Amaranthine Voyage: The Obsidian Book Game Review
Game Developer: Eipix Entertainment
Game Genres: Adventure, Hidden Object, Puzzle
“The Obsidian Book” is the fourth installment of “Amaranthine Voyage” series. Previous installments as follows: The Tree of Life, The Living Mountain and The Shadow of Torment.
Summary Excerpt from the game’s store page over at Big Fish Games:
A long month of waiting, rising tensions and utter silence has passed. The stakes are high, and the fate of the harmonium radiation research team is still unknown. The CCPP decides to send one of the best agents – you – to find out what transpired.
As you land on the frozen mountains of Iceland, a mysterious helicopter passes above you. CCPP didn’t send reinforcements, and the question arises – did someone else find out about the important research of your scientific team? As you traverse the narrow pathways and ice coated cliff sides, you will discover the findings of your scientists, and their conclusions will be borderline impossible. The investigation will pull you deeper into the research of harmonium energy, its possible uses… and abuses.
Prepare yourself for a journey that will change your life and your perception forever.
There isn’t much can be said about the game’s visuals asides from that they’re nicely done. Pretty much the same thing can be said about the game’s audio. The visual and audio can be adjusted in the game’s option menu.
There are four different game difficulty modes to choose from: Casual, Expert, Insane and Custom.
There’s an option to lock the inventory panel in place to keep it stationary.
Objective Panel keeps track of all objectives in the game.
There are interactive items in the game, they’re marked with a symbol, but sometimes these interactive items do require extra items before they can be interact with.
The interactive map allows the player to fast travel between each location quickly. It also indicates there are tasks that needs to be done at certain locations. However, it isn’t readily available at the start of the game.
Harmonium Collector is a device that holds various color crystals with mystical powers in them. It gives the individual some useful abilities to use in certain situations.
Most of the hidden object scenes consists of pair items, riddle items, combine items, find “x” amount of an item, traditional word list, shadow items . Some of them do require little or no interaction.
Bubble Shooter mini game is optional. It can be played instead of looking for items in the hidden object scenes. This feature isn’t available for all of the hidden object scenes in the game.
Most of the game’s puzzles are rather easy to solve without much difficulty. For most of the there’s a reset button but for all of them there’s a skip button. These two features are only present in “Casual” game difficulty mode.