For 25 years, you have always thought you were an orphan. Until one day, when a mysterious man appears in your mirror and claims that your parents are still alive and the city they are living in is until threat from a dark force. It is your job to step into the mirror world, where darkness awaits!
Name: Reflections of Life: Tree of Dreams Collector's Edition
Release Date: 22 June 2014
Developer: GrandMA Studios
In comparison to previous products from GrandMA, Reflections of Life is no doubt, the studios' best one yet. Reflections of Life: Tree of Dreams has an outstanding artwork, gorgeous graphics and excellent soundtracks. All the scenes are fascinating, with well-drawn characters and vibrant colors. The cutscenes have also improved from the Whispered Secrets franchise in terms of quality. Music is pleasing and voice-overs are solid.
Nonetheless, we would not say that the story in Reflections of Life: Tree of Dreams is wonderfully original. It was sure has been done countless times, but at least this time, the developers did it well. We also enjoy the consistency of the storyline throughout the game, although not very unique, it is very strong indeed.
Exploring the portals in Reflections of Life feels like living in a dream, with occasional pauses for hidden object scenes and puzzles. There is a nice balance between these two features; hidden object scenes are not very exciting, on the other hand, puzzles are very interesting. There are some old-school puzzles as well as some innovative ones, about half of them can be classified as challenging in our opinion. Despite these cool puzzles, the gameplay remains straightforward most of the times. Anyway, there are enough bells and whistles to entertain us all the way through.
Moreover, Reflections of Life: Tree of Dreams is a relatively long game. We completed the main game in around 4 hours, with a fairly annoying cliffhanger ending - plus, another hour or so in the bonus chapter and an additional 10 minutes in the hidden chapter. If you like collecting collectibles, Reflections of Life is just the perfect game for you since there are 176 magical leaves to be collected. Of course, with 176 leaves, there are more than one of them in each scene.
Reflections of Life: Tree of Dreams impresses in terms of both quality and delivery; it is a beautifully designed game that should satisfy all of those fantasy HOPA fans out there.
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4.5/5 Stars
Extras: 4.5/5 Stars
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