iPhone Game Review: Cassandra's Journey: The Legacy of Nostradamus Reviewed by JadeDragon
For the creator of The Stone of Destiny, one of the best hidden objects games for the iPhone and iPod touch, Cassandra's Journey: The Legacy of Nostradamus seems to be a logical follow up. While several types of mini games are in the mix, Cassandra's Journey is at its heart a hidden objects game. However compared to The Stone of Destiny, Cassandra's Journey is less meaty and levels have fewer objects with simpler scenes.
Hidden objects games are about finding common items hidden in plain sight. A sitting room, a street corner or a study in a castle all look normal at the first glance; but once you?ve changed focus and looked closely, all the hidden pieces come to light.
Cassandra?s Journey: The Legacy of Nostradamus starts with a mystery: Cassandra, a young fortune teller, has just succeeded her grandmother, a powerful sorceress, to take over the task of helping people with her mystic power and grandmother?s magical ring. But a serious problem rose when Cassandra was about to help her first customer: the magical ring has disappeared, and without it, it seems, Cassandra is powerless. Naturally she must find the ring, and here is where you come in. You must help her find the ring by traveling to different locations and using your keen observation and quick wit.
Most of the game?s 30 levels have hidden objects gameplay. You will need to find objects by name, by riddles and by outlay. The riddles are a new method if you have played The Stone of Destiny and they add more thinking and a new dimension to the object searches. The scenes in which the hidden objects are embedded have fewer items compared to The Stone of Destiny, but they do have plenty of things to look for. Most of the items aren?t hard to find, but there is a good number of hints for those who need them. I found that I needed very few hints if at all in Cassandra?s Journey while I relied on a couple of them in The Stone of Destiny.
In addition to the hidden objects gameplay, Cassandra?s Journey mixed in match 3 levels where you will need to find a key or jewels embedded in the matching pieces, word search games where you need to pick out the right words from the flashing and similarly spelled group of words, and picture puzzles that are pretty simple. There are also card trick, optical illusions and mind reading tricks that don?t require you to do much at all. One nice thing about the gameplay is that it?s very fluid: different types of games aren?t randomly thrown together. They follow a simple yet tight story line and every piece makes sense being there.
The game offers both a local scoreboard and a global one.
Cassandra?s Journey has very stylish and polished graphics, not much different from the PC version in terms of look and feel. The scenes are sharp, making it easier to look for the hidden objects. Even the graphics in the mini games are highly styled and sharp.
Cassandra?s Journey has nice BGM and a good variety of sound FX. The background music has New Age style and is relaxing. There is an option to turn it on or off during gameplay, but there is no option to play your own iPod music. Sound FX is very polished and charming, and it provides audio confirmation for finding the correct pieces and finishing a level. There is of course an option to turn sound FX on and off as well.
For the hidden object gamers Cassandra?s Journey is a good title to pick up. The gameplay isn?t as meaty as The Stone of Destiny, but the game floats smoothly, mini games add different aspects to the gameplay and the graphics and sound are both polished. While it?s not a very long journey, Cassandra?s Journey is still worth the ride.
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
Graphics: -5- Very stylish and sharp graphics. Sound: -4- Nice BGM and plenty of sound FX. But no option to play iPod music. Controls: -5- Very easy to use, no learning curve. Gameplay: -4- A nice mixture of games, the dominating hidden objects gameplay is satisfying though not a heavy hitter.
Playing Hints and Tips:
-The hidden object screen is larger than the iDevice screen. So move the picture around to find all objects.