Most casual gamers like to jump right into a game, but in But to Paint a Universe, you really have to listen to the prologue that leads up to the game. The game developer is Marten Jonsson, an indie game designer from Sweden, and this story definitely takes its cues from Nordic folklore. As the tale goes, a monster from the forest came out one night, and stole all the colours from the sky. Seeing as I live in the country in NW Florida, the only colours I see are the whites of the stars, the black of the night, and occasionally, the reflections town on a cloudy night. Clearly the colours this monster stole was the aurora borealis. Later on in the story, the monster goes back into the forest, and a little girl steals the bag of night sky colours from him, and puts the sky back together, but there are some pieces missing, and that is where the game begins.
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We have seen some movies about characters from parallel worlds coming to our own before, but this the first one to use the classic animated fairytale world. Sure there was The Purple Rose of Cairo, back in the 80s which featured an adventurer from a 1930s movie serial, and a similar mini-series, The Tenth Kingdom, brought characters from a fairytale land to New York, as what has happened in Enchanted. Even Tin Man brought people over from Oz to collect the story’s main protagonist. Those two stories were far more serious and a bit more mature than this one. Hey, it’s a Disney family movie, and it brings the two classic Disney formulas together beautifully!
Playrix just keeps getting better and better with these undersea trips, except that in Aquascapes, the underwater adventure is not your typical hidden object mystery. We are building high end aquariums and populating them with happy fish, both mundane and exotic. We earn upgrades by playing hidden object puzzles, and earning coins to buy new decorations and pets, along with other accessories for our fishbowls.
Also, a sneaky little thing they do is get you to collect shells, and you might be tempted to click on just the scallop shells, but the shells can take any more, conch shells, snail shells, and even the text “shell” spelled out om some wood. Those shells are great to collect, because you can buy even better stuff with them. You know you’ve made a hit with the fish when little hearts float about them when you place a new plant or decoration down, and they love the food you give them.
From the mysterious and macabre world of 19th Century France to the modern day corporate world of the business of pharma and fitness, we are going to lighten things up with Fitness Bustle: Energy Boost! As with the modern day world of GMOs and quick fixes in the forms of pills and energy bars, we are going to be a little more wise to the ways of old fashioned work outs in a high energy environment.
When Daisy and her friend run into a salesman trying to push Gristleman’s Energy Pills on them while jogging in the park one day, and they see how worn down the young man is, Daisy’s friend says that she had tried the pills, too. She just felt worn down after using them. (GMO corn additives, anyone?) As they go further along, they find a local gym for sale, and soon, Daisy opens up the gym, and suddenly, everyone is curious to see if real exercise is better than Gristleman’s pills, and then starts the crazy train.
I saw a modern day movie adaptation of The Masque of the Red Death back in the early 90s, and this game is far better than that movie. When it comes to Poe’s stories, no one brings them to life like ERS Games. With every new story they take on, the graphics get more streamlined, and the gameplay gets better. Also, there is more focus on the hidden object part of the game than constantly looking for logic puzzles to unlock things.
We have a new mystery to solve, our dashing and brilliant companion, Inspector Dauphin, is with us again, and now we are hunting down a vigilante that is taking down corrupt government officials in 19th Century France. The whole of the game has a smoother feel, as the animations are more fluid, and the choppiness that was commonly seen in older ERS games is gone. We have don’t really know whom the true villain is in this case. Is it the cloaked figure in red masque, or the town politicians that are taxing their constituents dry? Murder is murder, but the slower blood-letting of financial drain can be just as macabre, as it brings on a suffering that cannot be taken out quickly, as one would to kill someone with a quick slash of a sword or piercing of a bullet.