FLUX FAMILY SECRETS – THE RIPPLE EFFECT

by SKUNK STUDIOS; BIGFISH GAMES

Jud’s Game Rating:

Graphics: *****  Player participation (PP) *****  Satisfaction Factor (SF) *****

Frustration Factor (FF)  ***     Fair Play (FP) ****   Tedium Factor Nil

EXCELLENT

I have to say from the outset that because I really like FLUX FAMILY SECRETS – THE RABBIT HOLE, I immediately sought out and tried its Prequel – the first of the Series.   And I realised as soon as I began to play that I liked this game better than its Sequel.  Are you keeping up?  THE RIPPLE EFFECT plays rather like MORTIMER BECKETT games – a style that is fun, interesting, full of PP, and consequently, always enjoyable.  And after all that is the true trait of an Excellent Game!!  That and clear Graphics! lol – see many of my other blogs re this subject.

As with the other Skunk Studios Games, this opens, after you enter your name, straight into the opening scenes, and if you want to adjust the Options settings you need to access them from the Menu button on the playing screen – at least for the first time of playing.  I recommend you do that with the music, which while not bad can get rather annoyingly repetitive.  The Tutorial pops up as soon as you press Start, giving you the choice to use it or not.  It is quite efficient and not too annoying so it’s worth doing in case there are different game plays than in the usual games you play.

The game entails travelling back and forth in Time, restoring items that have got scattered by the Ripple Effect into their wrong times and places.  Each level requires you to search for different types of items – First Level you look for art works in Da Vinci’s Italy, Hatshepsut’s Egypt, and Shakespeare’s England; the Second Level you visit Abbey Road, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin to find the Lost Music.  And so on.  And it’s your choice which VIP you start with, but you have to visit them all, back and forth, till all the Items are in their right place and time.

One negative – while the Puzzles are unusual and varied, some of them are very difficult to solve – sometimes due to poor instructions which are often lengthy but unclear; and sometimes due to luck, patience, and physical endurance. FF is affected by these Puzzles.  The rest of the game flows really well, and draws you in, and on and on.

As soon as the time ran out, I bought the game.  I highly recommend it and am looking forward to finding more Skunk Studios Games!

Update: 7/05/2012 Having completed this game, I need to let you know that there is a slight glitch when you get to the Lost Treasures of Science level.  After you have completed the main section and begin to find the final 6 items, 2 per site, you may find that you are given the wrong site for Einstein – there is a double up with that of Franklin.  If this happens go to Main Menu, then click Start/Play again and it will take you back to the beginning of the find 6 items section.  Make sure you begin with Einstein’s site, which should now be the correct one, then move to the others.  This fixed the problem for me.

(C) Copyright Jud House  3/05/2012  &  7/05/2012

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