Reincarnations:
Uncover The Past


Reincarnations: Uncover The Past

ChiktionaryReincarnations: Uncover the Past is the sequel to Vogat Interactive's 2009 creation Reincarnations: The Awakening. Jane's amazing gift of being able to revisit the lives she lived in the past has attracted the attention of a malevolent asylum director, and so she has been kidnapped and is being unlawfully held in the asylum. In this more recent release, Jane's only hope of escaping lies in being able to access her past lives, and it's up to you to help her find the way. To do this, point-and-click, find hidden objects and solve some artful puzzles to progress through each of Jane's past lives and eventually liberate her from the asylum.

Reincarnations: Uncover The PastUsing your mouse, you will explore a myriad of rooms in a variety of settings and solve a multitude of puzzles. Like most hidden object games, you have lists to tick off as you find items, but Reincarnations offers quite a bit more depth than usual. Some items that you collect will be stored in your inventory for later use, and more often than not, you will need to locate items to solve the puzzles that will confront you in nearly every scene of this richly detailed and intricate game.

There are two levels of difficulty; casual and challenge, the only differences being that in the more difficult level of play, there is less sparkle to indicate hotspots, slower recharge times for the hint and skip functions, and a longer mis-click penalty. There's also an option for interactive help. You will encounter a great deal of hidden object scenes, but this is nicely balanced with a fair amount of pointing and clicking, and interesting puzzles to solve.

The challenge in Reincarnations lies mostly in solving the puzzles, which are easy to grasp, being quite logical in nature, with a few that require some perseverance to solve. There are in-game Hint and Skip functions to aid you in those testing moments. Take note though that none of the puzzles can be solved through brute-force; clues need to be located first and in some cases used in conjunction with the puzzles to be solved.

Reincarnations: Uncover The PastAnalysis: Reincarnations is overflowing with stunning images, a combination of photorealistic and hand-drawn, and these are saturated with beautiful colours. You can't help but linger in each of the rooms to take in the rich detail and beautifully created ambiance of each. The story is quite simple, in terms of helping a character to escape a dilemma, but the richness of detail in the gameplay more than makes up for it.

Gameplay is sublimely smooth, with intuitive use of objects and logical puzzles, and the navigation is fairly linear and straightforward. Arrows point the way and only very occasionally are there awkward moments. You will find yourself backtracking quite a bit, but this enhances the fun of solving the puzzles and encourages players to take in the rich detail of the scenes, resulting in a more rewarding gaming experience.

There is something deliciously strange about Reincarnations. The graphics include some eerie images suggestive of death, yet the colour and music lighten the whole experience and the combinations result in an unusually charming game, which is definitely worth revisiting.

A Collector's Edition is also available. It contains a bonus story, wallpapers, strategy guide, and more. Remember that Big Fish Game Club Members pay only $13.99 for Collector's Editions (or 2 club credits), and collector's editions count 3 card punches of 6 total needed for a free game.

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3 Comments

I find this game to be a let down. It doesn't follow the first very well.

It doesn't up where the first left off, making for a useless cliffhanger.

The story makes no sense. Jane wrote an article about past lives and she's sent to a mental asylum? Instead of doing the rational thing - trying to escape, she instead tries to go through more reincarnation, because apparently they will 'help' her. Somehow.

The game completely silent. While I'm okay with the lack of voice normally, but because the first game had excellent voice acting this just feels like a step back.

The graphic is incomparable. I preferred the bright 3D art from the first game, it looked way more realistic rather than this mess.

I like dark-themed games, but it just doesn't make sense within the context of the story.

Rather than continuing from the first, I'd rather it followed a different continuity with different characters, focusing on Reincarnation as the main theme instead.

I don't even remember the first game so can't comment on the continuity. What I can comment on is value for money.

This game is quite long and includes as much gameplay as you might find in two 'regular' games. Jane has two incarnations to relive and each one has a lot of puzzles.

The puzzles are good, not repetitive and require observation and puzzle solving skills. Nothing is too easy or obvious.

I'd recommend it.

Not played the prequel before and don't fully understand the storyline. However, am going to make a point to buy this because this game is BEAUTIFUL! I love it so much. The dolls, mannequins and theatre atmosphere is just breathtaking and i love it. Also, love how it is different to other hidden object games as it is complex and unique. Love the fact that to find some objects you have to look into something or do several steps. And love the way the puzzles and hidden object parts merge beautifully together. Definately play this if you love puzzle/hidden object games, you will not regret it :D xx

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