In the 1930s, Lars McCordan built a secret library to keep all of the fine literature he has collected over the years. These literature are rumored to contain dangerous secrets that could endanger people's lives when fall into the wrong hands. Now that the estate's new owner has asked for your help in finding and unlocking this secret library, can survive all the booby traps and unravel the worlds of books?
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Name: Sable Maze: Sinister Knowledge Collector's Edition
Release Date: 9 September 2016
Developer: Daily Magic Productions
The Sable Maze franchise has always struggled to find its identity - whether it's trying to be a horror franchise, a dark fantasy franchise or just a traditional fantasy franchise, we are not quite sure. With Sinister Knowledge, we figured that we could care less which theme the game is trying to take and it would be best to just review the game based on its standalone quality.
Sable Maze: Sinister Knowledge has a great premise - a game for book lovers, how exciting does that sound? Unfortunately, the game ends up being just another HOPA game with a recycled storyline. Instead of tackling the "book" theme seriously, the game has you explore four portals; fantasy, mystery, horror and adventure. Not only does the plot feels disjointed, it almost feels pointless.
Regardless, Sable Maze: Sinister Knowledge did many things right. Firstly, the art team did a terrific job with the visuals in this sequel. The scenes are beautifully painted with lush colors and amazingly drawn with gorgeous details - we couldn't have asked for more. Besides, the audio department also excelled at composing ear-pleasing tunes that fit perfectly with the game.
Gameplay wise, Sable Maze: Sinister Knowledge does not disappoint. Sure, the gameplay is neither groundbreaking nor particularly exhilarating, but it is not downright predictable either. Hardcore HOPA fans will find the difficulty of this game to be right up your alley; not too simple and not too complex. We also enjoyed the balance between the mini-games and the hidden object scenes in Sinister Knowledge. While both aspects are, again, not revolutionary - they are well-crafted and entertaining enough to propel us through the game.
Sable Maze: Sinister Knowledge took us the full four hours to complete, and the solid Bonus Chapter took us another 50 minutes. The Collector's Edition comes with some neat extras as well; a strategy guide, wallpapers, concept art, developer diary, morphing objects, screensavers, soundtracks, collectibles, achievements and Tome-Maze puzzles.
To conclude, Sable Maze: Sinister Knowledge is an impressive addition to the best-selling series. The storyline is a little disappointing, but the production is guaranteed to blow your mind away.
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 2.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 3.5/5 Stars
Extras: 4/5 Stars