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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World (Full) in Review – An old style point-and-tap from the kings of Hidden Object
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.
G5 Entertainment is certainly among the more established iOS publishers, best known well known for their superb Hidden Object (HdO) and Time Management titles. I’m not a big fan of HdO but an occasional frantic spin on the next Sally’s Spa can easily suck me in for hours. As you may have guessed, our victim today is of the latter persuasion and also a follow-up to the reasonably successful Fix-it-up: Kate’s Adventure (Full), putting you in charge of a auto-repair shop. Not too imaginatively titled Fix-it-up: World Tour (Full) it follows the adventures of Kate and her two unlikely partners in bringing their business across the globe.
I won’t say that G5 Entertainment can do no wrong, but their crop of new releases over the last couple of months hasn’t let me down yet. As it turns out, The Magician’s Handbook: Cursed Valley is no exception to that rule. I have to admit that I’m just a bit disappointed that it sways towards the more traditional hidden object game format. That being said, it still keeps me going back for more, and in the end that’s all that matters.
I think the story of Robinson Crusoe, though sad, has in many respects a lot of romance to it as well. Certainly the prospect of having a Friday of your own 7 days a week is a tempting one. I’m sure many have dreamed or at least tried to imagine what it would be like. And when our imagination fails, us we have but the App Store to turn to. Thanks to G5 Entertainment – the masters of time management – a deserted island will become much less deserted with you on it in Youda Survivor.
I reviewed the original Virtual City (TMA Review) last year and found it to be an entertaining casual variation on the build-your-own-city theme. Though much closer to the Transport Tycoon franchise in spirit than SimCity, the mixing of various gameplay elements and the addition of quests to guide the development made for an excellent package. Building on this quest system G5 Entertainment has done what seems to be the fashionable thing these days and has gone freemium with Virtual City Playground.