Name: Apothecarium: The Renaissance of Evil
Release Date: 13 July 2013
Developer: Space Monkey Internaional
From the creators of Voodoo Chronicles: The First Sign and Sister's Secrecy: Arcanum Bloodlines comes a new Hidden Object Adventure game and this time, they go it right on the spot!
Apothecarium: The Renaissance of Evil sets in middle-age Italy in a town called Apothecarium. The game has a nice theme but the story is rather weak. The story is being told mostly through cutscenes and sometimes note pages; the voice overs are not very good - they are really dragging and vague. As for the graphics, they are not the best either - we personally found the graphics in the developer's previous games to be more beautiful and detailed but at least, they are still very crisp and not too dark.
So why Apothecarium is worth playing? It is because the game features a lot of extras and the gameplay is just perfect. Apothecarium plays like any other Hidden Object Adventure games but with much more things to do such as collect Coins to purchase power-ups for Hidden Object scenes in the in-game Shop or hunt for morphing objects in Hidden Object scenes. What's more? The game also has an option to switch between Match 3 and Hidden Object mode and both options are extremely well done. All other standard features are also there like an interactive fast-travel map, achievements or difficulty modes.
In addition, the puzzles in Apothecarium are very tricky and challenging even though the main concept is nothing really new; you can also replay Puzzles or Hidden Object scenes at anytime you like. Some might found the game to be quite difficult to get into as the pace is rather slow but after a while, you will totally get hooked into the game!
Apothecarium: The Renaissance of Evil is an extremely well made HOPA game with a bunch of extras for you to enjoy. We would still recommend it even if it is being released as a Collector's Edition so with Standard Edition price tag? There is no reason to hesitate!
Graphics: 4/5 Stars
Sound: 3.5/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4/5 Stars
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