurry up and get out there games ..this one is a thinker to a point. no hand holding and i,m playing casual. enjoyable music..voices. even the puzzles are great.hos..a bit different too.. BEAUTIFUL scenery.. oh my.. i,m going back..bye.. oh play before you play..as i always say.. ENJOY thank you big fish for a game worth my time...
September 7, 2014
Enjoyable hidden object game.
I played 2 other games by this creator. They were great. I like this game. It is different from most of the hidden object games I have played. I like the colors. I like the music. I like the graphics. This is a lively game. It is uplifting. Many of the games are gloomy. So many of the hidden object games are based on sad events. I suffer from depression. While I want to play challenging games, I don't want to play games that make me feel hopeless. This game doesn't cause me to feel hopeless. And it is not 'dark'.
August 30, 2014
Great adventure game
I prefer adventure games to HOG and this one was not bad. There are a fair few hidden object scenes but they vary in style and you have the option of bubble shooting instead. Cons: none to really speak of, though the adventure part wasn't particularly challenging, it was all very linear. Pros: Custom difficultly level, storyline (its about an evil spirit but it's not dark and depressing), combinable inventory items and cut scenes/movies. An easy purchase.
September 14, 2014
Boring but not awful - 2.5 stars
The graphics are sharp and clear. The artwork is somewhat ornate and has a fantasy-like appearance. The colors are vivid, lush, and predominantly gold, pink, and various shades of lavender. The voice overs aren't going to win any awards but they're decent. The music is pleasant and fits the theme of the game.
The storyline is the "swept through a portal to save another world from evil" story that is familiar from so many HOPA games. There are no new details added to it to set it apart from the vast number of games that have already used it. It unfolds through dialogue with other characters and through cut scenes. The cut scenes are very well done and serve to move the story along without becoming intrusive.
The HOS are crisp and not cluttered. They were all of the same list type with a couple interactive items on each list. Each ended with a riddle as the clue for the last object you need to find. They were very easy and there were not very many of them. There were more puzzles and they were very easy. In some cases they were so easy I have a hard time calling them puzzles as much as a test of whether I know how to use a mouse to point and click.
The adventure component is very straightforward and generally linear without an excessive amount of backtracking or running in circles. When you use an inventory item it often needs to be placed very precisely or else it will come hurtling back into your inventory. At times I wasn't sure what I was supposed to do because none of my inventory items would work on the obstacle at hand. Then the hint button would tell me to do something I had already tried. Each time it was because of this fussy point and click problem. Other than that nothing is difficult to figure out. Objectives are clear and tasks needed to complete them make sense within the context of the story.
Overall, this is a very competently made game with the exception of some clunkiness with the point and click interface. The developer obviously has a lot of talent and a good sized budget. It's unfortunate that they chose to waste all of that remaking a game that has been made over and over to the point where yet another is just not that interesting.
Had the storyline been interesting it might make up for the fact that there is absolutely no challenge in the HOS, puzzles, or adventure component of this game. It might even have been able to rescue it from the pastel overflow going on in the art. As it is though there is just nothing to recommend this game for. It isn't awful but it's boring. This is another one of those 2.5 star games for me.
August 29, 2014
Don't play it unless you want to use hints all the time
Puzzle directions were not clear. Graphics and sound were great. I am glad I got this game for free.
August 31, 2014
To many HOS, one after the other. Im going to give this one a miss.
August 29, 2014
Not This Time
This is posted after playing most of the demo.
I simply could not get into this game whatsoever. I played the majority of the demo and still could not figure out what was going on. It was just not fun for me.
The graphics were good and the voices were really good. Music and effects were along with the story and you can't ask for anything more than that.
The hidden objects were the standard silhouette and list. They were a bit challenging. Mini games must be rather simple because I did most of them I played. I don't do mini games, but wanted to see what these were like.
The map is excellent in helping get around and knowing where to go to do something. The hint recharges quickly and that is always a plus in my book.
I think the story is what lost me on this game. Perhaps I'm tired of fairy tales. It just wasn't what I am looking for. Of course, play the demo and see if maybe you would like it.
August 30, 2014
Smothered in Sugar
So there's these "objective completed" and "new objective" clouds continually popping up, and a "What could I possibly do here?" message every time you click on an active item. Add that to the uber-saccharine fantasy milieu, and it's a definite NO BUY for me.
September 3, 2014