Jud’s Game Rating:

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

Join Fiona, a young girl born with magic, as she stops dark creatures in this hidden-object puzzle adventure. There is a magical world hidden beneath our own — and only you can see it! Can you stop the Shade and his minions from casting our world into darkness?

With the help of Ms. Thomas, Fiona’s schoolteacher, find magical artifacts that will stop the Shade for good. Solve tricky puzzles and explore fantastic landscapes. Choose your own path and decide which location to visit first. Test your wits in a battle between good and evil in Otherworld: Omens of Summer.

WARNING: This game contains mature content which may not be suitable for all audiences. (BigFish Sales Blurb)

As you can see, this game comes with a Mature Content warning from BigFish Games, and on the game Main Menu from BoomZap.  This is really responsible of them, and enables parents to decide whether the tale is suitable for their children to play. Considering what they are probably exposed to on TV these days, I’m inclined to think that it’s okay.  But I do appreciate the considerate attitude of these Game Producers – so rare these days.

This game, like it’s predecessor has a good Options, with Casual/Expert/Hardcore difficulty modes.  The Tutorial is really good, not too intrusive, but delivering the important details needed for enjoyable gameplay.  The Graphics are wonderful, as they were with the Prequel, colourful, imaginative clever artwork, and clarity that enhances the visual and playing experience.  The scenes are a visual feast!

The compelling Story continues on from the Prequel – as shown in the BigFish Blurb – continually keeping you involved – a sure sign that the story is embedded in the gameplay, an integrated element driving the gameplay forward.  This creates an addiction that makes you not want to stop till you have completed your quest.  The PP is excellent, really hands-on gameplay, and the Puzzles are all cool, especially the crows in the gate at the start of the game.  I also like that you get a choice of Portal order – you can follow your own path, but eventually have to enter all portals to complete the game.

You need to find Hidden Fairy Collectibles – this is a trend in most Hidden Object Games /HOGs these days.  The HO sites have smaller HO Zoom sites within them – in fact the HO sites become working sites – very interactive.  The Cursor ‘Hand’ for collecting HOs is spot sensitive, and is slightly different visually in the Mac version.  I also found that the game visually filled my PC screen but was large-windowed in Mac – but this could be due to the very large screen I have on my Mac.  The Hint is in double form – describes the needed action in words, then if clicked a second time shows you the location of the Item or Task.

Finally the Epilogue is really good also, obviously with more of the same style gameplay, and leads you on to the Sequel still to come – SHADES OF FALL.

I highly recommend this game.

Jud House  29/10/2013

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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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