|Where I left off last time|
While the first part of the game had gone like a breeze, the second part was not so easy. I did manage to find a fireplace with some soot, under which I found a button. Pressing the button opened a cabinet in another room, where I found an urn.
After so much hand holding, I was determined to get something done by myself. Luckily, it didn’t take me long to find out what to do with the sphere. I put it in the mouth of the troll, where I had started this section. A secret door revealed further mysteries. On an altar, I found a trophy, which I took to myself. I also found statues waiting for a numeric code and a library, where I did not know what title to search for.
|“Lost in the corridors, a book came to my memory. Sabbath is here!”|
|“East of fountain trace the sign designated by the writings”|
|O means “ouest” (west), so the beginning points out some direction, and then I should do something|
|“Go to the room of skull”|
|Entering the final area|
The cellar was full of bottles, so I tried to drink one. The game mentioned it was “like spinach” - was this a reference to Popeye? Be that as it may, I was now able to move one of the barrels “without a problem”. There really wasn’t anything of note behind the barrel, but stones, and pushing them opened up a door to a new room.
Since there was nothing else to do here, I returned to the beginning of the area. The key opened up the coffin, where I found a magic talisman. After a while, I had the idea that I could follow the hint of the book and knock on the second door.
|I’ve won! But how do I get out of here?|
Puzzles and Solvability
The producers certainly learned something from their first game, since no puzzles felt ludicrous. First part of the sequel had surprisingly decent puzzle sequences, and while the second part fell occasionally into the old problem of “guess what element in the picture is important”, it showed clear improvement. Still, the puzzles were again quite ordinary and boring, mostly involving just finding new keys for locked doors, so no high numbers are to be expected.
Interface and Inventory
Interface is still old-fashioned, and although the producers have streamlined it by removing unnecessary complications like the game clock, it still feels clunky.
Story and Setting
The game manages to have even less story than its predecessor, and what little it has was copied from the first game. Furthermore, the setting seems unbelievable: am I meant to believe that whenever the cultists want to hold a black mass, they will have to go through all the same ordeals as PC with the keys and the passwords? If so, shouldn’t there be more cultists moving around the corridors?
Sounds and graphics
Graphics are as nice as in the first game, but the music department is sorely lacking. Gone are the musical vignettes in each room, and after introductory music you can hear only some bleeping sound effects throughout the game.
Environment and Atmosphere
As I already complained in the setting section, the game world feels just so empty and lifeless. There are a couple of skulls and skeletons you can interact with, but otherwise you won’t see anyone until the very end of the game.
Dialogue and Acting
There were a few longer texts to read, but this is not so great an addition that I would feel the need to change the number I gave to the first game.
(4 + 2 + 2 + 3 + 2 + 1)/0.6 = 23. Closest guess was Morpheus Kitami's 25.
Four points worse than the first game! Although I wasn’t as frustrated with this one, due to improvements with the puzzles, I can still agree that the sequel was ultimately the worse game. For the most part, playing this game felt like eating newly heated leftovers: it’s OK, if I am not looking for anything original, but it isn’t a particularly thrilling experience.