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Is it an independent Myst-like game? Yes, but the main difference between this game and Myst is that this one isn't boring...

Like most of these games they take place in a fantasy world, which is well created and you actually get interested in their culture, but to sum it up, it's a small superstitious village of rice farmers and mussel fishers who believe left handed people are "tainted", and you guessed it, our hero is left handed. One day, a mysterious ship appears on the beach next to your house and everybody blames you for it. Is it a coincidence that this mysterious ship arrived next to your house? Only you can find out!

The first and most common complain is the disc swapping, but it's easy to overcome, just copy the files from the discs and you'll never need to swap them again! The interface is odd, since the cursor only appears when on top of an item you can interact with or on an exit, pixel hunting would be hell but the items aren't really that hard to find, so it's a matter of getting used to it.

The non-interactive scenes can't be skipped, including the walking between screens, which can be a bit frustrating, but not much. The acting in these scenes is OK, but oddly enough the "hero"'s acting is pretty bad, fortunately it's the other villagers who will do most of the talking.

The puzzles are mainly "item puzzles", and the real ones aren't too hard, but there are too few of them. The graphics are quite good like most Myst-like, but then again, I have a new TFT monitor and everything looks prettier. The game might be a bit short, unless you explore the game thoroughly and get immersed in the fantasy world.

The biggest damper in the game is the chance of getting a bug that appears at the end and won't let you finish the game, a bug which I got...

Ok, the real damper is the fact that is an "episodic" adventure, and you don't even get a proper ending when you beat it, just a "to be continued". The chances of the sequel actually been made are little since small games from small companies never do well enough...

In the end, it's a cheap game that adventurers might enjoy and should at least give it a shot.
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From:myssk
Date:June 10th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
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Good review! Someday when I am done with school or work or both.. (ha!) I might pick it up. I, too, got bored with Myst. Glad I am not the only one!
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From:tanukitsune
Date:June 10th, 2005 04:42 am (UTC)
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I've heard the game is quite rare in the US, while it's a dime a dozen here...

I can also tell you that the company who made it went bankrupt, they probably spent way too much money on making their fantasy world realistic, so there will be no episode II...
From:myssk
Date:June 10th, 2005 01:00 pm (UTC)
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Oh no!!! This may explain why I hadn't heard of it. Hrm. Well I know three people in Spain if I count you, so I suppose if I really wanted a copy I could get one. ;-)

Thanks for the info.
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From:tanukitsune
Date:June 10th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
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It's even easier to find and cheaper in Sweden, FYI...
From:myssk
Date:June 10th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the further info. You are smart as well as cute. ^__^
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