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    JustTheFacts

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    Esoterica: Hollow Earth

    Post by JustTheFacts on Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:00 am

    Esoterica: Hollow Earth
    by Happy Artist - January, 2014

    Available at:
    Alawar
    Big Fish
    GameHouse
    iWin



    The fabled land of Agartha awaits your discovery in Esoterica: Hollow Earth! Experience an edge-of-your seat sci-fi adventure that will take you to the depths of the planet, the bad guys nipping at your heels every step of the way! Dazzling art, professional vocal work, and jaw dropping production values will be your companions as you explore underwater caves, a subterranean jungle teeming with bizarre life forms, and the laboratory of an evil genius. Just be careful who you trust.

    • Three episodes of adventure and mystery
    • 125 locations in stunning graphic style
    • 40 smart mini-games
    • Exciting graphic novel

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    JustTheFacts

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    Re: Esoterica: Hollow Earth

    Post by JustTheFacts on Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:02 am

    Developer: Happy Artist

    It’s All In The Tale!

    Sunny Sunny SunnySunny 

    BASED ON DEMO

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS
    It is clear very early that this game is about the story, first and foremost. As a friend described it, it is like watching (an old) movie, and interacting in parts.

    If you are not into story, characters, dialogue, you will probably want to skip this game completely. Because there is much more graphic novel to the game than puzzle or adventure. Outside the story, it is a fairly easy old-fashioned HOPA game with the emphasis on HOPs.

    SIGHTS & SOUNDS
    This game’s graphics are very pleasant, vibrant and colourful, clear and realistic. While there is nothing astonishing about it, there is also nothing to criticise. It looks good. And it sounds great! The voiceovers are very well done. The young girl’s voice is seriously annoying, but she’s gone as soon as you leave the house.

    There is a great deal of dialogue, far more like what you would expect of a RPG or large file game, so it is well that it is good. You can skip it all of course, but then this game has nothing to bring to the table if you do. The music is interesting, upbeat and tuneful. The background noises are sometimes overpowering. *grin*

    WHAT’S HAPPENING?
    Your grandfather’s another of those crazy scientists who are forever getting kidnapped and you go off to rescue him. But for that, the rest of the story is pure Jules Verne and “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”. You travel inside the "hollow earth" seeking a lost civilization from the stars.

    It is also another art deco, 1920s, throw in a robot, period piece. Still, I forgive the game, because I was totally blown away when I ran out of time. The story is engrossing.

    GAMEPLAY
    Well, again, remember, it is all pretty old-fashioned and simple, with help if required from a directional hint. There are 2 sorts of HOPs, interactive lists and simple silhouettes (no interaction). And there are a lot of them. Each HOP scene is host to one of each type. There are some nicely simple puzzles, none at all hard at this stage, and some very easy point and click.

    There is no map. The journal keeps important information. But sometimes it actually gives you more information you won’t know unless you look at it. For example, you must find parts for an instrument panel. You are not told how many or what they are. In the journal, the missing parts are circled in red.

    BLING!
    29 collectible gold punch cards. When translated, they tell the story of individual characters, legends and so on to augment the story you get from the many movies, cut scenes and dialogues. Beware! I saw one in a close up window for a puzzle, and waited till I did the puzzle to collect it. No good, puzzle closed, I’m down one card. *sorrowful frown*

    If the blurb is correct and there are 40 puzzles and 125 locations, then we are in for a long game indeed, the hour covered maybe a dozen, or 15 locations at the absolute most and only a handful of puzzles.

    VERDICT
    If you are not into life and death struggles with a superior and devious puzzle creator, and you don’t mind taking a back seat to the players while they take the stage, you will want to give this a try.

    As something for a little different, or an afternoon's dawdle, I like this game.

    I Recommend This Game!

    RenaissanceMom

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    Re: Esoterica: Hollow Earth

    Post by RenaissanceMom on Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:48 am

    I haven't demo'd this yet - perhaps I will - but for some reason I'm getting "too easy" vibes from it.

    JustTheFacts

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    Re: Esoterica: Hollow Earth

    Post by JustTheFacts on Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:51 am

    That's because it is very easy!!  Elk grin 

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