The king summoned you, the renowned alchemist, to help look into the murder of his most trusted friend. Use your shapeshifting ability to explore the fantasy landscapes and investigate this dark and twisted case in the latest installment of the Queen's Quest series.
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Name: Queen's Quest 2: Stories of Forgotten Past Collector's Edition
Release Date: 21 September 2016
Developer: Brave Giant Studios
Before you think that Queen's Quest 2: Stories of Forgotten Past is just another same-old fantasy game, let us assure you that it is certainly not. While the environment might feel familiar and the story might not be the most original, Queen's Quest 2 is undeniably creative. The shapeshifting ability has been used several times before in various HOPA games, but none of them took it as literal as Queen's Quest 2 does. This game has you shapeshifts into a range of creatures - from a bird to a snail - and view the world in their perspective.
Shapeshifting is indeed quite entertaining, what's not so fun is the Alchemist Box. Before the transformation, you need to complete a tedious and confusing potion-brewing task in the Alchemist Box. We applaud Brave Giant for taking risks with all these fresh features in this game, but maybe just make the Alchemist Box more simple next time round.
Apart from the things mentioned, Queen's Quest 2: Stories of Forgotten Past is also an eye candy. The immersive atmosphere, the wonderful visuals and the beautiful scores really plunged us deep into this wild fantasy world. Queen's Quest 2 has everything fantasy fans will love, well done Brave Giant!
No games are perfect, and Queen's Quest 2: Stories of Forgotten Past still has a long way to go. Apart from the Alchemist Box mentioned, this game is a no-brainer. The adventure, the hidden object scenes and the mini-games are all fairly straightforward and easy to solve. This doesn't change the fact that Queen's Quest 2 is one exciting adventure though, we just wish it could have been more challenging.
We completed Queen's Quest 2: Stories of Forgotten Past within 3 hours and 40 minutes, slightly shorter than the standard. Regardless, the Collector's Edition is still packed with features; a bonus chapter, a strategy guide, wallpapers, concept art, soundtracks, replayable hidden objects, replayable mini-games, achievements, collectibles and Fairytale Character Biographies.
Queen's Quest 2: Stories of Forgotten Past is a pleasant surprise. Excuse the lack of challenge, the game is stunning to look at and fascinating to play - the perfect complement.
Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4/5 Stars
Extras: 4.5/5 Stars