Oh well, here we go - another installment to the tiresome Spirits of Mystery series. Princess Adele was forced by her father to marry the ever-so-evil Isa; and you, as her best friend, need to stop it from happening before Adele falls into Isa's deadly plans.
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Name: Spirits of Mystery: Chains of Promise Collector's Edition
Release Date: 15 August 2015
Developer: ERS Game Studios
We honestly can't tell how many princesses we have saved from marrying their undesirable partners, and the story in Chains of Promise does not really go much further than that. Luckily, to save us from the boring story, the game is set in a beautiful, lovely and magical fantasy world. The visual quality is great - with ERS-G's signature artwork and bright colors. The soundtracks fit well with the fantasy theme, although they can be arguably repetitive at times. In addition, we were also not impressed by the voice-overs, many of the character's voices sound frustratingly robotic.
On one hand, Chains of Promise has a well-executed gameplay with all the standard features tuned to their finest qualities. On the other hand, there is really nothing unique about the gameplay. The challenge level is pretty low in Chains of Promise, especially during the adventure section of the game. The hidden object scenes are not much better, they are extremely mundane and even with their awesome visuals, can be quite boring. The puzzles are probably the strongest aspect in Chains of Promise, they come in a variety of different formats and some of them are actually challenging.
Chains of Promise also has one gimmick in the gameplay, which is the so-called magic mirror. The mirror was used only six or seven times during our session, each time it launched a mini Gargoyle-searching scene; not an outstanding extra feature, but not an annoying one either.
As for the length, Chains of Promise has a pretty standard 4-hour length, and an hour of the bonus chapter. The Collector's Edition includes a strategy guide, wallpapers, concept art, screensavers, soundtracks, replayable hidden objects, replayable mini-games, achievements and collectibles.
Spirits of Mystery: Chains of Promise is not a terrible game by any means, but it could definitely be too easy and too familiar for constant HOPA players.
Graphics: 4/5 Stars
Sound: 3.5/5 Stars
Story: 3/5 Stars
Originality: 3/5 Stars
Originality: 3/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 3/5 StarsExtras: 3.5/5 Stars