Flux Family Secrets - The Rabbit Hole
Too many unidentifyable items
I only played a trial period of this game, but I knew I didn't want to buy it when I ran into several items that were not recognizable.
Like you're supposed to find a drum, but it really looks kind of like a glazed vase and doesn't resemble any drum i've EVER seen. Or you're supposed to find a genie lamp, but it looks more like a key (don't ask how they managed that).
The graphics are also kiddie stylized which puts me off as well.
November 26, 2011
Flux Family Secrets: The Who-Cares Hole
This game bothered me. I wasn't a huge fan of the first, but I liked the historical scenes so much and a friend told me to try this one, I gave it a go. I shouldn't have.
The main story, like the first one is confusing, boring and useless. You find out next to nothing about the family and you have no reason to want Jesse to succeed, you don't know anything about her! The game kept throwing in random journal entries and letters from the family, which I thought would come together at the end to explain what it all meant... it didn't. You just get loads of random, needless information about these people who seem like jerks. Even Jesse at the end annoyed me, how she left little Jesse all alone after overhearing her mother say such mean things.
The game play was okay, but could be VERY confusing. You spend forever piecing things together and then you have search for where they go... then you have a pull something or move something, but you don't know this, all you know is that it isn't working! Moving from area to area was a pain as well, having to move the mouse around, hoping beyond hope that it would finally become a green arrow so you could click to move to a new area! Then, somethings would be near the edge of the screen and you would try to click on them, and suddenly be in the last area you were in.
The little badges you would find were okay, they added a little extra something to look for in the game. But, every time you find one, your game gets interrupted by a pop-up saying you found a badge. I know I found a badge, I clicked on it and it went to the owl... I don't need a pop-up telling me something I already know. Thanks.
A great thing about the first game, is all the different times you got to go to! This one, you get to go to three. You fix what is wrong, then it gets messed up somewhere else in the same time period, and these people can't do anything themselves (even simple things) so you must go back to their time and fix it for them.
My favorite part about this game, was a little notes and letters you would find in the different time periods. Like little notes Abe Lincoln wrote to himself or friends, you get a nice feel for the man and who he was, same with the fellows of the Boston Tea Party and Henry Ford.
April 18, 2012
This is one of those games where virtually every object needed is broken into many pieces, and the player must find each little (and I do mean little) piece before using the object. The little pieces are well-concealed and difficult to find at times, which makes this game one of the most frustrating games ever in my mind. The graphics are OK, but that's the only good thing I can say about this game.
April 12, 2012
I really disliked this game. I thought it would be like it's prequel and it had changed things. They added HOS. A few of them were fun and challenging but the others were off the chart challenging. Do you know what a dodecahedron is..ya me neither. Your cursor turns into a hand when you need to move or open something and then sometimes does not turn back into your cursor and you have to go to another part of the puzzle or room and click many times to get your cursor back. There are a lot of HOS, there were two in one room I entered. The hint button trail moves very fast and either ricochets or curves around and you need to follow it because when it finally hits what you need to see it expands very fast into a big circle making you search even more for the thing you wanted to find. The navigation on this game was abysmal. It was either too easy to flop in another room or almost impossible. You have your hint button and a person from what ever period you are in to supposedly help you. The person is very little help beyond telling you what needs to be done and in some instances it is something in another area you cannot go to yet. In one room he was telling me to pull the lever. Well I couldn't find the lever so I clicked the hint button and the hint button said there's nothing to do in this room. Finally found the lever on my own across the room from the item that needed to be lowered. Just like the first game you have to find pieces of items to put things together but they are all spread out in other rooms. Unless you like frustration don't but this one.
June 12, 2013