L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Great way to get a headache
Someone tried hard to make this a decent game, with good art and good narration for the handful of people who don't know the story of the Wizard of Oz. But...this is a hidden object game, and that's where the problem lies.
The hidden objects are very small, obscure, and don't necessarily look like what they represent. They are also not in proportion to the other elements in the scene. I had to use a hint to find a watermelon, which was nestled in the seed head of a sunflower. Another requested item was a turnip, however the vegetable was growing in the ground, and you had to identify it by the leafy stem.
A third item was a handle. The handle of what? Could be a hundred different things. And so it went scene after scene. It's a great way to get a migraine. And when you can't take anymore, you'll find the game won't save your level in progress, so you have to finish the level or lose what you've done so far.
November 19, 2011
They must be kidding!
I had high hopes for this game in the beginning--it seemed like fun and the graphics were great--but I never finished it. After three of the "find the differences" screens I had had enough. There is simply no way a normal person can find so many fiddling and subtle differences. The HO screens are difficult, yes, but at least they aren't impossible, like the others are. Unfortunately can't recommend this one, even though I'm a huge Baum fan!
February 20, 2012
This game deserves zero stars. The objects in this game are not tiny, they are minuscule. In addition to that, they are faded into the background. The find the differences scenes are just as obscure and tedious. One of the FTD scenes was in a forest filled with tree branches. Some of the differences were twigs or tiny lines that had been added to the branches. It was ridiculous.
There are several distracting and annoying visual effects that occur as you play. If you find and click on objects quickly you get a speed bonus, then a HUGE message jumps on the screen and flashes a few times before it fades away. Another frustrating aspect of this game is that the list of items to find only has part of the items to find. When one is found another item is added to the list. In a game where the items are so difficult to see, this rolling list is just another frustration that is not needed. When the list of items to find is represented by silhouettes, the silhouettes are not orientated in the same position as the hidden object in the scene. So the silhouette may look totally different than the minuscule item in the scene.
Thank goodness I played in Easy Mode so the hints would charge faster. I got through a few scenes without using any hints but most of the time I used 1 to 3 hints. There are also arcade type tasks in the game that require fast clicking.
After playing the one hour demo, I came away from this game with a headache and an answer. I was able to go back to bed and sleep off the headache. Now when anyone asks, ?What is the worst HOG ever?? I will have a definitive answer.
November 22, 2011
I really really wanted to like it.
For you: If you are a masochist, are using 800 x 600 resolution, have 40-40 vision, or find that even the most challenging HOGs aren't challenging enough for you, this this is your game.
Lies: The game claims to be based off the books, then it fails to use the book series description of Dorothy: Little girl, blond hair, a white 1900s dress, a hat, & silver slippers.
The real deal breaker: Not only are the objects insanely minuscule, but the art is very blurry. In order to play this, you will have to put your screen resolution at its lowest.
May 31, 2012
you have to use hint for EVERYTHING!!
game is visually great but finding the objects is near impossible!!!!most of them dont even look like what they are supposed to be!! my head hurts after playing this!! DO NOT BUY!!!
July 14, 2012