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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Strange Discoveries: Aurora Peak - Review

Strange Discoveries: Aurora Peak

Name: Strange Discoveries: Aurora Peak Collector's Edition
Release Date: 14 July 2013
Developer: Vast Studios



  


  

 HD for iPad

Strange Discoveries: Aurora Peak

Aurora Peak used to be a nice, lovely, beautiful natural place until not long ago, when plants and animals started to mutate and the town is not as welcoming as it used to be. Aurora Peak was your home when you were young so your task is to save the town and find the person behind all this mess!

The story might not sound very original, just another 'stop the evil, save the town' kind of story but it is actually pretty interesting as the game has a very nice setting with a lot of exciting, beautiful nature to see. The graphics are clear and very well drawn, the colors are nicely ranged and used and the characters' looks are perfect! However, although the characters look nice and the voice overs are great - the characters' lips do not move when they speak which could be very annoying sometimes.

The effort of the developer to spice the game up is very clear. There is an interactive map which allow you to jump to the place you desired. There are morphing objects to find and achievements to collect. There are three different types of Hidden Object scenes; normal list-type, return objects to their places and finding objects according to their silhouettes - all of them are fun to play and are very well done. The puzzles are nothing really new and some of them are difficult while many of them are  straightforward. 

What developer might have missed is the WOW factor because at the end of the day, Strange Discoveries feels like another typical Hidden Object Adventure game; not really memorable nor very exciting to play. The length of the main game is also on the short side, advanced layer can finish the game in less than 3 hours. 

Strange Discoveries: Aurora Peak is not a MUST PLAY as it is nothing really innovative but it does offer solid entertainment. The graphics and audio are awesome and the gameplay is nicely polished.

Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4/5 Stars
Extras: 4/5 Stars


Strange Discoveries: Aurora Peak

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Strange Discoveries: Aurora Peak

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