Name: Fairy Tale Mysteries: The Beanstalk Collector's Edition
Release Date: 20 October 2013
Developer: Gogii Games
Despite the fact that The Beanstalk serves as a sequel to 2012's HOPA Fairy Tale Mysteries: The Puppet Thief, although these two games are based on fairytales and Brothers Grimm - there is nothing similar between the two. The Puppet Thief was a very dark games with spooky plot and moody atmosphere, in contrast, The Beanstalk is very happy and cheerful!
There are quite a few noticeable improvements upon the previous game. First, there is now an interactive jump-map offered, the widescreen mode is now supported and there are very well-hidden Collectibles to collect. The graphics are also brighter to suit the lively fantasy theme of the game, they are not spectacular but they are beautiful, colorful and very admirable. The character designs are nice and their voices fit their personality, however, the animations can be a little awkward.
Now, Fairy Tale Mysteries: The Beanstalk is a really innovative game - this might impress some players but can as well annoy some. We welcome the developer's effort to make this game different from other HOPAs in the market. Unlike other games, most of the objects in this game cannot be picked up directly from the scenes. Many of them will set you tasks to wonder off and hunt for fragmented pieces hidden around the town. Yes, this results in a huge amount of backtracking but luckily, the map is right by your side so this does not bother us much. We actually enjoy the different gameplay The Beanstalk has to offer, it is very refreshing and provide quite a nice change of pace. On the other hand, it can be confusing as you have to switch your inventory bar around to find the one with the object you want to assemble.
Still, there are several standard Hidden Object scenes in the game. These scenes contain some interactive items and are very well made, not too hard on the eyes like in the previous game. The mini-games are very creative and entertaining, unfortunately, they are very easy. We feel like The Beanstalk is targeting the younger audience as the gameplay is on the easy side and is very linear. Anyway, the length of the game is not as short as expected from a rather easy game like this, around 3 and a half to 4 hours for experienced players; the Bonus Chapter is equally fun.
Fairy Tale Mysteries: The Beanstalk is a real treat for beginners, with great visuals and creative gameplay. Even for experts, even though The Beanstalk might not be able to challenge you but it has such a relaxing, refreshing experience that you will probably adore.
Graphics: 4/5 Stars
Sound: 4/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 3.5/5 Stars