So... it's a bit hard for me to actually choose between recommending this game or not... but I will do my best to talk about it and explain my reasons.
This game, if you couldn't tell already, is a point and click game, and if you like that kind of game you might enjoy this somewhat.
There are a few different ways of interacting with things, perhaps this isn't the best way to explain it but you'll get what I mean in a minute, some of these make sense, other don't make any.
When you can examine something a magnifying glass icon will appear, this usually zooms in on the object or makes your character "say" something (which appears written on top of the screen). Hand icon you usually take or grab items (when "grabbing" you don't take them but can use them to interact with other items). These are the interactions that make sense, and little minigames where you solve puzzles to open a secret lock or something, that makes sense too.
What doesn't make sense is that throughout the game you will encounter a type of minigame that's just stupid in context, it's one of those "screens full of garbage" and that you have to find a certain amount of items. This doesn't make sense for a lot of reasons: Firstly, the purpose of finding all of those items is so that you get ONE of those items to use, for example, if you need a handle, you can find the handle in the minigame but you still have to find a whale, a box of crayons, a fedora, 3 lollypops, etc. JUST to get to keep the handle.
Also worse than that, some items aren't even there, you have to "make" them. An example of this is in a part where you need a "Dotted tie"... however the only tie there is 1 solid color... what do you have to do? Grab a crayon and click the tie, you will then draw dots on the tie and THEN you can get it. I know it's supposed to entertain the player a bit but it's just stupid! Specially most of those item combinations! Oh yeah, and many of the items you need aren't even items, they can be drawings or something like that... so yeah...
However, if you don't want to do that minigame and look for everything you can do a domino game instead, there will be a big grid with some 2x2 trees scattered about, when you get a domino piece to touch one of them it's the same as finding an item in the other minigame. You get 3 dominoes and you can flip them however you like. There is also a handle on the left that changes the 3 dominoes you have in case you can't use them or want something different.
Any combination of finding objects or playing the dominoes is fine, nothing changes really.
You cannot combine items in your inventory also, so don't worry about that.
My biggest issue with this game however is that it is very very linear, and if that wasn't enough, you even have a map that always tells you where you should go next, sure, if you have a good memory you don't even need that map, but it still looks a bit too much hand-holding (although you only open the map if and when you want it).
Another thing that makes the game much worse is the voice acting, SERIOUSLY! Specially the protagonist, she looks like she has no emotion, a monster can appear right in front of her face and she's all like "Oh, what is this?" like she doesn't even care.
On the aesthetic side, the game is actually quite well drawn and animated, there's a thing here or there but in general the looks of everything really fit well with each other and are gorgeous... HOWEVER! This is not the case for when someone talks to you!
Even though the characters look very well made (could be better in some cases but still), when they start talking it's just horrible and makes you want to look the other way, the ONLY thing that moves is the mouth, they don't even blink unless it's part of a cinematic speech, just the mouth moves and on top of that the mouth only has like 4 different poses, each stays there for almost a second and looks REALLY unnatural, it would look a lot better if they didn't move the mouth at all.
But all in all, it's a decent game if you're not looking for a hardcore point and click and just want to finish one, it doesn't take too long to finish and it's almost impossible to get stuff (even if you never use the "skip" or "hint" buttons).
So play this game if:
- You just want to casually play a point and click game;
- Want to look at some pretty sceneries;
- Do random stuff that make no sense whatsoever in context.
Do NOT play this game if:
- You want a good story with awesome voice acting;
- You want a challenging point and click where you have to figure out what to do by yourself;
- Want a deep and engaging story;
- Want to see realistic facial expressions.
So that about wraps my review, from 0 to 10 I think I enjoyed this game about 5... wasn't that good but wasn't that bad either, just enough to keep me going, but just because I wanted to try it out... took me about 2:30 hours to beat this game.
Oh, and the ending was the most stupid thing ever xD