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Christmas Stories-Gift of the Magi Beta Test

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When an evil spirit captures Oliver’s sister, it’s up to him to fill a magical amulet up with three good deeds to save her.  Can Oliver succeed, or will the spirit capture him as well.

The plot is your basic rescue the damsel in distress with the short story, Gift of the Magi, thrown in.  You guessed it; the first good deed is helping the couple.  Fortunately, the couple already sold their most valuable possessions to get each other gifts for Christmas.  Instead, the couple finds themselves in deep debt and you have to get them the money to fix it.

The game play is hidden object, with you going around collecting items for your inventory.  Sometimes, you have to play hidden object games in order to get one item.  If you’re stuck, use a hint.  The map is also there to guide you and believe me when I say that you’ll have to do plenty of backtracking.  This game also comes with a little helper elf who will assist you throughout the game.

This game is entertaining and still keeps the meaning of Gift of the Magi while still allowing you to help the poor couple.  I might buy the game when it comes out.

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Princess of Ruin Preview (Unbrokenhours.com)

This trailer is for the very first commercial game by Unbroken Hours that I was lucky enough to beta test!  When a stranger, Xallaun, saves a young girl, Raissa, from a prison, she has no idea who she is.  With her is Kione, a mysterious fire wizard, and Cyraen, an enigmatic boy with a doll he always carries around.

All they know is that they’re trapped in the ruins of a castle that two of them, Raissa and Kione, feel the urge to protect with their life while Cyraen feels the same urge for his doll.  Can Raissa, Kione and Cyraen get their memories back?  What’s the story behind the mysterious castle?  How does Xallaun fit into all this?  Find out when Unbroken Hours releases Princess of Ruin.

Worlds Apart: The Descent Beta Test

When your stepfather falls ill, it’s up to you to travel to the mystical world of Terra. Can you find a cure for him and uncover this world’s secrets?

Before we get to the review, I need to make an announcement. From now on, I’ll only be posting once a week and on Wednesdays. I recently started writing and I want to spend more time on that. Right now, I’m only working on fanfiction but I’m confident that, eventually, I’ll move up to original work.

From what I saw of the plot, it definitely looks intriguing. The game play is your typical hidden object. You go from place to place collecting items for your inventory. Some items require you to participate in a hidden object scene in order for you to collect them. You need to use these items in order to advance throughout the story. If you’re stuck, use a hint.

This game is intriguing but not really addictive. I might buy the full version.

Off the Record: The Art of Deception Beta Test

When a lost masterpiece resurfaces in Austria, a young artist named Lisa Steiner is put in charge of restoring it. When a reporter arrives to interview her, Lisa disappears without a trace? Perhaps there is something much darker going on than anyone realized.

That’s right, Big Fish Games sent me another beta test. I can’t say much about the plot except that there’s a huge conspiracy going on that you find yourself caught in the middle of. This is also a sequel to another game that I have not had the chance to play. The surprising thing is that I had no trouble understanding this game.

The game play is your typical hidden object. You go from scene to scene collecting items for your inventory. Some items will require you to take part in hidden object scenes. You can also play mini-games in order to advance throughout the story. If you’re stuck, use a hint.

This game is addictive and intriguing. I’m definitely buying the full game when it comes out.

Dark Realm: Queen of the Flame Beta Test

When mystical creatures invade town, only a blacksmith’s daughter manages to escape. It’s up to her to find a way to drive these creatures out once and for all.

That’s right, I got another beta test emailed to me. I can’t really say very much about the plot. I will say that, from what I’ve seen, I’m very intrigued. I’m wondering what’s going to happen to the main character and how this will all be set right.
The game play is that of your typical hidden object. You go from scene to scene collecting items for your inventory. You can use these items to advance throughout the game. If you’re lost, use the map to find out where you should go. The hidden object scenes play out like the ones in Cadenza where you collect the item behind the listed object. If you’re stuck, use a hint.

Both the storyline and the game play are intriguing. I’m definitely buying this game when it comes out.

Cadenza: Music, Betrayal and Death (Bigfishgames.com)


When a famous musician returns from the dead, he uses the power of music to paralyze the other members of his former band, the Dixie Peppers. Can you stop him and reverse the effects before everyone dies from malnutrition?

For those of you who subscribed to my blog, you already know that I reviewed the beta test. Now I’m going to review the whole game. This game takes place in the 1960s and the retro style shows, very well.

Not only that, but you get to see the history of a former fictional band. All I can say is that seeing it made me question the sanity of one of the members. There’s also a twist at the end that I can’t reveal to you but I will say that it’s either intriguing or disappointing, depending on your perspective. This is also a case where, instead of the villain just killing everyone that gets in his way in the most efficient manner possible, he uses methods that are so slow that the hero manages to escape.

This is a unique take on hidden object games. You go from scene to scene collecting items for your inventory. Some items require you to take part in hidden object scenes. I know that doesn’t sound any different from previous hidden object games I’ve reviewed but, in some of them, it’s not really collecting objects. It’s more moving them out of the way to collect fragments of the item you need.

In some scenes, you alternate between moving objects out of the way to collect notes and assembling them in order to get to the one item you need. You can also play mini-games and collect a note in every scene. If you’re stuck, use a hint. The map will help you get you where you need to go.

This game is retro and addictive. I give it 7 out of 10; a cool take on 1960s nightclubs.

Cadenza: Music, Betrayal and Death Beta Test

When a young woman visits her father at the Jazz Pepper Club, she finds everyone inside paralyzed.  Can she fix this before they die of thirst?

The game takes place in the 1960s and is about a former band with a dark secret.  So far, the plot seems to have some supernatural elements.  This being a beta test, I can’t really go in depth about it but I will say that I love the scenery.  Of course, that might be because I have a soft spot for retro.

The game play is your typical hidden object.  You go from scene to scene collecting items for your inventory.  You can use them in certain locations in order to advance throughout the game.  The main character will record her thoughts and objectives in her journal from time to time.  If you’re stuck, use a hint.

This game is addictive and intriguing.  I definitely plan on buying the full version.

Silent Nights: Children’s Orchestra Beta Test

What was supposed to be a night of a mother watching her children perform in a concert turns into a race against time to save them from a kidnapper.  Can the mother save her children from certain doom?

There’s actually more to the plot like science experiments and the magic of music.  Since this is just a beta test, I can’t really say a whole lot about it.  What I can say is that the plot was so intriguing that I didn’t want the game to end prematurely.

This is your typical hidden object game.  You go from scene to scene collecting items to add to your inventory.  Some items require you to participate in a hidden object sequence.  You will have to use the items you gather to advance throughout the game.  If you’re stuck, use a hint.  You can also use the map to go to various locations you already discovered.  Like Dark Parables, you can also collect items that serve no purpose other than discovering the story little by little.  The only original aspect about this game is that you can collect music notes to conquer various obstacles throughout the game.

This game is addictive and intriguing.  I will definitely purchase the full version.

Grim Facade: The Cost of Jealousy Beta Test

Grim Facade 3 - The Cost of Jealousy [BETA Version]

A grieving widow asks you to solve her husband’s murder.  It seems like a simple case until you delve deeper into their lives.

When I played this beta test, I had no idea that this game was the third in a series.  That’s how easy the story was for me to follow.  While you progress, you learn new things about your case.  You even start to wonder if the woman who asked for your help is as innocent as she seems.

During the game, you search the scenes for various items.  Some will have you play a hidden object game.  If you want hints, you have to find fans located throughout the city.  You also have to pay for some objects at a shop, but there are coins hidden all over the place.

This game seems very intriguing.  I would definitely get the full version.

Zodiac Prophecies: The Serpent Bearer Beta Test

A young ghostly girl appears in your home.  Her message, save a world you didn’t even know existed as the serpent bearer.  Can you do what she asks before the dark force swallows the mysterious kingdom?

The story does have that mystical fantasy approach that I usually love.  It also has some mystery.  At the end, it leaves you hanging.

The game play is your basic point and click.  You find objects, add them to your inventory, and use them in certain locations.  You will have to backtrack quite a bit but you have a map to help you.  The further you progress, the more the protagonist writes in her journal.  You have an unlimited number of hints you can use if you’re stuck.

The plot’s a little cliché and the game play’s somewhat boring.  I have no interest in getting the full game.

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