On your sister's birthday, she was kidnapped by cloaked figures right before your eyes! You must save her before the evil Luther uses her power to reincarnate himself and take over the world. With Call of the Ancestors, Reflections of Life takes us on another fantasy, magic-filled journey - but a relatively disappointing one.
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Name: Reflections of Life: Call of the Ancestors Collector's Edition
Release Date: 14 August 2016
Developer: GrandMA Studios
The Reflections of Life series has been terrific in the past, that's why we had high hopes for this installment. However, we knew right after the first few minutes of the game that this sequel wouldn't be as wonderful as its predecessors. Call of the Ancestors introduces an extremely cliche plot; a kidnapped sibling, cloaked evil guys and random magic powers. Thus, we didn't find the game to be very exciting nor particularly interesting.
The previous games in the series set such high standards for visuals in HOPAs. Unfortunately, the graphics in Call of the Ancestors fall below the standard of the series, as well as the standard of the genre in general. The colors in this game are very neon, which would be fine if the graphics are of exceptional quality. But when the graphics are often blurry like in this game, clashing colors make them look even less attractive. We were not necessarily impressed with the cutscenes either, we have definitely seen better from this developer. Audio wise, we had no issues whatsoever with the voice-overs, but found the music to be a little repetitive.
Reflections of Life: Call of the Ancestors sticks with the formula when it comes to the gameplay. Frequent HOPA players will find the adventure portion of the game fairly easy to complete. Regardless, it is undeniable that the game is extremely well put together - everything runs smoothly from start to finish, making a rather simple adventure a very enjoyable one. The game fares better with the hidden object scenes and the puzzles. The hidden object scenes offer a nice variety, are smartly-designed and can be somewhat challenging. The puzzles are not groundbreaking, but they are very entertaining nonetheless.
We spent just under four hours on the main game and another 50 minutes on the bonus chapter - a pretty standard length. The Collector's Edition provides its fair share of bonus content; a hidden chapter, a strategy guide, achievements, collectibles, wallpapers, soundtracks, movies, replayable hidden objects and replayable puzzles.
Simply put, Reflections of Life: Call of the Ancestors is just a very average game. It doesn't do anything completely wrong, but it doesn't cdo anything exceptional either. GrandMA Studios is far from showing their real capabilities with this release, better luck next time.
Graphics: 3.5/5 Stars
Sound: 3.5/5 Stars
Story: 3/5 Stars
Originality: 2.5/5 Stars
Originality: 2.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars