Game Review by Heather Kindberg
Game Rating = 3/5 Balls
Legacy: World Adventure is a puzzle/adventure game in which the player must employ her world geography knowledge, trivia abilities, and mini-game fortitude. But don’t angst if you’re geographically-challenged: The mini-games are clue-revealing and will save your hide if you play enough of them between destinations!
The storyline is fun and the characters creative. The main character, Emily King, is a young, pretty, smart airship captain – in the stead of her father due to his untimely death – and the cast of characters that surround her are wonderful caricatures, from the deceitful and crooked antagonist Sir Oxley D. Barrington III to the backwater cousins and rough-and-tumble uncle who help Emily in her undertaking to win the secret contest called, “The Grand Adventures Expedition.” With the Barrington family having won the race for seven generations, Emily is determined to procure first place and restore the family pride.
The music is fine and unobtrusive, if not memorable. Emily’s voice is great: It fills out her character. Interestingly, and disappointingly, the other characters aren’t given voice, just written words. I think the authors missed the mark by not availing themselves of this possible dialogue and dialectic cacophony. It would have certainly enhanced the already diverse, interesting characters and story.
The story graphics and character design are unique and gratifying, which is a good thing because the Indiana Jones-like advertisement for the game was half of the enticement for me! Unfortunately, the game doesn’t live up to that daredevil explorer feel throughout. Once you’ve moved into the journey and the mini-games, the undertaking becomes trying to guess the next destination-country through clues, trivia, and pictures.
The trivia aspect of the game keeps the interest rolling. Of course it’s fun to try to guess the country without having to use every last clue available. But I often found I needed those clues, whether they revealed to me a random picture from the country, the country’s flag, country elimination, or facts and information that narrowed my choices (very often saving me from a losing probability).
Regrettably, the mini-games became quite repetitive. How many different ways can you play “Match 3?” Not too many apparently. If there were greater variation in the mini-games, it would have better piqued my interest in continuing the game. That said, if you enjoy geography and info about the world, whether you know a lot or a little already, that is definitely the highlight that keeps the player clicking “next.”
I would struggle between a 3/5 and a 4/5 rating, but it’s
the excitement, interest and innovation in the actual game play that matters more than the bells and whistles. While I would enjoy learning more about the countries, and guessing which country is being referred to, the repetition would likely turn me off from the game before too long. I don’t see myself spending the money to own Legacy: World Adventure, and in the end I have to rate this game 3/5.
OS: Windows 2000 Windows XP Windows Vista
Memory: 512 MB
Big Blue Bubble created Legacy World Adventure.