by ELEPHANT GAMES; BIG FISH GAMES
Jud’s Game Rating:
Graphics: ***** Player participation (PP) ***** Satisfaction Factor (SF) *****
Frustration Factor (FF) * Fair Play (FP) **** Tedium Factor (TF) Nil
On a lonely stretch of highway, a young girl is found unconscious, a bloody knife lying next to her. Was she a victim, or did she attack someone? Her doctors are baffled when she fails to respond to treatment. Desperate, they call you in to help. As a psychic, you’re used to working with clients who can talk to you. But this girl can’t. Enter her mind and work to discover…the noise she couldn’t make… (Big Fish Games Sales Blurb)
Being an ELEPHANT game I had high expectations for this one. As I had already bought the previous SURFACE game and loved it, I expected the story to be compelling, convoluted, unusual and gripping. It was all of these. Coupled with brilliantly envisioned environments, and linked together in four substantial chapters, the narrative drives well designed game-play that promotes high PP and provides high SF!
Another ELEPHANT GAMES feature is the extensive Options, which allows you to adjust the brightness of the screen via the Gamma setting, and has numerous Sound and Other settings, and Casual, Advanced and Hardcore GamePlay Modes. The Graphic display of the Main Menu – like the Graphics within the ensuing game – is brilliantly coloured, imaginative, visually satisfying, and thoroughly inviting – it makes you want to play.
There is an interactive Map which informs you of Active Sites, Solved Sites, and current location, plus allows you to jump from one to another by clicking its icon. There are ‘Flowers’ to collect which provides credits to use in the shop to refurbish your office. I recommend that you leave this till after the main game is complete as there is a surprise at the end which will affect how you shop. Some Puzzles are difficult and can be Skipped, but a few of them are particularly worth persevering with.
The Bonus Game is more of the same Locations, Game-Play and characters, being an extension of the original story. It is also quite complex and gratifyingly long. There is a Strategy Guide with the Collector’s Edition, and a Link in the Standard Game that takes you to the BigFish Website where you can purchase the Strategy Guide if you wish. My advice is – if you can afford to buy the Collector’s Edition, then do so. This is one game where you won’t feel short-changed.
Roll on ELEPHANT GAMES. I highly recommend this game, and its Prequel.
Jud House 13/08/2012
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