Jud’s Game Rating:

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

Frustration Factor (FF)  Nil     Fair Play (FP) ***** Tedium Factor Nil


What a great game, despite being about an old house in the country, and involving mirrors.  And what’s wrong with that?  Nothing.  It’s like the car crash openings, and the planes ditching over mystery islands.  A game story has to start somehow – some are getting a little stale though.  And this one is well and truly integrated within the game, crucial to the game in fact.

The Graphics are colourful and gorgeous, 3D in places, with divine blossom trees – and the pond graphics close up, with the fish swimming and coming to touch the water surface, are wonderful.  The music is really good and appropriate, and there are Casual, Expert, and Hardcore modes to choose from.  There is the usual going back and forth, but you can collect more than one item into your Inventory from a site.  There are only occasional HO sites, making this more of an Adventure game.

The Puzzles are unusual – I love the mirror puzzle – and ingenious.   The characters of the story are also unusual, interesting, and engaging.  You need to collect Fairies from each scene also, as an added bit of gameplay.  If you use the Strategy Guide, then the page you need is the one that comes to your screen – which is really handy and stops you scrolling to find it.  Plus you can use the Map to move from site to site directly, which also stops the Tedium and the Frustration – thus the Nil ratings for those things.

I think you can guess that I bought this game asap.  Love it and highly recommend it.

(C) Copyright  Jud House  23/02/2012

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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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3 Responses to OTHERWORLD – SPRING OF SHADOWS Collector’s Edition

  1. Sandra says:

    Hi, Love this game so far but can’t get past cutting the glass for the stained glass window and there’s no skip button. Bit disappointing. New laptop, latest Adobe Flashplayer and Shockwave. Any suggestions? Sandra sspencer@shoal.net.au

    • Hi Sandra – I will open the game and check it out – I vaguely recollect there being difficulties, but have played so many since that game that I need to remind myself. I will add another comment here for you as soon as I have the info you need. Jud

    • Okay Sandra – I remember having trouble with this part myself until I read the Strategy Guide. It’s still a little tricky but persevere and you will soon get it. Here goes:-
      Take the GLASS CUTTER (GC)from the tool box. Examine worktable; add BLUEPRINTS (BP) to the incomplete one. Press the BP to move it to the Jig (top left). Turn the pages of the Book (lower left)to view instructions. Put 5 STAINED GLASS SHEETS (SGS) on table; use GC on Sheets TWICE. Keep using GC to to cut ALL black lines (TWICE each) that appear on the sheets. Drag COPPED FOIL (CF) to SG PIECES (SGPs) and press on it. Take the COIN. Press SGPs to activate Puzzle. Arrange SGPs as shown in screen shot.

      The main point here Sandra is to cut each black line TWICE at a time. This will make the pieces take shape. I hope this helps. I hope you visit this site to see my comment. If I don’t get an acknowledgement soon I will send a copy of this to your email address. Jud

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