Gnomes are solitary, mysterious creatures who are rarely glimpsed nowadays. These shy magical beings may still roam their habitats of Scandinavia, Siberia, and Majorca, but very few are ever sighted, so it is a lucky person who can find one. What, you didn't know that gnomes lived in Majorca, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean? Okay, so maybe they're not native, maybe they're just invading. Or, you know, on vacation. At any rate, if you play 10 Gnomes in Porto Petro, the latest point-and-click gnome adventure by Mateusz Skutnik, you will hopefully find one or more of these delightfully reclusive imps.
Yes, the gnomes are back and apparently looking for a break from the bleak cityscapes they've been inhabiting in the previous installments of 10 Gnomes. Instead you are faced with a lovely wilderness in which to navigate, clicking on areas to examine in closer and closer detail until you come across one of these creatures who are so carefully hidden. A 10 minute timer means that finding a gnome or two (or a random troll) is an exercise in patience and hidden object finding skill. Once again Mateusz Skutnik has provided an addictive and gorgeous little puzzler with the standard lovely black and white visuals set against a creepy soundtrack as you race to find all of those vacationing little folks before time runs out. Rejoice, for here is another adventure in advanced gnome finding.
How delightful! I always enjoy finding gnomes (in these games and also in real life) and this installment does not disappoint. I ended up with 9 gnomes on my first go and 1 troll, not bad for me. Thank you Mr. Skutnik and company for another entertaining interlude. I really appreciate you and the work that you do. Quality games make my day! 5 stars, baby.
I like the change of venue, I enjoy the naturalistic ones better than his usual industrial-chic. However the number of dead-ends seem to be increasing with each new gnomestallment. It's frustrating to keep clicking around wondering if you've missed something in that area, and it turns out there are none at all.
I do like these games but would like a freeplay option. I got just 5 gnomes and a troll in the 10 minutes (okay, I spent a couple cleaning my glasses..) don't really feel motivated to start all over again. I thought the photography was quite beautiful- I wanted to linger and explore- shame about the timer.
Meanwhile, according to his website, Submachine 8 has been "19% completed" for over two weeks now.