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GrandMA Studios, the studio that brought you Reflections of Life: Equilibrium, is back with another gorgeous fantasy adventure in the Fantastic Worlds. The fate of the worlds is uncertain now that a mysterious evil being and his monsters and spies are bent on destruction. With the help of your trusty owl companion, not to mention the powers of a magical amulet, it's up to you to discover the truth. Do you have what it takes to stop the villain before it's too late? Find out as you uncover a traitorous scheme, solving loads of silhouette, interactive, riddle, and other hidden-object scenes and special pop-up book-style mini-games.

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"Amazing graphic's a good story that makes the game play so well. HO screens are well done and varied, lots to do in this game which makes it a winner for me." - Fran, Beta Tester

"I love the Reflections of Life games, and this one did not disappoint. Same quality and innovation to make it truly enjoyable." - Patrick, Beta Tester

  • In the bonus game, play a fully developed alternate ending!
  • Play the extra pop-up book game and replay HOPs and mini-games!
  • Find animated "observers" and hidden prizes throughout the game!
  • Get the available Strategy Guide!
  • Enjoy soundtracks, wallpaper, and game art!

Game System Requirements:

  • OS: 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7
  • CPU: 2.5 GHz (INTEL ONLY)
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • Hard Drive: 788 MB

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Reflections of Life: Dark Architect Collector's Edition 4.4 5 47 47
Looks Like I've Got To Save The World Again! Many years ago, the Architects and Guardians created many fantastic Worlds. One of the Architects was deeply in love, but the woman he loved fell ill and perished, leaving him bitter and desperate, desperate to resurrect her! This feat bears a heavy price however, the destruction of Gaudium and it's Queen who is the Keeper of the Dark Ruby which is capable of destructing this world. Elemental Monsters have been sent to Gaudium and are creating havoc of epic proportions, as a Guardian, Grace must find the strength to defeat the Dark Architect and his minions before their entire world disappears into nothingness. My favorite feature of the Reflections of Life series is finding the 65 Observers, those one eyed creatures that love to hide in plain sight. There is a tab on the left of the screen that will let you know when all have been found in the scene, if you haven't found them all, you won't get the chance to go back to some locations when they have been completed. You will also be equipped with an Architect Lense that will allow you to discover hidden places, but each lense can only be used once. There is a Mini Game associated with the Lense, swapping pie shaped pieces to create an image. Eventually you will receive an Amulet that will help you translate the ancient languages, which also has a Mini Game associated with it where you recreate symbols by dragging several segments until completed. Many of the Plus Sign inventory items also have small puzzles to solve and there are 15 Achievements to earn, as well as your trust Owl to help you out with items out of reach. There are several smaller Zoom Zone Hidden Object Scenes, and the main HOP's come in several variations. There are interactive List finds, scenes requiring you to replace the items back into the scene, finding items that match the descriptions given, finding multiples of a single item and even an interactive play where you find items within three different play scenes, switching back and forth between acts to find and place items related to the story being told. You can choose to play a Match 3 game instead of most of the HOP's. The Mini Games are in abundance, some of which are very clever. The following are brief descriptions of some of the games you will play during the demo: 1) Set 6 candles straight, clicking on one affects others. 2) Recreate the color and pattern shown using specific colors in a specific order. 3) Swap tiles to create a portrait image. 4) Use a torch to melt the ice in a specific pattern. 5) Fight the Elemental monster using the correct shield, then the sword to attack. 6) Rotate tiles to restore the image. 7) Place broken mirror shards correctly. 8) Swap tokens to match their color coded slots. 9) Rotate and swap flower petals so all flowers are uniform in color. 10) Complete the scene using sliders to control the position, size and rotation of the images. 11) Rotate the rims to make the pieces correspond with the continents. 12) Swap facial features to match the masks shown on each bust. 13) Paint each window segment with the color shown on the center segment. This Collector's Edition has 15 Achievements, 65 hidden Observers, replayable Hidden Object Scenes and Mini Games, Match 3 Games, 8 Music Soundtracks, Movies, 10 Wallpapers, 3 Lucky Gifts, two Bonus Chapters: Liberation and Magic Sight, and a built in Strategy Guide, enjoy! January 14, 2016
A GORGEOUS FANTASY GAME FULL OF SURPRISES Let me begin by saying that I absolutely love the Reflections of Life series. Each game in the series is well-crafted and long (at least for me because I am a gawker and look at everything). The games are beautiful with gorgeous graphics that are stunning. This game is so full of things to look at and to click on just to see what happens. If you enjoy a feast for the eyes then this might be the game and series for you. In Dark Architect, the worlds are under attack and Queen Clio was saved in the nick of time by your uncle as she was about to plummet to her doom. A meeting of the guardians has been called and you, Grace, have been sent to assist Queen Clio and to prevent the destruction of the Worlds by some unknown evil force and its minions. Using your wits, and aided by your trusty owl, you will overcome a multitude of challenges in this incredible game. The game offers four modes of gameplay including the custom mode. As noted above the graphics are terrific and rich in color and clarity. The voiceovers and sound complete the package making this an extremely impressive game. The game has five chapters plus the two bonus chapters that are included in the CE version. My experience with the previous games in the series is that the chapters are long. The strategy guide has fifty-two pages and that is usually an indication of game length. Your tools include an interactive map, your owl companion, and special lenses that you will find as you move forward in the game. Each lens can be used only once and must be activated before use by playing a mini-game but in this case it adds to the fun. The HOPS are very well-designed and puzzle-like. There are many different styles in the mix but if you don?t want to search for items or figure out how to complete the scene, you do have the option of switching to a match-3 game. The mini-games, although not too difficult, are a lot of fun with many of them requiring a lot of thought. The CE content is an excellent value and, IMHO, very deserving of the CE label. There are sixty-five observers to be found throughout the game and not all of them are easy to spot. One of the things I like about the game is that there is a pop-out on the left side of the screen that indicates how many observers must be found in each scene, which is very helpful if we want to make sure all of them have been found. Other collectibles are surprise gifts but, at this point, I have no idea what they might be. Additional extras include two bonus chapters, a strategy guide, music, wallpapers, videos, and the option to replay the HOPS and mini-games. By now you are aware that I think this is a wonderful game. Even though I am rather tired of the storyline of some evil bent on destruction, with the gorgeous package in this game it can be overlooked. Of course, the game was an instant buy for me and one that I will replay many times in the future. If you want a beautiful fantasy game with excellent gameplay features, then Reflections of Life Dark Architect might just be the game for you. January 14, 2016
The Roman Colosseum, Pont du Gard, Stonehenge. Reflections of Life, Dark Architect Belongs in This Group of Architectural Wonders Typically, I have a visceral reaction to games which portray fantasy Queens in their introductory blurb. In the opening credits "GrandMA Studios" is represented by a kitten and a ball of pink yarn: another visceral reaction. This was my lucky day. I pressed the PLAY NOW button on the screen after linking to Tomorrow's Game Today. While this game will not change my general response to Fairy Princesses and Charming Princes, the reality is, this game is iconoclastic. It is certainly not what I expected and it has broken the mold...or, better, created a new mold. WHAT A GAME I've played the one hour trial. After that, I immediately purchased the game without any more hesitation. I had to have it. I'm playing on a Mac Book Pro using Operating System 10.9.5. I'm playing the game in the "Hardcore Mode." FUN FACTOR I bought immediately. I must be having a great time. VISUAL/SOUND QUALITY What you see: A cavalcade of color. Bright reds and oranges, blues and greens. Nothing particularly soft or pastel-like in this game. The colors reach out and grab. They don't just invite. They pull you in. Objects are clearly drawn. Characters are particularly well-drawn: often times feelings such as fear and trepidation, anxiety and relief are poorly portrayed in the games we play...because they're difficult emotions to capture. This game does so better than I've ever seen. Usually game artists resort to comic strip-like simplicity because of the challenge of accurately portraying such foundational emotions. GrandMA's designers did not take the easy way out. Visually, this is a real treat. The "movie" at the beginning of the game depicts a geologic explosion of massive proportions. This cataclysm gives the design artists an opportunity to flex their creative muscle: we view the destruction of a very Roman-like urbanity in ancient times. We see a city exploding, viewing it from above, from below, from the side. Each perspective bringing the devastation front and center. There is some very serious artistic rendering...nearly worth the price of admission just to see this "live" art on the screen. A balcony and its balustrade crumble as in an earthquake and "the Queen" free-falls backwards. Her face is a catalog of emotions. At that moment I sensed the beginnings of something great. What you hear: Great background music that speeds up and slows down, grows louder or softer, appropriately, based on the urgency of the moment. It has the sound of excellence and I feel like the developers paid particular attention to the details of voices and sound effects, and most definitely the score which frames and supports the game. Lip synching combines what is seen and heard and at this point it's the only negative I have to say about Dark Architect. It's very poorly done. BUT, in the context of the rest of the features of the game...who cares. It's a very minor annoyance, and still far better than not even taking a stab at lip-synching. It's surprising, to me, though, in a game which displays technical superiority in every other aspect. I hope GrandMA will work on this in the future. LEVEL OF CHALLENGE Absolutely excellent, based on the level of difficulty chosen for gameplay. Difficulty Modes: As I mentioned, I chose HARDCORE. This level features an unchanging cursor (called an "icon" in the menu). There is no indication of the work to be done anywhere. If you don't click, you might as well turn off your computer. I don't recommend hardcore mode for Carpal Tunnel sufferers. There are 2 other set modes plus a custom mode. If you are up for a serious challenge and are willing to spend hours (OF KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF FUN) to play this game, I heartily recommend jumping in with a blindfold and handcuffs. Eschew the extra help and experience the thrill of discovery. Collectibles: Called Observers, these are well-hidden. The only relief is a notification if you've found all the available "observers" in a scene. I briefly switched to casual mode to see if the cursor changes when hovering over collectible items. IT DOESN'T!!!! Three cheers for not robbing gamers of a very expensive challenge (considering the cost of Collector's Edition). Conversely, this remarkable restraint alone, given the trends in gaming today, justifies the purchase of a CE, in my opinion. I believe there are 65 collectibles throughout the game. Hidden Object Scenes: There are various types, and this game refers to them as Hidden Object Puzzles. You can read all about them in the reviews of others who may have already completed the game. (Personally, I prefer to skip "previews of next week's show" and enjoy the mystery of what's to come.) In any even, suffice it to say that there is a serious degree of creativity shown in the few HOG I have encountered thus far. There isn't one plain "list find" among the very few I played. In one, there is a list. I had to find the items...but then there were accompanying challenges. The challenges are really the "mini-puzzles." I HOPE the creativity doesn't wain as I progress. There is no indication that it will. Mini-Puzzles: Are referred to as Full Screen Puzzles to distinguish them from the mini-puzzles which accompany HOS. There seem to be far more mini-puzzles than HOG. While I have yet to encounter something completely new, I think each puzzle I've played has had a very distinct twist which adds challenge. Some have referred to them as mainly easy, but I think there's a very satisfying level of challenge. Skip/Hint: Oddly, there isn't the ability to completely disable skipping and hinting buttons, but in hardcore mode the skip refreshment time is 8 minutes. Yes. 480 seconds. The hint refreshment time is 2 minutes. In custom mode both can be set at 500 seconds maximum. This is pretty close to not having skip or hint available. STORYLINE A universe constructed of many worlds is under attack by an evil monster (the source of which I have not yet discovered). Its initial personification reminds me of a cross between a White Walker (of Game of Thrones fame) and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Speaking of White Walkers, the devastation that is caused by the Evil One (for lack of a defining name) comes in the form of "ice as destruction." Earthquakes are another destructive force oft-referenced in Dark Architect. Both cases symbolize the inverse of architecture. I'm not sure where the story is headed but I know that it is framed by the Platonic concepts of Good and Evil. The story is interesting. Yes, it's fantasy, of course. Do yourself a favor and suspend your disbelief. You'll enjoy using the various fantastic tools you discover in your effort to overcome Evil and ensure that the Good prevails.. As a consequence of the beauty of the game's sights and sounds, the challenges of the game's HOS and Puzzles, and a fascinating and ever-developing story line, I think this game has a chance to be my all-time favorite. Clearly, it's my favorite of the "fantasy" genre already. I strongly recommend this game. For those of you who, like myself, find "fantasy" themes less than attractive, generally, do not be deterred. The theme has not only not been a distraction, it is part of what makes this game so attractive. January 15, 2016
BRAVO! AN AWARD WINNING GAME TO START THE NEW YEAR 5 CHAPTERS PLUS A BONUS CHAPTER OVERVIEW OF THE GAME: This is a superb game and the first of the award winning games for 2016. This game merits more than 5 shining stars. It is a masterpiece of excellence in gaming! The game is long and it has a good pace. Every scene in the game contains either a HOP scene or a puzzle. The demo has 8 HOP scenes and 19 mini-games! Amazing! I absolutely LOVE this game! This is a puzzler?s delight. This game is definitely a must-have and an automatic purchase for me. SCRIPT: The story is has the theme of good overcoming evil. You play Grace, who has been again summoned by Queen Clio to restore order to her kingdom which is being plagued by ice elementals. These monsters have been summoned by one of the Architects of the kingdom. He is after the Dark Ruby which will give him incredible power. It is your job, as a Guardian, to discover his identity and to stop him. GRAPHICS: The graphics are amazing! The array of colors and soft pastels create a wondrous fairy tale environment. The characters are realistic looking and beautifully portrayed. MINI-GAMES: There are more puzzles than HOP scenes ? 19 in total and they range from easy to difficult. You have the ability to reset the puzzles. The puzzles from the demo include sequencing, matching, moving tiles, maze, manual dexterity, rotating tiles, sliding tiles, and assembly puzzles. My favorite puzzle was: ?COLOR ME A RAINBOW.? Click on colored pieces of glass until the correct color appears in each of four sections. HOP SCENES: The HOP scenes are fewer than the puzzles, but are also well-designed. You have the ability to play a Match-3 game instead. The HOP scenes include lists of items to locate, cryptic clues, replacement of items back into the scenes, and silhouette. BEST PART OF THE GAME. ?UP POPS A STORY.? The best part of the entire game was the location and replacement of items within a pop-up story book. You must go back and forth between the pages to locate items, looking under and removing items from the books, and then replacing them back into the book. Absolutely wonderful! LEVELS: Casual, Advanced, Hardcore, Custom Hints and Skips 10 to 500 seconds EXTRAS: A transportable map is provided at the beginning of the game. The extras include 15 achievements, 65 ?eyes? called observers. There is a helper owl; however, he does not slow down the game and is principally used as a ?pointer? to areas which are located above you. You locate 3 ?gifts.? There is the ability to replay the HOP scenes and mini-games. There are the usual music, movies, and wallpaper. The Strategy Guide has 52 pages. AFTER THE DEMO: There are so many puzzles and HOP scenes I will only state that the game continues with its excellence after the demo. There are still more puzzles than HOP scenes and all I played were decent. HERE ARE THE DETAILS (SPOILERS) FOR THOSE WANT MORE INFORMATION ON THE HOP SCENES AND MINI-PUZZLES IN THE DEMO: HOP SCENES: You have the option to play a Match-3 game instead A. Replacement items. Replace items back into the HOP scene. B. Cryptic clues. Locate items based on ?enigmatic? clues. C. List of items to locate D. Specific number of one item to locate ? glass shards to recreate a mirror E. BEST PART OF THE GAME Storybook sequence. Silhouette. Locate items and replace them back into the scene in a pop-up book. F. List of items to locate G. Mini-HOP scene. List of items to locate in a bird?s nest. H. Silhouette. Locate items on a bookshelf PUZZLES: You can reset the puzzles. A. Sequencing puzzle. Press on candles in the correct sequence so they align in the candle holders. EASY B. Matching. Recreate a pattern on a diagram by sequencing colors in proper order. MODERATELY DIFFICULT C. Moving tiles puzzle. Recreate two pictures by moving tiles into correct position. EASY D. Maze puzzle. Using a torch, unmelt frozen circle to create a path to open a door. If make a mistake, you must backtrack one move. EASY E. Manual dexterity puzzle. Defeat a monster by attacking his tentacles 3X. EASY F. Rotating tiles puzzle. Rotate tiles to recreate a picture EASY G. Sliding tiles puzzle. Slide a group of portraits into the proper location MODERATELY DIFFICULT H. Assembly/Jigsaw puzzle. Reassemble a broken mirror by placing its shards into the proper location. EASY I. Switching puzzle. Create three flowers by rotating them and switching petals until all three flowers are the correct color EASY J. Using knobs restore a photo by adjusting and placing the pieces into the correct position MODERATELY DIFFICULT K. Moving tiles puzzle. Move disks on a globe so that appropriate items match up with each continent. EASY L. Switching puzzle. Move parts of faces on 3 statues to the correct location EASY M. Matching puzzle. Locate up pieces of symbols to create a group of symbols which will decode an inscription. EASY N. Matching puzzle. Click on colored pieces of glass until the correct color appears in each of four sections. Clicking on one piece of glass affects the colors of the others around it. MODERATELY DIFFICULT 4X O. Matching. Match up flowers. EASY P. Matching puzzle. Locate up pieces of symbols to create a group of symbols which will decode an inscription EASY Q. Matching puzzle. Move positions of part of 3 owls to match a diagram in order to activate a fountain. EASY R. Use a reed pipe to enchant snakes to fall asleep. Each of 3 keys on the pipe will affect they snakes differently. EASY S. Sliding tiles puzzles. Match up 3 parts of a face to create the face of the traitor. Moving one piece affects the others. MODERATELY DIFFICULT January 14, 2016
WONDERFUL what a great game....there is a different puzzle for about everyone. great story line that stays till the end. little sighters to collect. graphics are beautiful. i never go into too much detail, as i think it ruins it for everyone,safe to say, this is a great game...have fun January 15, 2016
Great game! Everything about this game was well thought out and polished to perfection. January 14, 2016
Really impressive.... ...and being a HOPA addict, I've played many such games and am not easily impressed. Great care was taken with this game to make it an extremely enjoyable playing experience. It's not a game to be rushed through, and I would not recommend it to those who don't like puzzles but rather just hit the skip button in an attempt to move on. There are many little puzzles interspersed throughout the game and I have enjoyed them all so far (well, except maybe for the slider, as those tax my patience - but having said that, it is a "gentle" slider puzzle without a great many pieces). The game overall is very polished and just plays well overall. If you enjoy this game, I also highly recommend Reflections of Life: Equilibrium by the same developer, released about a year ago, as it set the same high standards that this game does. Happy gaming. :-) January 15, 2016
Behind The Crowd, But HAD To Comment... Based On Completed Game Finally! A game I can get excited about! Grand Ma has become one of my favorite Devs. They are second to none in creating BEAUTIFUL and COMPLEX fantasy worlds, and interesting games to go with them. Here we have a game that, in places, requires some thought as to your next move. You'll find the HOPs to be varied in difficulty...several with a new "pop-up book" look that I loved. Mini-games were also fun and varied...some that, for me, took awhile to solve. They DO have a re-set button...and I used it SEVERAL times. There is a game gimmick, but they combined 3 games in one, so it didn't get to be so very tedious. In addition, I thought they used it with great restraint, so it wasn't over-used, IMO. Good CE extras, with the usual strategy guide and bonus game. An extra bonus game is unlocked after finding all of the collectibles. They're called "observers" and there are 65 of them...animated eyeballs that do a good job of staying hidden. A banner will slide out to tell you how many to find in each scene. If we miss a few, we can pick them up in the extras. Take note...the game won't automatically tell you the ones you missed. When you choose "Observers" in the Extras, you'll need to scan each location to find where you have to go. There are also three surprise "Lucky Gifts" to be found, so be on the lookout. The cursor will not change when you run across them. You'll have to click around a bit to see if you get any responses. Alternate Match 3 game for those who would like a break from HOPs. Four levels of difficulty to choose from. A nice, clear jump map and transporting hint button. I have to say I thought the bonus game was a little short. BUT...I was hot on the trail of the remaining Observers...and I found one of the Lucky Gifts there. So...in the end I was ok with it. The BONUS bonus was unlocked after finding the collectibles, and was a pop-up book HOP about the history of the Observers. I listed another Grand Ma game to the side, if you'd like to play another winner from this Dev. Also...don't forget to visit the forums for game questions and a lot of info you won't find here. Get there by going to the top of this page. You'll see, above the game video, "Get game tips". The game complexity petered out a bit towards the end, but all in all, I'm happy with my purchase. Grand Ma Studios put a lot of creativity and some new innovation in this game...and it shows. Thank you Devs and BFG. Hope YOU find some fun today. Happy gaming January 18, 2016
Great game I really like this game. I'm not one to write a long review of the game but the graphics of the game are excellent. The story line is very good. I like the hogs and they are different from the usually ones.The mini games are good also. I like the ones where you have to figure out where the pieces belong. To me this is a great game. Really enjoyed playing the demo. Will definitely purchase this game. January 14, 2016
Another excellent Reflection Game I love these games; Grandma is so good! And I can tell you something else: 'eyes' are back. If you haven't played Grandma Games - this is a good one to start. Excellent graphics, fascinating storyline and it is just so yammy - love it. Just started the game and cant wait to get back to it - but I must sleep now because it is late here in Australia. January 14, 2016
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