Mark and Mandi Love Story
A good game, that got a bad rap!
I've passed this game up for years, since it looked bland, is older and got little or poor reviews and none at all on this "buy page". I just decided to trial it and see if it was as bad as eveyone said. After playing for 30 minutes, was surprised that I really liked it and added it to my buy list! But that's me, usually most games people don't like, I do. OK, it's not the latest CE, or a 1+Gig brain frying, walkthrough needed Adventure. What it IS though; Is a easy, relaxing, bright, and fun game! I like to play this level of game, in between a really hard one. Cleanse the ol' game/brain pallete. Or if I just want to veg out, and play something fun. A total guilty pleasure. Maybe some fish are playing it in secret, not admiting to? LOL! Plus the colors are really bright. No dark, dreary, or drab here! Though I love my "dark" games and CEs, if you want something lighter, both in dificulty and color..well.. this is it! With more people asking for them, maybe some have missed this one from the archives?
Mark and Mandi are dating, with the help of cupid. You click play and it spins through dating scenes to see which you'll play. There is also a "special" one in red. *wink* You need to help cupid help Mark and Mandi basically, stay together. Each date finds them having a very typical Male/Female point of view. I normally leave stories out of reviews, but since there are many dates..and no reviews here, I'm really not giving away huge spoilers here. I'll give you 2 examples. Such as; at a Museum, Mandi is enjoying it and all the history, while mark tells her he frankly finds it boring and only enjoyed the T-Rex exhibit, because he had a toy one as a kid. (Ahh OK I get it...Mark's an "A typical "martian" man.) He's not a bad guy.. just a bit dense in the romance department lol. However in fairness.. Mandi, has her own moments too; Complaining about ants, when poor Mark really tries, planning a romantic picnic. (OK so Mandi hails from Venus, got it! lol.)
This are some items to find, when you buy them and the more you do, the more puzzles you unlock. If your a HOG expert, you'll find the puzzles are quite easy (I did use a few hints, though!) and seen them in most HOGs. There are; Jigsaws, Spot the Difference (Another is a twist on that "Find things that are the same".), a match the pictures taken from a bigger one. I haven't finished it, only did 30 min Trial, so there are more I'm sure.
A word of caution, some say this game is for kids. I have to totaly disagree! I don't think it would be a good game for youngsters at all! Two adults having dating "disagreements" (even though its lightly done) may be disturbing for some..especially if they've been through parents seperating/divorce or have a single mom or dad that dates. The dialog and story, IMO, is just too adult.
As I always say "Curiousity killed the cat.. but at least it died satisfied!" lol. I'm sure it will have a happy ending.. but I'm curious enough to see how Mark and Mandi ends, to use a PCC. Then again I have oodles to use and running out of games. Since I found it fun, light and relaxing, I decided I might as well toss this one in my buy pile. I'm glad I finally tried it. I encourage other's to do so, espcially if you want a light, colorful, bright game. Even with the storylines subject matter, it was really poking fun and not the least bit depressing or boring as it's been made out to be.
I recommend this game, or at least try it and see if you like it. It just might surprise you as much as it did me!
Happy Gaming! ;~)
June 13, 2013