Continuing on from my previous two Rejected Games blogs, I wanted to Update my comments on Games that I have rejected as not worth buying. I realise that this continues to be subjective, but my reasons are valid and consistent with my previously expressed views about what makes a good and fair game to play – see Crime and Hidden Object Games, PC Game Providers, Programmers and Technicians, and Use of Hints, Walkthroughs & Skip. After all these Games I have rejected are competing with hundreds, possibly thousands, of other Games for Players’ attention and cash – a fact that I am rapidly finding out, as I discover more and more Games I wish I could buy. I won’t go into huge details about each game, but will just comment on why I have rejected them.
ROMANCING THE SEVEN WONDERS – GREAT PYRAMIDS
by GAMES HASTRA; BIG FISH GAMES
The only good thing about this game is the great music. And the quick Tutorial at the start, after the opening movie that didn’t move so I clicked past it, is efficient. Harsh thing to say I know, but they did everything wrong. The Graphics that could be so good, are hazy, dim, with blowing sand to add to the haze, and Hidden Objects that barely feature on the screen. They are blurry dim suggestions of possible items, with little chance of indentifying them till you have clicked on them. This brings on a loss of points for overclicking! The puzzle game is okay, could be fun, but it’s timed! Ridiculous.
I lost interest very quickly, through the boredom of not being able to see anything worth looking for, and couldn’t be bothered forcing myself to work out what they actually wanted. Deleted.
I rejected this game due to complete Frustration!! Nothing worked properly. There is a neat Right Click function to use objects, but it won’t allow you to put them in the right place, where they belong, for example the garnet into the ring. I was going to have to cook things but nothing would work. You could eat food though which was rather cool.
If they don’t work properly I quickly lose interest and move on to the next game to test. Deleted.
HIDDEN IN TIME – LOOKING GLASS LANE
by MONKEY BARREL GAMES
This game isn’t too bad. There is a Casual or Difficult Mode choice, Original or Unlock Mirrors choice. It includes a Strategy Guide. You have to find and shoot Tin Cans, one per site, to earn the ‘Ask Questions Later’ achievement – whatever that is. You have to find mirrors to add to your Hints. There are 12 devices with a riddle for each.
However the Graphics, which are interesting and cleverly devised, are a bit hazy – all of them – which becomes tiresome very quickly. There are penalties for overclicking – unnecessary. Plus I really dislike the puzzles that involve tricks – time versus speed of eye/hand co-ordination.
Give it a try, but it gets boring. Deleted.
KINGDOM OF SEVEN SEALS
by PUPPET LIFE
This is a potentially good game spoiled by a couple of things. The Options are unusual, using a slide control for the difficulty level, except you have to guess where the hard and easy lie. It has 3D characters which I always enjoy, with the usual Fairy Tale Curse over a Kingdon story – you have to collect seals for daggers to lift the spells. The book has tasks, the map is interactive – you can walk through its terrain with highlit guidance. The puzzle – in the test hour time – is a Match 3 variation.
Unfortunately, the Graphics are fuzzy, irritatingly so, causing you to have to guess what and where the Hidden Objects are. The game designers sealed its fate by bringing a Casino into the Fairy Tale! The former has no place in the latter. I Exited and Deleted at this point.
THE SERPENT OF ISIS: Your Journey Continues
by GAMGO GAMES; BIG FISH
This game has How to Play and More Info (which takes you to the BigFish website) on its menu. It is an interesting story, with the usual gameplay formats, Hidden Objects and Puzzles. My comment is “not bad – wish it were clearer” which I think says it all. Deleted.
GUARDIANS OF BEYOND – WITCHVILLE Collector’s Edition
by VOGAT INTERACTIVE; BIG FISH
This one had even less write-up than the last one. I wrote: “I like interactive ‘mouse over’ showing notes. Nope. Too hazy!”
I obviously deleted it. I guess I was having an unsuccessful day with my game choices that day and was well and truly over it. I guess you could try the game and see what you think. But there are so many games out there that will give you heaps of fun, why bother with those that you can’t see.
(C) Copyright Jud House 2/01/2012
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