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Reviews by RDQ

Psycho Train
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Fun, but caution advised

PROS:
Good story
Lots to do
Enjoyable puzzles, a bit above par
Good length

CONS:
In some scenes, if you don't get everything you need out right away, you can't get back in... and the game dead-ends without the needed item. For example, in the scene atop the train in the beginning, when going through the purse, be sure to take the batteries first, then the pill packet; otherwise, the wallet won't move over enough to allow you to take the batteries. Likewise, in the train station, be sure to find all three mural tiles or you can't progress in the next scene; be very thorough in each of the scenes just after you enter the station.
No map, but the hint button works well enough to lead you on where you need to go.

BOTTOM LINE: I really enjoyed this one, as I do most Alawar games.

by RDQ, - Oct 11th 2020
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Cruel Games: Red Riding Hood
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Great game, quite a ride

Let me state upfront: I'm a writer... so I usually figure out the plots of the games I play quite early into playing; very few surprise me. This one kept me guessing right up to not-quite end... but mostly because it was just so much fun to play; I was so busy, I didn't have time to put my writer's cap on. It was a good length... many locations... plenty to do... and a satisfying ending. Doesn't get much better in my book. Highly recommend it.

by RDQ, - Oct 11th 2020
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Weird Park: Broken Tune Collector's Edition
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First of the trilogy

I'd played the demo version of Weird Park: Scary Tales (part 2 of the trilogy) and fell in love with it; this one's the prequel to that story... or should I say, the first chapter. The setting is an abandoned amusement park, where you as detective are searching for a missing reporter, amidst the broken down rides, decrepit buildings, and overgrown grounds... hampered by the impish Mr. Dudley, an evil harlequin doll. It's not as long as Weird Park: Scary Tales... but stil a good length, with plenty to do. I haven't played the third chapter yet, but I highly recommend both the first two.

by RDQ, - Oct 11th 2020
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Love Alchemy: A Heart in Winter
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Good, but sorta lackluster story-wise

Visually rich and detailed... but the story is kinda thin. Your character is a woman meeting her online boyfriend to spend Christmas at his castle... yeah, you're madly in love with a guy you've never met before... and he turns out not to be who you thought he was; wow, didn't see that coming. (sarcasm) Your task is then to search all the rooms/portals of the castle to rescue the souls of the other women he's similarly jacked up through the centuries; let's just say he's been a busy boy, so there are plenty of souls to rescue... thus lots of game play. It's gorgeous visually... just a little shallow on the story.

by RDQ, - Oct 11th 2020
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Dark Strokes: Sins of the Fathers Collector's Edition
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What Alawar does best

I thoroughly enjoyed this one, although it had some frustrating bits (you had to use an item j-u-s-t so, or it wouldn't register); the visuals are stunning... the story good... the play and puzzles quite enjoyable. I definitely recommend this one.

by RDQ, - Oct 11th 2020
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Mountain Crime: Requital
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Back and forth a lot

Your character is a doctor who's been called to an isolated mountain resort by an emergency (man having a heart attack), but when you arrive, no patient... but several murders... for which you seem to be being framed. There's a lot of running back and forth between rooms... picking up items and taking them back to the room from which you just came, then back again... which is sort of frustrating. There's a backstory of murder and corruption... so that's fun... and it ties up at the end... but I felt the ending was too abrupt and wholly unsatisfying... even though it made sense. Yeah, I really wanted to like this one, but for all its virtues, the ending kinda killed it for me.

by RDQ, - Oct 11th 2020
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Natural Threat 2
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Plants run amok, fun ensues

People-eating plants... a scientific experiment gone badly awry... navigating the wreckage to locate your missing daughter and husband... while hallucinating and communicating with a dryad - trippy! Fun, but a bit frustrating in spots, hence the 4 stars instead of 5. All in all, quite enjoyable, though. I recommend... but advise caution: some items MUST be retrieved the first time you encounter them or you lose access to them and cannot progress. Good length... and I really liked the story.

by RDQ, - Oct 11th 2020
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