Spirit-Walkers:-Curse-of-the-Cypress-Witch--iOS-Review Spirit Walkers: Curse of the Cypress Witch iOS Review

   15/09/2012 at 10:51       Drew Bower       1 COMMENTS. - Score 3/5
 - G5 Entertainment, Orchid Games, Puzzle, Adventure, Casual

One of the suggestions I often make when people question the appeal of hidden object games, is that they are perhaps the closest style of game to an interactive book. Sprit Walkers: Curse of the Cypress Witch is a prime example of this theory. The story is straight out of an old fashioned young teen novel along the lines of the Famous Five (or whatever the kids of today read). You play as Maylynn who, with two female friends, goes on an innocent hiking trip and soon finds trouble befalling the group. Things get creepy and scary, and on top of it, a ghost of a woman starts showing up in mysterious places and then one of your friends gets seriously hurt. Looking for help you end up at a beautiful and majestic cypress tree where you meet the witch herself. She kindly offers to help you save your friends. In return however she asks for a favour: you'll need to travel to a different time and dimension and undo the events that caused her present state.

The game itself is more of a lite adventure with a few puzzles and hidden object scenes along the way. The basic goal of each area is to find useful items littered around that can be used to fix or solve problems in order to advance. Talking with other characters will offer hints on what to do or add extra details to the story.

The few hidden object scenes are simple enough, but it’s worth pointing out that for a nice change, the objects are listed as silhouettes instead of plain text. As for the puzzles, it’s the usual mix that you’ve probably encountered numerous times before in other games. You won’t be able to solve most of them through dumb luck, but they also shouldn’t keep you stumped for too long either. But if you are impatient enough, you can happily skip them after waiting a short time without any consequences.

The one stand out element of Spirit Walkers is the aforementioned time and dimension travel. At various points in the game you’ll find a crystal and a handily placed beam of sunlight. Placing the crystal in sunlight transforms you to a different time and dimension, but in the same location. This creates some clever puzzles that require you to skip between the two in order to solve them.

As you come to expect with games of this nature, the scenes you explore are always nice to look at with plenty of details and colour. It can be hard to spot (or realise) key objects sometimes, but if you do become stuck the hint button will point you in the right direction.

Spirit Walkers: Curse of the Cypress Witch is another solid entry to G5 Entertainment’s catalogue of casual friendly puzzle adventure games. The problem is, aside from the time travel aspect, everything is fairly ‘safe’ and not particularly exciting. There’s pretty much nothing wrong with the game at all, but it’s not exactly one to remember either. You won’t be disappointed for the 2-3 hours it takes to complete though, so if you need something to fill a train journey that won’t see you becoming frustrated part way through, give it a go.

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