Myths of the World: Chinese Healer
IHOG or Mahjong-adventure!
Options include separate sliders for Music, SFX and Voices, HD Graphics, Custom Cursor and Full-screen. Choice of Casual, Challenging or Insane Mode, which can be changed at any time.Story
You are Daiyu, China's greatest healer, and you have been called to the Imperial City to try and cure the Emperor's ailing son. You soon discover that foul play is at hand, and it will take all of your wits and your great knowledge to save the Crown Prince... and the Empire itself.
l (scroll) has three tabs: Journal (Story), Objectives and Map. There's a little bit of extra story in there, and I didn't spot any spoilers.Gameplay
Be on the lookout for collectible cranes
as you play. We have a separate map for each chapter, so be sure to look for those cranes before you complete any major tasks.
is accessible via the journal, but you can also click on the compass for direct access. The map can be interactive, but does not indicate where you might have missed collectibles. We do have instant-transport.
during the adventure portion will do one of three things: Pinpoint something on the current screen, give you a directional arrow, or - if the location you need to go to is further away than one screen - will give you the option to insta-teleport to where you need to be.
There are two types of Hidden Object Scenes
. Most of them are lightly-interactive find-by-list scenes, but there are also mini-HOS which are find-by-silhouette. These are super-easy and take maybe 20 seconds to complete. If you don't feel like finding objects on the standard to-find lists, you can switch to Mahjong
, instead. Each time you match up gold tiles, an item will be removed from your list.
In this tale healers are also magicians, and can summon spirits and prepare powerful potions. We will need to use our Healer's Kit on a semi-frequent basis. This involves taking an item from our inventory (indicated by a gold box) and placing it in the kit. Once there, a mini-game will start. There is a ball moving back and forth on a red bar, and you have to click when the ball is in the green area three separate times (for three different instruments that you're using.) Clicking when you're in the red will cause you to lose progress on the mini, so be patient... Although the ball never moved so fast that I was unable to click at the right time.Sights and Sounds
The graphics are lovely, but I never felt like I was in China... There were too many other design influences, which really threw me off. Then again, I've been a fan of Asian art and architecture since I was very young, so maybe it's just me. ;) The character design was sometimes appropriate, but most of the faces seemed way too Caucasian to me.
They really put some effort into the soundtrack, and the voices were well done (although most of them didn't even try to sound Chinese, that's better than doing a really bad accent!)CE Content
- Integrated Strategy Guide
- 41 Collectible Cranes (one at almost all locations in the main game)
- 26 in-game Achievements (ONLY accessible via the trophy button on your toolbar in the MAIN game)
- Bonus Chapter
- 8 Wallpapers, choice of 4 resolutions, from 1024x768 up to 1920x1080
- 9 Concept Art
- 20 Cutscenes
- 16 Music Tracks (can be saved)
- 20 Hidden Object Puzzles
- 3 "Bonus HOP's" (from the bonus chapter, I think)
- 20 Replayable Mini-games
- "Making of" Video (very cute, and made me want to eat Chinese food!)
The extra chapter not only gives us some additional closure RE: the antagonist, but we also get answers to questions from the very beginning of the main game. This chapter's artwork is the most evocative in the whole game - I wish that the rest of the game had been like this!Verdict
The game took me about four hours to finish, and seemed like a very zen experience to me. Recommended to IHOG fans, and to those who would like to try a Mahjong-adventure!