SKYMIST- The Lost Spirit Stones

by MUTANT ARCADE; BIGFISH

Jud’s Game Rating:

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

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

Wow!  What a cool game!  While it is a straightforward Hidden Object/Adventure Point and Click Game – that is one that has sparkling areas of Hidden objects to search in each location, with one or two items to use to solve your problems in the main location/s – there is a twist to the usual Fantasy storyline, and a great rendition of the Graphics!

Often the protagonist/Player finds themselves moving from the Present Real World to a Fantasy world, via Portals of the Time or Parallel Universe type, or ghostly shifts, or bizarre machinery.  But this time you are already in the Fantasy World, which transforms into a really yukky Modern Damaged World, which you must travel through to locate, collect and restore the Spirit Stones, in order to restore the beautiful pristine Fantasy World thus saving its inhabitants.

This change is really clever, and baffles you for a while till it settles and you see and comprehend what has happened.  One minute you are in this glorious Fantasy world in the sky, then it changes into this grotty current world in the sky.  You shudder and move on as quickly as you can.  You feel compelled to restore the other world – you WANT to do it.  That is what is so great about the manipulation of the graphic images – the narrative is graphically driven and seems almost secondary to the FIXING of the image – the Player is being manipulated by the Game Creators to ‘get on with it’! Very impressive!

In order to do this you use the “WOW What a Great map!!“.  It is 3D, with a clarity in both its formats – the Fantasy world map and the transfigured Real world map.  the Graphics are magnificently clear, beautiful, delineated images, with the Hidden objects cleverly disguised but what you can see of them clearly defined.  The images are colourful, imaginative, and well-lit – even when dealing with the evil side – even the gloomy locations are clear and light.  Thus the GamePlay is enjoyable, allowing the Player to focus on the task in hand, without the distraction of interfering atmospherics and the resulting eye strain headache.

The sound effects are excellent – love the squeaky sound the nails make as you remove them from the bus tyre with the hammer!  The music is okay, though I turned it right down so it wouldn’t be too distracting.  If music plays in a loop it can get annoying after a while, no matter how good it is.

So don’t be fooled by the seeming simplicity of this Game – it is far from that.  Try it for an hour and see if you feel the same way about it as I do.

I was enjoying this game so much that I was disappointed when my Free Trial time ran out!  Its Icon is in the To Buy corner of my computer Desktop!

For Walkthroughs of this Game try UHS Hints at:   www.uhs-hints.com/

(C)  Copyright  Jud House  14/09/2011

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