My toddlerhood reborn
Some of my earliest memories are of playing this game with my uncle...I know it too well now, since I've read the story version in the guidebook to death (it was a pretty good story). When I downloaded this and found the book about Rime, though, I was immediately thrilled, knowing that there was more to the game now. Nighttime was annoying until I figured out the flashlight mechanic, and then all I wanted was to explore Channelwood at night to revive some of the old chills; finding and exploring Rime was incredible. Since there are no fail states in the game, just knowing the general story kills most of the challenge, but it was still wonderful to experience again - the soundtrack, in particular, is the same spooky nightmare fuel and I love it.
All that said, I DO wish there had been an option to reset the graphics to the old versions - while some places, like the island itself and the underground rooms in the Stoneship Age, are more detailed and engaging than before, other places have taken a huge step back with the use of "improved" graphics. The red and blue books and the Channelwood Age, especially, looked a LOT better in the original, checking with the little comparison checker was almost painful. But that's a tiny gripe, really. If you know this game top to bottom like I do, I reccommend buying it, playing it through, finding Rime, and figuring that place out yourself - don't look up anything, it's fun to solve the old-fashioned-Myst-style puzzles anew.