The Clockwork Man: Hidden World plays like more than just a simple sequel to the first game. Though the first game felt a bit shallow and misdirected, better design helps the sequel best the previous outing in every way. However, there are still flaws.
The story, voice acting and background are still marred by poor writing that once again can be skipped if you so choose. Completing the story mode took me three and half hours making it too short for my tastes. Once the story wraps up, you can play through each scene in free play mode.
This time around there are clear divisions between the hidden object, adventure and puzzle sections in the game and although each appears prominently, they are not balanced well. For example, the middle of the game puts you through back to back hidden object searches while the end contains a long series of puzzles. Fortunately the puzzles are fun and hints with cool down timers are available when you get stuck. No points or score let you move at your own pace.
Artwork plays an important role in adventure games and Hidden World trumps the first game in both style and detail. The hand drawn scenes are full of life with animated portions and objects that make sense in context. The scrolling scenes are not as difficult as they were before due to sparser foreground detail. Short music loops led me to hit mute on the first scene, but the sounds and ambiance are unobtrusive with high quality effects. I had to lean in and squint a few times due to a few microscopic items. The game runs at the 4:3 resolution of 1024 X 768 and will stretch if your monitor does not have an option to preserve the aspect ratio. For the full experience play both Clockwork games, but you wont miss much by only playing this one.
Recommended if you like the hidden object genre.
+ Decent story
+ Decent voice acting
+ Great artwork and sound
+ Objects make sense in context
+ Mixes gameplay styles
- Too short
- Bad writing
- Annoying music
- Poor balance of elements
- Some tiny objects
Přidáno: 20 prosince 2013