Awakening: The Redleaf Forest (

Queen Sophia’s journey to save her parents finally ends at Redleaf Forest. She has to destroy the evil Dreadmyre once and for all.

That’s it, the end of the Awakening series and it’s about time. In this game, you learn about the conflict between the centaurs and the dwarves. That’s right; you have to bring peace to two peoples in order to advance the plot. In the bonus story, you play an unknown nanny who takes care of Sophia’s kid.

The game play is your typical hidden object. You go from scene to scene collecting items for your inventory. Some items will require you to take part in hidden object games. You will have to play a mini-game in order to advance through the story and you will be backtracking throughout the game. If you’re stuck, use a hint.

This series was fun at first but now it’s past its prime. I give it 4 out of 10; glad it finally ended.

Dark Realm: Queen of the Flame Beta Test

When mystical creatures invade town, only a blacksmith’s daughter manages to escape. It’s up to her to find a way to drive these creatures out once and for all.

That’s right, I got another beta test emailed to me. I can’t really say very much about the plot. I will say that, from what I’ve seen, I’m very intrigued. I’m wondering what’s going to happen to the main character and how this will all be set right.
The game play is that of your typical hidden object. You go from scene to scene collecting items for your inventory. You can use these items to advance throughout the game. If you’re lost, use the map to find out where you should go. The hidden object scenes play out like the ones in Cadenza where you collect the item behind the listed object. If you’re stuck, use a hint.

Both the storyline and the game play are intriguing. I’m definitely buying this game when it comes out.

Awakening: The Sunhook Spire (

After finding her parents in a cursed sleep, Queen Sophia sets out to find the Enchantress for a cure.  Along the way, she encounters treacherous mercenaries and must find her way through Sunhook Spire.

The plot is simple, Sophia has to navigate a treacherous land and save the Sunhook Spire from an evil wizard.  One thing I did like about this game is that instead of leaving Sophia as a princess with the excuse that since her parents are in a deep sleep she hasn’t truly earned the right to rule, they just promote her to queen.  The reason I liked this development is because too often when a franchise has royalty as the leader, there’s always an excuse about why they’re still a princess.

The game play is not all that different from the last games in the series.  You go around collecting items to add in your inventory.  Some items will require you to participate in hidden object scenes.  If you’re stuck, use a hint in the form of Sophia’s owl companion.  The collector’s edition includes extra bonus footage.

This game is beautiful yet boring.  I give it 3 out of 10; I wasn’t in a hidden object mood when I was playing it.