Name: Awakening: The Sunhook Spire Collector's Edition
Release Date: 18 August 2013
Developer: Boomzap Entertainment
Sophia's journey was supposed to end at the Skyward Kingdom; Anyway, we are glad that Boomzap decided to continue the series as the ending of the last game was a big hangover and for the fact that Awakening is one of our favorite HOPA series!
Now that Sophia is no longer just a princess, Queen Sophia has to travel to The Sunhook Spire to find the Enchantress on her task to awaken her parents. On her way, she was captured by Captain Ironhook and Gremlin, can she escape this mess and help her parents? The story in this fifth game continues smoothly from the Bonus Chapter of the previous game, it is interesting with few twists and turns.
We surely do not need to mention how awesome the graphics and artwork in this Awakening game is since the quality is consistently high throughout the series. Awakening 5 features both indoor and outdoor scenes, outdoor scenes are spectacular with gorgeous use of colors and shades to create dimensions while indoor scenes are filled with magic and beauty. For the music, it is charming and soothing; perhaps, a little too calm in a few occasions. The voice overs are awesome, easy to follow and very consistent.
Still, the main Adventure gameplay of this Awakening sequel is still on the easy side. However, Boomzap did thrown in a lot of challenging puzzles. We love challenging puzzles as long as they are entertaining. Unfortunately, despite the unique factor, we found some of the puzzles in this game to be frustrating and time-wasting, the puzzle clues are often too obscure to make any sense of of them.
In contrast with the game's weak puzzles, the Hidden Object scenes are beyond awesomeness! There are now more Hidden Object scenes to explore in this game compared to the previous installments and they are all extremely extremely well done. Most of the scenes are incredibly interactive with nice, creative twists to the traditional HOG style.
Your Dragon and the Owl are also back with you on the journey. What new is that the Dragon is no longer just a fire-spitting dragon but it has many other special powers as well in which you will discover as the game progresses. Furthermore, there are Morphing Objects and Achievements to collect.
The length of the main game is 4 hour solid for experienced players and in Collector's Edition you will be able to play the Bonus Chapter which is surprisingly good and very long. As Extras, there are Wallpapers, Concept Art, Soundtracks, Strategy Guide, replayable Cutscenes and some pretty fun Glasswork puzzles.
If you can get pass the confusing puzzles and some tiny flaws, Awakening: The Sunhook Spire is definitely a terrific experience. The visuals are superb, story is hooking and Hidden Object scenes are outstanding; we wonder if we will ever get enough of this Awakening charm!
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4/5 Stars