The Endless Plains may seem unremarkable from the distance, with nigh nothing but grass for as far as the eye can see. Yet look into the clouds and you might find great wisdom, as some say you'll see the thoughts of gods. Myosotis, the witty heroine of the Rudowski brothers' (Marek and Marcin) A Grain of Truth, isn't too sure of that, but as she journeys onward to meet with the Wiseman and hear his stories, she encounters the Cloud Catchers and begins to see the grain of truth in the fairytales of old. You are invited to join her journey, embarking on a marvelous adventure filled with fantastic creatures, breathtaking scenery, and, of course, captivating stories.
Continuing along the same vein as Bell's Heart, the first in the Big Old Tree that Dreams series, point and click your way through the landscape, solving small puzzles and gathering objects that will aid your passage. Watch your cursor; the leaf turns from green to orange when hovering over interactive areas. Clicking will then provide options that vary according to context, including "go to," "examine," "take," and "talk." To be sure you haven't missed one of these areas, click on the eyeball icon to spot more. Reading and paying attention to the dialogue is necessary; not only should you click on blue-highlighted words to delve deeper in the conversations, each word you click on is collected to gain more stories.
At the center of A Grain of Truth is a lyrical and entertaining narrative just as you would expect from this series. Departing from the affability of Bell's Heart, though, A Grain of Truth's puzzles have been ramped up in challenge. You'll explore, gather and make sense of items plus enjoy a mind-boggling game of mahjong or arrange a complex tile puzzle. There's little assistance given in game for completing these tasks, calling on you to do the mental footwork in the true spirit of adventuring. That also makes A Grain of Truth longer and more involved than its predecessor. Even so, after completing the map making mini-game, you'll have a smart map to travel by, adding greatly to the ease of navigation; just click where you want to go, provided you've been there already.
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While you may find yourself stumped and baffled at times, it's well worth pushing through as the quest for answers has never been known to be easy. A Grain of Truth is an overall amazing creation that merges the talent of the storyteller with the art of good gaming. Whether you'll find wisdom or god-like dreams from the experience will depend much on your perspective; either way, the journey is anything but unremarkable.