Just Brilliant! BASED ON DEMO
The previous two Otherworld games have been breathtakingly beautiful, entertaining and challenging. This one tops them on all fronts.
Particularly impressive to me is the originality of both the puzzles and the HOPs. According to the bonus content, there are 23 HOPs and 24 other puzzles. Yet the HOPs are so different from what we’re used to, it’s hard to decide which category a puzzle fits into.
In the demo so far (which I didn’t complete in the hour), we have only one interactive list, and it is so interactive almost every item is hidden from view.
The others include a HOP where multiples of certain objects are required, but can only be found using an arrow system to align their two parts in the scene. Tricky. There are others, all of them different, in the demo, but you get the idea.
The other puzzles and mini-games are equally original, brilliantly so, but not as difficult as the puzzles in the previous games – so far! Gorgeous to look at, they could easily keep me happily puzzling along for much longer. Skip is very quick (on Casual).
The adventure side of this game is also a little more straightforward this time. There is an interactive jump map, which is handy as there is a little to and fro action. There is no journal but another delightful idea, a ‘clues inventory’, which consists of photographs of those patterns, codes etc. for use later.
There are a lot of magical characters to meet, all beautifully drawn, with good voiceovers, including a white fluffy talking cat who becomes your hint button. I didn’t use him in that function, I used the map, so I don't know if he’s a directional hint or whatever. I do know he pipes up with the occasional comment of his own.
There is also the Perpetual Prison, which is what our quest is all about, we must repair it in order to capture the Shade (evil creature of dark magic) before he turns the world into endless winter. We must also again rescue Fiona.
If you’ve not played the other games, this will not interfere with your enjoyment, because the intro gives you a full explanation. The intro is extremely well done (voiceover, narration, cutscenes, graphics), but is not fireworks, both good and bad behave in a much more gentle way in this game.
The CE includes a bunch of extras, all the usuals, plus replayable mini-games. There are 60 fay dragons to collect. Easy to find, and not very well integrated into the scenes. I didn’t like them. There are also achievements, and a room to show them off.
This game is wonderful, and I may not be able to resist getting the CE on this one and upgrading the others. If you've not yet tried them, they are well worth a look.I Recommend This Game!
PS. I thought I'd gotten over 'cute', but it seems I haven't. This is must have for me.