Very good hidden object/match-3 game with nice atmosphere
This was a very nice hidden object game with a pleasant atmosphere and several game-play features that made it more fun than many "standard" games in the same genre.
The hand-drawn artwork is deliberately stylized, and very nicely drawn. There are cute characters and a nice map to travel from location to location as the story progresses.
You have the assistance of a glowing forest wisp who flies around to collect the objects you click on in the hidden-object scenes.
Completing tasks gets you mana, which you can use to cast spells that give hints. Spells that give more specific hints cost more mana. This feature made the usual hidden object search a lot more fun than games that just use the usual hint button that takes a fixed amount of time to re-charge.
Because of the stylization of the artwork, many of the objects blend into the scenes which adds challenge. However this never became frustrating because of the mana-based hint system.
Some levels also have a fun match-3 mini-game to play against an opponent, so the gameplay is not purely hidden object.
The music also stood out as being very good, though often the music is silent and the scenes just have very nicely done ambient sound for the forest environments, which adds lots of atmosphere to the scenes.
June 25, 2014
A HOG and nothing but a HOG which is best avoided
Judging by the artwork and the fairy tale story, I thought at first Wispa would be ideal for children, especially the younger ones as an introduction to casual games.
Alas, alas, alas, Wispa Forest is much too difficult for them to start with, and it is made exclusively of HO Scenes and nothing else.
The sceneries are hand-drawn but their style is neither convivial nor suggestive of a dream-like land. They are more like a kid's doodle than the work of professionals and lack details as well as sophistication. Same remark regarding the colors, the combination of which is not really a happy one although they're relatively bright; the choice of palette turns monotonously around always the same pastel hues without any truly crisp contrast.
The difficulty resides in the hidden objects; not only are many of them poorly silhouetted but they blend so well into the background that it's virtually impossible to locate them.
You earn mana points each time you find an object, which you can spend on three types of hints to spot the unspottable.
The overall impresion I got was that it had been thrown together in a hurry. The result is dull, unimaginative, unchallenging, unexciting.
Aside the fact that the characters are very cute, this game has nothing to offer to our progeny -or anyone for that matter- save a great deal of intense eye-straining and infinite boredom.
January 9, 2012
Only deserves a whisper
Not a very encouraging game. Hand drawn scenes very undistinctive hidden oblects. Looks more like a childs kindergarten project rather than a professionally orchestrated game from Big Fish. This game, although child like with fairies etc is way too difficult for a child to identify or percieve the hidden objects and that is about all this game is. Not for me, I wouldn't waste my money on it.
June 11, 2012