Annabel HD: iPhone Apps Written Review
We aren’t exactly shy about it here at the iPhone App Review: We really like hidden object games. You know the sort, the kind that have you looking for items in a pile of junk to complete quests, solve puzzles, etc. It’s a wonderful mechanic, and in Annabel HD, by developer Nevosoft, the concept has been elevated to that of an high art. The game is the perfect mix of challenging puzzles, beautiful graphics, item hunting difficulty, and raw, story-based energy. For our full thoughts on this incredible iPad application, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Gameplay
As stated, Annabel HD fits very squarely into the genre of “hidden object game.” However, the app does it with a bit more finesse than we’re used to. All of this starts with the game’s storyline, which for a title in the field, is actually quite good. The basic premise involves an Egyptian princess being trapped against her will while her boyfriend is at the chopping block of the evil god Seth. To save him, the player must complete chain of puzzles, traps, and other item-based challenges. So in this sense, we’re allowed to enjoy the same wonderful gameplay we love from the genre, but believe it or not, we’re also given a storyline to enjoy, too.
The puzzles themselves are pleasantly hard, just as we like them. Sure, we never spent more than five minutes with any one puzzle, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t stumped clueless for the first three. And, if your’e ever in need of some severe help, the game comes with a set of clues that grow with every passing minute. This means you’ll never find yourself stuck in a rut without assistance, should you—you know—wish to continue playing the game.
Graphics and Design
We absolutely cannot speak highly enough of the graphics in Annabel HD. They reminded us immensely of early desktop-based hidden object games we used to play a decade ago. All in all, the environments are gorgeous, the characters nice and spritely, and the puzzles often breathtaking. We also appreciated the detail of the objects themselves. When the game tells you exactly what to find, you’re often putting together a larger object. Doing so requires a lot of detail and memorization skills for the rooms behind you, and this would not be possible without the above-average artwork displayed here in the game. It’s brilliant stuff.
Our only real complaint with Annabel HD is the price: The app costs five bucks in the App Store, which given the complexity of the presentation, we suppose it’s excusable. Still, no matter how you slice it that five bucks will earn you one heck of a lot of playtime, as well as some really awesome puzzles. Not to mention a pleasant storyline and killer graphics. Overall, Annabel HD is a rock solid purchase, and comes recommended by us.
Annabel HD requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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