On a stormy night twenty years ago, your parents vanished during their journey on the Everlast cruise ship. But now that the Everlast suddenly reappear at the port, along with that strange storm - you need to set sail and get to the bottom of this supernatural mystery!
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Name: Rite of Passage: The Lost Tides Collector's Edition
Release Date: 03 May 2015
Developer: Mad Head Games
The Lost Tides opens with a dramatic interactive action sequence, which we really enjoyed. Unfortunately, the storyline in the rest of the game is not as exciting as the opening has promised. Still, we appreciate the creative take on the otherwise-familiar-theme and we also really like the characters in the game; each of them plays quite a major role in the game, which makes them more interesting and more memorable.
The gameplay in The Lost Tides is not the best we have seen from Mad Head Games. The majority of the adventure part offers very little challenge - the tasks are the same-old and basically there is nothing that makes this game stand out. The game featured one extra feature, The Compass. This magical compass can be used to dispel dark energy in random places, it wobbles around when there is an active area. It is not a bad idea, but it turns out very gimmicky - does not make the game any more entertaining whatsoever.
Luckily, the hidden object scenes are quite impressive. These scenes come in various formats, some of them we have not seen before - and they do offer some cool twists and a satisfying level of challenge. On the other hand, we are on the fence about the puzzles. While we love those story-driven ones in the game, many of the puzzles are not very innovative, and quite straightforward.
Despite those critiques, we were stunned by the visuals and audio. All locations in the game are extremely beautiful, especially those outdoor scenes. Besides, the soundtracks are orchestral - indeed very epic. We also found the Mermaid song to be very pleasant; great vocal, fitting lyrics and suitably haunting melody.
The main game took us around 4 hours to complete, and the bonus chapter took us another hour. The game could have been longer, but 5 hours of entertaining is not disappointing either. As usual with games from Mad Head, the Collector's Edition is filled with extras. Apart from the usual gallery items, there are also exclusive hidden object scenes and mini-games you can enjoy after the game.
Rite of Passage: The Lost Tides is not be Mad Head's masterpiece, but it is an amazing HOPA nonetheless. If you enjoy a dark fantasy storyline with gorgeous graphics and a fine gameplay - then The Lost Tides is certainly worth trying.
Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 5/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4/5 Stars