Apr 9, 2014
User review by Smokey Shadow
As others have said, this game was pretty easy. The story is about a mining town, decimated by a volcano that turned the town and it’s people into ash. The mayor’s daughter wants the mine to continue working and his daughter, Audrey, wants it to stop. You meet Audrey’s ash-ghost and she tries to help you stop the devastation, but there is a sinister “being” in the picture who tries to stop you.
There are 3 modes of play. The voice-overs (there aren’t a lot of them), sound effects and music were well done. The graphics were clear, for me, and colorful.
HO scenes are interactive lists with some silhouettes that are just finding the objects. The interactive ones may show something you need to interact with to find something else, i.e., and angel may be listed in white (not hidden) with the word “wings” in yellow. To get the angel you have to find the wings, put them on the angel and then take the angel.
The mini games were easy, for the most part, and there is instructions for them; however, you need to click on the “info” button under the Hint button t find out how to do them, they don’t pop-up automatically. The hints recharge as you would expect and also the skip button.
There is a journal to keep track of the story and also a jump map. The map has small icons of locations when you open it and they are very small. There is a green exclamation on where things need to be done, but it can be difficult to see. I played the CE version and had a guide; this one does remember where you were if you close, a definite plus, and a bonus level. The story comes to a conclusion without the bonus and I didn’t find the bonus added much to the story.
This is an easy game to play in just an afternoon, but because it isn’t that challenging, I’m going to give it 4 stars. This would be a great game for some just starting with HO games.