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Review of Flight of the Amazon Queen

Rating by Emiel posted on Nov 24, 2015

Enjoyable, nothing more, nothing less

This is an enjoyable game, although not as good as the Lucasarts contemporaries this game is trying to mimic. I laughed out loud at some of the jokes, and I think the voice acting for Joe King is nicely done. The voice acting of the other characters is so-so, most of them speaking too slowly. I found some of the puzzles to be a bit tedious, but all in all the game is not too difficult. And since it's available for free on, you should really give it a go.
Time Played: 5-10 hours

Review of AR-K: Episode 3 - The Great Escape

Rating by diabolini posted on Nov 18, 2015

Better than expected. A must buy

It's great when you come to a game and it's a lot better than you thought it would be. While I enjoyed ar-k 1 and 2 and I do recommend those games to play first, this for me is a lot better - story, graphics, setting. The writing was very good and if you didn't want to read everything, you didn't need to click on that character's bit of conversation but could come back to it if you wanted. I liked the humour, and it was witty in parts. It is the perfect balance of not just a good story which is vital in an adventure game but also good interactive gameplay. You continue to play as Alicia and thankfully she is more likable. In the first episode the OTT "I am a sexy vixen" coupled with a not nice attitude a lot of the times frankly put me off her and I didn't care what happened to her, but by the end of E1 this was mostly gone and here I actually cared and liked her. The story continues from 1 & 2 and I loved how at the end of episodes there is just enough surprise or hook to keep you invested for the next epsiode, it is literally a cliffhanger ending (not resolved or tied up with bow) with all of them and this episode is the same. I love the setting in this game (all new) and I got to solve a murder as well which was cool. There is also a transporter map so you aren't wasting time walking everywhere. While you could play this on it's own I do think there would be too many unanswered questions (what is the sphere, why am I here etc) and I do think you need to play the first game (which has episodes 1& 2 in it) to know what is going on. There is a video intro at the beginning which is supposed to recap what has happened but I don't know why but the clips seemed out of sequence, and they could have done a lot better job of a recap, seemed very disjointed. I loved the achievements in the first game, very imaginative and different but here it was mostly straightforward and some more unusual ones would have been fun. There is one though which I didn't see the point of and will be a bit annoying to do (worker one,) - so don't go by my final time re gameplay! Thoroughly enjoyed it and I really look forward to the fourth and final episode. Thanks DEVS for a very good, fun point´n click adventure game
Time Played: 5-10 hours
Difficulty: Hard

Review of Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion

Rating by crabapple posted on Nov 3, 2015

"Flashback" grading questionable

I played this game at the time of its release in 2000. Haunted Mansion was a somewhat fun, but mediocre game at the time of its release. Compared to other games that were available at the time, including older 1st person Windows games from the 1990's that were still available for purchase in 2000, Haunted Mansion did not stand out as being exceptional. Some of these first person Windows games include Shivers, Timelapse, Zork Nemesis, Zork GI, the Journeyman Project games, Riven, Atlantis 2, Morpheus, etc. This list doesn't even include classic 3rd person DOS games like the Gabriel Knight series. Haunted Mansion isn't bad; it's just mediocre and not particularly memorable, either compared to games available in 2000 or to other Nancy Drew games from around the same time.
Time Played: 5-10 hours

Review of Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments

Rating by Raziel2646 posted on Oct 18, 2015

Frogwares does it again... but less disappointingly this time

Story: Ok (1/3) ============= Graphics/Sounds: Great (3/3) ============= Gameplay: Good (2/3) ============= Replay Value: Low (0/1) ============= Total: Fare (6/10) ============= As a huge fan of the original stories, I always end up being disappointed in one way or another every time Frogwares makes a new Sherlock Holmes game. It is almost always the same experience: The games start great! You immediately find yourself at an enigmatic crime scene and get excited with all the newly added features and enhanced graphics and fall in love with the game within the first few minutes. However, Frogwares always successfully manages to let you down with a combination of inconsistencies in the plot, idiotic puzzles and graphical glitches. Fortunately Crimes and Punishments has a reasonably low number of these issues which makes it the least disappointing game in the series so far. Crimes and Punishments has a different structure compared to the previous Sherlock Holmes games. It consists of 6 different cases with different possible endings. Two of the cases are from the original series and are very nicely implemented. For each case you need to collect some evidence and make conclusions based on your discoveries. The main problem with the story is that in most of these cases there is not much that you can do wrong, in other words, as long as you click on every object that you stumble upon and don't miss any evidence, it is always pretty obvious who the criminal is. This makes the alternate endings of each case superfluous and lowers the replay value of the game. Both story and gameplay do not allow you to be very creative. There are two new vision modes added to the game. One allows Sherlock to notice subtleties that other people might miss and the other allows him to use his imagination and go back in time at the crime scene. These are supposed to be game-changing innovations that take the game to the "next-level", but they fail to elevate from a mere visual effect that you need to turn on every time the game asks you to do so. The problem is that the game will automatically tell you when you need to use your powers. If the vision icons are not on the left corner of the screen, you will know that you are not going to discover anything new by using your vision modes anyway. So every time you use these abilities it feels like you are following orders instead of being smart. This might have been acceptable if you could turn these "hints" off, or if this was an action FPS game, but in the adventure world you need to allow the players to be adventurous. There are a few technical issues in the game, such as long and unnecessary loading screens, Watson getting in your way in small rooms or corridors and etc. which could have been easily avoided but I think the amazing graphics and sound acting make up for these annoying bugs and make the overall gameplay experience enjoyable. If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan I absolutely recommend this game, but I would wait for it to go on sale first.
Time Played: 10-20 hours

Review of Gemini Rue

Rating by Emiel posted on Oct 14, 2015

Intriguing story and a great atmosphere!

I loved the intriguing story, that really had me hooked from about halfway through the game. The gloomy, dystopian visuals of this game, together with the rain and the music (when there is music) set a great atmosphere. The "arcade" shooting sequences were not my favourites, but they do give the game a sense of danger. Fortunately, they are not very difficult.
Time Played: 5-10 hours

Review of STASIS

Rating by Tompika72 posted on Oct 7, 2015

Well... I finished it, enjoyed it, although the game has several flaws. First of all, the whole story. As I played, I had a feeling that I´ve seen/heard this already, far from any original idea. Puzzles... The whole game is just too easy, and this is a serious problem, as it is pretty short too. You cannot skip dialogues, I didn´t like the PDA´s although some contains useful information, reading them felt like a waste of time, an obstacle in my way of exploration. :) And some more, but these were the main problems for me. Why is it worthy to play it then? Because it has a great atmosphere, really. Lots of exploration, so despite all of it´s flaws, i recommend to everyone to give it a try.
Time Played: 5-10 hours
Difficulty: Very Easy

Review of Armikrog.

Rating by mill posted on Oct 5, 2015

Nice looking, but badly designed

This review is based on version 1.0. Many puzzles are "hard" due to bad design of the game itself. What I mean is that often you don't know what's possible to interact with. Often you find out by accident and lots of "ooooh wtf I can do that?" moments. Can't tell to much without spoiling it for new players. Graphics are awesome, but video and sound is heavily compressed and very distorted at times. It was a pretty fun but short game (5,5 hours). It has, as of writing this review, lots of bugs (missing menu buttons, misaligned subtitles, graphics glitches etc) which hopefully will be solved by the time it's on sale. First then you should buy it. Many puzzles appear more than once, not a fan of reusing puzzles over and over. It seems like 95% of the budget and time was spent on modelling, which looks great, but that leaves very little left to the actual game. You may say that clay modelling is expensive, and yes you're right, maybe they should have used 3D instead. If you liked Neverhood, don't get this. If you didn't like Neverhood, don't get this.
Time Played: 5-10 hours
Difficulty: Easy

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