Summary: I decided to come back and play this original game before playing the new release in the series. I can honestly say that I wasn't disappointed that I did. HOURS of play, good Lord I lost track of the hours. After years of playing games of this type, I rate them by if I have to look for a walkthrough to figure it out. For me this is the #1 sign I've found a great game. PROS: -Graphics were beautiful and held up crystal clear on my large monitor.
Summary: Although the game probably does warrant a fifth star I stop at four because it was too difficult to play through without the walk through information. There should have been some hints to build on so you had an idea what to do next. As it was I'd get to an area and suddenly have no idea what to do to move on. After several times going through section after section I'd turn to the walk through and discover what to do next.
Summary: I thoroughly enjoyed this game. I agree with the gamezebo review that too much time was spent looking for objects (I didn't see the tip to hit the spacebar to illuminate all of the interactive objects until the game was over). However, the gamezebo review also criticized the puzzles for being too cryptic. I really really like it when the puzzles are bizarre. It took me a while to even figure out what the moving parts were on some of them.
Summary: Excellent graphics, compelling story, and music that draws you in. However, difficulty level is extremely high, and I used a walk-through more than I liked. I would rate it 5 stars but sometimes the puzzles and tasks to do were too obscure. Definitely not for the novice adventurer, but still a very well-done challenging adventure game. I bought it with no regrets.
Summary: No way in the world could I have gotten through this game without two complete walkthroughs and the Universal Hint System (great resource if some don't know of it - gives only 1 hint at a time). Even WITH those aids, still got frustrated and stopped playing for days at a time until I was ready to face it again. But worth it! Very unusual locations and interesting cut scenes. More like watching a movie at times.
Summary: Ugh, this game was way too hard. I'm sad there was no trial for this large file game; I had to pay for this game and then find out it was too difficult. This is not a casual game, but more like a hardcore adventure game. If you want to try and figure out what you're supposed to do next, without any hints or direction, then this is the game for you.
Summary: This game is just wonderful!! I loved it. The graphics are superb, the storyline is excellent and the overall gameplay wonderful. This is an absolute gem of a game and I was sad when I finished it. I really hope to see more of these types of games released.