Jud’s Game Rating:
Graphics: ***** Player participation (PP) ***** Satisfaction Factor (SF) *****
Frustration Factor (FF) Nil Fair Play (FP) ***** Tedium Factor Nil
Cool banana peels!! I’ve been waiting for another GARDENSCAPES game and now we get to renovate a mansion! And the Graphics are clear as!!!
This game lived up to and exceeded expectations. Of course it’s more of the same – you have a house sale in order to raise the necessary funds for the renovations. This entails Hidden Object searches in every room, finding items as requested by buyers, but this time some are randomly moved around in the room instead of always being in the same place. Also you have to collect coins in each room to add to your income; and occasionally you have to find 20 specific items for one customer who then pays you in services or extra items to add to your mansion decor.
You are given occasional tasks to carry out – like mend the broken pots to catch the dripping water when there is a water leak, then you have to find the right tool and fix the leak. In order to collect firewood, so that your butler can light a fire in the hall’s fireplace, you can visit your garden, which I noticed closely resembled my final GARDENSCAPE garden choice – makes me wonder if it’s coincidence or if this game picked up the info from my existing game as it loaded. But surely that’s a bit far-fetched! You also get to play with your dog which I named the same as before and the computer didn’t pick that up – so it must just be coincidence – s i g h . . . Oh well, turn off the scifi spooky music.
Of course the real fun stuff is the decor selection as you progress. There are a few things that you would not necessarily put in the house, as there were in the garden of GARDENSCAPE, but on the whole it’s fun deciding – and if you don’t like your choice you can always go back in to Design and choose again, as soon as you have enough cash saved. As each new choice is made you feel compelled to hurry on to the next one. There are also a few neat animations in each room – balloons rising and getting in the way, candles and torches lighting as you move over them, chandeliers swinging, birds and butterflies fluttering etc – as well as the usual fun in the main hall with the dog and butler.
For some light relief, some pointing and clicking – without the difficult puzzles, match 3 mini games, or dire consequences of your quest to cause FF and bring down your mood – then this game is for you. I highly recommend it. It’s interactive and fun. I bought it.
(C) Copyright Jud House 7/05/2012
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