Al Emmo's Postcards from Anozira
What a Challenge
This game has a lot of negative reviews so I had to add my thoughts. The game is not easy, objects are sometimes hard to find. But that is the object of a HOG. If the items are easy to find, it gets boring. I am now going to look for low reviews, this game is super great.
June 24, 2014
Just like any good Western
The mayor of Anozira and a co-opted group of towns folk are committed to restoring tourism to this little western town and whilst in the process of travelling around collecting a series of postcards along the way. A nominated person from the above group describes various aspects of the town as he collects the post cards. There is not much dioalogue other than this. The background music is quite catchy. The graphics are clear, precise and colourful but having said this, a good number of the hidden objects are very difficult to locate and a hint is needed. You are given 5 hints and you can build up more hints (up to 5) by finding hint tokens in each scene during the game. You can also find time tokens for adding more time and also skip tokens. The is also a fast find bonus. The puzzles and mini games are basically jig saw puzzles games, moving and rotating pieces and shuffle puzzles plus others. I found it to be quite an enjoyable and entertaining game.
May 28, 2012
This Is Not How The West Was Won!
I try to find something good in all the games I play and review, so this is it in a nutshell. You get to choose from 5 different characters as your avatar, anything from the Mayor to the bartender and each character comes with a brief description. Each level has a timer, there are hidden tokens in each scene not listed, some are extra time, some extra points, as well as extra hints. You collect 29 postcards which allows you to travel to different destinations, so I'm guessing there are only 29 hidden object scenes total. After each HOS there are simple puzzles to complete such as jigsaw and sliding puzzles. The problem with this game is that the hidden objects are out of proportion either too small or too large, the items are spewn about the scene and they aren't even items that would have been around in that time period. This game has a good concept but poor delivery.
February 19, 2014
Back when Arizona used to be Anozira.
The story line is weak, at best. There are 5 characters who live in the town of Anozira (Arizona spelled backwards - that was just too easy to figure out). A Hispanic female and 4 men (Australian barkeeper, Mayor, an American Indian who sounded mentally impaired and a banker (?) who used too much helium as a child). The female didn't even have an accent to begin with. They decide they want to bring tourism (basically) to their town and build it up so off they go to the four corners sending postcards back to town describing what they've seen or done.
There are 29 postcards to collect (obviously, 1 for each stop you make on the map) to "win" the game. It's an HOG .... how can you lose an HOG?
The hidden object scenes are a joke. Items are so small or immensely huge AND mis-named. For instance, a "cone" is a traffic cone but could also be a pine cone. And these items are in a mish mash of what looks like hundreds of other items. They can't be found.
The mini games are childish, at best. Jigsaw puzzles (13 pieces?), etc.
There is a hint button but you are relegated to only 4 hints. You can earn more hints by finding coins in the HOGs. These coins not only earn you hints but can "help you in an assortment of ways". I detest games where you have to earn hints.
Now, the ONLY good thing about the game. Hence, the 2nd star. The graphics. For a cartoon game, the graphics are AMAZING! Lip-syncing! And take a goooood long look in the HOGs because there is stuff HAPPENING! Bar girls leaning over the railing upstairs looking down at the cowboys drinking and talking below and more!!!! You don't even get that in the BEST of games today by the BEST of devs. If only the rest of the game was in par with the graphics I would have jumped at the chance to buy it.
Alas, for all the reasons stated above, this game is not a purchase for me. And the ONLY reason I am recommending it is so everyone can watch the amazing graphics come to life in the HOGs.
July 30, 2014
Hidden object, adventure, arcade and family
What a nasty game. The HOS are really hard, and very small to find. You are given 4 hints, which are used up very quickly. Nice grafics and music, but all in all I would't buy this game. Areal waste of time
January 21, 2012