Echoes of Sorrow
Options include separate sliders for sound effects and music, full-screen and custom cursor.
You can click through the intro screen, watch it unfold naturally, or SKIP it entirely. It's short, but to the point.
The Tutorial is optional, and I chose to skip it. It didn't take long for me to get stuck. It was apparent what I was supposed to do, but like any adventure game, you can't just zip along at your own pace. Completing certain tasks in the game will make things appear that were not there, previously. It took me a couple of hints to realize that this was happening, but I did not have to resort to a walkthrough.
There is no misclick penalty. Your to-find lists are written, and it took me a bit to realize that there is a subtle hint system in place, making the names of the items on that list that you're nearest to kind of "burn", ever so slightly. So, if you wish to blaze through the HOG portions, you can do so, and if not, the burning is easily ignored.
HINTS are refillable, and are available during both the HOG scenes and the adventure portion of the game.
The puzzle portions are short and easy, but also SKIPPABLE and pertinent to the story.
For those that have a problem with spiders, I saw two during my trial, and they were quite large, but not something we had to interact with directly.
The graphics are bright and colorful, whilst maintaining a creepy atmosphere. The music and sound effects are perfect, in my opinion. Both are environmental and tone-setting without being intrusive.
It looks to be a short-ish game, but this adventure-HOG is very well-done, in my opinion. I will certainly be purchasing it, soon. Review addendum:
Have finished the game, and while it was longer than I originally expected, it is still on the short side. VERY disappointed by the hand-holding, but this would be a good game for adventure-beginners.
I still feel that it's a nicely-done game, just would have REALLY loved to have a difficulty setting on it!