Posted: May 26
*Impressive dictionary with unique images for many terms
*Good variety of environments
*Minimal, yet tedious gameplay
*Dictionary gaps and re-used images stand out
*Story is unnecessary, boring, and not spread throughout the game
For achievement hunters, this game should take around 10 hours at most. Those who just want to finish the game can expect to be done in around 7 hours, perhaps even less.
4 out of 10
Even though I got this game for only $1, I regret the purchase.
The greatest disappointment for me was that there really isn't much game
here: the player moves from one environment to the next, solving very simple problems by typing an appropriate noun or adjective. The challenge does not increase, creativity is not demanded, and 95% of the problems to solve feel identical in concept. In short: the game was tedious and I never felt challenged.
The game certainly boasts an impressive dictionary with unique images for many terms, including a decent variety of dog breeds. However, without anything interesting to do
with the objects that the player can create, it becomes substantially less impressive. Moreover, since the dictionary is the star of the game instead of actual gameplay, terms that aren't recognized or given unique images (for example: two kinds of trees might look identical) stand out. I understand that it would be impossible to include an exhaustive dictionary with a unique image for each term, but that is why the gameplay needs to pick up the inevitable slack of this category.
Finally, though this is a very minor point, the story is lackluster. (Spoilers ahead.) The player character and his sister play a mostly harmless prank on an old man, who responds quite unfairly by cursing the sister to turn to stone. The only way to save her is to collect magical "Starites" by helping people around the world, which also unlocks new areas to visit. In the end, the curse is lifted and the old man who cast it is revealed to be the father. (What a great guy.) This is the entirety of the story and it is told entirely at the beginning and the end, rather than weaved throughout the game. The only reason to even visit the sister is because the game requires it to unlock new areas, but the only aspect of the story that is advanced is how much of her is stone. As I said, however, this is a minor point; clearly the game is not about the story.
I could perhaps recommend this game for children, but it's just not enough for teenagers or adults. If I graded games according to what developers intended to accomplish, I would give this a 9 out of 10, subtracting a point only for the dictionary's incompleteness and re-used art. But I grade games according to my enjoyment of them, so, despite the game's art, dictionary, and polish, the tedious nature of what little gameplay there is compels me to give it a 4 out of 10.