Alexandra Fortune: Mystery of the Lunar Archipelago
A Little Gem of a Game
Although I am not a true fan of HOGs and I have a weakness for pure adventures - and the tougher the better - I surprised myself to find in this game a HOG that I liked.
The story is good and not devoid of humor, far from it; some parts are really funny.
It offers a nice feature: you explore different locations each with a different theme, and they all blend into something coherent at the end.
Add to that the fact that our little red-head [ie: Alexandra] doesn't leave the other hero of the story, Jay, indifferent, and you're set for some good time.
The graphics, depicting tropical sceneries, jungle locales, pyramids, buddhist temples, are quite nice though not oustanding and the music pleasant.
There is a multitude of objects to find; you don't have a list, but a set of drawings representing them. Lots of them have to be combined.
Tasks are multiple, a few of them are really funny [funny humoristic], and with 30 chapters - a record - you can be sure to have a good time, never get bored, and visit many locations.
You won't find a profusion of puzzles, yet just enough to tickle your interest, as the search-find-combine-use aspect of the game is a long puzzle in itself.
No major difficulty: hints are unlimited, you have a map showing your progress and minigames can be skipped.
An older game that should neither be overlooked nor ignored because it is much better than some new releases.
December 26, 2011
Beautiful graphics and good story line
Fun game to play. Not very hard but good story line to follow.
June 22, 2012
This looked like a nice game. The graphics aren't bad at all, but the challenge and the story are just blah. Match shapes, put them where they belong, move on to the next location. I didn't find the dialog to be very interesting either, just kind of dumb. I didn't even give it the full hour.
March 25, 2012
Just didn't do it. I liked the characters but the rest was pretty boring and it just didn't do it for me... Boring, slow...
February 3, 2012
Little overlooked jewel
In a setting in which games tend towards the ponderous and gloomy, where HOGS become just an irritation to the flow of the game, and where you can't understand why those things got together, and where backtracking, to the point of making you forget where things go, seems obligatory, this game is just unalloyed fun. The objects in the HOS are alll things you need to go on with the action. And there is action. No backtracking. Each scene is its own minigame. The animation is fun, there can be quite a bit of plot with characters in a scene. There is quite a lot of humor. The puzzles are fun to do.
I love the Samantha Swift games. This has done it one better.
June 14, 2013
Funny, delightful, good story, and with love in the air. Really beautiful game. I played it and laughed many times with Jay, who is a funny guy. I recommend this game.
May 6, 2013