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PuppetShow: Return to Joyville - Review


Name: PuppetShow: Return to Joyville Collector's Edition
Release Date: 20 April 2012
Developer: ERS Games Studios



 For iPhone and iPod Touch
 HD for iPad

Here it comes, the fourth game in the best-selling PuppetShow series, and this time you have to go back in time and change Felicia's past. Felicia as we all know from the previous games, she is evil and she lost her beauty in the fire so the idea of changing her past so she could be good is quite fascinating! The game start off with spectacular cut scene with fine voice acting and gorgeous looking characters! The graphics are beautiful as we expect from all ERS's games, all scenes are detailed and very well drawn. HOG scenes are mostly classic ones, with list of items to find and some interactions, still all of them are very well crafted. There's one 'fully interactive HOG scene' at the beginning (the one like in Spirits of Mystery 2 that we loved so much), quite disappoint that there's only one since it's creative and offer us something different. Surprisingly, Return to Joyville involves a huge numbers of puppets like never before, they're of different types, some are sad, cute, funny, cruel or creepy, ERS did a great job of expressing the puppets' emotions through their faces! The gameplay ,however, is the same recycled gameplay so it's like replaying the other PuppetShows again but with different scenes. Music are stunning and catchy, especially during HOG scenes.  The thing that makes this game a bit stands out is the puzzles, puzzles in this game are unique, ranging from easy to hard, and all of them are fun and even addicting some might be a bit confusing but if you got the idea then you just couldn't stop. The main game is long enough and the bonus chapter is also worth the extra money with brand new HOG scenes and puzzles. PuppetShow: Return to Joyville has fantastic graphics, stunning music, entertaining gameplay and innovative puzzles but with uninspired gameplay!


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