QUESTS; PORTALS; SPELLS; POWERS
VENDEL GAMES; BIG FISH GAMES
There is a continuity in this series, as you can see as you read the storylines below, but not confined to the narratives alone. There has been a gradual development of the game skills – the Controls; the Navigation methods; the Desktop layout and contents; variety within the Hidden Object Puzzles (HOPs), Puzzles and Mini Games; the Graphic Artwork re Imagination, Colour and Design – all developed with the aim of providing an enjoyable player experience. They are increasingly innovative, a visual feast within which the Player can submerge while surrounded by all the desired relevant Sound Effects needed for authenticity, and Music that adds tension or peace to the various scenes to be explored.
Love Chronicles: The Spell
A young prince has been having the same dream and is summoned far from his home. Help him remove an evil curse that has caused a whole kingdom to be trapped in their dreams! Save a beautiful princess before it’s too late in this fun and exciting Hidden Object Adventure game. Dive into the world of Love Chronicles – The Spell, and defeat the evil witch that has cursed the entire population once and for all! (Big Fish Sales Blurb)
Story: Really enjoyable; all-important for the game.
Graphics: Gorgeous, colourful, clear.
Modes: Regular; Expert
Tutorial: Useful, informative; allow it as game set-up is unusual.
Collectibles: Magic Maple Leaves, 2 per scene.
Desktop: Menu, Notebook, Leaves (Top Left); Compass, Magnifying Glass, Inventory (Lower Left); Hint (upper Right)
Map: Important for journey; Interactive . Accessed via Compass on Desktop.
Magnifying Glass: Really useful within HOPs to find smaller or really well hidden Items.
Game-Play: Once you understand its quirks it’s okay. Click on Inventory Items silhouettes or those showing ‘little feet’ to go straight to those sites. Once the next Task is given the relevant Items become active – so though you may what to do next you might not be able to till the Task is ‘given’ to you. Knowing this will ease some of the Frustration Factor.
HOPs: Lists, Mini-HOPs, Silhouettes, Fragments. Use found Inventory Items back into the Inventory till your gain the final Item.
Puzzles: Fun. If not working easily just Skip.
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Love Chronicles: The Sword and the Rose Collector’s EditionLift an evil curse that has been cast on the kingdom by a witch looking for revenge in Love Chronicles: The Sword and the Rose! Scattering the petals of an island kingdom’s magical rose throughout the land, the witch has plunged the kingdom into turmoil and it’s up to you to save the day. Gather the petals, defeat a terrifying beast, and confront the witch in this exciting Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game! (Big Fish Sales Blurb)
Story: Continues the character’s lives from THE SPELL; drives the Game-Play; enjoyable.
Graphics: Excellent, except hazy. Colourful; Imaginative.
Options: Good; Basic.
Modes: Regular; Expert.
Tutorial: Informative; helpful; allow it as this Game-Play is different from its Prequel.
Collectibles: Rose Petals – these add to the Rose when collected – use the Rose to shatter the ice and release each new Petal to be collected.
Desk-Top: Strategy Guide, Petal Glass Container/Counter, Menu (Left); Inventory (Centre); Diary, Hint (Right)
Map: Unlike THE SPELL, there is no Map.
Game-Play: The usual Point & Click, Back & Forth (especially with no Map), Seek & Find. There is a slightly weird way to mix ingredients – just click on each in right order then they blend automatically. You can Pan/Scroll sideways, both Left and Right, in some scenes which is cool – it gives you three separate but joined scenes where the scene is wide and complex. You also assemble inventions in a special device.
HOPs: Mini HOPs; Lists that lead to assemblage of makeshift Equipment. HO sites are few and far between; could be more colourful and clearer.
Puzzles: These are okay, some fun, some annoying depending upon your patience.
Extras: Strategy Guide; Wallpapers; Concept Art; Bonus Chapter.
Bonus Chapter: Locked on Main Menu. Unlocked upon completion of Main Chapter.
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Love Chronicles: Salvation Collector’s Edition
The evil Alura is back and this time she’s attacking your homeland! You’ve got the chance to undo her fate, but can the witch be redeemed? Behind her evil is the one who caused it all – a dark lord by the name of Zander. Stop him and undo the damage he dealt to Alura’s restless spirit! (Big Fish Sales Blurb)
Story: Seems darker than the previous two, though a continuation of the character’s lives, introducing new characters. Quite gripping; embedded into the Game-Play.
Graphics: Incredible; Glorious; Ice scenes fabulous.
Modes: Casual; Advanced; Hard.
Tutorial: Quick, informative.
Collectibles: Magic Mirror Shards.
Desk-Top: Notebook, Map Inventory SG (Strategy Guide)
Map: Interactive, very helpful.
Game-Play: Point & Click, Back & Forth – use Map to jump between sites. Go through Portals to free the Maiden and prevent her being turned into a Witch. Catch Fire-flies to ignite Lamps, and to replenish Hints.
HOPs: These are really cool. Interactive, with Lists, Shapes, Items to replace into the scenes.
Puzzles: Great variety; workable; can be Skipped.
Extras: Strategy Guide; Wallpapers; Concept Art; Music.
Bonus Chapter: Cool, long story. There are a few misnamed Items in HOPs but you can work it out after a while or use Hint.
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Love Chronicles: A Winter’s Spell Collector’s Edition
The entire kingdom has turned out for your daughter’s 8th birthday celebration, featuring the world-famous magician, Mister X. But her party takes a dangerous turn when Mister X is revealed to be a dark wizard – he kidnaps your daughter and turns the entire kingdom to ice! Now he plans to awaken the ancient Queen of Ice, and he needs your daughter to do it. Your amulets protected you from his dark spell, and now you’re the only one who can stop him. Bundle up and prepare for an exciting journey in this Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game! (Big Fish Sales Blurb)
Story: This is excellent! It has so many twists and turns; extremely enjoyable.
Graphics: Wonderful, colourful Fantasy artwork – Main Menu is gorgeous and easy to Navigate.
Modes: Casual; Advanced; Hard; Custom – the last is great.
Tutorial: Really good; helpful; quick; non-intrusive.
Collectibles: Gems for Tiara; Scroll Runes; Puzzle Pieces (lots of places to unlock hearts of bad characters); Morphing Xmas Items (to unlock Greeting Cards from Vendel Games).
Desk-Top: Map, Notebook (Tasks, Memo, Record), Task, Menu (Left); Inventory (Centre); Crystal Ball, SG (Strategy Guide), Hint, Scroll (Story Puzzles); Puzzle Pieces (Drop Down Top Left); Runes-Books (Drop Down Top Right).
Map: Interactive, Information Key to Map symbols. Really helpful; suggest you make full use of it.
Game-Play: As well as the usual Point & Click, Back & Forth, Seek & Find elements, this game provides the Player with Powers to gain and use once via the Crystal Ball. The Powers are – 1 Power of Light, 2 Fiery Blaze. 3 Levitation, 4 Elemental Disintegration, 5 Defrost, 6 Nature’s Judgement, 7 Destroy Barrier, 8 Warmth, 9 Extinguish magic, 10 Exorcism, 11 Reveal Door, 12 Disperse Wind, 13 Banish Evil. This alone tells you a lot about the Game and it’s Story.
HOPs: Silhouettes – find and use in site (Constructions); Mini-HOPs; Lists; Shapes; Multiples. There is a huge variety within these, providing stimulating and satisfying Game-Play, while contributing to the Inventory Items.
Puzzles: Codes; Good variety; some time-wasters to Skip.
Extras: Cut Scenes; Wallpapers; Strategy Guide; VG Team; Soundtracks; History Scrolls; Greeting Cards; Concept Art. You can collect missed Morphing Items via the Greeting Cards page upon completion of the Bonus Chapter.
Bonus Chapter: Excellent, lengthy, and relevant to the Main Chapter.
This fourth game is brilliant, with so much variety in all aspects of the game.
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I highly recommend this series, but particularly A WINTER’S SPELL
Jud House 24/03/2015
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