Awakening 5: The Sunhook Spire
(IHOG)This is the beginning of a new storyline
Options include Full-screen, Custom Cursor, Achievements Notifications and separate sliders for Sound, Music and Voiceovers. Choice of Relaxed, Normal or Dreadmyre! mode. The Steam overlay does not work with this title.Story
In the previous game, Sofia completed her journey at long last, and reunited with her people. Her parents were cursed in the process of helping her, making Sofia queen of the kingdom. Tirelessly, she searches for a cure, but is beset upon by brigands as she begins her new quest.
NOTE: The game's store page description says it's been 1000 years of separation, but - based on the previous games in the series - it's actually been 100.
The story progresses via short cutscenes, memory basins and books/diaries that you discover as you progress.
has a new tab in it this time, giving us tabs for Goals, Story and Collectibles. If you hover your mouse over one of the symbols on the Collectibles page, it will show you where you found that collectible... Provided that you've found it, of course ;)
There's not a whole lot of story added to the Journal, although the early pages will give us an overview of the first four games. In this game the Goals tab gives us more story and fewer hints than in previous installments.Gameplay
Be on the lookout for "strange bells". These morphing items
can be found on each scene.
offers us instant-transport, but each chapter is confined to a small enough area that "hoofing it" is not a big deal... Besides, it gives us an extra chance to look at all of the lovely scenery!
Using a HINT
during the adventure portion of the game will either pinpoint something or give us specific instructions from our Owl companion (aka hint button). There is no directional hint.
Speaking of companions, our lovely little pocket dragon is once again along for the ride, and he even gets an upgrade of sorts. I'll leave it at that, since I don't want to add any spoilers. ;)
The Hidden Object Scenes are beautifully-varied, ranging from slightly to very interactive. The first one that you do is placing items back in the scene, but with a twist... I enjoyed figuring out what I needed to do. Other HO types include find-by-list, solving riddles and more!
were interesting and fun to do... I think that I only skipped one in the whole game, and that one was because I got pulled away from the computer. There are very few "been there, done that" puzzles.
My one and only gripe with the game is that it is sometimes a bit finicky with the placement of items, so if you think you've got the right solution, just try again!Sights and Sounds
Where to start... ? The cutscenes and narrator are just as good as in the previous games, the voice-overs are very good and the SFX/Music are excellent.
The graphics are gorgeous, immersing you in a lovely world that is nonetheless fraught with peril. I loved the colorful cast of characters and their design as well. I'd love to have a wallpaper of just the people that you meet as you play (except for the antagonists - I can do without them. lol~)CE Content
- Integrated Strategy Guide (Accessible via the Menu button)
- Bonus Chapter
- 47 Morphing Items (one at each location)
- 15 Achievements
- 15 Cutscenes
- 7 Wallpapers
- 6 Music Tracks
- 6 Concept Art, which change as you mouse-over
- 10 Glassworks
The Glassworks are stained glass-type puzzles, and you'll do some of this type during the main game, as well. These are absolutely beautiful, and I really enjoyed them. I'd buy a game just of these glassworks... Oh wait, I already did! It's called Glass Masquerade
! The difference is that the glassworks are less complex, and you will only be able to see three pieces to place at any given time. Less complex, but no less fun!Bonus Chapter
The Bonus Chapter is a great big setup for the next game in the series, The Redleaf Forest
. It's just as lovely as the rest of the game, and I'd say a bit more difficult during the adventure portion, due to the nature of the environment that you're in (no spoilers!) The gameplay is just as good and just as fun as in the main game, and I think it took me an hour and a half to complete.
Although this is a new storyline, there are a few moments - especially
in the bonus chapter - that it will help if you've played the previous games in the series.Verdict
is an absolutely delightful series to play, with beautifully-balanced gameplay, great audio and visuals, and above all else, truly fun gameplay. The Sunhook Spire
is no exception, and is highly-recommended along with the rest of the series!