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2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful graphics, horrible game., April 29, 2012
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I got this based on the wonderfully rendered graphics in the sample screen shots, and the glowing first review (5 stars, must be a plant).

The "sample" images are pretty much all there is to the game -- there are maybe a dozen images total, making up one of the shortest games I've ever downloaded. Having paid more for it than I have for other, significantly superior games is a painful lesson learned: wait for more reviews next time.

In addition to being unacceptably short, there are puzzles in the game that give you no indication of having been solved. Solving them triggers progress elsewhere, but there was no visual indicator that you'd hit upon the solution. In one instance there was a sound, but searching the area yielded no object to find. Only on un/reinstalling and playing the game a second time (literally took 3 minutes beginning to end) did I figure out what had been achieved by solving the puzzles.

Additionally, the gameplay is sluggish and buggy. For example, your inventory often pops up unbidden, or, conversely, is open but not visible on the screen, not allowing for any movement. I had exited the game a few times, believing there was something wrong a restart might correct, before figuring this out. There are also no sound/music controls, which is a pet peeve of mine. And, finally, tapping in the general vicinity of the Menu button tosses you out of the game. You reenter fairly close to where you had left off, but loading takes a while, and it's just generally annoying.

One last oddity, the description says you are an Englishman from an earlier era (18th or 17th century, don't remember), yet the opening graphic talks about doing research on World War II. Can't imagine why the discrepancy -- a change in story, or an image taken from somewhere else?
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