SEVERE INCIDENT – CARGO FLIGHT 821

by reeL TEN GAMES; BIG FISH GAMES

Jud’s Game Rating:

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

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

EXCELLENT

Make your escape from an uncharted, beautiful and deadly planet in Severe Incident: Cargo  Flight 821. Flight 821 has crashed on an alien planet which appears to have been inhabited  in the distant past. You and your trustworthy robot companion Oscar will uncover the  mystery of the planet’s lost inhabitants as you work together to find a way home… BigFish Blurb

I just want to say from the outset that this refreshing game is not problem free.  But it is really great fun and the SciFi colourful graphics are gorgeous and stimulating, as you search through scattered spaceship debris, mobilise a train, and deal with Dinosaur hazards.  The Hidden Object sites are a little affected by atmospherics but not overly so, which allows you to search them in some visual comfort.  The Auto-Tutorial can be turned off, but I don’t advise it as the game is a little confusing at first.

After some time into the game I realised that I couldn’t go any further, so I went to the BigFish Forum page – as there was no Walkthrough available yet – and checked out an unofficial one there.  I nearly missed the vital clue until I read someone else’s response about reading carefully, went back, and picked up the fact that in the Data screen, under Tasks there is a little ? mark to the left of each task listed.  If you click on it you are given a general hint as to where items are located to fulfill the task.  Back in the game this makes all the difference.

There is a Map which flashes to show you where HO sites are as they keep changing, to show your location, and to show that of the spaceship in which you wish to escape from the planet.  However the map does not allow you to jump from site to site.  This is a pain, TF, as you are condemned to a huge amount of point n click activity to move around the game.  This is tiring, and coupled with the lack of obvious help, has put many people off the game already.  I say, “Persevere”.  It is worth it in the end.  Quite high in SF at the end though quite a lot of FF as well during play.

NB:  I suggest that you Exit the game just prior to running out of Free Trial time – when you first open the game, if you buy it, instead of continuing where you left off, you will find that the game did not Save as it closed.  You have to start from scratch again.  You may even have to put in your profile again.

TIP: Just a little one to help you get through the assembly of your Robot pal Oscar – his Right Arm is already attached to his Right Hand – unlike his Left – so you don’t have to waste time trying to find it.  And keep trying to attach his legs by clicking along the bottom of the torso till it hits the HotSpot.  Once he is assembled you can get out of the aircraft and begin your rather directionless journey.

I reccomend this game and bought it at once despite the above difficulties.  There are not enough SciFi games available.

Jud House  15/07/2012

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