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Title: Hidden Object 6-in-1 bundle
Release Date: 16 Mar, 2016
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I love all of these games except Panocopia freezes when it gets to a certain spot and I cannot get out of it. I have uninstalled the package and reinstalled it and it still does not work. Very disappointing.. First off the price is great for a bundle! I expect some to be just okay with maybe one or two really making the bundle worth it. I will be rating them as I play them.
Kronville: Stolen Dreams
Fun Factor 3\/5
Level of Challenge 3\/5
Overall a average okay game. The graphics are decent for an older game on a newer PC with widescreen. I find the items and closing windows lags a bit (the items could be more mouse sensitive). So the first one I could take or leave really. Only played it less than an hour and I got bored.
Cruel Games: Red Ridinghood
Fun Factor 3\/5
Level of Challenge 2\/5
* No travel map or special hidden objects. Good to pass an afternoon if you have a couple hours to kill. I found the challenges and puzzles in this one to be pretty easy, maybe to easy.
The Other Side-Tower of Souls
Fun Factor 4\/5
Level of Challenge 4\/5
I actually really liked this one. It had cool weird artwork and good voice overs. The best one in the bundle to date!
Panopticon-Path of Reflections
Fun Factor 1\/5
Level of Challenge 1\/5
Worst one so far. The graphics are so flat and dull and the characters are in the style of old 3d. Only played 15 minutes and turned this one off.
The Lake House-Children of Silence
Fun Factor 5\/5
Level of Challenge 4\/5
Really liked this one. I found the story pretty good and the atmosphere a bit darker. Also there is a bonus chapter in this game!
Fun Factor 5\/5
Level of Challenge 4\/5
One of the best games of the pack. Very unique artwork and a diffrent approach to game play. I really am enjoying this game out of the bunch. Also it has a travel map too!. I would only recommend this to the hard core HO collector or if it's on sale. 5 out of the 6 games are basic, without the extra features you see in "collector's edition" versions of the game that sometimes make them replayable, like extra chapters, hidden extra objects to correct on each screen, in-game achievements, etc. I played a couple of them before without realizing it until I started them here, because they weren't that memorable.
A couple of them have interesting takes on HOS, though, such as having to use the objects you already found to interact with and find further objects in the scene. Some of them have interesting art and storylies that are a bit different than the normal stuff you see in these types of games.
However, the real star of the bundle, and the reason to get this, at least when it's sale, is Other Side: Tower of Souls. It has a very different story line with some really off-th-wall characters that you have to figure out how to defeat. The cheshire cat buddy you have to help you out is kind of funny, and there's even a shop where you spend paw print coins you find throughout the game to get hint recharge items.
The Other Side is very replayable, especially if like me you select expert mode and realize that it is actually quite difficult and have to skip a couple of mini games (that stupid moon puzzle argh). I'm going to have to go back and play easy mode to see if I can beat them for the achievements and also to find nearly 20 of the 100 paw prints I somehow missed I the game despite diligent searching. The only negative to this game is there is a *lot* of reading, long journal entries everywhere, endless dialogue, which is a crutch by game designers to data dump the story on players. Also too many long cutscenes, nearly every new screen you get too. But you don't really need to read\/watch these to get the gist of the story, and can skip them.
This game really needs Achievements, even if they're only tied to The Other Side: Tower of Souls in-game achievements.. For this review I've put the games in order of which one I think is best to worst. Overall, however, I think this is a good bundle for the price I paid for it, yet I can see why they decided to lump most of them together rather than try to sell separately.
1. The Lake House
Definitely the best game out of all the 6 by a clear mile and could easily have been released on its own. The story is that you return to the Lake House which used to be owned by your fiancee and where something terrible happened to her brother.
Unusually for a lot of hidden object games you play a male character rather than a female. The story is quite interesting, the locations and puzzles are varied, and there's quite a good spooky atmosphere throughout. There's also a bonus chapter which is just as playable as, although predictably shorter, than the original. All in all a good Hidden Object game.
2. Panopticon Path of Reflections
You are investigating the disappearance of a magician and his assistant, your love (again, probably fiancee - there seems to be a running theme). Again you're a male protagonist. You can travel between worlds to solve puzzles, albeit in quite a linear fashion.
Some of the puzzles are good, some of the hidden object scenes are good too. Animation high quality and soundtrack also quality.
Rather bizarrely the developers decided, to make one of the NPCs a complete rip off of Michael J Anderson and his character Samson from Carnivale. It's not voiced by Michael J Anderson and I very much doubt either he or the producers of this show gave the developers permission, which if so is really not on.
3. Mexicana: Deadly Holiday
I love all the references to Mexican culture, history and religious beliefs and I think this game has fabulous design and colours. Each time you meet a new character they also get their own comic-book freeze-frame intro which is fun.
The premise is that, guess what? Your fiancee is in trouble and you have to go to rescue him. This time from the underworld! There is an incredible variety of puzzles in this game which range from repetitive (put balls in holes or click until figures move somewhere - not really puzzles if you ask me) to mixing paints, dressing up in the correct costume, or rearranging lines so they don't overlap. Some of the puzzles are a bit baffling, despite prompts, so I have to confess to skipping, but all in all it's not a bad game and is certainly the first Mexican-themed Hidden Object I've seen.
4. Kronville Stolen Dreams
Definitely the darkest premises for a Hidden Object as you relive your traumatic memory of the day your family were burned alive in your childhood house. Was really not expecting that! A quite bizarre story here. Kids go missing and you're on their trail. You find out they're imprisoned in dream-worlds, all based on popular children's books. Every so often you randomly pass out or fall asleep to join them to try to free them.
I enjoyed the differently themed worlds but often the puzzle dynamics are just bizarre and require skipping. Any puzzle hints are varied as to how useful they are, and the whole game feels quite disjointed. All in all only one you'd want to play as part of a package like this. A shame because it could have been really interesting. Kudos also that I'm not rescuing my fiancee.
5. Cruel Games: Red Riding Hood
I think I'm actually being a little harsh putting this one so low down. In many ways it's better than Kronville. Puzzles generally make sense and it's actually quite a big game. The trouble is that after a while I simply didn't care. The locations all look the same as have been done before. I'm also getting a bit bored of rescuing boyfriends/fiancees too, tbh.
6. The Other Side: Tower of Souls
I really wanted to like this one. It's totally bizarre - a flying tower, a talking cat, animate trees etc. It's also quite dark in places for example having to get rid of a mad surgeon's robotic limbs. But it just hasn't decided what it wants to focus on. Is it meant to be creepy? Quirky? Am I meant to really want to collect the 'golden paw' coins to upgrade my mystical blue cat? Am I meant to be intrigued by the twists and turns of the plot - which sister is good or bad? In the end, it could have been a quirky adventure, but it ruins it by trying too many things at once.
. random review for a badge. i had a lot of fun the advanture where fun the graffit where nice and the story was good. Do not use on windows 10. Multiple scenes did not render properly. I do not know if there is a fix.
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