Developer: PopCap GamesDon’t Buy It Even On Sale BASED ON COMPLETED GAME
This is the very first HOG I ever bought, and at the time I was pretty impressed. Now, it just embarrasses me. But making great sacrifices for my art, I played some of it again before writing this, and I’ll try to find something good to say about it. *rueful smile*
Firstly, this is STRICTLY A HO GAME. There is no adventure, and VERY FEW VERY EASY and repeated PUZZLES. This game is entirely about the HOs. It is completely linear and pre-determined by its structure.
You have 25 LEVELS to beat, and an increasing number of HO scenes to complete within each. You also have one puzzle per level, and a (very generous) time limit. You cannot skip any part of the game. At the end of each chapter, you receive a piece of equipment.
You clock up points on how quickly you discover the HO in a scene, and whether you use the hint button. There are also COLLECTIBLES found in each scene that unlock freeplay HO games.
There is a story – you are shipwrecked on an eerie island and must find the 25 pieces of equipment needed to escape. No interaction with other characters or beings, as far as you can tell you are the only living thing here.
The GRAPHICS are AWFUL. They are FUZZY, of course, the game is 4 years old, and for their time, quite high quality. But even in their day, they must have been ugly, MONOCHROMATIC and depressing. The items are scattered everywhere, badly DISTORTED and almost unrecognisable as what they are. There are, allegedly, 2400 items to find. If that’s true – 2400 items is simply not enough. Everything starts looking the same.
Even if you have never played a HO game before, I think there are better choices for your first practice runs, so I can’t think of anyone (maybe a classic game collector?) to whom I would recommend this game. I Don't Recommend This Game!