TALES OF LAGOONA: ORPHANS OF THE OCEAN


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Jud’s Game Rating:

Graphics: ****  Player participation (PP) ****  Satisfaction Factor (SF) ****

Frustration Factor (FF) *

Following the GARDENSCAPE style, this is a great Renovation Game, but it’s located underwater which adds a twist.  In order to save the Orphanage from a developer – it seems it even happens under the ocean – you have to assist by finding items to sell off so you can renovate the property.  This will allow it to pass the regulations in order to save it from forced sale.

There is a choice between Relaxed or Timed Modes of play which is always a plus.  The Game Play Instructions are clear; you can click and drag the background in any direction to locate areas to repair and upgrade; and there are Puzzles to play between locations.  There is a choice of 3 renovation options for each upgrade – for example, 3 different designs of bridges to install – for 3 different costs.  My only niggle FF is that this doesn’t seem to occur often enough – unlike with GARDENSCAPE where the Money took ages to reach the next renovation costs, in this Game there is oodles of cash, but little access to spend it.

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There are a number of items to find in each location to gain extra money – Gems to unlock new scenes/rooms, Rainbow Fish to gain money, and Design Catalogues/Magazines to unlock the next Update.   You also have to accept Special Quest Items to find for customers.  These are collected over a few locations, and are held back for their prospective owners when you send the next batch of found miscellaneous items to the market for sale.

The graphics are great, imaginative, colourful, amusing – a more polished FREDDI FISH, but a less clear FINDING NEMO type of graphic portrayal.  The depiction of underwater creatures, gardens, and abodes is delightful and above all fun!  Very high SF rating.

I own this game – and also it sequel TALES OF LAGOONA 2: PERILS AT POSEIDON PARK – and I definitely recommend it for all ages.

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Jud House   28/07/2011;  Updated 21/11/2017

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About judsartwork

I write reviews of Adventure and Hidden Object games that are Crime, Fantasy, SciFi, Renovation, Travel, Quest and/or Mystery by genre. I have a Masters in Writing (2006) and have been writing novels, both crime and fantasy for many years; plus Haiku, verse, and prose both fictional and literary. I am also an artist of modern, Acrylic, textural and hard edge work, underwater, fantasy, expressionist, and Cosmos paintings. I use mixed media (Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastels) in textural Monoprints, finding surprises to expose within each work. Having both an analytical and creative mind has meant that I have strong powers of observation, and the persistence required to follow computer problems through till I solve them. Of course I am not always successful, but am willing to ask for a little help in order to then unlock the main problem myself. My Troubleshooting Blog, 'Problems and Solutions', was the result of my tenacity.
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