Ravenhill Asylum: Written & Video iPad App Review
If you’ve been reading us for a while, you’re likely aware of the fact that we’re huge suckers for a good puzzle app. However, there’s yet another category that we’re even more partial to, however we get fewer chances to display it. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we’re overly fond of the ye olden object hunter. With that in mind, here’s a brilliant example of the genre called Ravenhill Asylum by developer Sergey Komar. It’s creepy, it’s complex, and it comes with enough content and items to keep us interested for a long time to come. Want our full review? You’ll find it below, much easier than you’ll find anything else, we promise.
Concept and Gameplay
If you’re new to the field, let us be the first to explain how a puzzle-based object hunting game works: Essentially, you’ll be shoved into some bizarro scenario where you’ve got to hunt for missing objects in order to appease some nearby NPC. It’s exactly like iSpy, or in the case of Ravenhill Asylum, iSpy combined with Silent Hill. And we really can’t get enough of it.
You’ll spend most of your time looking for semi-creepy items in the dank halls of the app’s namesake asylum. The more you do this, the more of the plot you’ll unlock, and the more you’ll discover about the characters and the surroundings. The application also supports a wide variety of items that help you hunt, all of which you can purchase using cash and coins earned through gameplay. All in all, it’s a traditional yet solid entry into the genre, and if you’ve already exhausted all other options, this is one to remember.
Graphics and Artwork
When it comes to these kinds of games, nothing is more important than the graphics and art style. This is because of the way the game is made: It’s largely stationary, and the characters are often just illustrations. Thankfully, the atmosphere here is easy to get sucked into. The people you interact with have a creepy circus vibe, while the asylum’s many levels are all cleverly laid out and challenging. It’s not the most beautiful object hunter we’ve ever seen, and we genuinely wish we could slide left or right to look about the level more, but these are small complaints. That being said, the English translations here are sometimes laughably bad, which isn’t great for plot.
Then again, we can hardly knock Ravenhill Asylum at all for its incredible value. It’s completely free in the App Store, which is a tremendous bargain no matter how you slice it. Furthermore, there’s a solid mountain of content to work through here. Sure, the plot is a bit hokey, and the graphics at times not the cream of the crop. But still, if you’re looking for a new go-round to spin on, we can’t recommend anything else.
Ravenhill Asylum requires iOS 5.0 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, as well as a video production fee.
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