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Haven Review: The World To The West

Haven Reviews: The World to the West

A fantastic adventure with four fabulous heroes, whom brings unique skills and personalities to the table. Clonington is a big hunk of muscles an unrivaled force of nature, whom strong-arm his way through boulders and beast alike.

He’s joined by the timid but brave kid whom can dig circles around his enemies while, skating across ice and lobbing dynamite at foul fiends. While the mesmerizing mercenary, dazzles her enemies with a scarf and fancy goggles, forcing them to do her bidding.

At lastly we’ve got the electric red haired teslamancer, whom can dart around the place like a bolt of lightning and much much more. Each hero is needed to complete the game and to unlock the secrets of The world to the West. Believe me it is not an easy feat, with puzzles and dangers around very twist and turn. Unlike Teslagrad, the Unity physics are less pronounced and much more solid. In turn this makes the game a lot more easy going and accessible to virtually anyone. Not to mention that the controls are fully customization, for both the gamepad and the keyboard.

Especially the monsters and colorful people inhabiting the world makes the whole experience so much more engaging. Unlike Teslagrad, which The world to the west is a sequel of, there is a lot of dialogue, that carry the story in interesting directions, with some quirky plot twists on top of it all.

The sound effects are fantastic and fits the game exceedingly well. The same can be said for the fitting music. Unless you’re struggling with that one mecha boss in the cave. That one track is rather rubbish I dare say and drove me nutters. However that is the only negative thing I can comment on, when it comes to the lovely score. Naturally the music in The World to the west can be bought separately as well, which is quite nice indeed. 

The World to the West is also littered with hidden treasure chests which require the characters unique skills to nab and grab those shiny bits. Which can be used to buy various knickknacks , from a seller in a shady pub.

Graphically the game delivers a wonderfully crafted art direction. With a lot of animations for such a stylistic game.All the Steam Achievements are linked to the secret lore scrolls within the game, making it tricky for those that likes to collect them. That being said World to the West is one of the few games that has sensible ones. After all completing a chapter is not that special in the long run. Which is way too common these days. All in all a very nicely presented package, which carries it’s inspiration on its sleeves and does something new and exiting with it. 

The price point is quite satisfactory as well, not to mention it can be bought on the Nintendo switch. I’ve not tried that port so I can’t say anything other than it makes for a lovely on the go title, with the system. Especially when sitting on a plane or a train.

Njål Sand

Haven Review: Mysterious castle

     Mysterious Castle is an “escape the room” game, where players are given a room to hunt down different keys and components to unlock a door and exit. Essentially it’s a glorified Eye Spy game. You must click on various things in the room, such as pictures and pillows to uncover the way to open the door. Mysterious Castle isn’t even a descent one of these.

With it’s poor interface, buggy mechanics, and lousy graphics everything is just kinda lost. You can try and parse through the puzzles and click on the things you think will contain keys, but that is definitely not the most efficient way to accomplish things. Where exactly you need to click on things to access them is so finicky, You could either waste a ton of time clicking on something and it doing absolutely nothing, or clicking somewhere completely different trying to access another part of the room and end up in the place you were trying to get to earlier. It’s best to randomly click until you’ve solved the level. The sound design of the game may be even worse than the game design.

Every time you click on anything it makes this really irritating pinging noise. Given you have to click on a lot of things this becomes a constant to the game. After the first minute of playing I was forced to completely turn the sound off. Occasionally, and by that I mean rarely the game will try to do point-and-click adventure style puzzles, but these never consist of anything more than Combine hammer head with hammer stick to create hammer. It’s almost insulting to call anything this game has a puzzle.

On top of that this game reuses the same puzzles again and again. Every room, has a number lock in it. Part of solving the lock is to locate all the numbers. It gets so repetitive having to remember all the numbers scattered around the room and input them into the shitty lock, time after time. Once instead of (or possibly in addition to) numbers they use card symbols. So I thought the game was going to mix up what I had to input and make it more and more interesting. But, no such luck. They immediately drop that idea and return to the numbers.

Luckily this game is pretty short. There are only ten levels to complete. Well, only nine for me. The ninth level consists of two puzzles.

One where you flip tiles around to create a picture and the other a picture of a rainbow and a bunch of scrabble tiles. You needed to spell out a word or something that had to do with rainbows. However, Every time I tried to put something in the scrabble pieces would either get stuck in their slot and not come out. Regardless of what piece I put into a slot they’d get stuck.

Clicking on them caused them to turn a funny angle and glitch through the slot they were in. The other thing that would happen is that a slot would become unavailable. No matter what I did, I wasn’t able to put anything into a particular slot, forcing the puzzle to become unsolvable. I determined that this was a fitting end to this game and decided to quit.

MC

Haven Review: Adam Wolfe

The Adam Wolfe game was intriguing. Developers were knowledgeable and planned the game out well.  To start, when first opening the game one knows immediately that it’s a mystery type game. The colors, back ground, decor, and Adam Wolfe himself (star of the game) shows it to be a mystery.  The advice on using headphones is a definite. Adam Wolfe opens up by stating he is an investigator of the super natural. He lost his sister Alley several years earlier and has been searching for her.  Immediately you know this is one of the achievements to be completed….to find his sister.

During the game several characters are introduced and are keys in helping to solve the mystery.  The game pulls you into the drama that unfolds in hoping to find answers and solutions to the end results….finding Alley.  There’s lots of obstacles to overcome and to find.  Some are easy, others are not.

There are four sections to complete before you reach the end.  All four sections have multiple puzzles to complete before you reach the end.  What I found, was the puzzles continued to improve with each section.  In the first section, I noticed some of the puzzles were not very instrumental in explanations as to what the player is supposed to do in completing them.  Took a few minutes to figure out there was actually a tutorial which I personally did not know was there till midway through the first section.  Once I learned of the tutorial it was easier to understand what each puzzle was about and there were also solutions to the more difficult ones.  I do feel it would be beneficial to add this to the opening of each game so players know where to find help if they need it.

The second section was similar but much improved on how to solve and complete the puzzles.  I really enjoyed the seek and find items.  some items were in different colors and it took me a few moments to figure out why.  Example of this would be hammer in red, vase in red, and other object words like ball in white.  The red meant to take the hammer, break open the vase and grab the object (ball) inside which one could not find.  Please understand I don’t exactly remember what the object inside was so the ball is just an example. You’ll need to play the game your self and find out.

The third and fourth part of the game had improved significantly on understanding the puzzles.  What I found different from most puzzles was the fact this particular one had you getting into a zodiac and diving under the water by the Golden gate bridge.  I’ve never had a puzzle do that before.  Being an old diver myself, I really enjoyed that.  The only puzzles I did not find appealing, at least for me, was the fights.  It was not well received as I had no idea what I was supposed to do.  there was a bar on top the screen with a fist.  The assailant had me pinned and I had to keep hitting the button and keeping it above a certain point to win.  I actually went to the help screen to figure out what I was supposed to do but it was not very specific so after about ten minutes of pushing the button I was finally out of that mess.  I do feel this needs to be addressed along with one other things (next paragraph) and the game will be perfect.

After completing all the sections I was looking forward to seeing Adam reunited with his Sister Alley.  Instead, Adam was stuck inside an hour glass (which had to be broken to break the cycle) with no way to break it!  His Sister kept apologizing as she was “tricked” into saying his name which was supposedly his demise.  The ending was not what I expected.  More or less a cliff hanger.  After finally completing all those sections I felt the ending should of been better.  It would of been nice to put the demons in their place, rescue the sister and be reunited.  Perhaps Adams little sister, after being taken by these demons and forced to be part of their world when she obviously wanted nothing to do with them, could of been beneficial to Adam in future games.  She could of been a big help to Adam in his supernatural detective work.  Instead all we see is Adam dying in an hour glass, an upset sister apologizing for putting him there, and all his detective friends racing in.  Was he rescued or not?  Are they reunited or not?  Think the story needs a better ending.  Other then that I thought it was a very good game.

-Kathryn Clatworthy