Not recommended for anyone who wants a challenge. May be suitable for kids, as long as they're old enough to handle implied violence/death.
I'll be honest, I felt like I was playing more of a Hidden Object game than a puzzle adventure. There are a couple puzzles, yeah, but only after you hunt around for the hidden items to "make it complete." The places these objects are hidden can vary between reasonable (peeking out from behind a bush) to clearly a Hidden Object motif (e.g. overlay a battery so it's floating over a pair of binoculars).
The puzzles are also incredibly easy. For example, shuffling pieces of a painting around - instead of a classic square slider, you just pick a piece and trade places with another one anywhere on the frame. The whole game is easy, even on the "expert" difficulty. The objects in your inventory glow when they're useful and a silhouette of something you'll want to grab appears when it's in your field of view. It's also fairly linear, and there's no way to actaully fail/die other than to give up and stop playing the game.
Now I don't mind playing a hidden object game with no fail state, that's cool and all. And I'm sure that easy puzzles will appeal to lots of folks. But I did mind the stupid number of plotholes littering the story. I'm not even gonna get into the bizzare places you find these objects. But things like the record discs - how do they even get there at the end of your objective? How did Tara manage to make one at all, let alone while being captured? There's more, but I'd rather not spoil what few plot twists there are. Overall it's a neat story idea, but if feels like there are a lot pieces missing.
I'm also a little perplexed by the ending to the Bonus Content. At the end, it gives a quest that says "explore the island," which I'm guessing is a nod to the ending for Myst, but it too feels incomplete. Especially since you still hear the wolf prowling around in the ambience, like you didn't actually accomplish anything.
I'd almost say this was meant for kids, however there is a small amount of implied violence (and death) involved so maybe not. Or play it yourself to decide before letting your kids play it.
Overall, if you want a short and super easy hidden object + puzzle game where you can't fail other than to stop playing, go ahead. It'd probably be fun for Halloween time, what with it being a werewolf theme and all. But I'd seriously recommend waiting for a sale.
Posted: August 10th, 2014