Temptation. Episode 1 HD is another solid offering from G5 Entertainment. The story keeps you engaged and there are plenty of rooms to explore and puzzles to solve. The mini games can be a bit on the tough side, and the hidden object scenes are basically superfluous, but overall this is once again a job well done. I do hope that if there is an episode 2 that it takes a bit more liberty with the whole concept of temptation.
You are an unfortunate victim who ends up getting sucked into a fog she is trying to escape and ultimately winds up trying to save the land’s queen from the evil Dark Raven. Even though you know you’ll eventually escape it or fall prey to it, I like the “impending doom” imposed by the fog at the beginning. I also like the fact that Dark Raven’s minions are constantly trying to get you to join the dark side, but the sad reality is that you can’t (or at least I haven’t been able to so far), and that would have been an interesting angle to explore. Otherwise, if you’re at all familiar with adventure games you now how this goes. You wander around different locations collecting items, using those items to solve puzzles and playing the occasional mini game to unlock an object or new area.
There are plenty of object based puzzles to complete, and the only problem I’ve had with that so far is that sometimes by the time I get an object I forget where I need to use it. The mini games are quite interesting in that there are a number of them that I have not seen in other adventure games before. Unfortunately they often tend to become a true obstacle after a while and I have found myself skipping them just to get on with the game. The hidden object scenes seem like an afterthought or a mechanic that was used just because they couldn’t come up with another way to present a certain puzzle, and to me it seems like they should have been left out. One thing I do like is that along the way you’ll be granted the power of three different plants that help you solve puzzles by transmuting items. It’s mainly just a gimmick, but it adds an extra dimension to the game.
Graphically the game stands up to its peers in the G5 catalog. The backgrounds are ornately detailed, the character designs are decent, and there are decent effects like when the fog is rolling in or you use a flower to transform something. The sound effects are pretty good and they did a great job of casting the voices. The music is top notch as well and really emphasizes the dire mood of the game.
Overall Temptation Episode 1 was an enjoyable game. I think it would have been better to go straight adventure rather than trying to through a few hidden object scenes in just for the sake of doing so, and some of the mini games were kind of annoying, but the interesting story and abundance of object based puzzles more than makes up for any of that. I’m looking forward to seeing what episode 2 has to offer.
|Title:||Temptation. Episode I HD (Full)||Developer:||G5 Entertainment|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.0||Min OS Req:||5.1|
|Price:||$6.99||App Size:||648 MB|