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Review- SkyMist: The Lost Spirit Stones

I have just this very minute finished playing this game, so I shall review it while it is all still very fresh in my mind.

Backstory;

You are a friend of the Princess, unbeknownst to you evil Magician Brandolph has transformed himself into the Princesses new main squeeze, in the guise of Prince William, Brandolph tricks you into completing a magic spell that transforms the realm of SkyMist into a grotty decayed post apocalyptic urban landscape.

It is now your job, with the added cheer squad of Alice who pops in to give you encouraging gee-ups every so often, and the disguised Prince William who is doing his level best to turn the Princess against you, by telling the Princess that it’s all your fault that SkyMist is buggered, well technically it is, since you were the patsy that completed the spell, to return the hidden spirit stones to the three discs and then return each disc to the castle, completing the mini game therein.

  • playability

This is a moderately easy game to play, it’s easy to get into, the objects are sometimes very well hidden, and there are some parts of the searching that require you to complete tasks, which may not appear to be instantly intuitive, with a little bit of thinking you can complete all the tasks. If you get stuck there is an excellent walk through available on BigFish games.

This is a very large game, so you’re going to spend more than a few hours playing it, it’s a good game to play in small doses, unless you are like me and want to find out what happens, and if you just happen to like finishing things once you’ve started.

The graphics are very well done, it’s not overly childish or twee, which it could be, or very dark and dirty, which it also could be,  all in all this is a very well done game.

8/10

  • ease of mini games

None of the mini games are exactly onerous, there were a couple that I used the skip on, but that was due to my own inability to figure out how to do them, the three main end games for each of the completed spirit stone discs were somewhat harder, as it should be, than the mini games within the main game, and the last game on the last disc eluded me completely, but again that was due to my own inability to grasp how to do it, I am not good with arranging things in patterns and sequences.

There is lovely surprise once you finish the last game for the disc, and I wont spoil it for you, but suffice to say you need to be quick on the clicking.

8/10

  • overall feel

Overall, this is a very very good HOG, I’d say it was more suited to an intermediate player, rather than a beginner, some of the in-game puzzles are not intuitive and might frustrate a just starting out player, however it is a game that can be enjoyed more than once.

8/10

  • content

Nothing squicky or gross to see in this one, a definite G rated game.

8/10


Final Words:

I thoroughly enjoyed playing this one, I like a game that makes me think and uses the puzzles intelligently, the story is very linear with no backtracking, so that makes it so much easier to play, a game I think that most HOG players will definitely enjoy.

Total score 32/40

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Review: Ancient Adventures – Gift of Zeus

I have finally finished this game, and I say finally because it seemed like it was going to be never-ending, more on that later, as I said before I was going to review games based on the following criteria:-

  • playability
  • ease of mini games
  • overall feel
  • content

I feel like I should institute a scoring system out of  ten for each category, along with some explanation as to why I am marking it so.

Back story;

These can be very important as sometimes they give you little clues as to what you are looking for or how the over all game will play out, the back story to this one is that some Evil Magician (we never see him) has stolen Thetis’ necklace, this necklace was from Zeus and Zeus will be pissed if the necklace isn’t returned, it’s your job to get the Pearls back that form the necklace, standard stuff, though also we find out that the Evil Magician has opened a portal to the underworld where the Titans have been trapped and plans to let them loose to kill all the Gods, and we can’t have that, so you have two jobs to do.

Along the way you also get to collect small pink gems, these gems make up various artifacts that will reduce the amount time your hint button takes to fill up, the amount of time the skip button takes to be usable and the amount of time your cursor will be unusable if you click randomly too many times.

playability

The screens were a bit TOO cartoony for my liking, I actually prefer more photo realistic presentations, it makes working out what is what a lot easier, that being said, this is a very very easy game to play, none of the searchable screens are incredibly difficult,  and the hint button doesn’t take a great deal of time to refill. This is an excellent game for a newcomer to HOGs to pick as their starting game, it doesn’t require any backtracking, the game process is linear and the storyline unfolds nicely.

6/10

Ease of mini games

These were actually not too bad, there were a couple that I used the skip button on, not because they were hard they were just taking a long time to complete, there was only one that I took one look at and then waited patiently for the skip button to fill, so out of the entire game that’s not too bad ratio for me.

7/10

Over all feel

As I said this is an excellent game for a newcomer to HOGs to play, for myself unfortunately I was so very bored by the time I finished it that it ruined what should have been a good experience, this game I feel was about three chapters too long, it seemed that I’d no sooner think that this was the last screen, when voila, another three locations appeared on the map screen, if they’d tightened the game play up, this could have been a really good game for all level of HOG players, as it is, I’d only recommend this to beginners as an ideal game, for everyone else, there are better games to be had.

6/10

content

Solidly G rated all the way, there is nothing offensive, scary or even the slightest bit off-putting in this game, it’s very cutesy and cartoony.

7/10

Overall score

26/40

This is not a bad game, it’s just overly long and a little bit simple and easy, which as I said makes it an ideal game for a newcomer to HOGs, as for anyone else, if you’re bored and just want a little bit of mindless easy HOG-ing, well there are worse games to pick.