Another Hidden Treasure!
BASED ON DEMO
Wow! Where are all these excellent little games coming from all of a sudden? And issued as a soft release! Although its tale is dark, this game is a wonderfully light-hearted medieval dance with all sorts of quirky aspects and features. Lead in to the main menu is what I guess you’d call concept art of some of the characters from the game. Intro to the story is a delightfully constructed melodrama where the actions tell the story, so there is no subtitle.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
The graphics look very good. They have the feel of 3D about them, and the animation is excellent. There are many cut scenes at first, and they are also very well done. The game is a little dark, but that’s kinda nice. After so many vibrantly coloured games, I guess I’m up for a game that’s a little more sombre. The sounds of the game are great all round. And you can adjust ambient sound, sfx, music and voice separately. It all comes together to give the game a stylised feel that works well.
Things are not going well for our heroine tonight. While in the upper story of a building she is robbing, her lookout has been nabbed, and as she comes back down to earth, she witnesses an evil-looking sacrificial rite on another floor. And as soon as she places her foot back on the ground, she is grabbed too. She wakes up in a cell, not aware of what is going on. But things pick up when an unknown ally gives her the means to escape. Now the two of them are putting as much distance as possible between themselves and the ‘scene of the crime’.
I keep trying to decide if this game is a puzzle adventure or a HOPA. I’m leaning to the first, with a few of the puzzles being HOPs, and not many at that. One HOP I remember is a lengthy silhouette with interactive components. There are also a couple of list HOPs. Puzzles are fun, but one, picking locks by finding the point where the ring trembles, has been used 3 times already.
You have a directional help, and a journal and map (not interactive, no jump). These are to the right upper corner, and are not a SG, as a few players first thought. Hint is a ferret, but that’s all he is – a hint button. Those who don’t like any extra assistance will hate the black bar comments in this game. There is definitely a lot of hand holding if you want it. But you can choose your level of difficulty.
There are lots of more unusual things to do. There are opportunities to make disguises for yourself, each step along the process of donning the garb and wearing the makeup is a tiny mini-interactive piece of the overall puzzle.
You also have a slingshot, which you have oddly magical ammunition for, and its worth by that much increased. You find a beautiful box holding lovely gems, which when correctly combined give you information about the kingdom. A kind of medieval Wikipedia.
MY FINAL WORDS
I’m quite impressed. I certainly am surprised this did not rate higher fanfare. I like it and will certainly be buying it.I Recommend This Game!