Jane Austen's - Estate of Affairs An OK Time Passer STORY:
You take on the role of Jane Austen's niece Christiana and must go to Chawton Village to try and save her estate from the greedy cousins the Binghams who you are at war with to find a missing novel manuscript. Not only do you have to deal with the greedy Bingham's but upon arrival you are greeted by a very mean housekeeper. There is also an untrustworthy neighbor, Richard, with whom you have "history" with.3 PLAY MODES:
All have sparkles and black bar tips. The hardest mode there is no skip for puzzles. You also can't change modes once you start playing. I usually play the middle of the road mode but in this case I just played the easiest mode. HINT/SKIP quick on charge up and hint is also directional outside of HOS.JOURNAL:
Holds notes and puzzle clues for some puzzles.MAP: NO
There are A LOT of scenes and there are 3 types: Word list not much interaction at all and some you just have to move something, silhouette, and frogs (fragmented pieces). I thought these were well done. The graphics clear here but there were a few that were cleverly hidden. I enjoyed these though I wish they would of been interactive.PUZZLES:
Not too many and the usual run of the mill found in many games. I didn't come across anything new. I did have to skip 1 of these and not because the puzzle was too hard but I couldn't get the code key to work although I was following the pattern of it. Glitch here.MY PLAY TIME: 3 hrs.
I'll start by saying I've heard of Jane Austen and that's my extent of knowing anything about her. I've never read any of her books so whether or not the graphics, characters, voice overs are appropriate or not I'll let you decide especially if you are a fan of her work. Having said this...
I thought the graphics were good as they were nice, crisp and clear for me. I had no problems with them. I also enjoyed the story, liked the characters and voice overs except for Christiana's. Her voice annoyed me. Appropriate or not.
I didn't find this to be a very challenging game and while there is no map i didn't find it necessary as everything is pretty much used right away or I didn't have to travel too far to use. I wish this would of been just a bit more challenging.
The one thing that really annoyed me about this game is I don't understand why this developer created 3 play modes for this game if they are going to put sparkles/black bar tips on all of them. Just disables the skip for puzzles on the hardest mode. This makes no sense. Please don't do this with your next game offering. Do a custom mode and let us choose what we want and then have it apply to the game.
This for me was worth the use of a punch card code and OK time killer.
As always, give it a whirl and decide for yourself.