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Echoes of Sorrow II - Review

The first Echoes of Sorrow game was such a blast to play at the time it was released, however, there seems to be not much improvement during the three years gap between the first game and this sequel.


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Name: Echoes of Sorrow II
Release Date: 04 February 2014
Developer: Alawar Stargaze/Karibu Games

The story in Echoes of Sorrow II is all about love, betrayal and tragedy with a really interesting plotline. It begins when Luke, your previous lover shot your husband dead as well as killed your father and kidnapped your children. That seems like a lot isn't it? You then need to use the Mind Machine to teleport into your dead husband's mind and solve all the secrets and reveal all the truth behind this murderous plan.

No matter how exciting the story might sound, the production values of this game are fairly low. The game consists of both bright and dark scenes, the artwork is fine but the quality is not there. The graphics are grainy and look like the game has been put on the shelf for a little while. The soundtracks are good though, they are orchestral and have done a good job in building the excitement.

Echoes of Sorrow II has quite a simple but frustrating gameplay. It has all the basic features except a interactive jump-map, the gameplay is nothing special; straightforward and fairly easy. There are two modes of Hidden Object scenes, finding multiple items and the standard-list type - puzzles are nothing much, all of them are the same old. What bothered us are the sparkles which seem to appear everywhere no matter which of the two difficulty modes you choose to play - there are even sparkles on the areas that have no objectives whatsoever.

To conclude, Echoes of Sorrow II is not very impressive; it is classic, perhaps, too classic as it feels like it has been developed a few years back. The story is cool but the game is extremely standard, graphics are humdrum and the sparkles are just far too many.

Graphics: 3/5 Stars
Sound: 3.5/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 3/5 Stars
Gameplay: 2/5 Stars
Puzzles: 2.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 3/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 3/5 Stars


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