Jud’s Game Rating:

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

You are Dr. Ellie Wright, a botanist stranded on a strange planet called Botanica. Full of curious creatures and exotic landscapes, Botanica is like nothing you’ve ever seen! Test your wits as you navigate through lush forests, steampunk villages, and more. But danger lurks at every corner; make both friends and enemies as you try to outsmart the cunning Queen Kassandra. Can you survive Botanica and find your way back home? (BigFish Sales Blurb)

This SciFi/Fantasy game, with its floating islands and unknown planet, has gorgeous opening Graphics that lead you to the Main Menu. The Options/Settings are good; the difficulty Modes are Easy/Normal/Hard; the Journal/Tasks/Map are accessed on an Electronic Tablet; Navigation Controls are generally good though the mouse action is a little clumsy at times; and instructions for some of the Tasks and Puzzles are a little inadequate.

Throughout the game you collect Special Bugs – there’s always something like that in these games now, usually to unlock the Bonus game and/or the Extras – which adds to the search fun.  The PP is high for the Hidden Object Game sites – some have normal Lists, others you have to put the Lists of Items onto the site, interact between HOs within the site, and in fact work at the game.  The Puzzles are mostly enjoyable (a good door/card puzzle), also high in PP, but the Lover Puzzle is awkward, and the Slider Puzzles are tedious.

The story completely drives the game – keeps you progressing and steadily achieving from Minor Tasks to towards Major Goal.  The Portal allows you access to new Locations.  However, the Map unfortunately is not interactive – this causes tedious traversing back and forth – but at least it shows you the active sites. The Epilogue (or Bonus Game) is a side issue from the Standard Game story – the search for Ellie’s father by the youth, Sam, among the floating islands.

The artistically imaginative, colourful, glorious Graphics make this game a pleasure.  I highly recommend it.

Jud House  17/11/2013

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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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