9 Clues 2: The Ward HD in Review – Creepy Is As Creepy Does

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I’m sure I say this far too often but it’s rare that I play something from G5 that I don’t like.  However, when the next thing that pops up after the G5 logo is Artifex Mundi I get particularly excited.  This combo seems to produce some particularly high quality fare, and 9 Clues 2: The Ward HD is no exception to the rule.  Game play is extremely well balanced, the game looks and sounds great, and the story is top notch.  In fact, this particular tale managed to throw a few twists in, which is something pretty rare for a hidden object style adventure.  If this is your cup of tea than this game shouldn’t be missed, and if you’re not familiar with or have tried to distance yourself from the genre, this would be a great place to start.
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Graven: The Purple Moon Prophecy HD in Review: No Green Clovers Or Blue Diamonds Here…

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When a developer or publisher has released a decent number of titles, it’s likely that even the most devout fan won’t be interested in all of them.  Thankfully, while that is the case even for a company like G5, they turn out so many good titles that it’s easy to ignore the not so good ones.  Graven: The Purple Moon Prophecy is definitely one of the good ones, and for not having an unlockable bonus story there was a surprising amount of game play.  If you decide to embark on this journey be prepared to be captivated until the very end.
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Mind Snares: Alice’s Journey HD in Review – Creepy Visions Make Nifty Games

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If you’ve been adventure gaming on your iPhone or iPad for long I’m sure you’ve run across a G5 adventure or two.  The name Artifex Mundi might not sound quite as familiar, but they had their hands in both the Nightmares from the Deep series and Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden, both of which I’ve given high regards to.  Their latest combined effort is Mind Snares: Alice’s Journey, and having just finished it I’d say it deserves the Artifex Mundi branding.  Excellent visuals, theatrical quality music and an odd storyline do a great job of keeping you entranced to the very end.  Either this version wasn’t the collector’s edition or the typical bonus adventure was strangely absent this time around, but there was more than enough main game play to make up for that missing element.
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Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren’s Call HD in Review – Davey Jones Is Still A Fish Out Of Water

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I’ve been pondering how to keep this review from sounding like a simple retread of the first installment, but that might be a bit of a losing battle.  Thankfully that’s not entirely a bad thing because the original Nightmares From The Deep was definitely one of my favorite G5 offerings, and so far the sequel has been just as entertaining.  The protagonist Sarah Black is back, as is the slimy sea serpent Davey Jones.  The backstory is different, but ultimately it’s still you against evil incarnate with a healthy dose of exploration, puzzle solving and mini-games coming your way.  Are you ready to match wits with the stuff of legends once again? Continue reading…

Temptation. Episode 1 HD (Full) in Review – Can You Resist The Fog?

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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. Continue reading…

Promo Code Giveaway: G5′s Letters from Nowhere, Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures and Mahjong Artifacts: Ch 2

With the long Labor Day Weekend just about to begin, we thought it’d be a good time to run a quick promo code giveaway (you do remember those right?). This one is courtesy of G5 Entertainment and the 3 games involved are: Letters from Nowhere ($4.99), Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures ($4.99) and Mahjong Artifacts: Chapter 2 ($2.99). The first two are fun hidden object games with a storyline and the last being everyone’s favorite mahjong tile-matching variety. Entering is as easy as submitting a comment below, so if you’re feeling lucky, check out the details after the break!

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Letters From Nowhere 2 HD in Review – Welcome To Nowhere, Population 2

There’s an old adage that says “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.  Apparently the developers of Letters From Nowhere took that to heart, because the sequel feels identical mechanically to the first game.  Thankfully that’s not a bad thing at all, as I have become just as engrossed in this one as I was with its predecessor.  Since this is a sequel I will just highlight the finer points, but I suggest checking out my review of the original Letters From Nowhere, because everything pretty much still applies.

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Letters From Nowhere HD in Review – Now They’re Losing The Postmen?

Letters from Nowhere HD has a different story, different mini-games and different scenes to explore, but in the end it’s still your traditional hidden object game.  Thankfully that suits me just fine, and even though it doesn’t stray to far from the formula it manages to suck you in anyway.  The story gives you just enough to make you want to know more, and there are enough gimmicks that the hidden object scenes feel fresh even though you’ve played them a million times before.  Even the mini-games are passable, both figuratively and literally.  Letters From Nowhere doesn’t break any new ground, but it does what it does really well.

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Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World (Full) in Review – An old style point-and-tap from the kings of Hidden Object

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As I noted pretty recently, G5 Entertainment can safely be called the reigning kings of both Hidden Object and Time Management genres. You can imagine my surprise then when shortly before Christmas, I received an invitation from them to review Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World (Full) – a traditional point-and-tap adventure that feels like it’s plucked right out from the golden age of the genre. Still expecting that something’s amiss, I dove into the game.

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