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.
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. Continue reading…
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.
What better way to start your day off than with a quality freebie. G5 Entertainment, publishers of the excellent Virtual City (TMA Review) and Supermarket Mania 2 (TMA Review) iOS games have dropped the first installment of their popular Treasure Seekers series to free.
Join Nelly and her younger brother as they unravel family secrets and face breathtaking adventure! Nelly’s grandmother was a pirate and Nelly wants to find the hidden treasure. When Nelly’s parents leave her and Tommy at home for a day in the city, she wakes up to search for him, but finds out that the door is closed and the lock is broken accidentally… This becomes a first quest she has to solve in a long puzzle quest forwarding her and her brother to a mystery of the ancient map of a treasure island! Test your skills with challenging puzzles that will take you from strange laboratories to the dangerous depths of the ocean. With its charming characters, engaging storyline and plethora of puzzles this game is irresistible to hidden object game fans, adventure game fans and anyone looking for a memorable gaming experience!
Normally priced at $2.99 and $4.99 for the iPhone and iPad, Visions of Gold is a solid hidden object game (HOG) that features more than 40 levels and an assortment of puzzles via mini-games. If you enjoy a good HOG even in the slightest, be sure to nab while the offer’s still good. App Store links below and video trailer after the break.
Well they’ve managed to do it again. Every time I get a game from G5 Entertainment to review I’m just a bit concerned that it’s going to fall into the “been there, done that” category. So far it has been needless worry, however, and Jack of All Tribes is no exception to that rule. This TM game takes a little different approach to the subject, where instead of having one central focus to work on, you’re jumping from one part of the island to the next, building up everything in your path. It’s just different enough to feel fresh, and the overall atmosphere is fun and playful in a way that really sucks you in.
If I wished to stick with my analogy of Jane’s Zoo (TMA Review) being a Time Management Lite game, then Supermarket Mania 2 would be Time Management Deluxe. While I love TM games I’m no expert at them, yet this is the first one in a long time that I’ve not been able to attain the expert level the first time around an almost any level. For those of you wondering – that’s a good thing. Usually time management game levels don’t take long to complete, and I don’t mind playing them 2 or 3 times to achieve the top ranking. Add to that all the little bells and whistles, and this is probably one of the best games in the genre to grace my iPod Touch’s little screen. Continue reading…