Sable Maze 2: Norwich Caves CE
Options include separate sliders for sound effects, music, and voices, plus custom cursor, full screen, and widescreen. There is a Help button on the main page, which succinctly highlights the basics of playing this kind of game. Very nice for the newbies to the genre
We have three difficulties to choose from: Casual, Advanced, and Hard, and the differences are clearly explained. I went for the middle of the road for this play-through, but the setting can be changed at any time via the options screen.
Right offhand, I can tell you that I'm slightly irritated with the CE version. Oh, I like having the CE, but the link to the strategy guide is at the top left of the scene, and retracts every time a black bar hint shows up. It's distracting, and it's covering up some of the artwork, which is something I never appreciate. The objectives button is bugging me, too. "Meh" to that!
ANYWAY... back to the review!
The inventory bar is retractable, but we can lock it in an open position by clicking on the lock at the top right of the bar. There is no journal., but on the left we have a video display, and from here we can re-watch videos at any time, as well as access our collectibles and trophy information. We will find a map pretty quickly after starting gameplay, and it will show up next to the video screen. The MAP
is interactive. It doesn't show where there are actions to be taken unless you are in casual mode, and it does offer a jump-to option.
If there's nothing left to do on a scene, using a HINT
during the adventure portion will give you a directional arrow without discharging your hint.
In Advanced Mode there are no sparklies, and that includes those for hidden object scenes. The HOS are highly interactive, more like puzzle scenes than anything else. You won't be able to find any item listed in white until you complete some kind of action, so basically you're using every item on your list in order to find something else.CE Content:
- College Mementos Collectibles (in SE too?)
- Bonus chapter
- 22 Trophies
- 13 music tracks, which CAN be saved to your computer
- 7 Wallpapers
- 15 concept art
ALL of the bonus content is accessible when you first open the game EXCEPT for the bonus chapter. Whilst playing through the main content, I was really put off by the the setting, which is mostly on a college campus. After the second time I came across actions that made no logical sense (simply because they would NEVER work,) I couldn't take it anymore, and gave up on the game. SO, no input on the bonus chapter! Lucky thing the rest was unlocked right at the beginning, or I couldn't report on the CE content at all!
Sable Maze 2 is a quality offering and I love the different take on hidden object scenes, but with zero interest in the story, I simply could not finish the game.