06.13.11

“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” (2010): Thoughts

Posted in Game at 1:24 am by Rosepixie

This was an entertaining and mostly straightforward videogame retelling of L. Frank Baum’s first Oz book. The gameplay was a little bit repetitive after a while, but the game was short enough that it probably didn’t really matter. I found the Good Witch of the North to be an interesting choice of “guide” and the role the player was assigned as her assistant to be even more intriguing. It worked pretty well, though and in the end I enjoyed the game quite a bit (even if I’m terrible at spot-the-difference pictures).

05.27.10

“Emerald City Confidential” (2009): Thoughts

Posted in Game at 2:04 am by Rosepixie

This is an awesome game. It starts out slowly and seems like a fairly straightforward detective story, but then it builds in complexity steadily until it has established an intriguing and surprisingly robust story. The characters are extremely well done and I especially loved the voice work. This is a game that showed amazing respect for its source material while using that material to weave an interesting and unique new story. This is easily one of the best videogames with literary inspirations behind it that I’ve ever played.

“Dark Parables: Curse of Briar Rose” (2010): Thoughts

Posted in Game at 1:11 am by Rosepixie

This was an interesting puzzle/adventure game reinterpreting the story of Sleeping Beauty. In this version, the prince was not able to awaken Briar Rose, although he did break the curse, at least temporarily, on the rest of the castle. Now, in modern times, the curse is reawakening because the princess is still in her magical sleep and the the player must find and finally rouse the sleeping beauty in order to stop it. The art is fantastic and the ending of the game suggests a sequel might be forthcoming. I hope that there will be one, since this was a fun and surprisingly complex game!

05.25.10

“Cindy’s Travels: Flooded Kingdom” (2009): Thoughts

Posted in Game at 12:10 am by Rosepixie

This was an interesting game. It was a puzzle game with an extremely strange story. The action centers around Cinderella who is working to find out why her kingdom is being flooded (literally) with junk and working to stop it. Why is Cinderella our hero? I have no idea. The story in no way resembles her fairy tale. But the game’s icon and title screen feature a pumpkin (there are very few pumpkins, and none featured in any meaningful way, in the game) and Cinderella is periodically helped by a good fairy, so it seems like they do mean to evoke the fairy tale character! The villain is actually an evil genie who managed to cause the trouble by granting some wishes very literally when her lamp was rubbed, thus causing the disaster. This brought in an element of Aladdin’s story as well. The game was an interesting mix of things. While I can’t quite figure out why they tied this game to Cinderella’s story, it was fairly entertaining to play.

05.01.10

“Alice in Wonderland” (2010): Thoughts

Posted in Game at 12:46 am by Rosepixie

This was an interesting game. It reworked the story as an adventure starring an adult and focusing on rescuing little girls who had all been kidnapped and carried off to Wonderland. It turned out that Wonderland was actually a construction of Alice’s mind, built to give her an escape from a traumatic event. It was an interesting story and an intriguing adaption, but also totally an adult’s reinterpretation of a child’s story. It was pretty fun to play, though!