The second World Championship of Illusionists is taking place at Taylor Hotel, 20 years after the first competition went down in flames. However, tragedy struck again when The Phantom of the Illusionists appeared out of nowhere and was ready to take his revenge. You need to solve this never-seen-before case and uncover the man behind the mask!
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Name: Dangerous Games: Illusionist Collector's Edition
Release Date: 15 February 2015
Developer: Blam! Games
Dangerous Games: Illusionist is the follow-up to last year's rather amazing Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny. The Dangerous Games franchise always startles us with its amazing concept in each of its two installment, and the plot in Illusionist is of course, creative and captivating.
Illusionist featured one of the most innovative opening chapter in 2015! The opening chapter included some great cutscenes and some interesting tasks involving the use of magic and illusions. Unfortunately, the rest of the game does not follow that trend. Illusionist quickly turns into another catch-the-criminal and portal-travelling type of HOPA, just that this time the villain is a great magician.
On the other hand, the art team did a terrific job on the visuals. Each location in Illusionist is brightly-colored and very attractive, the same quality applies to the character artwork. The soundtracks are slightly upbeat, very well-executed. The only problem we have regarding the presentation of the game are the overly-dramatic voice-overs, not to mention that the lip-syncing is not very good either.
Apart from the creative first chapter, the other parts of the adventure gameplay are not really mind-blowing. Throughout the game, you will be solving run-of-the-mill tasks and travelling through some not-so-unique landscapes. Anyway, the hidden object scenes and the puzzles are so entertaining that we can easily ignore those flaws. The hidden object scenes are highly interactive and very well designed, while the puzzles are of various kinds; twisted, fun and challenging at times.
The Collector's Edition of the game does not include anything out of the ordinary, except for the Magic Tricks collectibles which are quite thoughtful. The main game of Dangerous Games: Illusionist lasted around 3 and a half hours for us on the easiest difficulty setting, and the bonus chapter added another 1 hour or so.
Dangerous Games: Illusionist is a nicely-made game with stellar graphics and great potential. If the developer could sprinkle some more 'magical' aspects into the gameplay, this could very well be Blam!'s blockbuster.
Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4/5 Stars
Extras: 4/5 Stars
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