Dec 11, 2010
User review by hilofoz
I am surprised at the high reviews this game has been given. I know that it is excellent in many ways, but it still has a long way to go yet. On the other hand, it is nice to see virtual environments used in an interesting way. It is a one star game play for me, but I have given two extras. One for the environments and another one for trying something different.
It is also an extremely short game.
There is no doubt that the environments are excellent and graphics are lovely. The story is quite good, tried and tested, but could be developed further. Some aspects verged on the humorous but others were very new agey and corny. I liked some of the literary references to Lord OT Rings. I recognised Treebeard straight away, despite the change of name. It is a pity that the characters were not more animated.
The blend between text, mapping and story was not good. It did not feel immersive, with the sudden jumps to map views and also, navigation was generally poor. The user interface should be redesigned.
The games are a little to simple and repetitive for my taste, and the objects are sometimes hidden in places which are too dark.
I found the voices really annoying, and to add to this, very repetitious as it is very easy to click in the wrong place.
The navigability was poor, and the map puzzles boring as they were unchallenging, and unnecessary. Also, the graphics on the map was very ugly.
As I say, the game play needs a lot of work. Compare this to a beautiful game like Drawn, and it is clear that this game somehow has received better reviews than it should have.
I would say: do it again, but really develop it so it becomes seamless, and less boring and repetitive.