Tales-from-the-Dragon-Mountain--The-Strix---iOS-Review Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Strix – iOS Review

   11/08/2012 at 12:27       Drew Bower       0 COMMENTS. - Score 3/5
 - G5 Entertainment, Cateia Games, Hidden Object, Puzzle, Casual

If I had to describe the general theme of Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Strix (henceforth referred to as ‘The Strix’ for obvious reasons) in one word it would probably be: curious. The storyline is as follows: You play as Mina, whose dreams about her grandmother Kate have become unbearable nightmares. Haunted by one dream of her grandma’s house in flames, Mina takes a trip to the family's estate in Pozoj. Upon reaching the house and throughout the adventure, she discovers many strange creatures that are in some kind of a bind and require Mina to help them out. The first of which is – and here illustrates the slightly strange nature of the things – a goblin like fellow whom you bring back to life via placing a piece of wood with a face shaped indent filled with charcoal onto a burning fire. I can understand the logic that burning the piece of wood releases the trapped creature, but as a puzzle solution, it seems rather an odd thing to do? I mean, setting fire to something that will burn when you know someone is somehow trapped inside just seems a little bit careless. Or maybe it’s just me?

Anyway, aside from the odd nature of the script and general goings on, the game itself is rather interesting. The common theme is to find a handful of listed objects amongst most scenes and then use or combine those items to solve puzzles and progress your journey. Unlike other dedicated HOGs, the items you are tasked with finding are all of use with no ‘filler’ items at all. For me personally I very much like this approach and it makes a pleasant change from trying to find yet another bloody teacup when you obviously aren’t planning of stopping for a cuppa and some digestives. However, for those who do enjoy the pure hidden object genre, you might find things are a little too lightweight.

It’s almost a given with these types of games for the scenes you visit to be very well drawn and interesting to look at, and thankfully The Strix is no exception. It’s also pleasing to note that everything remains clear and sharp even when fully zoomed in. The script is fully voice acted too and for once it actually matches up properly with the subtitles!

The puzzles you encounter are pretty much standard variations on the usual suspects – jigsaw pieces, pressing switches, etc. However they are presented nicely and offer enough a decent challenge without ever being too frustratingly difficult. You also get to play a couple of match 3 ‘boss fights’ that are a nice extra touch.

As we have come to expect from G5 Entertainment’s hidden object games, The Strix is yet another solid entry into their bulging catalogue. It’s a fairly short adventure though and not the most spectacular either, despite the madcap creatures and situations. But – and here comes the old cliché – fans of easy to pick up hidden object/puzzle time fillers will find very little to grumble about.

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