Reviews by erasion

65

A decent HO game enhanced by Jewel Quest puzzles

erasion | April 24, 2011 | Review of Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear

As a fan of both hidden object and Jewel Quest games, this should have been a sure thing, but somehow the whole is less than the sum of the parts. The HO rounds have many imaginatively-hidden objects, but locations are repeated and the charm does wear off. The between-level puzzles in which you have to place pieces to assemble a Jewel Board are fun and challenging, and are the highlight of the game - I'm not sure why game containing just this element has not been released.

I have had the 2nd chapter of this series on my PC for some time but have yet to play it as other games have attracted me more, and this I think summarizes my feelings on this game. A decent game, with probably more appeal to JQ fans then HO gamers.

95

Utterly Compulsive

erasion | April 9, 2011 | Review of Jewel Quest II

For those who have never played match-3 games before, this is an excellent place to start. The game involves swapping adjacent jewels to create lines of a particular colour, but of course it is never quite that simple. As you progress the board layouts get more challenging, some jewels require multiple matches to clear, and there are always coins to collect to allow the destruction of problem jewels. There is a decent stroy tied in with all of this, but to be honest the gameplay itself is what will keep you coming back until you finish all the levels (including the bonus levels). HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.

70

A great game ruined by a poor ending

erasion | April 9, 2011 | Review of Shutter Island

As a Hidden Object adventure this offers all the key ingredients to be a classic: excellent graphics, intelligently hidden objects, great atmosphere, a good hints system and a nice involving plot. However, the ending of the game offers no resolution whatsoever - presumably to avoid giving away the twist to potential film-goers - so leaves the player feeling unfulfilled. The game until the "ending" would earn a 90 score, as it is the underwhelming feeling of completing the game drops it to a 50; I'll split the difference,

85

An excellent if easy introduction to hidden object games

erasion | April 9, 2011 | Review of Find Your Own Way Home

Those new to the world of Hidden Object games could do far worse then check this out. The game offers an assortment of different Hidden Object rounds with a variety of hints on offer depending on how much help you need. There are several mini-games between stages including jigsaws, spot the difference and different puzzles and problem solving. And there are even some new REO songs available for completing levels. The game is not particularly difficult but there is a great deal of variety and as a HO veteran I still found plenty here to enjoy, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED