As with any other HOPA franchises, with this sixth game, Orneon seems to be running out of tricks for the Echoes of the Past series. Echoes of the Past is certainly a very popular series that has been around the market since 2009; unfortunately, with each new release, the series keeps getting weaker and weaker.
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Name: Echoes of the Past: Wolf Healer Collector's Edition
Release Date: 19 October 2014
Developer: Orneon Limited
In Echoes of the Past: Wolf Healer, you must help Mira, a talented healer to heal the people of the kingdom and stop the Dark Warriors from attacking the city. Some might argue that the story is smart; regardless of that, we found it to be slow, boring, and more or less, annoying. As a Healer, you can transform yourself from human to wolf, or back again through the use of the magic crystal on your bracelet. The problem is each new crystal you have found breaks in no time; Wolf Healer started out with a hohum opening sequence following by a frustrating, seemingly-endless mission of crystal-hunting.
We all know that Orneon does not produce the best visuals in the industry; nevertheless, the graphics in Wolf Healer have clearly improved since the last game from Orneon. The animations are of better quality, the characters animate smoother, graphics are sharper and the special effects are more fancy. On the flip side, the artwork is pretty mundane with a bland tone of colors, definitely not the most gorgeous way to present a game. We have no problem with the music though, it is unobtrusive and pleasant enough.
The gameplay of Wolf Healer is not particularly enjoyable either. The adventure part is predictable as well as tedious, with all the tasks we have seen before. The puzzles are even worse; not only that they are not very original, given their unclear instructions, they are sometimes overly-challenging. The only thing that can probably save this game are the hidden object scenes; nothing astonishing, but they come in a nice variety with a suitable difficulty.
As a Collector's Edition, Echoes of the Past: Wolf Healer is extremely light on the extras. The extra content includes replayable mini-games, concept art, collectibles, a strategy guide, achievements and a 45-minute bonus chapter - does not sound very impressive isn't it?
We were bored to tears playing Echoes of the Past: Wolf Healer. With a story that can drive you mad, a dull presentation and an inconsistent gameplay; Echoes of the Past: Wolf Healer is no doubt the worst in the series (yet).
Graphics: 3.5/5 Stars
Sound: 3.5/5 Stars
Story: 2.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3/5 Stars
Originality: 3/5 Stars
Gameplay: 2.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 2.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 3.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 1.5/5 Stars
Extras: 2.5/5 Stars
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