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Amaranthine Voyage: The Obsidian Book - Review

Professor Samantha Bennett has made a groundbreaking discovery when she found the Harmonium Extractor and a portal to another world! Unfortunately, the news traveled to Dr. Schroder, who wants to use the unstoppable energy of the Harmonum to help her gain access to the Book of Obsidian and destroy the universe. Can you stop her before it's the too late? The fate of the universe is in your hands!


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Name: Amaranthine Voyage: The Obsidian Book Collector's Edition
Release Date: 01 May 2015
Developer: Eipix Entertainment

Amaranthine Voyage is one of Eipix's very first franchises, and all the sequels in the series have been very consistent. The Obsidian Book tells another portal-travelling story, one that has been told far too many times. While the storyline might not be very thrilling, the interesting setting of the game makes it more interesting. The game starts with a winter-theme, with snow-covered mountains and the chilling breeze; later on, it launches into a magical fantasy world which finally, gives way to a modern NYC theme.

The art team at Eipix always excels at their work. Amaranthine Voyage: The Obsidian Book is a visual spectacular; all the locations are beautifully designed with high-quality special effects and gorgeous colors. At the same time, the cutscenes are breathtaking; accompanied by impressive animations and solid sound effects. As for the voice-overs, they are well-recorded and very pleasant to listen to.

All positives aside, we found the gameplay to be a little bit tedious. The adventure part of the game is so predictable and easy with nothing that we have not seen before. There is one special feature though, which is the Harmonium Collector, a magical tool which helps you perform tasks. Still, the device alone was not enough to keep us intrigued all the way through.

Anyway, we did enjoy the hidden object scenes and the puzzles. There are not a lot of hidden object scenes featured in the game, but all of them are innovative and extremely entertaining. Those who do not enjoy searching for objects can also switch to the Bubble-Shooter mode. Moreover, the puzzles are creative and well-integrated into the storyline - although they seem easier than those in the previous installments.

The Collector's Edition of Amaranthine Voyage: The Obsidian Book is definitely worth a look, it includes all the standard features as well as the wonderful extras from Eipix. The length is also a no-worry, as the main game and the bonus chapter together took us over 5 hours to complete.

Although the gameplay and the plot might not be revolutionary, Amaranthine Voyage: The Obsidian Book is certainly wrapped in a very attractive package.

Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars

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