by 4 FRIENDS GAMES STUDIOS; BIGFISH GAMES
Jud’s Game Rating:
Graphics: **** Player participation (PP) **** Satisfaction Factor (SF) ****
Frustration Factor (FF) ** Fair Play (FP) ** Tedium Factor Nil
This is an excellent game. However the Graphics could be clearer – the atmospherics get in the way a bit, but on the whole they are fairly clear so don’t impede play too much. Despite some reservations about the game, I thought that the concept, the characters, the imaginative realism of the colourful imagery, and the ongoing fantasy narrative were enjoyable enough to make me buy the game.
I would like to know why the game is called LIVING LEGENDS – it has no relevance to the game at all. ICE ROSE is of course perfect for it. I realised when I finished the game plus the Extra Game that there is a sequel coming soon, called I think FROZEN BEAUTY, so I guess they needed an extra title to link the series – but the chosen one is pointless.
There are Casual, Advanced and Expert Modes of Play, the usual Options, and quite a few assets within the Extras menu. For the Collector’s Edition the Strategy Guide is at the bottom of the screen and accessible at all times during play. I needed to resort to it a few times for odd things, but was then able to carry on okay for a while.
Some of the Puzzles are great, some are a pain – I particularly disliked the rotating picture blocks – so annoying I had to Skip them at first opportunity. And I really hate that the Designers feel the need to play the part of Fun Police by punishing the Gamer for overclicking – it’s unnecessary, and insulting – we are quite capable of deciding how we play the game and can police ourselves!
Now I would like to raise the issue of the Collector’s Edition again. I really think in this case particularly that the additional gameplay/narrative that is in the Coll Ed should be part of the original game. When that is finished it isn’t really completed, and this is obvious to the Gamer. We are left feeling dissatisfied as we realise we have done all we can up to a point. Having the Extra Play means we can actually complete this narrative, though we are left with a teaser for the game to come. But those who have only bought the Standard Game will definitely feel robbed. And when they buy the next in the series, how will it’s opening and relevance make sense? They don’t know the intervening piece of story. Why should we have to pay more for this extra part of the story – that is, this removed story chapter? This is NOT FAIR PLAY.
I DO recommend this game but suggest if you can manage it that you buy the Coll Ed so that you have the link to the next if you wish. Try the free trial first.
(C) Copyright Jud House 6/04/2012
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