As a leading expert on harmonium, you were asked by Professor Samantha Bennett to come to her research center to cure an alien man from another world! You soon discovered that there are mysterious dark harmonium forces lurking in the parallel world, and now that they have slowly leaked into our world - you need to stop them before it is too late.
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Name: Amaranthine Voyage: The Orb of Purity Collector's Edition
Release Date: 2 October 2015
Developer: Eipix Entertainment
Once again, we enter the fantasy world of Amaranthine Voyage and this time, we are on our journey to save the world from being threatened by dark harmonium forces. This saving-the-world type of storyline is definitely not at all unique, but that doesn't really bother us compared to how disjointed the storyline in The Orb of Purity is. There were many moments in the game that we felt confused by plot-points that are disconnected, illogical and even somewhat contradictory.
Moreover, Amaranthine Voyage 5 comes with a predictable gameplay. The adventure portion of the game should be a no-brainer for all of those who are familiar with HOPAs from Eipix - it involves a lot of running back and forth as well as a handful of same-old tasks. We also felt a little underwhelmed by the puzzles, we know what Eipix is capable of, and the puzzles in this game just don't live up toEipix's usual high standard. Many of the puzzles are overly-simple, and those that are more complex feel very tedious and boring. The hidden object scenes are better, all of them are very interactive and they come in a nice variety of formats.
Luckily, the art team is here to save this game rolling down the hill. As expected, Eipix delivers some excellent visuals. All of the locations in The Orb of Purity are worthy of being desktop wallpapers; we enjoyed the bright colors and the majestic look of many of the scenes. Unfortunately, the animations were not done as good this time around. The character movements seem stiff, and the lip-syncing along with the character's facial expressions are extremely tragic.
Those who purchase the Collector's Edition can expect the bonus section to be loaded with good extras; including, but not limited to gallery items, replayable hidden object scenes and mini-games, bonus bubble-shooter and a souvenir hunt.
Due to its formulaic gameplay and silly storyline, Amaranthine Voyage: The Orb of Purity is far from perfect. Still, you will be able to enjoy the spectacular visuals and the heavy-loaded extras.
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 4/5 Stars
Story: 2.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars