Azada: Ancient Magic
This was my second Azada, it was challenging more so than the first one, still I like the first one best, the graphics were good, the story also was good, been the second on the series I had to have it and I was not disappointed.
December 31, 2011
One of my favorites
The stories of some classic adventure and fairy tale books have gone amuck and you have to fix the tales in order to release the characters. I replay this game occasionally; it is probably the most intriguing game I?ve seen.
The ?umbrella? story is very well developed. Sound effects are awesome; graphics and orchestra are top-notch, with a different soundtrack for each of the over 20 enchanted books. Solving the puzzles that rectify each character?s actions so he can get his/her card (needed to release them from their predicament) was a most pleasant and enjoyable task. Puzzles are not repetitious and most are very unique. Each book has several pages and the characters and objects may disappear from one page in order to appear on another page. Although traveling to the various pages is necessary, I like that the pages tell you when each page is completed.
In casual mode, about 4-5 hours, depending on how well you can solve puzzles and play the mini-games. The difficulty in each story varies. Once the chapters are cleared, you have the great option of replaying mini-games. Natural break at the end of each book.
July 28, 2012
Fantastic and Fun
This game features stunning visuals, a fantastic soundtrack, and delicious sound effects that clink, whoosh, and click in a very satisfying manner with every action you take. (I'm not the only gamer who's got a soft spot for good sound effects, right?)
"Azada: Ancient Magic" is all about the puzzles. In particular, the scenario puzzles featuring unique characters--from Dorothy looking for her slippers to the Invisible Man seeking a cure--are truly imaginative and fun. They are contained within themselves, which means you can put this game down and pick it up hours later without losing the storyline or having to remember which areas you need to re-explore, as in a more linear game, such as the third one in this series. Most of them take under ten minutes, so there's the excitement of constantly starting fresh. Plus, you get a lot of them, so there's good bang for your buck.
Even most of the one-off puzzles that feature classic solving skills, like connect-the-pipes, object sudokus, and match-the-pairs, are well done.
I'm a huge fan of all three Azada games, and this one just might be my favorite!
February 25, 2012
Charming journey into the world of classic story books
This is an adventure game (no hidden object scenes) in which you set things right in over 20 different classic tales/books. You do this by solving puzzles and finding and using inventory objects in the right places. You get the choice of timed or untimed mode. Personally I liked timed mode because you get a time penalty for using objects in the wrong places, which I feel is a reward for thinking and not just randomly using items everywhere. :P
The graphics are really beautiful and varied, thanks to the great selection of books. The game locations look like painted illustrations on pages in a book and there is a satisfying page turning animation/sound. Even though there are only a few pages in each book, they're enough to capture the spirit and atmosphere of the book. The music is really great too, with a different soundtrack for every book.
The puzzles are the best part of the game. There's a good number of original puzzles, including a couple of arcade-style ones. All puzzles can be skipped, although you get a limited number of skips. They were of above average difficulty, though I never found myself stuck or frustrated.
February 18, 2012
Azada: Ancient Magic
The mini games are bad. Explanation do not tell you clearly what is to be done. Also don't seem to work right stops and goes. Making doing the mini game even harder.
If this was solved it could be a much better game. As is I can not recommend it.
November 15, 2011
Another fun Azada puzzle/adventure game!
The Azada series of games are quite enjoyable. Nice graphics, fresh and original puzzles. Hidden objects with an adventure story-line. If you enjoy this kind of genre, try the trial - you'll like it!
December 17, 2011
This is the second installment in Azada. Not knowing that the original was a puzzle game, I found that I did enjoy it. With the Azada: Ancient Magic, you are continuing the adventure.
You are back in the library, however this time, you are to try and fix the computer. With the help of the identiy cards, you are to do a series of puzzles.
The storyline is good. Working with puzzles on classical books again. The puzzles seemed failry easy for me this time around.
I would suggest this game to anyone.
April 23, 2013
Not much of a story line, no skip button and altogether one of the most annoying games I have played.
June 11, 2012
Azada better and better
The Azada games are better and better. So I enjoy to play more and more.
April 13, 2012
Another great puzzler
More puzzles, plus I can ditch the timer.
A bit different than the original Azada, but equally as enjoyable. The challenge level is higher than the original. More thinking required and planning out some of the solutions was absolutely necessary.
Storyline is a bit weak but supported the book concept. Also a set-up for a sequel. Visuals were mostly superb, even to the point of finding writing pens without magnification. My only ding on visuals is the card evaluation section. Finding the symbols was difficult for my eyes and at some points became a guessing game.
Another great puzzler.
August 23, 2012