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Nevertales: Shattered Image - Review

Last year, Nevertales: The Beauty Within was voted as the winner of not one, not two, but three of our Best of 2013 awards; so it is no surprise that we have such high hopes for this sequel. In Shattered Image, your daughter, Alice has grown up and turned out to be a very talented traveler. One day, she found herself trapped inside TaleWorld, and it is up to you and your husband to rescue her!



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Name: Nevertales: Shattered Image Collector's Edition
Release Date: 20 July 2014
Developer: Mad Head Games

We found the story in this second Nevertales game to be less unique, less creative. Although the elements of Book-Worlds and Travelers are still pretty interesting; at the end of the day, it is just another story of a girl trapped inside another realm, which has been done countless times. Anyway, NeverTales 2 still include solid backstory being told through innovative book-puzzles.

Despite the weakened plot, the visuals are up to standard. All the locations are magnificently drawn and painted, especially that castle scene. Cutscenes are also extremely well-done, characters are expertly voiced and the visual effects are top-notch. The music team also did a wonderful job, the background music is very beautiful and fits the game excellently.

As expected, the gameplay of Nevertales: Shattered Image featured a lot of clever interactions, mini-puzzles, puzzles as well as hidden object scenes. On one hand, many of the puzzles tie in with the story surprisingly well and the hidden object scenes are a blast to play. On the other hand, the majority of the mini-puzzles are either memory games, matching pairs, or jigsaw puzzles - a little more variety would be much appreciated. What disappoints us a little bit is the drop in the level of challenge. While the first Nevertales might not be super challenging, it was sure tougher than this.

As a Collector's Edition, Nevertales: Shattered Image consists of a great deal of extra content and extra playtime. For us, the main game lasted around 3 and a half hour, plus a 45-minute bonus chapter, and possibly an hour or more of extra gameplay.

While Nevertales: Shattered Image is not as mind-blowing as its predecessor, it is definitely a spectacular game. The graphics are amazing as always, the gameplay is solidly creative and the bonus content makes it worth getting the Collector's Edition. Now, considering the beta of the third game is already on its way, let's hope that Mad Head gets NeverTales back on its track again.

Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 5/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4.5/5 Stars
Extras: 5/5 Stars


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