For the past few years, Eipix has slowly dug its way into the HOPA world. From a small studio with two releases a year, now a dominating developer with two games month! This could be a great thing, since Eipix is a highly-talented group of people who has developed countless acclaim-worthy adventures. But at the same time, this could very well backfire as they are quickly running out of ideas - as seen in this new Myths of the World installment.
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Name: Myths of the World: Island of Forgotten Evil Collector's Edition
Release Date: 19 August 2016
Developer: Eipix Entertainment
Before your uncle passed away, he left you an important artifact that has the power to unleash a deadly curse. You need to save the others who have been cursed, as well as yourself, before it's too late. The storyline in Myths of the World: Island of Forgotten Evil is far from original, and the backstory doesn't make it much more interesting either. Moreover, the game relies far too much on movies for story development; we're here to play, not to watch, right?
The visuals are Eipix's style epic. We were impressed by the quality of visual effects, the animations and the detailed artwork. If only the graphics would use less of the blue hue, the visuals would be pretty much flawless. Besides, the developer also did a fantastic job with the soundtracks. The game's music remains quiet most of the times, which builds up the suspenseful mood of the game well. During thrilling events, the music turns more dramatic, without overpowering what's happening on the screen.
Myths of the World: Island of Forgotten Evil struggles when it comes to the gameplay. The adventure is far too predictable, it is as if we have played this exact game before, but with different locations. Further, the game comes with a tedious gimmick, the Valor's Light, which prompts a tiring searching-style puzzle. The hidden objects are well-made, but nothing noteworthy. Similarly, the puzzles are somewhat challenging, but are not exactly innovative.
Nonetheless, we were entertained throughout the four hours of the main game, as well as the one-hour bonus chapter. The Collector's Edition is filled with bonus content, necessary or not; wallpapers, soundtracks, concept art, movies, achievements, collectibles, a strategy guide, replayable hidden objects, replayable puzzles and a souvenir room.
On one hand, Myths of the World: Island of Forgotten Evil is a smoothly-engineered adventure. On the other hand, the game is forgettable at best. Eipix should try to really invest their thoughts in building one five-star Myths of the World, instead of releasing two mediocre sequels in a span of two months.
Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 3/5 Stars
Originality: 2.5/5 Stars
Originality: 2.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 3.5/5 Stars
Extras: 4.5/5 Stars
In this series:
- Myths of the World: Chinese Healer
- Myths of the World: Stolen Spring
- Myths of the World: Spirit Wolf
- Myths of the World: Of Fiends and Fairies
- Myths of the World: Black Rose
- Myths of the World: The Heart of Desolation
- Myths of the World: The Whispering Marsh
- Myths of the World: Born of Clay and Fire