Summer | Added on: March 22, 2013
Number one issue here is this is WAY too short. 3 mirror "worlds" then the final and your done. About 2 hours or so. This type of hidden object game is often referred to as a "FROG", or fragmented object game. I don't really like those very much, but again, just when I was finally getting the hang of it, it was over. Be sure to look for mirror pieces as you go, but then they will twinkle at you anyway, so unless you are hurrying you won't miss many. Something that almost tripped me up- when the hummingbird says he "gave" you the code, there is nothing to take, and you wont see it unless you open the journal. It repeats the story/objectives basically, but I kept forgetting to look at it, and never did look again after I got the code from the journal. Other than for that part, you never actually need to open it. Its very linear, and pretty much tells you what to do at each step, so there's not any real challenge except the hidden object scenes, which range from simply to a little tricky. You can skip the mini games quickly if you have the fastest skip setting on, and the hint will come back quickly, although it isn't always helpful. It told me to go on the train at one point, and then when I got on the train it told me to get back off. Actually I had forgotten to use something in inventory, but it wasn't related to the train. Hints work fine in the HO scenes. Plot is very weak, just the mirror taunting you, and you fixing up worlds that are populated with one animal who speaks English but are otherwise clueless and helpless. Until the final one, who knows everything but is unable to do anything. *shrug* The main character never really reacts to the mirror or her brother, but does stop to admire nature. For some reason the main character seems invulnerable and doesn't really care about the whole thing, so its hard for the user to care too much about the plot, which is a huge change from the original. I really got into the original and found it a powerful story and thriller. This time its just "Again? Ok. I know how this works. Just ignore the mirror behind the curtain..." There's nothing actually scary or eerie here, and the transporter effects are sort of cartoonish. So while the playability is fine, the plot is more window dressing to set up a few more HO scenes than anything else. I whiled away two hours with it, but I felt sort of ripped off and insulted by the time I finished rather than satisfied. Glad I didn't buy this, but ok for funpass.