Tiny Bang Story Game Download

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Colibri Games released the Tiny Bang Story for the PC and Mac priced at $19.95. A comet collides with a ball and shatters a tiny world into small puzzle pieces which you must search and find to put the world back together again. Colibri Games combined challenging puzzle solving with a little seek n find to deliver a really super excellent downloadable puzzle game. Users can buy the game on Steam and GamersGate.

Tiny Bang Story Download
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Tiny Bang Story Game Download

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System requirements

Window 7, Vista, XP SP1 & SP2
Pentium IV 1.5Ghz
512 MB RAM
1024×768 screen resolution
180Mb hard drive space.
Mac OS X 10.4 Intel and above
512 MB RAM
1024×768 screen resolution
180Mb hard drive space.

Interview with Edwina Margrave – Curse of the Severed Heart

Edwina Margrave Curse of the Severed Heart
We were lucky enough interview Edwina Margrave who stars in the hidden object mystery game from Inertia Game Studios called Margrave: The Curse of the Severed Heart Collector’s Edition available for $13.99.

1. Your name, Edwina Margrave is quite unique. Did your classmates make fun of your name when you went to school?

Oh Harry, I suspect that this is an issue close to your own heart. Would you like a hug? Purely by coincidence, my name is an anagram of I draw raven game. Isn’t life funny!

2. What was your nickname growing up?

I have a friend Harry – she works with people like you. She’s very good. Would you like her number?

3. How did the first two hidden object adventures prepare you for this challenge?

They paved the way for a bigger team supporting me, and richer, more immersive, better looking adventures. And the best is yet to come! (more…)

Phantasmat Puzzle Game Download

Codeminion, publishers of downloadable puzzle game classics like Brunilda, Saqqarah, Stoneloops have released their latest puzzle game called Phantasmat through their own site. Codeminion offers two versions of the game, The Codeminion game development team has combined hidden object, match 3 and seek n find elements into one mysterious downloadable puzzle lover’s dream game. Codeminion offer two versions of Phantasmat, a regular edition for $9.99 and a collectors edition which extends gameplay for an hour with an epilogue adventure and contains a strategy guide all for $19.99.

Phantasmat Regular Edition $9.99

Phantasmat Collector’s Edition $19.99

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Mishap: An Accidental Haunting Puzzle Game

Namco, publishers of PacMan, have released a hidden object game called Mishap: An Accidental Haunting Hidden Object Game. The player take the role of Kelly and Brock Burton, a young couple who have discovered their newly purchased house is haunted and they hire Milton Hobblepop, a paranormal investigator who helps them to clear out all the haunted beings in their house. (more…)

Brunilda and the Dark Crystal Puzzle Game Download

Brunilda and the Dark Crystal Game Review by Matt Bird
Game Rating = 2/5

You should buy this game if:

– You adore point and click adventures
– You like puzzles
– You like mini-games

You should not buy this game if:

– You’re bored of fantasy tales
– You dislike generic games
– You want to preserve your eyesight

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Fantasy stories are legion. Point and click adventure games are legion. Stick the two together and what do you get? Aside from something so common you’ve seen its kind a billion times before, you get Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal.

There is, apparently, a fantasy world that exists beyond our own, known as the Faerie Realm – and, for reasons most dire, the magic of the place is seeping away, which will result in some nasty implications. A demon has been sent out to look for the only one who can save the realm, a girl named Brunhilda, whose aunt is knee-deep in magical lore.

Accompanied by the vexatious demon Brunhilda must travel through a variety of locations, trying to discover the mystery behind the loss of magic – entombed within an artifact known as the Dark Crystal – and save the Faerie Realm. Sounds rather generic, yes, and it is: there’s little innovative substance behind this story, if you’ve read even one fantasy novel, and though the overall setting has some neat aspects there’s almost nothing new here.

But enough story. On to the game play. What makes Brunhilda tick? Unfortunately, it’s a mechanic that’s familiar to the extreme, as Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal relies almost entirely on point-and-click mechanics to get the job done. As she travels Brunhilda is propositioned by all manner of creatures to do something or other for them, from finding cheese to matchsticks to spider webs, and this requires the tried-and-true method of hunting through static environments and clicking until you find what you’re seeking.

And, unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot more to this game. There are some mini-games, true, but they’re not boisterous or inventive enough to save Brunhilda. It’s too simple. If you like these kinds of games you’ll probably have fun regardless, but for the rest of us…

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Nor does the presentation help much. Brunhilda isn’t UGLY, per se, but there’s something off about this game’s aesthetics. Everything looks blurry, which doesn’t help when you’re trying to identify items of importance. Your eyes will probably start to hurt when you strain to pick out important details.

This is all rather unfortunate, because Brunhilda’s programmers tried to be ambitious by including full voice acting. This would have been awesome had the writing not turned out rather poor: some of the storytelling is downright awkward, and even the spunky demon is boring as a sidekick. Add in the fact that most of the voice actors are bad (Brunhilda has no emotion at all) and, well, there you have it.

Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal is par for the course. It’s the same as anything and everything else you’ve ever seen in a point and click adventure. It’s not really worth the money unless you’ve never played a point and click before, and even then there are better titles.

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Jolly Rover Puzzle Game Download

Jolly Rover Game Review by Josh Komon
Game Rating = 2/5

THREE REASONS TO BUY

-For $19.95, players get a game at a lower price than most console games.
-The game offers hours of game play.
-Pirate fans (and ninja haters) will enjoy the theme.

THREE REASONS NOT TO BUY

-There are many cheaper and better downloadable games.
-The visual flaws make the game almost unplayable.
-Jolly Rover can be repetitive and frustrating.

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Downloadable games come in all shape and sizes. Pirate games are increasing in popularity. Seek and find games are already very popular, at least from the developer standpoint. So why not combine the two? Check and check. Jolly Rover, a downloadable game available for PC and Mac, is the perfect mix of pirate story, with the the point and click style of a seek and find game.

GAME PLAY

Players take on the role of a humanoid dog named James Rover. He is an aspiring pirate, who must first escape capture, and then work his way to the top. He does this by interacting with other pirates, finding items throughout the pirate ship, and using them in the right situation. Every time Rover does something, it helps to advance the plot. As certain things are found and/or done, “Loot” can be unlocked, and viewed from the main menu screen. Jolly Rover is a moderately interesting game, but most game fans are going to be disappointed by the lack of action. Only those who can really get into the plot will truly enjoy it.

GRAPHICS

For the most part, the look of Jolly Rover is standard for downloadable games. There are simple colors, designs, and shades, which should all make for a smooth looking game. Unfortunately, on some graphics cards, moveable objects flash in and out of view, which not only makes the game tough to look at, but can sort of give away some of the fun, such as a hole hidden behind a poster.

AUDIO

The game sounds good, and the voice acting is acceptable, but the hero’s voice can get a bit annoying after awhile. He has a prissy British accent which clashes with the cliche pirate voices of all the other characters.

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CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION

Really, this type of game has been before, and many times. King’s Quest, Space Quest, and the like, all better, larger scale games that stimulate the same part of a gamer’s mind. This is one of the first pirate adventures of this type, but that’s the extent of it.

OVERALL

Jolly Rover, if not technically flawed, would be a very average game. With its flaws, it can only earn a 2/5.

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Yard Sale Junkie Hidden Object Game Download

Yard Sale Junkie Game Review by MJ Suttor
Game Rating = 3/5

Ever been in search of a lantern, skateboard or a stuffed bear? Then you may have been at a yard sale. In the game Yard Sale Junkie you can search for these treasures as well as many more.

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The premise of the game is to begin with a Yard Sale in Malibu and work your way through all of the various stops and cities along the way until your arrival in Hollywood.

The way the yard sale is conducted is that several yard sale items are placed in a yard scene that makes the items disappear into the background and less visible to the eye.

At the same time a shopper will pop up in the corner. The player then must match the shopper’s request with the correct item. If an incorrect item is chosen it will simply fall to the bottom of the scene.
The player is racing the clock to see how much money can be raised before the time runs out. If all the items are sold before the time is up, the player earns bonus bucks.


As the player increases in levels the number of items to find becomes more complex. There are boards with small jewelry items that the player will need to zoom in on in order to see the items for sale. This is done by holding the left click.

The graphics are fairly simple, but it fits the complexity of the game. The graphics are used primarily to disguise items. Some items can be difficult to determine what exactly they are at a quick glance. For example see-saw comes up. Instead of expecting an actual teeter totter it is a statue with people on a see saw. This is just part of the disguise. The item pictures aren’t always what you immediately think of with the item.

Sound is also very simple, but if it had much more to it, it would probably be a distraction. When a bonus is granted a sound is given. Otherwise the music is low key with very few other sounds.
The game probably isn’t the most creative or original, but it was enjoyable in a small dose. It was fun to see how much money could be earned and it did motivate the player to want to continue around the track of sales.

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This game is not for those that are looking for adventure and action. It is a good memory game that would be good for kids. Because it is very good at reinforcing memory skills with no violence or sexual content. This would be an excellent game for kids. It would appear to be suited for children age 8 and up. The shopping aspect of the game may make it more appealing to girls as well.

The instructions and tutorials make the game extremely easy to jump into and learn how to play. This is one of the strengths of the program.

Overall it is a good family game that is good for memory and matching skills. For this reason I would rate it 3/5. I lowered it for simplicity and lack of a real original concept.

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Fashion Apprentice Seek N Find Game

Fashion Apprentice Game Review by Xauri’El Zwaan
Game Rating: 3/5 Balls

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Fashion Apprentice is a seek-and-find game, where the player must click a variety of objects scattered and hidden in a cluttered environment. Not to my taste, but I’ll give the game its due; it goes out of its way to provide a variety of challenges to the player. The list of objects to find is sometimes presented as names, sometimes as silhouettes, and sometimes as a broad category, eg. search the kitchen for ‘food’. There are obstacles such as doors that must be opened or carts that must be moved to find certain objects, distracting fans and lights, spotlight levels, and mini-games like spot-the-difference levels and rhythm games where objects must be touched in the correct order and with the correct timing. You can also pick up secret items such as candy, which refills your hint bar faster. As seek-and-finds go it’s quite well designed.

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The plot of the game follows a girl as she rises in the competitive world of high fashion. Each level is an assignment which advances the plot. Between levels, you can spend your earned ‘glamour points’ on designer dresses, hats, handbags, jewellery, and cellphones, then dress your character up like a paper doll; ‘better’ outfits fill up a ‘glamour meter’ which can give you scoring bonuses. In fact, this entire game seems designed to be a ‘girl game’, to appeal to some market-research derived ‘female’ demographic or game company executive’s preconception of what a woman gamer would be interested in; and frankly I find that a bit offensive and annoyingly sexist. Don’t get me wrong; I wouldn’t mind playing a fashion-designer game, if it had something to do with actual fashion design. Dressing a glorified seek-and-find up in a bunch of lame glitz and drawing floral curlicues all over the loading screen is not going to attract girl gamers. And while we’re on the subject, I also find it offensive that the major object of the game is to accumulate material crap; not to mention the implicit idea that being more expensive makes something objectively ‘better’.

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The graphics are another major problem with this game. They’re drawn in a stylized art-deco gloss which makes objects difficult to distinguish from each other The colours are bright, solid pastels, predominantly pinks and oranges, which clash violently and make the screens actively difficult to look at. Giving your players a headache is not a good thing for any game, especially one where they’re expected to stare at a static screen for extended periods searching for hidden objects. The soundtrack is a kind of bland, repetitive muzak, probably meant to be characteristic of runway fashion shows, which only adds to the annoyance factor. Bottom line, this game could have earned itself a 4 by sticking to being a good seek-and-find instead of layering on a bunch of marketing-based hoohaw. What girl gamers want is good games. I would not spend my money on a game like this even if it was a genre I enjoyed playing.

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Adventure Chronicles Puzzle Game Download

Adventure Chronicles: The Search for Lost Treasure
Game Review by Russell Linton
Game Rating = 3/5 Balls

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In this sequel to “Escape From the Museum” by Gogii Games, the player follows along with the adventures of Susan Anderson as she travels across the world gathering valuable archaeological items for her museum. Clues to finding these special relics are provided inside a mysterious notebook sent to her from a secretive associate. As you complete each scene, clues to the greater mystery are slowly revealed.

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The Search for Lost Treasure is a hidden object game with some good potential. Each level you are presented with a well-crafted scene such as a museum library, the Empire State building’s lobby, or a darkened harbor. Along with this scene, you are given a list of objects to find. The graphics are beautifully depicted and most of the hidden objects are cleverly disguised without being impossible to find.

A nice, innovative feature is the ability to use some of the tools you uncover. These items may become part of your permanent inventory which you can take from scene to scene. For instance, there is a hammer for smashing objects open to reveal other clues and a brush for removing dust from areas that may hide treasures. This provides a welcome diversion from pouring over scenes for the expertly hidden objects and gives incentive to revisit old scenes.

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The items you uncover may also be used to solve puzzles which are part of the current scene or even usable on a previous scene. This often requires following up with clues inside the mysterious journal or using a bit of logic to place the items in the correct spot or order. These extra puzzles and usable inventory items add a nice creative twist to what could be an otherwise typical hidden object game.

There are however a few low points. While the music and voice-overs are adequate, the intro and cut-scenes are simply static rendered drawings with poorly rendered text in speech bubbles. The view simply zooms in and out of a static picture as the individual text bubbles appear next to a character’s face. It has the appearance of last minute patchwork and detracts from the overall quality of the game.

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Further, the total playtime the game offers might be an issue. If you are a “Where’s Waldo” whiz, you can probably breeze through the first series of five scenes in a little under an hour. With only about 30 total scenes, it could be a quickly shelved game. The creators try to address this by providing some re-playability. The first time you return to a scene, extra items are added to your list. Unfortunately, these same items were in the same locations when you first visited and you probably ran across many of them while rigorously scouring the place.

Overall, the somewhat generically named “Adventure Chronicles: The Search for Lost Treasure” sits at an equally generic 3 of 5. While there is a touch of innovative gameplay with the usable tools and puzzles which tie multiple scenes together, it’s just not enough. The game needs some polish on its static introduction and cut-scenes to give it a more professional feel. It could also benefit from a greater number of scenes. At the very least, the scenes need to be re-rendered for return trips so you aren’t presented a list of items you’ve already stumbled upon.

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Samantha Swift and the Golden Touch Game Download

Game Review by Emele Maisey
Game Rating = 4/5 Balls

Samantha Swift and the Golden Touch

The famous archaeologist and adventurer, Samantha Swift is off on yet another quest to uncover artifacts and mysteries in this hidden object adventure game.

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