by NAT GEO GAMES; TECHFRONT; PLAY IT FORWARD; GAMEHOUSE
Jud’s Game Rating:
Frustration Factor (FF) * Fair Play (FP) **** Tedium Factor (TF) Nil
Every time I play this game I enjoy it more. It is a mix of the old and new – Lilly Wu, a Forensic Archeologist, travels to China to solve the death of China’s first Emperor. Not only do you search the archeological locations as they are now, but also through her projections into the past, you search the reconstructed visualised scenes also.
This game is really interesting in the way that it is set up. First through the Main Menu/ Extras you can take a tour through the National Geographic Museum, Washington DC and its Terracotta Warriors Exhibition, read Articles about the statues, and look at Pictures of them. The game is left open at the end for possible future Sequels.
This game has main locations per chapter/level; multiple sites/rooms within these locations; and many areas within these sites/rooms. Then to access the required items, you use a Viewer, which lights up when a new area is available within a site/room, to locate and match the viewer image to the area and gain a list of items to find. The Viewer may light up several times for one site/room, and you need to have these multiple searches going at the same time, as often only some items can be found in that site/room. You need to move back and forth from room to room in order to collect them all. The various viewer lists overlap each other so you need to keep an eye on the red or green lights for each to know which are active, and to also notice when the list item boxes are lit/active so that you don’t waste time looking for items that are in other sites/rooms. It is very clever!
It is strange that after all this cleverness, having collected all the required items for an area, you just click on the sparkling area to have them automatically transferred for you. But you get used to this, as there is plenty of gameplay for you.
Between each level there are instructive pictures about the ancient events and landscapes, which are informative and interesting, but which you can click out of easily if you have already read them. There are also Puzzles between the real and imagined scenes which are relatively novel. I love the Cursor which is a Chinese Fan that opens to show you doorways that you can enter, and closes for item collection. The Music is wonderful, authentic and entirely suitable without being intrusive.
NB: As this game came out 19th May 2010, to access this game on GameHouse – the only place I have found it – without having to scroll through many pages, go to their website, type the game title in the search to bring it up. Try their free trail hour. Or use this link to the page: http://www.gamehouse.com/download-games/lilly-wu-and-the-terra-cotta-mystery
I highly recommend this game. I bought it.
(C) Copyright Jud House 14/01/2012
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