Jud’s Game Rating:


Graphics                                           ****            🙂
Player participation (PP)        ****           🙂
Satisfaction Factor (SF)            ****           🙂
Frustration Factor (FF)            *                 :I
Fair Play (FP)                                ***             :I
Tedium Factor (TF)                  
Nil              :I

The Wizbury School of Magic has been burgled and the thief is on the loose! It’s up to you to follow the clues and track down the culprit. Collect items across campus and sell them at the local shop to rebuild Wizbury in time for the coming Magician’s Guild inspection. Meet a quirky cast of wizards, witches, students, professors, ghosts and ghouls. Upgrade every last part of Wizbury, from the drawbridge to the dirigible. Seek out hidden secrets across campus and even try your hand at spellcasting. (BigFish Sales Blurb)

This very long Castle Renovation game has a good Options, which gives you a choice of cool Cursors.  It has Map, Cast (Spells), and Spellbook Icons on the bottom right of screen, Inventory/ HO List bar in the Centre, and Hints on the bottom left.  The Graphics are colourful and imaginative, but, as with the first CHRONICLES OF ALBIAN game, tend to be blurry, especially in the Hidden Object sites.

You collect Gems every time you visit each scene, and as additional help can click on a Fairy in each HO site and she will collect one of the HOs that you cannot find.  The HOs can be in odd places, (eg a ladder on the ceiling), and most of the Puzzles are okay (eg the Sudoku), with the few exceptions that you just need to Skip for your sanity, despite the fact that it costs you renovation coins in the process.  You also unlock new Wallpapers with each new scene you enter.

On PC, the game is just a little large for the screen – seems to be a little below the bottom edge, but this could be an illusion.  If however you do find this is a problem with your free trial version, before you purchase the game and if you have access to a Mac, then also do a free trial on that, as I have found with most games they fit perfectly to the screen in the Mac version.

Tip: Before you can do the Conjuration Spell, you need to find the Key to open the Box.  Then you need to click on CAST to get your wand and use it.
If you require general or more Tips, there is a free Walk-Through on the BigFish Sales page for this game.

Upon completion, the discovery of the thief, and the receipt of your Medallion, you haven’t really finished the renovations.  You can continue playing until you have renovated everything, and then if you choose, you can continue selling items and gaining coins, to change the chosen facades of the castle.  Or you can just start again – I think you may need to do so with a new name – and reno the castle differently.  But not immediately as you will be all worn out from peering at the fuzzy graphics for such a long time.

Unexpectedly, there are some swear words in the Leprechaun shopkeeper’s dialogue that you might want to be wary of with kids, though they will probably not read them at all – they’ll just click quickly through that bit to get the money and get on with the renos.

Despite this, it is a Cool game which I recommend as a family game.

Jud House  14/09/2013

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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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