Awakening: The Dreamless Castle
I didn't hate this game, but I certainly didn't enjoy it.
Great graphics, very appealing, great designs, very modern-looking.
A great storyline that is well accompanied by a great voice-over. The intro is pleasing.
The Hidden Object Scenes. The majority of the objects were hard to find, but some were easy, making them not a complete disaster, but still not enjoyable.
Puzzles were frustrating. They were too hard and annoyed me.
The game wasn't fun to play. I got bored very, very quickly.
No skip button to skip the puzzles.
Hnt took forever to recharge.
You had to free the fairy to get the hint, which was really annoying.
I think this game really needs a strategy guide. For the most part, it was really hard to figure out what to do.
Overall, the game bored me. I didn't like it, which is a shame because the concept seemed really good. It's back to the drawing board for these developers.
July 21, 2012
Good kids game
This game was way too easy, took me only 3 hours to finish. lots of simple puzzles would be good for a 7 or 8 year old.
June 12, 2013
Good for Children
Far too easy.
Only allows 'unlocks' in a specific order.
Not at all challenging, which may be ok for some but not if you're after something like Enigmatits: The Ghosts of Maple Creek - which is excellent, or Dark Dimensions: City of Fog - which is great.
Thought I would try it for a change, would have been nice if more challenging and allowed you to move about without HAVING to do something else first.
November 27, 2012
Way too easy
Overall a really boring game. No challenges whatsoever. The mini games do not require any mental capabilities. Waste of money.
March 3, 2014
Why didn't I try it first??
I had seen the banner for this one plenty of times, and it looked absolutely beautiful and so much brighter and more inspiring than other HOPA games. I know it sounds weird, but that banner AD for it really sold me. Then, when people said that it wasn't hidden-object-heavy but adventure and puzzle-focused, I was sold. Between those factors and the stellar reviews, I went out on a limb during a sale and bought ALL FOUR installments. I was *that certain* that I would simply love it.
Not so. The graphics ARE lovely. But the story is pretty flat and does not keep you engaged; it is not an intellectually or emotionally stimulating game. And, more than anything, it is WAYYYYYY too easy. I mean, I felt like my intelligence was being insulted. This game would be great for beginners and children, or for parents to play with children. No, I do not need gore or creepiness. I can take it or leave it, and prefer G-or PG-rated games. And keep in mind that I started playing this back when I was more beginner-to-intermediate, so I didn't need as much of a challenge then. This ended up taking me over a month to finish playing because I would only play it while waiting to download another game, or if I was too sleepy at the end of the night to want to use my brain at all. It was just *that* not-riveting and not-engaging. I'm slowly making my way through the others that I unfortunately bought without trying on that fateful day.
Note that there are many 3-star-average, older, hokey HOPA games that I have really enjoyed and played through to the end in a matter of a day or two. Actually, this series and MCF: Ravenhearst are the only HOPA that I haven't played straight through without getting so bored that I start playing other games before finishing. And that's out of dozens and dozens of games...
January 22, 2014