PHENOMENON – METEORITE Collector’s Edition

by PUZZLE LAB; BIGFISH GAMES

Jud’s Game Rating:

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

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

SURPRISING!

Discover the extraordinary truth about your family’s past in Phenomenon: Meteorite! Twenty years ago, your parents left you on the doorstep of a kind family and fled for their lives into the pouring rain. Now you’ve been given a clue to their whereabouts – an uncharted island, where a strange meteorite landed centuries ago. What secrets does the island hold about you and your family? Find out in this stunning Hidden Object Adventure game!  (BigFish Sales Blurb)

This sequel to PHENOMENON: CITY OF CYAN has fantastic, gorgeous, clear Graphics for it amazing opening; a good Basic Options; and Casual and Expert Difficulty Modes.  In the Hidden Object sites however the Graphics are intentionally blurred to make the HO search more difficult – totally unnecessary and counter-productive!  It detracts from the really interesting format of the HO site searches – there are neat little Puzzles to help find Items, plus a Time-piece Portal in each site to take you back in time for another list of Items (this second site is much lighter, brighter and more colourful which is a huge relief visually) where you unlock the final HO Item in the original HO site.

At first this format is a little confusing as you search in vain for that final Item in your first HO site.  Then you click on the clock and are whisked away to the next parallel site.  Upon completion the clock whisks you back again and there is the missing Item!  After that, you know what to expect and can carry on hampered only by the blurred Graphics.

The Puzzles are clever twists on existing ones plus a few innovative Puzzles – though there is a notebook/journal, I advise you to make notes and little skteches as you proceed. I had to resort to the Strategy Guide a few times, but mainly in the Trial Hour due to time constraints.

The Storyline is great and engages you as you move forward.  The SciFi/Fantasy genres merge as they often do in games, aided by the Designers’ imaginative conceptual artwork.  The Bonus Game, in Extras on the Main Menu, contains more exploration of the island prior to final departure in order to find the co-ordinates for the next destination – no doubt another Sequel.

I highly recommend this game and bought it to add to its Prequel.

Jud House  1/04/2013

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