Pahelika: Secret Legends
This is mainly a puzzle game
I would not class this as an adventure game at all but more of an point and click, interactive puzzle game. So for puzzle lovers, who are tired of hogs give it a try. If you don't like adventure games because you don't know where to go next this is for you.
It starts out very easy but then slowly gets progressively harder, but the hardest bit was trying to find the items and go through all the combinations of combining!**
There are 6 different self contained chapters or small areas. In each area there are a series of things to find, combine or use in solving or finding a way out of an area. And most were sort of a step by step puzzle. In amongst these chapters there were mini games. Jigsaw, slider and guess the next sequence, you had to play each of them 6 times. There was also a match pairs which you played twice (I think).
This took me as long as a good length HOPA, so don't go expecting a long adventure game but it is a good length game.
I am a puzzle lover, but sadly everything in the garden isn't rosy -
Sadly it doesn't give you an option to play without sparkles and they are everywhere! Once you drag your mouse through part of a scene that will be interactive it will keep sparkling. But for those of you who love sparkles don't think great, as weirdly enough there aren't sparkles on most things you have to pick up and the sparkles actually distract your eye making it harder to find some items. Also some items are really hard to find and tiny.
The curser doesn't change to let you know if you need to pick up an item or place it somewhere. Sometimes I had the right idea but just was an inch to far, so some hot spots are hard to find. But thankfully there is no random click penalty.
You combine certain things in the inventory but you have to try dragging "B" onto "A" as well as "A" into "B" or it won't combine, this was a bit frustrating.**
The plot was weakest part, it was told through cartoon cutscene with a voiceover so if plot is vital for you, you will be disappointed.
Throughout the game there were a mixture of 'riddles' but mostly these were illogical.
I love the concept of the game, but all those negatives REALLY distracted from my enjoyment and so I was frustrated at times. Those sparkles gave me a headache!
But if you don't mind the above and are a puzzle lover then I do recommend it for you.
August 18, 2012
I lost interest
What at first seemed to be an interesting, promising and challenging adventure game, finally turned out to be an empty shell.
I raced through the first chapters... no challenge, no difficulty at all ... and then the same puzzles came back again and again ... everything repeated itself, chapter after chapter.
I don't mind the absence of hint buttons, maps or other "goodies" to guide you through a game - there were none of these in Myst or Syberai - as long as everything is logical and doable. The only idea the dev's of Pahelika thought of to make their game more "difficult" is to face the player with three digit locks without indication anywhere of how to deduce the solution... which leaves you with nothing but a tiresome trial and error.
Same story with other "puzzles" where the logic is totally absent.
Add to this the poor graphics and a non existant storyline, and it is clear why I didn't finish the game a second time... I lost all interest.
August 16, 2012
An interesting hidden object game
This game had me really thinking to figure out the puzzles. Interesting challenges trying to figure out what objects work together as sometimes no idea what you have picked up. Simple storyline, but I enjoyed this game. Look forward to the sequel.
November 18, 2011
"The Thinker" Would have been Proud of this Game!
Yes, "Il Pensieroso," himself, that great masterpiece of sculpture, would have loved this "think tank" adventure. To my delight, there were no HOs to clutter things up, and all that awaited the player in this game was how to get to the next level without any help.
This was one of the ultimate "how to" adventures, and the player found himself taxed to the extreme, in some cases.
I heartily recommend this game to anyone who truly likes to think without using a guide (although a walkthrough is available, and the game itself encourages the use of YOUTUBE for the solution of the slider puzzles which could really be figured out without help).
A word to the Developers: Why not include voices and more than one character in your next planned adventure? It would add 1000 percent to the adventure factor.
July 24, 2012
A very nice game, though it was a little short, but not exceedingly so. If you like your hand held with hints and explanations this is not for you. If you like to figure things out for yourself it is worth the price. This is not a HOG as someone previous to me wrote. You gather objects and figure out how to use them to complete each area. These objects are not identified in your inventory, you need to figure out what they are and do by interacting them within the inventory or the area you are in. Some are easy and simple , others are not. I highly recommend this game for those who like a challenge.
April 7, 2012
this was one of my favorite games
it kept my attention was an actual game without all the hog's which if i wanted that as part of my games i would buy hog games i really am tired of the games that use hogs as fillers for lack of imagination to farther the game i really really buying an adventure or large file game without hogs any with them should be in the hog section
January 28, 2012
Could have been great!!
This was really a great game, except.....! I would have given this a 10, but it was very difficult to finish.
I always play 'expert', 'advance' and try not to use hints or walkthroughs; but I did use the WT a few times!
The problem was NO NAMES ON INVENTORY ITEMS and you had no idea what they were!! There was no information, and no hints, so between the 3 together, you were really on your own. All I needed was names on the items or at least pictures clear enough that I knew what the item was. A lot of logic and reasoning is needed to advance, so if you got what it takes, go for it!!
August 16, 2012
Thought it would be like Myst... WRONG!
I was very disappointed. I had hoped for a Myst-like adventure game with sophisticated mechanical puzzles and unique scenery, but this was definitely not it. This is obviously an old game. Graphics were fuzzy, objects were mostly tiny and unrecognizable. Puzzles were not fun and very dated. It appears that the creators used the Myst concept -- the book, falling through a void to different locations -- but the artwork was comic-like and the locations were not attractive. I was glad it was so short... really could not have stayed with it much longer.
June 28, 2012
Just plain AWESOME
This has always been a fav of mine. I feel it's not a good one for beginners, as the challenge is pretty steep. This game is unique, mysterious, and captivating. It is NOT: pick this up, use it here, find this, go back a screen and use it. It's refreshing in it's atmosphere(s) as well.
March 13, 2013
Twisted from reality
What an interesting game. You really need to have your wits about in order to progress. But, so interesting and good excercise for the grey matter.
March 13, 2012