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Off the Record: Linden Shades Collector's Edition
Off the Record: Linden Shades Collector's Edition
Price: $0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTHWHILE Mystery Adventure, March 26, 2015
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This is another point and click adventure from EIPIX. If you have played any of their games (Final Cut, Hidden Expedition, Sea of Lies, Myths of the World, etc.), they seem to follow a formula in terms of style and gameplay. This is no exception. The story is a great ghost type mystery. You play as a reporter sent to investigate an abandoned orphanage, supposedly haunted by a red boogeyman.

The adventuring is fairly intuitive, but there is a lot of back and forth and searching for inventory objects (which are never used in the same scene as where you find them). There is a typewriter on the bottom left of the screen which keeps your "diary", "objectives", and "evidence" and also has audio tapes. There are hidden object searches, which are very detailed (screen does zoom during them), but some items require you assemble or combine them with other objects before you can cross them off the list. Unfortunately, there is no option to play another game instead of the HO search. There is an interactive map that will fast travel you and also indicates current objectives.

The graphics are spectacular and very detailed. The sound FX, music and voice overs are very well done. You can choose from three difficulty levels: regular, expert, or insane. There is a hint button if you need help and a full strategy guide. This is a long game with 7 chapters and a bonus chapter. You also collect 37 crayons, 16 toys and 12 letters which are scattered throughout the game. Full unlock right now is $1.99. I recommend at least trying the free part and seeing if this is your kind of game.


Catastrophe Escape
Catastrophe Escape
Price: $0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Quick & Entertaining Escape Game -, March 26, 2015
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This review is from: Catastrophe Escape (App)
If you have played one Cool buddy game, you have played them all so to speak, but in a good way! This one is no exception. You are trying to escape a tornado by starting an old pickup truck. The gameplay is very straightforward, but does require a little thought. You search only one area, the game is not a room to room escape . When you pick up an item it goes into the inventory banner which is on the bottom of the screen. As you investigate, if you tap on something important, written dialogue will come up on the screen. If this happens you will know that area is significant. At times, you must combine items in the inventory banner before you can use them in the scene. The game is short and can be solved anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes depending on your skill level.

The graphics are clear and sound effects are minimal, but fine. I had no glitches playing on Kindle fire HDX 8.9. There are several escape games by this developer and I highly recommend any and all of them. For an absolute free game, the ads are minimal and not obtrusive. I really enjoyed this one.


The Others
The Others
Price: $2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SURPRISINGLY GOOD GAME - No Glitches On Kindle HDX, March 25, 2015
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This review is from: The Others (App)
I was reluctant to purchase this game because the reviews were somewhat mixed. However, I am glad I did because it really is a nice point and click adventure. Let me say that I had no glitches or technical issues playing on kindle HDX 8.9 (3rd generation). I have a feeling the game is not compatible with some devices.

The story is interesting. You play as a reporter who is investigating the disappearance of a toy factory CEO and the factory itself. The adventuring is very straightforward and easy to understand. There are not any obscure tasks to perform and I found the whole game very intuitive to play. It moves at a good pace, and there is no lag time between scenes. There is no map, but I didn't have trouble remembering where any of the locations were, as the navigating is also very sensible. There is a hint button if you need it. The hidden object searches are easy and detailed - the screen is supposed to zoom in these scenes, but mine did not. There are also mini games which were fun to play.

The graphics are nice and appropriately spooky, the voice overs are well done, although the main character's voice sounds like a female version of Shaggy from the "Scooby Do" cartoons. The music is good, but had random guitar "elevator" type music thrown in, which seemed out of place in many parts. My one complaint is that the game is too short, and a bit over priced for what you get. There are only two sections, and I finished it in a couple of hours, but did enjoy playing. If you're looking for a simple point and click game this is a good choice.


Escape The Ghost Town
Escape The Ghost Town
Price: $0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXTREMELY WELL DONE Escape Game - And FREE!, March 25, 2015
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This review is from: Escape The Ghost Town (App)
This is a very well done escape game. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one. It is not just a bunch of unrelated rooms, and actually feels like a point and click game as you explore. Each level is related to the last as you wander through this "ghost town", your ultimate goal being to escape. The graphics have a high level of detail, which is usually absent in this type of game. The gameplay was fairly intuitive, but there were no obvious objects that stood out to be picked up, and each scene is static. I like this better than some of the traditional escape games where it is just so obvious what needs to be picked up that there is no challenge. Found objects were clear, and for once I could easily tell what they were and how they could be used in the scene.

The background music is appropriately spooky. I thought the puzzles were clever but not obscure. If you pay attention to the clues you can solve them. There are 12 levels and you must play them in order, you cannot skip any level. If you get stuck, there is a walk-through available on YouTube for each level which is easily accessible from the "foot print" button on the top right of the screen. For a free game, this one is a gem and I highly recommend it to all escape and point-and-click fans.


ORBB
ORBB
Price: $0.99

36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SURPRISINGLY Fun Game, March 15, 2015
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This review is from: ORBB (App)
I have purchased many wonderful word games from this developer (MochiBits), and this app is a bit of a departure for them. However, it is a surprisingly fun game to play. You tap to "shoot" a little white ball from planet to planet with the intent of clearing all the stars. Each planet is a different size and rotates at a different speed, so you have to plan your shot accordingly. In phase 2 wormholes appear, which allow the ball to maneuver and hit the hard to reach stars. The physics seem accurate so you can strategize and figure out how to hit the stars in a timely manner, or just relax and play for the fun of it. I actually earned the "No, no, no, no and no - jumped five times without hitting a star" Achievement (these developers do have a sense of humor).

The graphics are quite simple, and the screen is easy to see. There is calm music in the background, and appropriate sound effects as the ball flies off the screen, hits a star, or lands on a planet. There is a timer, but no time limit, so you can go at your own pace. There are 5 phases and 60 levels total; you cannot skip any level. The game gets progressively more difficult as you clear each level, and in the higher phases, there are rules for how you clear the stars. For example, you must hit stars in a certain order (green stars before red) or you get penalized and more stars will appear. As FAOTD, I think this is a great little game to play for a few minutes or a few hours, and is suitable for all ages and skill levels.


Nearwood Collector's Edition
Nearwood Collector's Edition
Price: $0.00

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ISSUE IS FIXED For Kindle HDX - Worthwhile Magical Adventure, March 12, 2015
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This review is from: Nearwood Collector's Edition (App)
UPDATE 3/13/15: Big Fish notified me that they have issued an update for the app, and the game is now available on Amazon and compatible with kindle devices. HOWEVER - Judging from other reviews, there seems to be issues with some kindle devices. I play on a kindle HDX 8.9 and did not have any technical issues.

UPDATE: 3/17/15: For those of you having issues, Big Fish customer service got in touch with me via email and I did report that this game is still not fixed. Hopefully they will issue another update.

This game is by Magic Indie, the same developers who created one of my all time favorite games, "Brink Of Consciousness: Dorian Gray Syndrome". The game is a magical, fantasy type adventure that takes you to Nearwood in search of your father. You are guided by an elf/drawf named Fey as you encounter all kinds of interesting creatures and spirits. The graphics are absolutely stunning, each scene is so detailed that you really can get immersed in the land of Nearwood.

The adventuring is more involved, and the game does not play itself. There is a lot of searching and back and forth, and each task takes a little exploring. I didn't find it very intuitive, and had to refer to the guide more than once. There are some hidden object searches, but not done in the traditional way, and are more like find the "part" by silhouette. These are few and far between though, so if you don't like HO searches, it shouldn't be an issue. There are mini games which are creative and have some degree of difficulty; you can skip them if you want. You also find 111 "Snoop-sees", little owl-like creatures, hidden throughout the game (they can be difficult to find). As you collect them, a story is revealed in a separate book which can be accessed by tapping the Snoop-See icon on the bottom right of the screen.

There is a map which indicates areas of interest (but not the exact location) and it will fast travel you. When you travel from scene to scene there is a brief loading screen, it was not much of an issue but became annoying as the game progressed. There is a hint button, a footprint button which indicates all directions of travel, and a satchel which keeps track of all important items. The voice overs, music and sound FX are notably well done. I had no issues or glitches playing on kindle HDX 8.9, although the game did drain my battery in less than an hour. The full version is $3.49 (on sale right now for $1.99) and includes the strategy guide and a bonus chapter. The game has 4 chapters, which are fairly long, and a bonus adventure. I enjoyed playing, but at times wished the game was easier to navigate. At the very least I recommend trying the free part and seeing if this is your kind of adventure.
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Sea of Lies: Mutiny of the Heart Collector's Edition
Sea of Lies: Mutiny of the Heart Collector's Edition
Price: $0.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE STAR PIRATE ADVENTURE !, February 27, 2015
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This is a great point and click pirate adventure (developed by EIPIX). The game is not difficult to play, but is a lot of fun, entertaining, and held my interest throughout. I have spent all morning playing. Since my obsession with "Black Sails", I can't say no to a pirate theme.

The gameplay is standard point and click -you collect inventory items which are stored in a banner across the bottom of the screen, and use them accordingly when needed. Some items will have to be combined with others before you can use them in the scene. You also collect 45 parchment scrolls which are hidden throughout the game. You can choose from three levels of difficulty: regular, advanced, or insane. There are also hidden object searches which include a search within a search, but luckily for those who don't like HO's you can play a match three game instead. The screen does zoom during the HO searches. There is an interactive map which indicates available actions and will fast travel you to any location. The hint button will also fast travel you if you are not in the right scene. There is a notebook on the bottom left of the screen which has your journal and all objectives.

The graphics are clear and detailed, the music, sound FX and voiceovers are very well done. I had no glitches or problems playing on Kindle HDX 8.9. But, be aware that EIPIX games are notoriously glitchy on some devices. There is a lot of character interaction and the story moves at a nice pace, however the game is not very long, with only five chapters. There is a bonus chapter once you finish the game, but no other extras. You can play the first chapter for free, then it is $1. 99 (on sale now) to unlock the full game, which includes the strategy guide. I unlocked this immediately and really had fun playing. The adventuring is on the easy side, but I loved it and for the price highly recommend to all point-and-click fans.


Grim Legends 2: Song Of The Dark Swan
Grim Legends 2: Song Of The Dark Swan
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL FAIRYTALE ADVENTURE !, February 26, 2015
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This is a wonderful fairytale type adventure game with all the bells and whistles. If you liked the first "Grim Legends", you will like this one too. In this game, you play as a healer sent to help the queen of the Eagle Kingdom and her infant son. The story is original and kept my interest. The game is very entertaining, with many cut scenes, dialogue and character interaction. I really enjoyed going to this other world each time I played.

The graphics are spectacularly detailed and colorful. The sound, FX, music and voice-overs are all very authentic. The game includes a map which indicates your current location, tells you where actions are available, and will fast travel to any location. There is a quick charging hint button and a notebook which lists all your objectives. There are mini games and hidden object searches, but not overly done. You find the hidden objects by list and also by "parts" - the screen zooms in the HO searches. You also find 31 "healer's signs" which are hidden throughout the game. I had no glitches or technical issues playing on kindle HDX 8.9 (FYI - this game is not compatible with kindle first generation).

The game is a decent length with 8 chapters and a bonus adventure. However, the free trial is VERY short, about 10 minutes of play time. I wanted to continue with the unlock and was able to purchase the full game on sale for $3.49. The price will go back up to $4.99 soon, so I suggest buying asap. This game is definitely worth the money, and will not disappoint.


Escape From Work
Escape From Work
Price: $1.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLE & ENJOYABLE Escape Game, February 25, 2015
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If you're a fan of escape games, you will enjoy this one. The gameplay is straight forward with no obscure or unconventional solutions needed, although some of the puzzles were tricky. There are 15 levels and you must play them in order. Each level is a different, unrelated room. To clear a level, you must escape the room by finding a way to open the door. You search each room and pick up important items which go into the banner on the right side of the screen. At times you will have to combine items before you can use them in the scene. There are also the usual number codes and various puzzles to solve, so pay attention to any numbers or patterns you see.

Other reviews have made mention of random tapping. EVERY escape/point & click game has random tapping to some degree. That is how you "search" the scenes and discover active areas. If you knew exactly where to click, they'd be no point in playing the game.

The graphics are simple and easy to see. There is generic "elevator" type music in the background, which you can mute. If you get stuck, there is a YouTube walkthrough available for each level by pushing the settings button on the top right side of the screen. The game is not terribly difficult, but still presents a challenge and is suitable for all ages and skill levels.


Blackthorn Castle
Blackthorn Castle
Price: $1.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT Point & Click Adventure !!, February 24, 2015
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This review is from: Blackthorn Castle (App)
This is an impressive, well made, "true" (meaning no hidden objects) point and click game. It is by the same developers who created "The Lost Ship", which is also a worthwhile game. In this story you travel to Blackthorn castle in search of an artifact. The gameplay is standard point and click - you search each location and pick up useful items which go into your inventory (a satchel on the bottom left of the screen). If you come across an important puzzle clue or code, a camera opens from the satchel and takes a picture of the clue. This is a great feature, and saves you from having to remember or write things down.

There is a map which consists of small screenshots of every location. However, locations appear on the map only after you have visited them. Each location is numbered and there are quite a few, but many of them dead end. The map is not interactive, and will not transport you. Be warned - there is a lot of back and forth in this game, and you never get to use an item in the same scene where you picked it up. If you don't have the patience to keep going back and forth, or you have difficulty remembering locations, this game will be frustrating. There are hints available by clicking the notebook in your satchel - this will bring up a written clue with the location number. I liked this hint system because it doesn't give you the answer, just points you in the right direction. If you are still stuck, there is a full walkthrough available online.

The graphics are very clear, the music and sound FX are just right, and I had no issues or glitches playing on kindle HDX 8.9. The game is a challenge, but relaxing to play and you can go at your own pace.


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