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Awakening: The Redleaf Forest (Bigfishgames.com)

Queen Sophia’s journey to save her parents finally ends at Redleaf Forest. She has to destroy the evil Dreadmyre once and for all.

That’s it, the end of the Awakening series and it’s about time. In this game, you learn about the conflict between the centaurs and the dwarves. That’s right; you have to bring peace to two peoples in order to advance the plot. In the bonus story, you play an unknown nanny who takes care of Sophia’s kid.

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 games. You will have to play a mini-game in order to advance through the story and you will be backtracking throughout the game. If you’re stuck, use a hint.

This series was fun at first but now it’s past its prime. I give it 4 out of 10; glad it finally ended.

Save the Prince (Bigfishgames.com)

A young maid, Giselle, dreams of marrying the prince of Not-So-Far-Away Kingdom, who doesn’t even know she exists.  One day, an evil prince from a neighboring kingdom spots Giselle and mistakes her for a princess.  When the king and queen deny his request, he casts a spell on the castle.  Now it’s up to Giselle to save her one true love.

Yes, this is another cliché fairy tale storyline with the roles reversed.  Despite that, Giselle is just a stereotypical Disney Princess with no goals beyond finding a man.  This is supposed to be Giselle’s story when all she does is find dwarves and witches to do all the work for her.  I have to admit, I do like the design of the witch.  Usually, when video games design female characters that they never show the face of, they go out of their way to give the character stereotypical feminine traits to make up for it by designing her pink or giving her a bow (to learn more, watch Feminist Frequency’s video about the Ms. Male Character).  In this game, she has a loose-fitting blue robe and the only way you get the impression that she’s a woman is when the narrative calls her she.

The game play is similar to When in Rome.  You construct buildings, take their resources and fulfill tasks in order to complete each level.  If you complete the level before the time runs out, you get a star.  Unless you’re playing the game in untimed mode, then you get the star no matter how long you take.  You can also earn achievements as you play the game.

This game is simplistic yet addictive.  I give it 7 out of 10; what the game lacks in plot it more than makes up for in style.

Awakening: The Sunhook Spire (Bigfishgames.com)

After finding her parents in a cursed sleep, Queen Sophia sets out to find the Enchantress for a cure.  Along the way, she encounters treacherous mercenaries and must find her way through Sunhook Spire.

The plot is simple, Sophia has to navigate a treacherous land and save the Sunhook Spire from an evil wizard.  One thing I did like about this game is that instead of leaving Sophia as a princess with the excuse that since her parents are in a deep sleep she hasn’t truly earned the right to rule, they just promote her to queen.  The reason I liked this development is because too often when a franchise has royalty as the leader, there’s always an excuse about why they’re still a princess.

The game play is not all that different from the last games in the series.  You go around collecting items to add in your inventory.  Some items will require you to participate in hidden object scenes.  If you’re stuck, use a hint in the form of Sophia’s owl companion.  The collector’s edition includes extra bonus footage.

This game is beautiful yet boring.  I give it 3 out of 10; I wasn’t in a hidden object mood when I was playing it.

Princess Isabella: The Rise of an Heir (Bigfishgames.com)

The evil witch has turned Princess Isabella to stone.  Fortunately, her daughter, Bella, was spared due to a fairy and a dragon.  Now Bella must confront the evil witch and save her family from the curse once and for all.

Don’t worry, this is nothing like Twilight.  The only thing the two main characters have in common is that they have the same name.  The plot itself is quite simple.  You have a princess going after the evil witch to save her mother. 

The evil eye of Sauron, I mean the witch, watches over the castle to keep Bella from entering.  In one scene, where Bella’s about to enter the castle, instead of shooting Bella, the eye shoots the path in front of her so Bella can’t get past the fire.  Did I mention she easily puts it out with magic?  Therefore, our plot relies on the witch being cursed with Bond Villain Stupidity in order to make the game work.  The extra game footage found on the Collector’s Edition let’s you go from room to room destroying each curse in the castle and it would be great if the series ended there.  Unfortunately, there’s a hint that the series will continue and I don’t see what more it has to offer.  Everything’s been done and if the series continues, you’ll be trying to resurrect something that died.  The Jurassic Park movies are a great example of what happens when you try to continue something that’s already over.

The game play is simple but fun.  You travel from location to location solving puzzles and collecting items. 

Use the fairy if you’re stuck and use the dragon if you need an item destroyed.  Some items can be used to help you advance throughout the game.  Oh, and did I mention Bella could also learn spells during her quest?

This game is simplistic yet addictive.  I give it 5 out of 10; not the best, not the worst.

Awakening: The Skyward Castle (Bigfishgames.com)

After awakening from a long sleep, traveling through Moonfell Well, and seeking the Goblins’ aid, Princess Sophia finally discovers her home.  For some reason, the people have been turned to stone and a man named Dreadmyre threatens the safety of it.

Like the last games, Sophia has no powers and is reliant on her own skills and her magic companions.  In this one, it works to her advantage because Dreadmyre can’t harm her.  She also meets the many servants of the castle and discovers why her parents did what they did.

The game play is reliant on logic.  You have to find objects throughout the game and figure out which object would be put to better use in which scene.

If you’re stuck, you can use a hint.  You also have two companions in the form of a pocket dragon and a wise owl.

After this, you can play the epilogue to discover that the series isn’t over yet.  If you feel like shelling out extra money, you can get some bonus content.

This game is beautiful and fun.  I give it 8 out of 10, great artwork and a great game.

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