Secrets of the Dragon Wheel
I enjoyed this game!
Kind of surprised by some of the reviews. I thought the graphics were great. Very visually appealing. I thought the voice-overs were well done, although some of the accents were pretty awful. Unfortunately, you can't click through the dialogue. And, I didn't think it was that short! If I had paided full price, I might have been disappointed, but as a DD it was a great buy.
You play Epiphany O'Day, expert in the legendary Dragon Wheel. After your mentor gets killed, you must sneak onto the Emperor?s train and finish assembling the Dragon Wheel. It is a train, so there aren't many places to get lost.
The HO scenes vary. Some are dark and some are very cluttered and some items are not to scale. But, most are filled with delightful objects and scenery.
The mini-games/puzzles are good and the Hint button recharges quickly. Overall, the story is interesting. There are a number of 'special items' that you can find throughout the game. I didn't find them all and that didn't seem to impact the game play at all. They all look like canes-- the kind with the rounded top.
In parallel with the main story, you have a magical scroll and must find various seals that go on it. With each seal, you can unroll a bit more of the scroll and learn more of the story of the Dragon Wheel.
Also, stop the evil people from using the Dragon Wheel to take over the world.
The game is fun and enjoyable. It isn't a hard game to complete, although I did need to use several hints on the HO scenes. What you need to do next is usually obvious and in certain places in the game, it tells you exactly where to go next.
It was fun. I recommend it as a DD.
May 9, 2012
Bought it a Daily Deal value, worth it. Graphics are so-so. Puzzles are fair. There's really nothing more to say.
April 7, 2012
If I could give it 3.5 stars, I would.
Great game - except for one thing - it's WAY too short.
Graphics are good, story is great, gameplay is engaging - everything you'd want in a game. But then your hour is up, your buy it, and it only lasts another 30 or so minutes!
HOGs are difficult to review due to replay value and player ability, but if you want to really enjoy your time, I recommend this game! If you aren't great at HOGs, it would be a great buy because it will last longer. If you're a good problem solver with a good memory, play the demo, see what you think, then check a walkthrough just to see how much more you have left before you buy!
February 20, 2012
Interesting game, though a bit short
I got this at the DD price, which is the price at which I'd recommend it. At first I was turned off by the graphics, but the gameplay was interesting enough that I continued to play (that and I had already bought it, so..).
It was a fun little game to pass the time, but I don't think it lasted that long. Perhaps around 4 hours with breaks? It might be worth playing through just to be weirded out at the end, though. :P
In all, DD-worthy game.
November 30, 2011
Eye strainer (completed game review)
This game had so much potential. A good story line with Epiphany O'Day looking for the part of a mystical dragon wheel. But, the graphics were all over the place. In some scenes, items were very clear. In many others, even a magnifying glass could not find the objects. I had to use the hints a lot.
Interesting speaking characters
Great locations, esp. the oriental express type train
Good puzzle, short skip
HOS standard, see above
4 hours casual
January 26, 2013
this game has an interesting story line which kept me playing the full hour of the demo. i was hoping that the play would get faster and the voice-overs wouldn't be so flat but it never did.
slow going into scenes, "complete" after games and hogs.... all slowing the game. also, voice overs interupt the flow of the scenes. they can be skipped but sometimes include info you need.
the magnifying glass is too helpful and you can't choose to get rid of it.
i can't recommend this game except for beginners.
January 20, 2013
This is a poorly produced game. Game play is boring. I can't think of anything positive to say about this dog. A complete waste of time and money.
September 6, 2012
This is another one of the after you get started, you find out how gory it is, games. It even has a German villain. how unimaginative.
February 27, 2013