ECHOES OF SORROW 2

ECHOES OF SORROW 2

A game review from a woman’s point of view: 4.50/5

DEVELOPER :

ALAWAR 

KAURIBU


STORYLINE: 4/5

Despite the title, this is not a sequel of the previous game though it follows the same logic in terms of exploration. The story is quite twisted and interesting but never really reaches momentum. The end finishes abruptly without any extra scenes or explanation.

CUTSCENES: 5/5

Beautifully illustrated 2d scenes cleverly arranged. The illustrations are still but the movement of the camera gives the impression of animation. The result is very effective.

VOICE OVERS: 5/5

The actors here did a fantastic job.

MUSIC: 5/5

There are a few themes, some of them are recurrent but never boring. Special themes have also been used cleverly in fundamental scenes to create suspense.

SFX (Sound Effects): 5/5

There are tons of sfx in this game and this is one of the reasons why I’ve enjoyed it so much.

ARTISTIC ILLUSTRATIONS: 5/5

Incredibly good. Excellent artistic work.

MINI GAMES: 5/5

This is one of the strongest point of the game. There are not so many puzzles in this game but the few which are there are really good and some quite unique. It took me a long time to finish a few challenging puzzles but if you don’t get impatient, you can manage to solve them. Not the usual and boring minigames. Well done!

HIDDEN OBJECT: 4/5

Ok, the scenes were spectacular but often the objects were either too small or too well hidden to be spotted. They put way too many ho scenes in this game, at times I got bored, it would have been better having just half of them.

PLAYABILITY: 4/5

I often found sparkling areas with no comments. What I mean is that you know there is an action available in that area but there are no clues about what you are supposed to do. Most of the time the actions are sort of easy to guess but not having any comments from the main character when she finds new active areas was a bit of a turn off for me. There is no map but you actually don’t need one because of the way the game is structured.


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What Makes a HOPA game great

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DREAMSCAPES: THE SANDMAN

DREAMSCAPES: THE SANDMAN

A game review from a woman’s point of view: 5/5

DEVELOPER :

 SHAMAN GAMES


STORYLINE: 5/5

The storyline is incredibly captivating. The game starts with a very good introduction which will  absorb you more and more into the game until the point when you’ll find it almost impossible to quit. I’ve already played this game twice and I’m sure I’ll play it again later on.

CUTSCENES: 5/5

Excellent. Great, detailed 3d scenery. The animation is perfect!

VOICE OVERS: 5/5

Absolutely convincing. The acting is emotional and accurate.

MUSIC: 5/5

This music will stay with you forever. It’s a soundtrack like the one that was used in the movie “The Exorcist”.  It may seem repetitive at times but you just don’t know why you like it so much. Just the music by itself will give you the chills…

SFX (Sound Effects): 5/5

Appropriate and detailed

ARTISTIC ILLUSTRATIONS: 5/5

Breathtaking. Each scene is a masterpiece and when you think, ok this must be the best scene in the game, you’ll be surprised of discovering even better illustrations. Great artists at work here.

MINI GAMES: 5/5

Good, clever and easily understandable.

HIDDEN OBJECT: 5/5

There is no classic hidden object scene in this game because the entire game is based on searching objects and put them in the right place. Excellently done!

PLAYABILITY: 5/5

Absolutely perfect! The game doesn’t have a map but you really don’t need one because the objects are never too far from where they need to be used and somehow the game follows a sort of logic which is not difficult to grasp.


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Love Knows No Hierarchy

Love Knows No Hierarchy

Open Your Heart and Listen to its Song.

Each one of us was born for a reason and though, in this illusionary society, we may have created hierarchy to function as a civilization, there is no such thing in the Spiritual Realm. People who walk around telling others they are enlightened and thus wanting to be worshiped as “gods” are too blinded by their own ego to be considered “enlightened”.

Enlightening is just a process equivalent to that of a seed. First you are underground and have to struggle to survive to reach the light. Breaking the dirt to finally free yourself from darkness and sprouting into a beautiful green plant, is also another stage of the process. Evolution is infinite just like our existence. A plant would never ask other seeds to be worshiped because it managed to free itself before other seeds. However, it is there, for others to see that the only way possible is the way up. Not down, not around, up and up.

It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, what matters the most is that you get up every single time and do your best with whatever you have at your disposal. Never ever lose faith. Remember that whatever stage you are at, it is just a temporary stage because

NOTHING LASTS FOREVER

We are all scared and insecure and at times even feel as if we had been abandoned by the rest of the Universe. Nobody gets abandoned. Never. No matter the circumstances and even if you feel unloving and undeserving or you are ashamed of the choices that you have made so far, keep looking up and fill your heart with hope and joy because this temporary suffering will not last forever.

Many are not aware of the big changes humanity has been going through in the past few years. Are you feeling more tired than usual? Hopeless? Do you feel as if you didn’t have a purpose in this existence? Does everything seem superficial to you?

LISTEN TO YOURSELF

FIND THE ANSWERS TO YOUR OWN QUESTIONS IN YOUR HEART

Immortality is not a condition of the carnal body, it is related to the soul. Feel your life and live each day as if it was your last and if you think you haven’t done a good job with yourself, then start changing right here and right now.

LEARN TO LOVE AND ACCEPT YOURSELF FOR WHAT YOU ARE

The big bubble is about to explode but not the way you expect it to, all secrets will be revealed and those who have concealed their hatred for so long will not be able to stand the powerful Light which is going to shine upon us all.

THERE IS NO PUNISHMENT

There is no such thing. Love is unconditional and it’s there for all of us. Give it and take what you need. Even the seed that buried itself deeper in the ground can and will find its way up. Never lose hope and never give up on yourself.

START LOVING EVERY ONE, WE ARE NOT HERE TO STAY

What can we do now? Start with small things. Take care of yourself first and then help others taking care of themselves if you can. Start sharing everything you have and remember to live each day as if it were your last – open your heart to everybody and everybody will open their heart to you.

The Source of Happiness is Within You.

Be Love itself!

 

I Love You

ECHOES OF SORROW

ECHOES OF SORROW

A game review from a woman’s point of view: 5/5

DEVELOPER :

BLITPOP GAMES

ALAWAR ENTERTAINEMENT


STORYLINE: 5/5

This is a psychological thriller which is really worth playing. At first, I wasn’t convinced as this game is a little dated, I think it was released in 2011, but as soon as I started playing it, I got hooked. The story is very original and full of unexpected events.

CUTSCENES: 3/5

You may think that I’m a bit too generous here because the cutscenes are actually really basic: a series of 2d drawings with just some clever camera movements and basic animation. However, as you progress in the game you discover how cleverly they were made.

VOICE OVERS: 0/5

None!

MUSIC: 5/5

The music is about 60% of the beauty of this game. It’s always appropriate and changes for each chapter.

SFX (Sound Effects): 5/5

Appropriate and pleasant.

ARTISTIC ILLUSTRATIONS: 5/5

Very well done. They all look hand drawn and detailed.

MINI GAMES: 3/5

There are very few mini games and actually quite simple.

HIDDEN OBJECT: 5/5

I don’t particularly like ho scenes but in this game you can see how much care they put into placing each object. Not to difficult to spot.

PLAYABILITY: 5/5

Now here there is something particular which I haven’t found in other games. When you hit the hint button, active areas where actions are available become highlighted but you are not going to get any real hint on how to solve the puzzle. At first, I didn’t like it because I got stuck a couple of times but then, after having read a walkthrough on line, I realized I had been impatient and could have found the solution without any help. My advice: be patient and keep looking everywhere even in areas which you think have been completed. Overall, very user friendly and you don’t actually need a  map because of the design of the game.


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What Makes a HOPA game great

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The Joy of Cooking

The Joy of Cooking

Take your health in your own hands

THE IMPORTANCE OF COOKING

Some people believe that cooking is a waste of time or an activity for bored homemakers. Wrong! Cooking is an act of self nourishing and caring which will save  your life. Why? Because, first of all you get to choose the ingredients you want to cook and if you love yourself enough, you’ll get the most natural, fresh and nutritious food available. Some people may argue that such food is expensive but it shouldn’t be. Locally grown vegetables, fruit and grains free of pesticides, fertilizers and other nasty chemicals should actually cost less, not more, exactly because they are grown without adding any additional cost. Go straight to those who grow food and if you can’t find any, grow your own. Your only investment should be a blender and a juicer if you really want to switch to a very healthy and nutritious diet. Drinking freshly made vegetable and fruit juices give your body the necessary vitamins and minerals for you to be healthy again.

THE PANDEMIC OF MALNUTRITION IN INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES

The high percentage of obese people in a country is a very strong sign that there is something terribly wrong with our eating habits. Yes, we could just protest in the street and ask to shut down all the fast food chains which claim to sell food while in actual fact are only selling junk. Some people may say – yes but we love junk! Sure and you are responsible for what you put inside your body. However, we are exposed to junk food from a very young age and we get used to it. To be completely honest: we get addicted to it. Sugar and chemicals perfectly blended to ensure that our appetite for that particular item would never cease. That’s how you become a junk food junkie without even knowing it.

HOW CAN WE CLAIM OUR POWER BACK?

Simply by cooking. You can shout and scream that you want healthier food and blame the authority for that but in the end, you are solely responsible for what ends up in your stomach. Yes, we have created a culture of poison and junk but we are still in time to change. It’s never too late to change lifestyle. Just as when you quit smoking, drinking, medications or drugs, giving up junk food will cause your body to experience withdrawal symptoms and that’s ok because it’s part of the healing process. Once your body starts detoxifying and eliminating all the nasty substances which have been accumulating in our bodies for years, you will feel sick, exhausted, you may get pimples or skin rashes but that’s no going to last long before you start getting your energy and self esteem back.

EATING HEALTHILY DOESN’T MEAN EATING SALAD

Some people are convinced that eating well means eating a salad and a fruit. Wrong! There are billions of recipes available online about plant based nutrition. Today for instance, I’m cooking a fresh sauce made with potatoes, capsicums, garlic, chili, tomatoes, mushrooms and coriander to put on my plate of spaghetti. Yep, I can eat pasta. Once you start eating a healthy and nutritious diet you can also afford to have foods which are frowned upon by strict dieticians unless, of course, you have a particular disease (e.g.: diabetes) which will not allow you to have that particular item. Believe me, when you start cooking everything tastes delicious and your self esteem will boost up!

Here’s the final result of my spaghetti dish:

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I also added a bit of Japanese naturally brewed soy sauce, crashed peanuts and extra virgin olive oil. Yummy!

So what are you doing still here? Go get yourself some nice pots and start cooking right now!

FORBIDDEN SECRETS – ALIEN TOWN

FORBIDDEN SECRETS – ALIEN TOWN

A game review from a woman’s point of view: 5/5

DEVELOPER :

ALAWAR GAMES

FIVE BN


STORYLINE: 5/5

As soon as you start playing this game you get hooked. The story is very intriguing and you never want to stop playing because you need to know what’s going to happen next. This game is a masterpiece!

CUTSCENES: 5/5

As I said in an earlier review about Alawar Five-BN, they have managed to bring the HOPA genre to the next level with their spectacular cutscenes. You have to play the game to understand what I mean.

VOICE OVERS: 5/5

Appropriately acted. Good job!

MUSIC: 5/5

The music is appropriate for each scene and change according to the chapter.

SFX (Sound Effects): 5/5

Highly detailed and accurate.

ARTISTIC ILLUSTRATIONS: 5/5

The best you could possibly imagine. I’m pretty sure they’ve got some great artists at work here.

MINI GAMES: 5/5

Good and the instructions very well explained

HIDDEN OBJECT: 3/5

Interactive and interesting. Luckily not too many of those.

PLAYABILITY: 5/5

Very intuitive and user friendly


Learn more about the criteria used for the review here:

What Makes a HOPA game great

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ETERNAL JOURNEY NEW ATLANTIS Collector Edition

ETERNAL JOURNEY NEW ATLANTIS Collector Edition

A game review from a woman’s point of view: 5/5

DEVELOPER :

ALAWAR GAMES

FIVE-BN


STORYLINE: 5/5

This is one of the best game I’ve ever played. The storyline is absolutely entertaining and you just can’t wait to get to the next scene. There is a bit of everything: sci-fi, mystery and romance. Excellent story!

CUTSCENES: 5/5

Alawar Five-BN , was one of the developer that in my view took the HOPA games to the next level. Have a look at what they do in their cutscenes – and during game play as well – to understand what I mean.

VOICE OVERS: 5/5

Perfectly acted and suitable for the role.

MUSIC: 5/5

I believe that Alawar Five BN was also one of the first company to understand the importance of the quality of the background music. It’s appropriate for each scene and does change accordingly when the scene is building momentum.

SFX (Sound Effects): 5/5

As I said above, everything has been accurately created specifically for a purpose. This is one of the best games because every single detail has been carefully designed and assigned. The result is total game immersion!

ARTISTIC ILLUSTRATIONS: 5/5

I almost cried with happiness when I played certain scenes. You won’t believe what a fantastic job they’ve done. Bravo!

MINI GAMES: 5/5

Quite good and fairly easy to understand.

HIDDEN OBJECT: 5/5

The good thing about this developer is that they know that ho are boring so make them really interactive and interesting. Well done!

PLAYABILITY: 5/5

Very easy to use and appropriate for anyone.


What’s happened to Alawar Five-BN?

Unfortunately, it appears that this collaboration is over and nowadays Alawar and Five-BN are two different companies. They both continue to make great games though, in my humble opinion, they still haven’t managed to achieve the same high  level they used to have when they were together. If you are interested to see what they are up to, here are their official sites:

Alawar

5-BN


Learn more about the criteria used for the review here:

What Makes a HOPA game great

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