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  1. The Inner World - The Last Wind Monk

    Earlier this year Headup Games brought the Studio Fizbin game – The Inner World to consoles from PC. This was done to prepare everyone for the release of the sequel – The Inner World : The Last Wind Monk. The wait is over, the game is now out and it returns to Asposia and follows the adventures of the original characters. The Last Wind Monk picks up about 3 years after the events in the 1st game. The world of Asposia is not as rosy as we might have wished. Robert, the rightful King, is missing and Laura has been captured by Emil. Emil is a Conroyalist that believes the flute noses summoned the Basylians, turned Conroy to stone, and are to blame for all the worlds woes. He has made it his mission to round them all up and throw them into the wind fountain. This dark tone emanates through most of the game. Citizens live in fear they will be discovered as flute noses while others blindly hunt them. Robert almost wallows in self-doubt, due to his upbringing by Conroy, and this taints his normally cheerful demeanor. Much of the fun and light heartedness of the 1st game is lost in the shadows of this new Dystopian World, but there are a few pillars of light to be found. As with the 1st title, this is a point and click adventure. You will have to talk to everyone you meet to get the clues needed to solve the puzzles for each chapter. It’s then up to you to collect the items needed, in some cases combine them, and complete the task at hand. Just like the previous game, the puzzles range from fairly simple to running in circles frustrating. There are a few puzzles that even when you get all the clues, you will be left guessing at the correct answers. There is one, which I would almost classify as a mini game, called Knock Knock, that seems to rely more on luck than anything. The music in the game works very well to capture the mood of the scenes. It easily transitions from the heavier story moments to some of the light-hearted moments. The voice acting is good, but occasionally you will notice that Laura has an accent that comes and goes. The graphics are just as crisp as inn the original. It is nice to see that they have brought back many of the supporting characters from the original, and that the quality is just as good. The Inner World : The Last Wind Monk is out now on XB1, PS4, and Steam. The puzzles are harder than the 1st installment, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The game is worth checking out – but I would recommend playing the 1st game so you can play through the entire story arc. 9/10
  2. Abyss : The Wraiths of Eden

    Artifex Mundi has opened up its catalogue and has released another one of their point and click games to consoles. Abyss : The Wraiths of Eden is a standalone adventure that is a nice intro to the genre if you have never played this type of game. You play as a woman looking for her husband, Robert, who disappeared scuba diving during a bad storm. You decide to go looking for him, and discover an underwater city named Eden. The city appears to be deserted, but was once a model of Utopian society. Among the rubble there are signs that Robert has been there, but he is now being held by the Legates – an almost spectral figure that seems to enforce the rules in Eden. It’s up to you to solve the mysteries of Eden, find Robert, and rescue anyone that might still be alive in the underwater city. This is done by searching the station, solving puzzles, and playing mini games. The further you get into the station, the more will be revealed about the History of Eden, the people that lived there, and the creatures patrolling the streets. Game play is similar to most of the other games from the developer. It is a standard point and click adventure. There are hidden object games in which you will have to find important inventory objects that you will have to use throughout the game. If you are not up to finding hidden objects, you can switch over to a domino game in which you will have to cover at least 1 of the 4 squares of the Eden logo for each of the objects. There are also mini games for you to conquer. These range from fairly easy to difficult. With enough manipulation, even the more difficult puzzles will work themselves out. Graphics in the game are as exceptional as ever. The artists excel at fine detail, especially in the hidden object scenes. The soundtrack is good and adds to the creepy vibe of the title. There are a few issues with the basic sound effects though. One that really stands out is when you use a hand drill but the sound is for a power drill. But this is a minor thing. Abyss : The Wraiths of Eden is out now on XB1, PS4 and Steam. It is a good addition to the collection – as it has a bit of everything in it. Action, suspense, comedy, horror and drama. This is also a good way to introduce casual gamers to console gaming. 8/10
  3. Demetrios - The Big Cynical Adventure

    One of the coolest things about gaming today is that you don't have to be into first person shooters or sports games to find something to play on home consoles. More casual games are being released so that everyone has a reason to game with a controller. Word games, puzzlers, visual novels, walking simulators, and point and click adventures are thriving. CowCat, a one-man studio, has released Demetrios - The Big Cynical Adventure, which is a mix between point and click and visual novel. Demetrios is a fun, strange, off beat little game that follows the exciting, mundane and often awkward adventures of Bjorn Thonen - antiques dealer. After a night of way too much alcohol you come home to try and just sleep it off, but you are awoken in the middle of the night by a strange phone call. You are warned of impending danger, but shrug it off as a practical joke and go back to sleep. Soon, there is a loud noise in your apartment that startles you out of your slumber. Being still mostly drunk, you decide the best course of action is to investigate - which ends about as well as you might expect. What follows is a wild ride to discover the secrets surrounding your recent purchase of a bird statue. Soon you are playing private eye, trying to date your cute neighbor Sandra, running for your life, run your business, and jetting off to exotic locales. All while trying to find hidden cookies. The developer must have a serious thing for baked treats, and a devilish sense of humor - because there are 3 cookies hidden in each scene, for a total of 114 in the game. Gameplay is very simple - explore each scene for items and information needed to advance the story and move to the next scene. Some puzzles will require that you travel between a few locations to get all the parts. One of the great things of this game is that you can zoom in and explore almost every detail of each scene. This means that you can see the time spent on each scene. On the flip slip it also means you can spend hours looking for details that have zero bearing on the story, except for the cookies. The cookies can be eaten for hints to either help you when you are struggling with puzzles or the story. The graphics are obviously that of a small studio, but that only adds to the charm of the title. The fact that they hid 3 cookies, very well, on each location shows their attention to detail. Books on shelves have snarky titles, and more. The dialogue is smart, funny, and hits the mark almost every time. When you start the game you can pick how much toilet humor you want, so you can go from downright raunchy to family friendly depending on who is playing. The game offers an interesting story, little penalty for dying (and some good laughs when you do ), and some interesting puzzles. There is a good balance between puzzle and story and you will rarely find yourself scratching your head trying to figure out what your next move is. You can pick up the game and play for 10 minutes, or play through the campaign in one sitting. But rushing through this title would be a mistake as there are so many hidden gems throughout the cracks and corner to discover. Demetrios - The Big Cynical Adventure is out not on XB1, PS4, Steam, and Vita. You can add it to your collection for around $10. This is one of those titles that even non-casual gamers should check out for the blend of offbeat comedy, adventure, puzzles, and the vast array of death options. 9/10
  4. Grim Legends 2 - Song of the Dark Swan

    Every few months Artifex Mundi ports one of it’s PC point and click adventures to consoles. The most recent one to get this treatment is the 2nd installment of the Grim Legends saga – Song of the Dark Swan. Even though it is the 2nd in the series, if you haven’t played the first game, you won’t be behind in the story. You play the part of a healer, who has been summoned to a distant kingdom by the King to help save his Queen. Once you arrive, you are greeting by the Royal family and notice that the Queen is a bit out of sorts. Soon you are embroiled in a story of dark magic, revenge, and the storied history of other nearby kingdoms. It is up to you to untangle the story and fight back against the evil forces at work. Game play is similar to the previous games from this developer. You must complete hidden object puzzles and mini games to advance the story. If you get stuck on one of the mini games, you are able to skip them. You can also ask for hints if you are having trouble finding any of the hidden objects. This won’t affect your game, but if you skip a mini game, or use hints it will negate your chance of earning a few achievements for that play through. Song of the Dark Swan has several things that add to the length of game play that some of the recent hidden object games have been lacking. Besides the casual and expert modes of the game, there is also a prologue that will add to the story and the challenges. Also throughout the main story you will have to find over 2 dozen hidden Healer Sigils. This means that there is a hidden picture game inside a hidden picture game. Luckily if you miss 1 or 2, you can pick them up when you play the other difficulty. The graphics in the game are top notch as always. The static scenes are beautifully rendered. Each area that you explore is rich with color and texture. The music and sound effects blend perfectly with the settings to help set the mood – be it ominous or slightly wistful. Grim Legends 2 : Song of the Dark Swan is now out on the Xbox One, and you can pick it up for $9.99. There is also a bundle available that contains both Grim Legends games for $19.99. This way you can add both games to your collection. Whether you are a fan of hidden object games, or easy gamer score – this is a title to add to your collection. 8/10
  5. Lost Grimoires - Stolen Kingdom

    Artifex Mundi, the company that has been bringing their hidden object PC games to consoles, has released another one of their titles to the XB1. Lost Grimoires - Stolen Kingdom, is the latest of their catalogue to make the migration to the console world, and it is a title in a series that has not yet been seen there. The story starts out with you returning home after being away for many years. Your father disappeared, your mother passed away, and you were raised by a family friend, the kingdoms alchemist. He trained you as his apprentice for years so that one day you may take his place in helping out the kingdom. But once you return home you quickly realize that the kingdom is not the peaceful place it was when you left. The gameplay is similar to the previous titles from the developer. You must find objects in hidden object puzzles and complete mini games to advance the story. One thing that sets this title apart from others is your alchemy abilities. You will have to find objects and transmute them to create spells. To transmute items you will have to play a mini game where you place the elements in the proper position of a ring puzzle. But this game is lacking a few items that we have seen in previous titles. Stolen Kingdom features a main story that can be played in either casual or expert mode. Missing this time around is an epilogue. There is also no alternative to the hidden object puzzles. This cuts down on the variety and the re-play value. Since there is no change in the hidden object items or placement, when you play through on the higher difficulty, you can breeze through it fairly quickly. This means that you can get throughboth difficulties in under 4 hours. The graphics are beautiful. There are multiple locations that show you all different aspects of the kingdom from the simple town square to the opulent throne room. The music plays well with the scenery and helps to heighten the suspense where needed in the story. Lost Grimoires - Stolen Kingdom is out now on XB1 and has been available on PC for a while. You can pick it up on your prefered platform for $9.99. 7/10
  6. Dark Arcana : The Carnival

    Artifex Mundi has once again reached into their vast library of hidden object puzzle games and released one on consoles. Dark Arcana : The Carnival is no ordinary trip to the circus, but when was the last time you had a normal day? You arrive at a traveling carnival to speak with a fellow police office standing next to a young girl. Her mother was kidnapped while they were visiting the carnival and it is up to you to save her and discover what is really going on under the big top. But as soon as you walk into the venue something seems very out of place, but exactly what is not obvious right away. Once again you are treated to a story filled with twists and turns as you work your way through this point and click adventure. Not only will you have to deal with hidden object puzzles but there are also a wide variety of puzzle and mini ga,es that you will have to deal with to unravel the mystery. Like previous games you can skip puzzles that are too difficult for you, and there is an option to the hidden object games. This time it is a card matching game called Monte Carlo, where to clear hidden objects you must match like adjacent cards with specially marked cards. The graphics in the game are on par with the rest of the catalogue of games. Each location is skillfully depicted and is an interesting mix of mystery and macabre. The music and sound effects escalate the level of suspense throughout the game. The hidden object layouts are well done and will cause you to have a keen eye, but not pull your hair out looking for obscure named items. No matter your skill level you will get several hours worth of game play out of this title. There is the main story and an epilogue to complete. If you are going to 100% the game, it will require at least 2 play throughs of the main story and 1 of the epilogue. Considering the sticker price of the game is $9.99, you will more than get your money out of it. 7/10
  7. The Inner World

    Headup Games has recently published a Studio Fizbin game on consoles that has been available on PC for a while now. The Inner World is a family friendly puzzle game that is strong on story, contains thoughtful puzzles, and will keep you laughing no matter your age. It is one of those games that you can play with your children and not have to worry about something popping up that shouldn't. The Inner World is the story of Robert, a young orphan who is taken in by Conroy, the leader of the land of Asposia. Asposia is a land that resides within the hollowed out center of another world. Robert isn't like the other citizens of Asposia, but there is nothing wrong with being a bit different. While Conroy is busy giving a speech you a polishing his most valued possesion - a fosfos medallion. Unfortunately, you accidentally drop the necklace down the garbage shoot. Being the ever faithful child / servent you fling yourself down the chute to save the necklace for your mentor. What follows next is a great adventure where nothing less than the fate of your world hangs in the balance. You will meet new friends, uncover the true history of Asposia, and discover your origins. The game is essentially a point and click adventure, but there is so much more to it than that. The conversations that you have with other characters will open up other branching topics that will move the story along. It may also be the only way to get hidden achievements. The puzzles in the game range from easy to figure out to head scratchers. Gameplay is simple. You control Robert for most of the game, and have him collect items, and use them to further his quest. Fairly often you will have to combine several objects to try and get you out of a bind. The great thing is that the game calls you out if you are just trying to toss things together. I can't count the times when I was stuck I heard " That's just a random guess isn't it?" or similiar phrase after multiple failed attempts at combining things. It makes sure there is humor even when you might start to be getting frustrated with the game. I have to say I loved the dialogue in this game. Let's all admit that when there is text to read, or someone talking in a game 9 times out of 10 after a while we skip through it an hope we are not missing a vital plot point - we have all done it. This game I was right there through all the conversations. Many of them had me laughing, and there were even a few that had me raising an eye brow at the dark humor that was slipped in. Jokes that would go over a younger players head, but were clearly there for the seasoned gamer. The graphics are also stunning. The art is hand drawn and the attention to detail shows. While there isn't a lot of action in the game, the cut scenes are very well done and the overall feel of the game is highly polished. The Inner World is now out on XB1 and PS4 for $14.99. If you are a PC gamer you can grab it on Steam for the same price. 10/10
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