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Living Legends: Wrath of the Beast - Preview

Friday, December 19, 2014 /

Three years ago, your mother, Goldilocks was murdered by a fierce bear. Three years later, this very same bear is attacking you right in your fortress - prepare yourself for a thrilling fantasy adventure in Living Legends: Wrath of the Beast!

New Releases With Appreciated Time Commitments

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With so many titles available for modern consoles, gamers have come to gauge the return on their investments by gameplay. The number of video games to choose from is overwhelming—there are nearly 1,700 games for the PS3 alone—and most gamers buy what delivers the most gameplay for the buck.
Below are a few new games that will give you hours of meaningful gameplay and are definitely worth your investment.

Christmas Eve: Midnight's Call - Review

Thursday, December 18, 2014 /

After a year in the making, ERS-G finally released their very first holiday game - Christmas Eve: Midnight's Call. Plunge yourself into the alternate world of Snowhill and help the Snow Queen save her kingdom from the evil sorceress in exchange for the life of your sister!

Dreamscapes: Nightmare's Heir - Review

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 /

From the standards of the previous works from Shaman Games, we expected Dreamscapes: Nightmare's Heir to impress us, just like its predecessor did. Unfortunately, Dreamscapes 2 turned out to be just another generic HOPA; in fact, it is the worst offering from Shaman Games to date.

Lost Lands: The Four Horsemen - Preview

Monday, December 15, 2014 /

The Forgotten Lands will soon be destroyed by the four deadly horsemen. Stop this madness and bring peace back to the Forgotten Lands!

Look out when Lost Lands: The Four Horsemen Collector's Edition hits the store in January. Meanwhile, play Lost Lands: Dark Overlord.

Vampire Legends: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bathory - Review

Sunday, December 14, 2014 /

A wealthy lord came to you and asked you for your help in finding and rescuing his daughter, who never returned to the mansion after her visit to the Bathory's estate. Was there an accident? Or was it something related to Elizabeth Bathory?

Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen's Tin Soldier - Review

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 /

We definitely know what to expect from Elephant Games when it comes around to Chirstmas season. Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen's Tin Soldier is the third installment in the popular seasonal Hidden Object Adventure franchise; this time the atmosphere is more celebratory and the storyline is more romantic than ever.



  

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Name: Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen's Tin Soldier Collector's Edition
Release Date: 05 December 2014
Developer: Elephant Games


 For iPhone and iPod Touch
 HD for iPad

Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen's Tin Soldier is a loose continuation of the franchise's trailblazer 'The Nutcracker'. The Rat King has turned three innocent lives into toys once again; help guide your old friend, The Nutcracker and your new pal, Tin Soldier on the mission to rescue Mary, the Ballerina from the evil Baron and his fellow. Despite being named Hans Christian Andersen's Tin Soldier, the story in this game does not focus on the original classic; instead, Elephant Games has turned things round and spiced things up that this new Tin Soldier feels like a completely new story.

We were impressed by many of the puzzles included in Tin Soldier. Most of them helped advance the story in some very interesting ways, and a number of them are remarkably unique. Although the puzzles can feel a little time-consuming and tedious at times, we recognized and appreciated Elephant's attempt to level up the challenge factor which is considerably rare in today's HOPAs. Apart from the main puzzles, Tin Soldier also featured a variety of mini-puzzles.

The visuals and sounds in Tin Soldier were certainly stunning. The graphics were extremely bright, high-spirited and splendidly colored - perfect theme for the holiday season. At the same time, the character animations are probably the liveliest and smoothest we have seen from Elephant Games - even though we felt like there was an excess use of unnecessary animations, the characters were really cute indeed. In addition, the soundtracks were Christmasy and professionally composed and produced.

Tin Soldier is undoubtedly a very busy game, with lots of locations to visit, countless things to collect and multiple tasks to be completed at the same time. Along with the Nutcracker who acts as the hint button, we also received help from the Tin soldier which sat at the bottom left of the screen. All the standard features expected were present in the game, from the beautiful jump-map to a custom mode difficulty setting. There was nothing notably innovative or unique in Tin Soldier, but it did manage to entertain us from the beginning to the end.

More advanced players might feel that Tin Soldier is a bit short, as we completed the game in just under 4 hours.  The Collector's Edition of the game consists of two bonus chapter, which combined to make up a 40 minutes extra length, two sets of collectibles, a handful of achievements and the usual Gallery bling.

Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen's Tin Soldier is the absolutely perfect game to get you hype up for the Holiday. You will be charmed all throughout the game by its spectacular colors, dominant Christmas cheers and whimsical characters all along with an exquisitely crafted gameplay.

Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 5/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars