Dec 13, 2011
User review by gobaba
This a very long iHOG and straight up I'm going to tell you the puzzles are a royal beating. It's very well-illustrated, has many scenes, lots of back-tracking, good adventure challenge, good but repetitive music, and lasted about 6 hours, and that's with me throwing in the towel on some of the puzzles. There are many HO scenes which are clear and uncluttered. You will spend most of your time chewing your nails over the puzzles.
Briefly the story goes that you must find all nine medallions to restore order and save the world from evil. There are a lot of cutscenes with characters delivering pompous dialogue that you must suffer through especially every time you deliver a medallion to its rightful place. It's like being in a boring committee meeting you desperately want to escape from.
Hints refill quickly and will tell you the next plan of action. There's no map, the journal isn't helpful, and because of the frequent back-tracking I found the hints very helpful. HO scenes are used only once. You earn achievements throughout the game and they pop up when they occur.
The main game ends abruptly and not very satisfactorily. The bonus game lasts another 1.5 hours and has a more satisfying conclusion but hints at a sequel. Also included in the CE are wallpapers, music, SG and concept art. If you like challenging puzzles, this game is for you. For a more satisfying conclusion,I recommend the CE, but you prolly want to demo this first to see if it's your cup of tea. 4.4 stars