by ALAWAR; ALAWAR STARGAZE; BIGFISH GAMES
Jud’s Game Rating:
SUPERB ADVENTURE FANTASY
Graphics ***** 😀
Player participation (PP) ***** 😀
Satisfaction Factor (SF) ***** 😀
Frustration Factor (FF) * :I
Fair Play (FP) **** 🙂
Tedium Factor (TF) * :I
Deep in the heart of an enchanted forest, a forbidden love blooms. Guide the human Eveline as she sets out to rescue her beloved from the clutches of a tyrant, learns the truth about magic and discovers her extraordinary destiny! Epic in scope and exploring themes of love and belief, Forest Legends:The Call of Love will captivate you from beginning to end! (BigFish Sales Blurb)
What a fabulous game! The title sounds a bit soppy, but it’s far from that. You get caught up in a really unique tale between two warring species, then, as you endeavour to rescue your partner, you rescue creatures and beings of other races. It’s really a ROMEO AND JULIET situation, in a fantasy setting – a subtle lesson on racial tolerance as well which you will realise as you look back on it upon completion. It’s far from soppy!
The Graphics are superb – imaginative, vibrantly coloured, well designed, well conceived, brilliantly executed, with outstanding artwork for all aspects – characters/creatures and the environments. I couldn’t stop playing though I needed to get to bed. My only wish is that I had bought the Collector’s Edition instead of waiting for the Standard game to use my free game voucher. No doubt the Bonus Chapter in the Collector’s Edition will be just as excellent.
There are no Hidden Object sites – the HOs are scattered throughout the scenes and are located and used to open gates, locks, repair Items, etc. Plus as you need to make quite a number of Potions – very cleverly and (once you have mastered the technique) user-friendly – you must gather the necessary ingredients for them also scattered throughout the locations. Fortunately you have a Map! It is in the Diary that also contains your Tasks and Notes and Memos that you collect as you proceed – and also is above that on the bottom left screen corner as a Globe of your World, so you can go directly to it instead of via the Book. The Notes hold all the info that you gather as you progress, which means that you don’t have to make notes – unless you prefer it.
The game, story driven, navigates well, allowing you to choose your paths in several places, thus providing flexibility of gameplay. Thus it has the highest PP in my ratings. You cross several lands, meeting and assisting their inhabitants who in turn assist you, then finally navigate a Maze. This game is long and complex, gripping, and enjoyable. The only negative is that a few of the Puzzles are a pain and need to be Skipped – hence the FF and TF ratings – but most of them are fine and enjoyable.
Alawar usually create good games and this is one of their best! I loved it from start to finish. I highly recommend it.
Jud House 9/09/2013
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