Mar 29, 2012
User review by sannie
I fell completely in love with Boomzap's games when I played the Awakening series, so when I heard about this new game I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Sure enough, Death at Fairing Point did not disappoint.
The game is extremely solid and substantial, as you might expect--you never forget what you're doing or why, unlike many other hidden object / point and click games where you end up straying from the main storyline with pointless searches. The puzzles are varied and challenging enough to keep things interesting without becoming too frustrating, and even the hidden object scenes are kept fresh with a few little twists here and there. I never felt like the game was dragging on too long in one location, and I kept wanting to find out what happened next. At first I even thought it might be too easy for me, but I was delightfully surprised when the game lasted me a good four hours.
Some might have complaints about the story being too bland, but I found it satisfying--it did a good job of holding the game together and making you hooked without being too convoluted and without being too 'supernatural', as other games in the genre tend to be. That said, I recommend the Collector's Edition if you want the loose ends in the plot tied up; if you care less about the story than you do the puzzle-solving, then you might want to forgo it as it only adds about half an hour of gameplay.
The art is beautiful, detailed, and delightfully consistent as always, and the music sets the mood without overpowering the scenes or becoming too annoying and repetitive.
Highly recommended if you like adventure, point and click, and puzzle games. I certainly enjoyed it and I can't wait to play the next in the series.