Talesworth Adventure: The Lost Artifacts
Risking your life is serious business, you guys, especially when we're talking about going up against an evil wizard called "Boneyard". Just stop and think about how one would get a name like that. Probably not by being a domino champion. But if the reward is right, even the laziest of men can be spurred to action, and with his own coffers empty after years of hard partying and no work, Questy reluctantly sets out to save us all once again with the promise of some sweet, sweet treasure to keep him in the lifestyle he's been accustomed to. If only he wasn't dumber than a sack of hammers. Sean Gailey takes us on another puzzle adventure in Talesworth Adventure: The Lost Artifacts, starring Questy once more. Also available in zesty iPad flavour!
The goal is simple; see Questy safely through each level by helping him gather keys and treasures while avoiding hazards and enemies. The catch? Questy moves along a path blindly, only changing course when he hits a wall, and he'll run right into monsters and pits, or even just around in circles. Fortunately, you can direct him by placing obstacles or incentives like gold down on the path to point him where he needs to go. Just click on an icon on the left side of the screen, and then click anywhere on the path to place it, and hit "Go" to watch Questy trundle onwards. Since Questy is a fine red-blooded barbarian fellow, he'll always turn towards any gold he sees, which can help keep him out of trouble or herd him in the proper direction. Handy, since traps, monsters you'll need the correct weapon to defeat, and other perils (that's right, PERILS) are standing in Questy's way of collecting the three artifacts he needs to defeat Boneyard. If you need to make adjustments, just hit "Stop" and you can move any placeable around.
The Lost Artifacts is, in concept, essentially the same game as its predecessor Talesworth Adventure Episode One, though with a big visual upgrade and a few new elements for your puzzle pleasure. The path plotting puzzling (c-c-combo!) remains as satisfying as ever, allowing for the sort of thoughtful gameplay you can pick up and spend a few turns with whenever you have time. Or whenever you want to make time for it, since the iPad version can go wherever you do, and the fantastic colourful SNES-ish graphics look great on its display. (Although for my money, I do miss the adorably blocky style of the original game. Atari-lookin' trolls for eva.) If you enjoyed the first installment, you'll definitely like this one, and while it might feel a bit like "more of the same", I'd call it more of a well-deserved upgrade. The story is a nice addition, as are the different locales, and the game overall feels a lot more ambitious while still keeping that same deceptive accessibility that makes it easy to pick up. Simple in concept and challenging in execution, Talesworth Adventure: The Lost Artifacts is a beautifully designed and addictive puzzle game that packs on the charm and character for one heroic experience. (Pec Oil not included.)