Volcanic Eruptions And Mayan Curses!****
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME
This game is very much the direct and immediate sequel to the first Mayan Prophesies game, Ship Of Spirits. We pick up exactly where we finished the bonus chapter, taking our vicious poacher back to land. Now, however, we are lost at sea, and things are looking grim. In an excellent intro, we are reminded, in black and white images, of the story so far, and the new dangers that we now face are picked up in colour. Fully immersive video! (You’ll get the joke when you play the intro). We end up washed ashore on some unknown island and once again have lost the poacher.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
The quality of the graphics is great. The cut scenes involving the volcano look like real life footage of a volcano eruption. Awesome. The graphics elsewhere are not quite breathtaking, but they are very good. In the first game, colours were dominated by orange and green. I am pleased to find the colours this time focus on tropical green and a dozen vibrant contrasts.
The voiceovers are once again very good, with all characters and the narrator sounding excellent. I didn’t get into the music, but it in no way interfered with the game.
The gameplay for this game is as good as the first. There are loads of mini-games as well as HOPs. This time finding the hummingbirds requires you to find a Mayan idol or artifact, activate it, then catch the bird.
The HOPs can be exchanged for a very fun mahjong game instead. The scenes themselves are beautiful, with a lot of detail, and while occasionally some items are a bit hard to find, for the most part they are really very clear. The HOPs are interactive lists, and we visit each scene twice. The puzzles, as always for me, ranged from “do it with your eyes closed” to “even the SG solution is too hard”. Some interesting twist on a few regular games. There is of course an interactive jump map and directional hint.
I like this game’s bling. Bonus game, gallery, SG. 20 Mahjong boards. Achievements, although not many. 40 of those lovely challenging humming birds to collect, plus 32 pieces of a Mayan calendar, and 40 beyond objects. Which were hard enough to find that I only got 2/3 of them. The main story ends well enough, although they did a line that makes it clear there’s more to be said.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
This is a great, fun, entertaining game, and I enjoyed playing this and the first Mayan Prophesies back to back immensely satisfying.
I recommend this game!