Name: Echoes of the Past: The Kingdom of Despair Collector's Edition
Release Date: 16 August 2013
Developer: Orneon Limited
We believe almost every single one of you is familiar with Echoes of the Past series, otherwise it would not have gone this far to the fifth game. As a series progresses, we expect improvements and for each game the get better and better; however, it seems not to be the case here.
Echoes of the Past: The Kingdom of Despair has a fairly good story, good but not great. The opening cutscene stars the story of the evil witch off very well with great voice overs and good animations. Disappointingly, the story outside that opening cutscene is not at all original or interesting. All you have to do is helping people, breaking their curses and wandering around the castle.
We must admit that the visuals in this fifth game have improved although not significantly. We still found the graphics very muddy and a little fuzzy but we like the use of colors and shades in this game as these make each location looks more dimensional. The music throughout the game is nice but often plays in short loop which could be somewhat annoying.
The gameplay of Echoes of the Past 5 is pretty typical, nothing extraordinary here. What good about it is that there are various types of Hidden Object scenes to play, from standard-list type, finding a number of objects and replacing objects to their places which we found to be extremely entertaining. Many of the puzzles are unique and very, very challenging. Unfortunately, in this game the word 'Challenging' often refers to time-consuming or frustration.
The main game wraps itself up nicely while the Bonus Chapter is nothing special but the quality is still there. For those who are thinking of purchasing the special Collector's Edition, you might want to rethink a little bit as the Extras in this game is very very weak in our opinion.
At the end of the game, we found ourselves leaving this Echoes kingdom with despair and disappointment. It is certainly not a bad game but there is something about it that is missing; it feels unoriginal and lacks of all of bells and whistles.
Graphics: 4/5 Stars
Sound: 3.5/5 Stars
Story: 3/5 Stars
Originality: 3/5 Stars
Originality: 3/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 3.5/5 Stars
Extras: 3/5 Stars
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