Work with the world's most cunning detective in the shadowy underbelly of the Emerald City of Oz! As Petra, you'll be lured deep into mysteries involving new foes and familiar faces; Scarecrow, Lion, and Toto included. This is Oz as you've never seen it before!
Setting, the game is set in a dystopian adaptation of the Wizard of Oz. Many years after the adventure of Dorothy Gale and her ragtag group, the city of Oz and the surrounding world has taken a very dark turn. The Ozian empire suffered a catatrosphic attack by foreigners that nearly destoryed the country, magic has been outlawed and punished harshly (even death in some cases) and the world has become corrupt and dark. Many of the characters well loved in the original story have become tainted. New characters added could have been in the original story as they fit into the universe perfectly.
Story: The game follows a detective struggling to make ends meet and battle the corruption of the city. It starts slow, just another case, but quickly ramps up into an epic tale of family, betrayal and national combat. But it shines in the little ways. Sub-stories that are only their to supplement the main story add color and intrugue to the world, focusing on certain interesting and believable characters. Everyone has a motivation (often very selfish) and will act accordingly.
Enviroment: The art style and attention to detail is amazing. The colors of the world make the game alive and the charaters are all well voice-acted and superbly written. The dark and adult elements seep through to make the game extremly believable.
Hints: If the player is having difficulty with the game's puzzles, then a hint system is available with multiple tiers. The first tier will just give general tip to guide you along the way and the last hint will literally tell you which buttons to click and in what order. This progressive system allows players to choose exactly hand-holding, if any, they desire.
Puzzles: a lot of the puzzles in the game are stupid. They only make sense in hindsight and reading throuugh the hints is recommended for many of them.
Overall, the game has a very minimalisitic attitude to the way it approaches gameplay. It focuses mainly on story-telling and characters. The gameplay is simple and extremely forgiving. I rate this game a 9/10 and recommend that anyone who enjoys short (5-ish hours) well told stories in video game format.
Anyone finish the game and feel like it should have had a bit more?
There was a lot going on, but it felt crammed near the end - as if they were rushing to finish the game and just tacked on an ending. Not saying the ending was horrible, but it felt le...