If you have seen and
managed everything at a certain location, the empty page in the diary will be filled with
a poem or picture. Clicking on this page let you read the corresponding information
or you can listen to the wonderfully told story if you click on the grammophone.
Especially if you have just struggled your
way through countless documents (with neverending pages of most difficult English) in
"The Forgotten - It Begins", you might appreciate this praiseworthy
lecture-service in clear and intelligible English, that can even be understood if you
haven't visited the adult college, "Advanced Course VII".
After listening to the narrative or
diligently reading it, you might turn over to the diary's next page and follow the next
drawing to the next location - until Xian Feng at the end of the day finally faces the end
of the story ...
I want to tell you something about the
background: the true event, our story is based on, happened in 1858 - in 1860 the original
"Garden of Perfect Brightness" was burned down - it was burning day after
day until there was nothing left.
Women Wise perfomed the resurrection of the
garden, its legends and of lifestyle at this time as a fabulous beautiful dream for us by
the help of historians, original construction-maps, historical documents like diaries,
paintings and photographies.
The game truly is more a dream than a
typical adventure, where you have to find your way through difficult puzzles, keen
combination or sometimes fast action-scenes! Well matching the dream-atmosphere of the
game is also the fact that there is no conversation throughout the whole game, no tone
passes the lips of Lotus Spring and Xian Feng - exactly like a dream!
And the game is an example, how beautiful a
dream in 2D can be - in comparison with it "Time Machine" by Cryo with its
innovative 3D-acceleration looks like a plastic toyland.
In addition the impressive music fits one
hundred per cent into this dream and, though there are only two repeatedly played
melodious themes, you can hear those ear-candy during the whole game with pleasure.
Likewise the cursor is a clou: it's a
little many-coloured china doll, which runs in the driven direction, rises the little arm
when an interaction has to be done and comes to life in animations like playing ball
The only causes to
criticise are some minor technical problems: As someone who doesn't know Quicktime, I
didn't manage to turn on sound during the animations - they were beautiful but silent for
Besides even for my PC it took some time to
get under way with the animations some crashes occured (despite a P600!). And the
last thing I want to mention that was getting on my nerves, because I'm always playing
with many pauses: The game consists of 2 CD's - and when you are playing the second CD you
always have to change from CD1 to CD2 after an interruption of the game!
Well - the game was made for women - and women have to be patient - or what???
Conclusion: If a rating as
adventure game is possible at all, I would rate this game with 75 % (recommandable good
game). You should not play it when you 1. don't like love stories 2. expect challenging
puzzles, a certain portion of action or intelligent dialogues ...
I for myself just fall in love with this
game ... as I said - look at the pictures!