Developed by IronCode Software, this fantasy puzzle game takes you into a challenging but interesting story. Pahelika is a magical book that was used to defeat the new king of Asura, by the previously defeated king. The aim is to solve puzzles and work your way through to the location you seek. There are two parts to this story and the games are as below:
The game starts off with a tutorial set in an attic with which you need to clear, the tutorial is not optional but will help you to become familiar with the game. After this you are transported to a wizard’s tower where you are to start your journey to find the magical book.
From here you are to search around the locations to find objects which will help you on your way, they are shown by a green sparkle once they are hovered over with the mouse. Not all objects will be used straight away and it is down to you to figure out when and where they are to be used, some being more obvious than others.
There are also puzzles to complete throughout the game such as slider puzzles (where you are to get a block to a certain position), jigsaw puzzles and pair matching games. Unfortunately there aren’t any hints or skip puzzle options to help you through but the puzzles are normally simple enough to complete without the need for these.
This is the second instalment to the game, in this plot you use the Pahelika to travel to different worlds to stop an evil wizard from gaining control. The game having the same concept as the previous one includes some new and more challenging puzzles for you to play, including; wiring circuit puzzles, metal lock puzzles that need to be deciphered, and other mechanical puzzles.
Free downloadable help guide
With the level of difficulty being higher than most games and no hints for you to use throughout, a free strategy guide is available to be downloaded of their website which is advertised throughout the game.
The guide gives you tips for when you reach a halt, although it is available I would say to try and only use it if you really need to or the game will become too easy and not very fun.
Game play 3/5
Although the game can be at times hard to progress through, it still is fun to play, it may not be simple, but this is not always something players look for in a game. It is a good game for those that do not want a simple run through. (By this I mean that not everything is simple to find that you will need in order to progress).
The graphics for this game are quite minimalistic, there is no scrolling around the screen in each scene as what you see at that point is all you need for that area. I did quite miss the scrolling that you get in most other games. At times I also found the graphics to be slightly blurry to the eye which became quite annoying.
The cut scenes are standard pictures with a voice over telling you the story. There is good sound throughout the game with well attuned backing noises throughout each of the areas. I was quite pleased with sounds as it helped make the game.
There a few things that I wasn’t too happy with from the game, the major one being that it got your name from your computer, which worried me as to what else it accessed. Other things include; not always knowing what you needed to do and it was easy to get lost within the game. There is a guide which you can download, but that kind of defeats the point of playing the game.
All in all I did enjoy playing the game, it was a lot harder than the ones I normally play but it was a pleasant change and I will be making the most of the free strategy guide that they provide. I would defiantly recommend trying this game if you enjoy puzzles.
Disclaimer:All scores given within our reviews are based on the artist’s personal opinion; this should in no way impede your decision to purchase the game.