Here comes another fantasy Hidden Object Puzzle game, and another princess being kidnapped. In Love Chronicles: A Winter's Spell, your daughter was kidnapped by the evil wizard, named Mister X and will be used to awaken the Queen of Ice. Follow the trails, explore the magical lands and rescue your daughter in this fourth Love Chronicles game.
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Name: Love Chronicles: A Winter's Spell Collector's Edition
Release Date: 09 January 2015
Developer: Vendel Games
It is obvious that A Winter's Spell was intended to be a Christmas release, judging from all the winter and Chirstmasy elements in the game - and of course, the Greeting Cards in the extras. Even though it is already 3 weeks past the holidays, Love Chronicles: A Winter's Spell is enjoyable nonetheless. Throughout the game, you will get to meet many fantasy characters whose hearts have been turned into ice. Your objective is to find the missing puzzle pieces and break the icy spell, not exactly a unique plot, but the developers crafted it well enough to keep us entertained.
Love Chronicles: A Winter's Spell is not one of those games with action-packed cutscenes, action sequences and epic sound effects - it is one of the more relaxing ones. What bothered us quite a little bit was how the game progressed so slowly, and the sound effects that were too calm and quiet to get us intrigued. On the other hand, the artwork is definitely impressive. Vendel Games nicely blended the colorful fantasy elements with the white theme of the winter.
As with any other fantasy games, you have a magical item right by your side. In Love Chronicles: A Winter's Spell, you have a magical sphere which can be used to help you get through obstacles. Unfortunately, the sphere needs to be charged after use - through the History Scrolls. Other aspects of the gameplay are nothing particularly exciting; the hidden object scenes offer some challenges, and the puzzles are fine, just fine.
The main game took us roughly 3 and a half hours to complete, plus a fair 40-minute bonus chapter. The bonus content in the Collector's Edition included replayable cutscenes, wallpapers, concept art, soundtracks, Greeting Cards, a strategy guide, achievements, collectibles and a glimpse of the development team.
Love Chronicles: A Winter's Spell will warm your heart with its pleasant graphics and stress-free gameplay. The game does not scored very high on the originality side, but it ticks all the boxes for a standard HOPA.
Graphics: 4/5 Stars
Sound: 3/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3/5 Stars
Originality: 3/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 3.5/5 Stars