Fun, but short - A guy's review
*review based on completing the full game*
This is not a hidden object game (HOG), but it is similar. In this game you look for fragments to complete certain objects that you need to progress in the game. The fragments are for the most part rather easy to spot, but you have to do some small puzzles and some adventuring to be able to collect them all. This was rather fun, and was done in quite an entertaining way in this game.
You sort of travel through mirrors to...uhm... mirrored rooms, and might have to solve something in one to have something happen in the other. The tasks were fun and logical, but also a bit on the easy side. Yet, I found the game highly entertaining.
You play a kleptomaniac daughter of to an over-protective father, that happens to be the richest man in this universe. After getting grounded, you escape, and set off on your adventure.
The storyline is comical but thin, but suits the whimsical humor set in this game. There are no voice-overs, just text.
The graphics are nicely done in a steam punk comic kinda way. It will only play in 4:3, so if you have a widescreen you will get some black blocks on the side of the screen.
The music is upbeat and somewhat jazzy, and it too suits the whimsical comic way of the game. Think cartoony.
There is only one difficulty setting, and that one is rather easy. Experts of the genre beware, as this will probably be a breeze to play through. It doesn't exactly help that it is rather short either. But, by all means, the game was fun, so if you catch it on a daily deal, or have a credit that you need to use, do not overlook it.
I recommend this game mostly to the younger crowd and to the ones feeling most comfortable in the easy/intermediate difficulty of games. Also, if you look for something lighthearted fun, this should please you.
For the guys:
You play as a female character escaping her over-protective father, but the gameplay should suit anyone.
May 30, 2012
Bright, colorful, cute, and lots of fun!
Although I prefer regular hidden object games to fractured, this game still kept me entertained. When I saw this on a daily deal, I decided to play the demo and was so into the game I had to buy it when the demo ended. I loved how vibrant everything was. After playing several creepy and dark hidden object games, it was really nice to see something with some color and humor in it. The graphics were nice and the music upbeat. No creep factor here. If you're a steampunk fan, you'll absolutely adore the graphics.
If you want to play a fractured hidden object/puzzle game that doesn't leave you pulling your hair out in frustration, this is a great game to go with. Some of the object pieces were difficult to find, others pretty easy. The puzzles weren't super difficult to figure out, but there was enough thinking involved so that they weren't gimmes. Another thing that made it a little less difficult is that with very few exceptions, the objects you pieced together had to be used in the room you found them in. No traipsing over dozens of levels to figure out where your object was useful. If you do get stuck, the hint button is great. It recharges fairly quickly, and will point out object pieces you may have missed or point you in the direction you need to go next.
Again, this game is great for someone looking to be entertained and not overly challenged. I had a great time playing while it lasted. That is probably my biggest issue with the game- the length. I was able to finish in one afternoon with no problem. Because of this I'm not sure I would pay full price for it, but for getting it on a daily deal I'm very happy with it.
April 15, 2012
There all the same
After a while you just get tired of the FROG's. I like adventure and a real plot. Just not my kind of game.
February 18, 2013
Not my cup of tea
I truly wish I had played the trial before buying this game. It simply isn't my cup of tea. The "hidden objects" aren't all that hidden, the puzzles are so simple as to be childish. I purchased it based on the reviews and I'm sorry I did. Don't get me wrong, the graphics are beautiful, but the music is so repetitive I turned it off, the story line is juvenile, and the game is just too easy to be challenging. I think it would be perfect for pre-teen girls, but above that... eh. I wasted my money on this one!
October 23, 2012
This one's a great game for quite a few reasons, but for me, the fact that it's a FRagmented Object Game, "frog", makes this stand out.
Other FROGs I've played work along similar lines as HOGs - scenes in which you traverse and scenes in which you seek - and the latter are usually junkpiled. Not so with Snark Busters. Each scene you come to is your FRO scene, and the objects are plentiful and obvious - all excepting a few that'll slow down your search and helps the game not feel overly easy. Add this delicious not-too-fast, not-too-slow pace to the frequent minigames and you've got yourself a recipe for a few good hours of entertainment.
This one let me down only in plot. Which isn't to say the plot is no good, or worse nonexistant. It's filled with plenty of mini challenges and smaller plots to keep things moving. I personally just didn't find it terribly entertaining. It by no means would stop me from playing and re-playing this game though.
The music is short and repetitive and way too cheery when you're in your second hour of play, but the volume is adjustable, and you won't miss anything by turning it off #there's no dialogue, for example.#
And a side note - I'm not hugely into steampunk, but even I appreciated a few scenes. If you're a fan of it then this will definitely light a spark of delight for you.
June 11, 2012
Mayzy's Reviews - Snark Busters
I'm kind of a sucker for steampunk, so I was immediately drawn to this game. The graphics are fun and whimsical and it definitely uses a lot of steampunk imagery. I really enjoyed the bright, playful feel of the visuals.
The game suffered from a lack of plotline. Essentially, the main character just traveled from area to area with no real rhyme or reason. Additionally, none of the characters were really likable. The main character's whole motivation to go on her adventure was because some mysterious person had sent her a note and presumably she was just bored. I'm not looking for a literary masterpiece, but it would be nice if the main character didn't come off as simply a spoiled brat who actually suffers from reverse character growth, becoming even more self-centered at the end!
Gameplay itself, however, was much better than the story. The game deviated from most hidden object games in that the objects were hidden within the main scenes and were actually parts of the tools needed to proceed. I found this aspect different and amusing. The game could have used more puzzles to break up the hidden object searches and was overall pretty short.
I would say this one is worth getting for a discount, say a daily deal, but I wouldn't recommend paying full price.
May 28, 2012
Stunning graphics and upbeat music. There is no penalty for random clicks, and hints recharge quickly. The pieces in this fragmented hidden object game are relatively easy to spot. The puzzles are delightful with some new twists. Real and mirror environments affect each other, with actions in one causing changes in the other. The storyline is interesting, but I was disappointed in the ending.
April 17, 2012
Fabulous 1st adventure in a series
Fabulous game! Loved every minute! It combined a bit of hidden object game play with a lot of tricky puzzling. The difficulty level was challenging, but not so monstrously hard that you want to quit playing. Cute story line, but ending hints that there might be more games to come in a series.
April 15, 2012
Wanted to turn hints off!
This is the first app I've been so pulled in by the preview that I actually paid for the full game! And for the most part I LOVED playing this game. It took me a bit to get used to looking for parts of a whole, but I ended up really liking it better than many other hidden object games. And I really liked the added puzzles.
My only complaint, and it is a big one, is that there is no way to turn off the hints. This made the game way too easy.
April 22, 2012
A different kind of HOG!
This game is different from most HOG, no looking for the odd shoe or sickle, you look for small parts of the objects you need instead. This actually made this one of the most challenging HOG's I've played and hint button was frequently clicked! But not because of bad graphics, the graphics are great and this is one of the rare HOGs with great music, at least to my ears! I really loved the cartoon layout and the fantastic fantasy storyline!
March 24, 2012