A game review from a woman’s point of view (5+/5).
MAD HEAD GAMES
Finally, a very unique science fiction story impregnated with fantasy. This is a very refreshing story with a series of unpredictable events. The bonus chapter is also incredibly well developed and it will get you hooked as quickly as the main story.
The reason why I bought the game in the first place is the intro scene which explains what’s going to happen next. Mad Head Games has managed to take the HOPA genre to the next level with really impressive and realistic animation blended with the highest art possible. Outstanding example of incredibly impressive art work!
VOICE OVERS (5/5):
I have no clue where they got their actors from but these people deserve an Oscar for their performance.
Here too, I must say that the music has been very carefully developed around the game rather than just putting a theme at random. You can clearly see that in high tension scenes wherethe music builds up just like in movies by making the player totally forget they are playing a game. Full immersion is guaranteed. An example that all game developers should follow.
SFX (Sound Effects) (5/5):
Needless to say, if the music is such high quality then the SFX are bound to follow. There are many alien mechanisms in this game and a few “gadgets” which have special and totally realistic SFX effects. Great job!
ARTISTIC ILLUSTRATIONS (5/5):
There are a lot of scenes in this game, each one unique and containing an incredible amount of details. With the collector edition, you get free wall papers and access to other goodies. It’s not only the art that’s impressive in this game but the level of imagination that is finally breaking through new frontiers even in HOPA games.
MINI GAMES (5/5+):
The mini-games are absolutely original yet not too challenging; they just require a lot of focus to help you think out of the HOPA box.
HIDDEN OBJECT (5/5):
The hidden object scenes are a few and never overwhelming. They are presented in a very interactive and unusual way so you won’t get bored. I found some of the ho scenes a little challenging and I had to rely on the help button a few times.
The first great option is having the possibility to tailor custom your game play by choosing from the different levels of difficulty which start from beginner to expert and custom choices (my favorite, because you can choose what options to keep and what not). Unlike other HOPA games, you don’t get a journal but just a series of objectives to remind you what you are supposed to do. There is also a simple but effective map -which I never used because at every chapter the number of open scenes available for game play is highly limited so you don’t have to go far to solve puzzles -. The Hint button is vital when you get stuck (and you will) though it’s better not to use it unless you get completely desperate. There is a strategy guide as well with all the walkthroughs but if you read that then your fun playing this game is over. This game also contains a series of collectible and achievements which I find totally boring and annoying. If the game is good, it doesn’t need any other fancy stuff. I hope the Mad House Game developers read this review so they’ll keep giving us great game without any useless fanciness!
I had no intention of buying this game, as I said earlier. Yet, a few seconds of playing the intro cutscene were enough for me to push me into buying it instantly. I have a great intuition for masterpieces and this game is definitely something you don’t wan’t to miss out playing. Mad Head Games is definitely taking the HOPA genre to a completely new level and we, the players, love them for that!
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